Thursday, May 24, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Wash Out by L.A. Witt (Reviews + Giveaway)



About Wash Out


Casey Olson has always known he was destined to be a Navy SEAL, and the best day of his life was when he was accepted into training. The worst day was when a snapping bone ended his dream.

After three combat tours in five years, Logan Carter left the Marines and self-destructed. Now he’s sober and, thanks to a forgiving ex with friends in high places, has a promising job as a civilian contractor. All he has to do is stay on the rails and out of a bottle, even when his demons won’t leave him alone.

Logan likes his job, and he really likes the gorgeous man at the next desk. Casey tries not to check Logan out, but who is he kidding? From the start, despite their best efforts, neither man can resist the other. Sizzling chemistry leads to sex so hot they can both almost forget why they’re stuck in this office to begin with.

It would be perfect, except Logan can’t stop reliving wars he’ll never forget and Casey can’t stop grieving the SEAL he’ll never be. And they’ll never have a future together until they can make peace with their pasts.





5 Stars

This is book seven in the Anchor Point series, and while they are probably better read in order, they’ll work as a standalone. I’ve only read a few books in this series, but I’ve loved every one so far, and Wash Out was no exception.

I loved Logan and Casey and my heart broke for both of these men. Logan has lived through three combat tours and is haunted by what he’s seen, but after seven years of being a civilian, he is finally sober and trying to piece his life back together. He’s also finally getting the therapeutic help he has desperately needed for so long.

Casey lost his dream of being a SEAL when he broke his leg. He’ll heal enough to go back to active duty, but he’ll still always be a wash out. Two men, each broken in their own way. Can they work out their issues and make their relationship work, too?

It’s funny, I had a boy in the neighborhood when I was growing up that was like a brother to me who was in the Army during Desert Storm. He came back from war a completely different person than the boy I had known growing up. He never drank before he went to war, yet he came back a serious alcoholic. I’ve read plenty of books featuring characters with PTSD, even in this series, but for some reason, Logan hit home for me and made me understand things about my childhood friend, that I’d never understood before. I’m just, well, I just really want to give props to Mrs. Witt for how well Logan’s struggles are brought to life and thank her for helping me understand.

Even without that revelation, I loved this story and these men. Logan and Casey had a chemistry that was out of this world and they sizzled together once they finally gave into the attraction they each felt. I loved watching them fall in love and although I wanted to strangle Casey at one point, I was happy to see them work through their difficulties and look forward to maybe seeing them in future installments.

While we only catch a glimpse of Matt from book six, Once Burned, Diego, Matt’s fiancé, who is probably one of my favorite characters from the series so far, is prominently featured throughout this story as Logan and Casey’s supervisor. I loved catching up with him and I adored the office antics between Diego, Casey, Logan and their other co-worker, Sarah. They had me in stitches at times.

This was a well-written story filled with heartbreak, but also sweetness, laughter, love and passion. Definitely enjoyable and highly recommendable!

*copy provided by author/publisher via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review was not a requirement*




4.5 Stars!

Wash Out is book 7 in the Anchor Point series and while it features some of the characters from other installments in it, I think it could be read as a standalone. However, I do suggest reading the other books in the series which are amazing.

Casey washed out from his BUD/S class after an accident that left him with a broken leg and the possibility of more surgeries in his future. He's finding it difficult to cope with the fact that while he might heal well enough not to have to be discharged, he'll never fulfill his dream of being a SEAL. Working as a training instructor giving classes at the Training center while he heals was definitely not in his plans.

Logan is two-months sober, after nearly self-destroying himself. He never really enjoyed drinking, but it was the only thing that kept him numb enough to keep the nightmares and his PTSD at bay. Now, with the help of his ex, Clint, who gets him a job at the Training Center in Anchor Point, he's armed with the determination to turn his life around.

What neither of them expected was to be so attracted to one another and while they eventually give in to their desire and start a relationship, Logan's PTSD and Casey's impending deployment might put a dent to any future together.

I was absolutely heartbroken by Logan and all he lived and continued living through with those nightmares. I simply can't imagine going through those tours or reliving it on a daily basis, even if Ms. Witt does a fantastic job at describing it. I found him to be so strong for trying to live and deal with his episodes without the aid of alcohol and instead, finding a more healthy outlet through his drawings.

While I could sympathize with Casey, and understand that it was difficult for him to just have everyone tell him that he was lucky for not going to combat as a SEAL when it was all he ever wanted to do, I wanted to shake him sometimes when he came across like a kid throwing a tantrum and was very disillusioned with him after one scene, and then that it was Logan who came forward to reach out to him and not the other way around. Other than that, I just loved the progression of their relationship. They had amazing chemistry and were really hot together, but that bit I mentioned just soured the experience for me.

All in all, this was another fantastic addition to the series. Wash Out was very enjoyable, angsty, but not overly so, and I adored Logan and was happy that he got his HEA with Casey. I loved catching up with Diego and seeing him doing so well in his new post, too, so that was a nice bonus. I'll be looking out for more stories in this series in the future.

Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***



About Anchor Point


Welcome to Anchor Point!


Nestled on the northern coast of Oregon, this small town is home to Naval Air Station Adams. On base, you’ll find freshly minted Sailors who’ve just graduated boot camp, salty officers counting down till retirement, grounded pilots who’ve landed behind desks, and everyone in between—and they’re all looking for love. Well, not all of them, but that won’t stop love from finding them.


So pull up a barstool, grab a beer, and get ready for some sea stories as these men in uniform—or not—navigate the waters of love and life in the military.


Anchor Point stories can be enjoyed in any order. Hop in wherever you'd like!






About LA Witt


L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…


L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).


Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Wash Out, L.A. is giving away reader’s choice of two eBooks off of her backlist! (Excludes Wash Out.) Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on May 26, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review. All of Lori's books are five stars for me
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  2. Thanks for the reviews!
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  3. love this series..congrats
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  4. I love your stories and can't wait to read this one.
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  5. Congrats on the new release! Sounds great. colby69@verizon.net

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  6. Congrats, and thanks for the post. This sounds like another good addition to a great series. - Purple Reader, TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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