Chief's Mess (Anchor Point) (Volume 3) Paperback – March 24, 2017
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In book 3, we meet up with Anthony and Noah. Anthony's sister was married to Clint who we met in book 2. Her marriage to Clint ended due to his alcohol abuse stemming from his PTSD. Having seen how Clint's drinking affected his sister's family, Anthony is leery of alcohol use. On a visit to Anchor Point with his sister, he hooks up with Noah. The chemistry was instant. The sex, insanely hot!!! However, what these two both thought was just a one off turns into something more and soon they're having a long distance relationship. As time progresses, Anthony becomes suspicious of Noah's drinking but because they're not around each other 24/7, he doesn't see just how much Anthony is drinking. Slowly things begin to unravel for Noah and even Anthony eventually sees for himself just how bad Noah's drinking is. Anthony leaves Noah and Noah goes on a weekend binge that finally opens his eyes to how bad his drinking has been and he seeks help.
Having lived with someone who hit rock bottom, I know how Anthony feels, there comes a point where you can't go on but it's up to the individual to seek help. You can't make them do it and they have to do it for themselves. It takes strength and courage to do it every day. It's a hard subject to tackle and I think LA Witt covered it beautifully.
I liked the first book "Just Drive," which involved Paul, a 40-something base commander and Sean, a 20-something son of one of his officers. Good plot, eventual angst, lots of sex.
I found the second, "Afraid to Fly," heart wrenching because of the PTSD and physical issues the two 30-something Navy officers, Travis and Clint, had to deal with, including a romance in which the sex was compromised by injury.
This one, which brings together Noah, a 39-year-old Navy police captain and Anthony, a somewhat but not too much younger (and deeply ginger) ex-brother-in-law of Clint from "Afraid to Fly," touches all the bases and involves the members of the previous two books. It also sets the pages on fire with so much sex that you begin to wonder if these guys are just hedonistic or plain stupid in love.
By the time they figure that out, their world is ready to explode over the realization that their long-distance relationship blocked Anthony from easily figuring out that something was deeply wrong with Noah. By the time the eventual clash takes place they are tearing themselves to pieces, and it becomes a battle of love's survival over fear of loneliness and disrepute.
I liked this book more than the other two because these two characters have absolutely nothing in common from the get-go, and yet find that they have everything in common as they progress. I still think the publisher has made a serious mistake by not putting their images on the cover, but I still think these two guys are the best match so far.
Unless, of course, Ms. Witt outdoes herself in the next one.
[ HE's ROYAL HIGHNESS ]. AFTER U Ms. WITT GAVE SOME BACKGROUND besides Mr. PERFECT & HIS WHINNY SIS I WAS NOT ROOTING 4 HIM & NOAH 2STAY as a COUPLE.
ANT isn't the FIRST YOUNG MAN [ ENTITLED, after a BOTCHED PRETEND
MARRIAGE of SORTS ]; 2HEAR& BELIEVE ONE SIDE of SIS STORY. I'VE LEARNT
"NO MATTER HOW CLOSE NO ONE IN YOUR BEDROOM & TRULY KNOWS WHATS
GOIN ON in YOUR HEAD. WASN'T HAPPY ANT GOT A TASTE/ DOSE of REALITY
AFTER JUDGING CLINT SOOOOO HARSHLY 4 HIS MISTAKES. [ CLINT COULD HAVE TURN on ANT but CHOSE 2B "THE ADULT" & 4GIVE.NOAH U GOT YOUR HANDS
F U L L with THIS MAN!!!!
My heart broke for Anthony when he starts to suspect that Noah has a problem with alcohol and having been there myself knowing all the signs is hard to read.
When all comes tumbling down I cried for both of them and I'm happy that they finally got everything they wanted in the end.
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Anthony had to get away from the situation as he has a hard time forgiving Clint for his previous actions towards his family.
He thinks him and Noah will just be a one-night stand, but they become more and start flying back and forth every few weeks to see each other.
When Anthony discovers Noah has a drinking problem, that crosses the line, as Anthony cannot be around someone who drinks excessively.
They break up, what happens next is up to Noah.
Well-rounded characters, some from other books, difficult subject matter, handled with care.