|Rating: 4 stars out of 5
It turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.
Second-class petty officers Dalton Taylor and Chris Ingram have been best friends since coxswain’s school. Now they’re stationed together in the Harbor Patrol Unit of NAS Adams. They’re content as friends, but secretly, they both ache for more. Neither makes a move, though; while Dalton is out and proud, Chris is closeted—even from his best friend.
Then another coxswain’s negligence nearly drowns Dalton. After a taste of how easily they could lose each other, neither man can keep his feelings hidden anymore, and it turns out love and sex come easy when you’re falling for your best friend.
Things aren’t just heating up between the friends-turned-lovers, though. The Navy is investigating the accident, and the Harbor Patrol chief isn’t going to let his star coxswain go down for dereliction of duty, even if saving him means throwing Dalton under the bus.
As the threats and gaslighting pile up, Chris and Dalton need each other more than ever—as shipmates, friends, and lovers. But if their chief prevails, the only way they can save their careers is to let each other go.
This was another nice story in this series. Dalton is struggling to keep his feelings for his best friend hidden but when he is injured Chris steps up to help him. Chris has kept his preferences to himself for so long but when the very real possibility of losing Dalton comes up he jumps in with both feet.
I really liked both of these guys and how easily they took to a relationship, but that is what can happen when you have been best friends for so long. I could see their frustration and worry with how the accident was being handled and how the chief was treating Dalton. I felt for Dalton when he was feeling down about his feelings for Chris and then his frustration when he had trouble getting back to normal after the accident. I loved Chris’s endless support for Dalton and how all he wants is for him to be happy and alive.
It was so nice to listen to Nick Russo narrating this story as it’s been quite a while since I have had one of his stories and he did a wonderful job. He continues to portray the characters’ emotions and it makes it easy to connect with them. The different voices he used for the characters helped me keep up with what was going on and get an idea of the characters personality some more.
I like the cover art by LC Chase and it continues follow the pattern for the series.
Audiobook, 7 hrs 30 min
Series: Anchor Point #5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
When Nolan wakes up with a beautiful green-haired man in his bed, little does he know he’s already met the man of his dreams. Skylar is not only cute and fun-loving, he’s also a businessman who owns his own dojo where he teaches karate. Before they get to explore more about each other, Nolan receives a distress call from his (half) brother, Den. The young man has been told by his father that he must give up his boyfriend and settle down. He can’t be gay and he can’t have the boy he loves.
Nolan has never rocked the boat with his mother and this man she married, but it seems he’s going to have to go to bat for his youngest brother and his step-brother is with him all the way in supporting Den. To make a long story short—or is that a short story shorter?—Nolan asks Skylar to accompany him to his parents’ annual holiday gala. His straight stepbrother, Tor, will bring his best friend as his “date” and Den will be accompanied by his boyfriend as well. The three couples plan to stand united.
The story mainly focuses on the stepfather and his homophobia with some romance for Nolan and his new lover, Skylar. There’s quite a long segment devoted to Nolan’s business—he’s an art gallery owner and sculptor—and to his newest artist who benefits from Skylar’s visit to the galley when Skylar buys a piece and Skylar’s lovely mother makes friends with the young man.
There’s a lot of information and many characters in this story, all of which was given page time so the romance between Nolan and Skylar was given less focus. Those who enjoy sex scenes will be happy to know the author fit those in, but those who like to see a romance take some time to develop may not be too pleased. In any case, this is a nice holiday story that includes quite a few possibilities for future spinoffs.
Cover art by Garrett Leigh features one of the basic Advent Calendar designs with a round portal through which we see both MCs—the older bearded man and the younger green-haired man. A good representation of the story, I like this particular cover design for the Advent Anthology stories.
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 52 pages
Published December 1st 2018 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language English