Erotic Romance

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

afraid-to-flyRating: 4 stars
Genre: 
Contemporary; Military 
Publication day:
 January 16, 2017
Length: 
347 pages  
Publisher:
Riptide

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.

My View:  Afraid to Fly is a proper Navy tale. It’s not flashy or filled with Seals, it’s the everyday reality of most Chiefs and Sailors when on shore duty. They go to work, they talk shop, complain about PRT, and hate Navy functions. The life of a spouse and their dependents is perfectly represented too.

I prefer my characters to be on their fourties+ and Clint and Travis fit the bill. Especially because they act their age and have worries that a twenty-something won’t care about. Both men are bisexual and on the other side of dealing with their sexual identities. We do get to see a bit of Clint’s process, but it doesn’t take over the story.

The author did an excellent job dealing with the main characters sexual relationship and their PTSD. Both solutions work for them without the need for a miracle to intervene and get rid of all their issues. They have to adjust and learn how to trust each other to be together. They have many smexy scenes together as well as some lovely moments.

One thing I like is that the females in the story play an important part. They’re not vindictive or stereotypical. They simply are everyday people. The story is slow in parts and Clint and Travis spend a lot of time wrap in their own thoughts, but overall the story is solid and memorable.

Also, we get to see Paul’s and Sean’s–from Just Drive–happily ever after. This book, in particular, ends with a very satisfying HFN. I don’t see a need for another installment in the series, but a short story to wrap-up Clint’s & Travis’s future would be great.

What I liked the most: How real the characters are.

I wanted more/less: More of a separation. Just because I like to make my characters miserable. 🙂

Who should read it: Fans of middle-aged characters.

ARC provided by Riptide, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Professional Distance by Silvia Violet

Professional DistanceRate: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Length: 242 pages
Published: November 28, 2015
Publisher: Silvia Violet Books (Self-Published)

Thornwell Shipton is wealthy, uptight, closeted, and an incurable workaholic. A tragic love affair left him terrified of relationships, so he tells himself sex is better scheduled and paid for.

Riley Dashwood is young, easy-going, and comfortable in his own skin. He’s a passionate baker and an aspiring chef, working as an escort to save up for culinary school.

They’re clearly made for each other.

When Thorne hires Dash, it’s lust at first sight. After a few scorching nights together, both men start to wonder if what’s between them is more than physical, but their age gap and resistance to romance make them afraid to change their professional relationship to a personal one. Dash pushes Thorne to admit he wants things he’s denied himself for years. Kinky things. Soft, caring things. Things that force him to open his heart, not just his body. To move forward, one or the other must take a risk and ask for what he really wants.

My View: I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book. I’m glad for reading challenges. This has been in by TBR since before it was released and I guess it got lost in the holiday frenzy. I read my first Silvia Violet’s books thanks to Kindle Unlimited and had been hooked since then. It was no different with this book.

Before the first five percent of the story, I knew I’d love Thorne’s and Dash’s story. I have a sweet spot for rent boys and porn stars and love when they get their HEA. Especially, if it is with a middle-aged man, closeted or not. And the erotic aspects of the book were just an added bonus.

I like that the author didn’t wait to get into the action. We didn’t have to read the MCs’ internal struggles before we see them together. We got everything wrapped up perfectly as one. We get to learn more about them at the same time they knew more about each other. We discovered their likes and wants together and get to experience the changes happening in their relationship from the very beginning.

The majority of the story happens in a vacuum, Thorne’s apartment, but we get to see them interacted with their friends and colleagues individually and went on some dates with them too. Their times together weren’t repetitive even when it was a recurring appointment between them. Each felt fresh and unique, but most importantly, realistic. Their escapades were mostly reachable, and the few extravagant dates were credible for a business man.

As always, the author delivered an excellent erotic romance. They had great chemistry, in and out of the bedroom. We degustated the food and the sex with the characters and had enough time to suffer their separation and enjoy their reconciliation. It was all about their relationship and what made them the men they were when they fist met and how far they grew together. I’m looking forward to the next two books in the series.

What I liked the most: The MCs’ chemistry.

I wanted more of: The next book? About now.

Who should read it: Anyone looking for a great erotic romance.