My thoughts: I give it ♥♥♥♥. This story is of two career military pilots, both suffering through their own battles of PTSD, injury, chronic pain, addiction, families. It sounds like it should be a downer, doesn’t it? It’s not! Surprisingly, the characters are deeply drawn and their private battles shape the men they are today. Past and future heartaches will always be there, but they decided to grow past the pain in their lives to trust themselves and each other. I liked this story because I did not need to suspend disbelief to believe this could be happening every day.
Author’s Blurb: Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It’s been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.
Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he’s sober now and getting his life back on track. He’s traded drones for a desk, and he’s determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.
Clint has been on Travis’s radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it’s a disaster, but there’s a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.
It’s all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint’s never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.