Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
Travis was a Naval pilot until he landed his plane in the ocean instead. Grounded to a desk job with chronic back pain, he just wants to get through his day. Clint was a drone pilot on a classified mission when something went wrong. To this day he is haunted by it and the fact that it is SO classified he cannot talk to anyone about it, not even a therapist. So while he is physically fine, the PTSD wakes him every night.
Some of the things I really liked about this book: that there are boring desk jobs in the military, that both main characters were closer to middle aged than “legal”, and that you can suffer from PTSD even if you weren’t on the front lines.
Travis does everything he can to not seem like he is in so much pain because even with a desk job, he can be given medical discharge from the Navy. And when you are way closer to 40 than to 18, starting a career over is not something you want to look forward to.
That being said, I felt that it was very repetitive and that Clint was almost too good. He never complains at all about how Travis’ pain rules everything. Including, and especially in the bedroom. Of course when you love someone you love who they are, but dealing with chronic pain like that can and does get to the partners as well. Trust me, I know from experience. I wanted Clint to get at least frustrated once about the situation. But he kept saying “It’s fine, I understand”.
A lot of times I see books with trigger warnings and I don’t worry about it because I didn’t think I was the type to be triggered. Even when something in a book hit a little to close to home (me). But chronic pain I think might have to be my trigger warning because I wanted to be upset and frustrated for Clint.
Another person could have a totally different take on this. Admittedly, my opinion is skewed because of real life.
Afraid to Fly is the sequel to Just Drive, but can very easily be read as a stand alone.
Cover art by L.C. Chase works perfectly for the story.
ebook, 347 pages
Published January 16th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
ISBN 1626494991 (ISBN13: 9781626494992)
Series:Anchor Point #2