For Sean Wright, driving a cab in the tiny Navy town of Anchor Point isn’t an exciting job . . . until he picks up just-dumped Paul Richards. A drive turns into a walk on the pier, which turns into the hottest hookup Sean’s had in ages.
After a long overdue breakup, Paul can’t believe his luck. Of all the drivers, he’s picked up by the gorgeous, gay, and very willing Sean. Younger guys aren’t usually his thing, but Paul can’t resist.
One taste and neither man can get enough . . . right up until they realize that Paul is Sean’s father’s commanding officer and the last man Sean should be involved with.
With two careers on the line, their only option is to back off. It’s not easy, though; the sex and the emotional connection are exactly what both men have been craving for a long time. But Paul has devoted twenty-four years to his career and his dream of making admiral. If he’s caught with Sean, that’s all over. He has to choose—stay the course, or trade it all for the man who drove off with his heart.
If you’ve read my reviews, you know that I despise books where there are two first person narratives. The struggle to remember who the “I” is, is frustrating and will often make me hate the book before a couple chapters is out. Just Drive started out that way. It also focused solely on Sean and Paul’s relationship with very little outside interaction for the first half of the book – which is another one of my bugaboos. I’ve come to the conclusion lately that for me, a book has to have external life outside the romance for me to love it.
I pushed on, mainly so I could finish and get the review written. But half way through the book, things changed. We learned enough about Paul to understand where he was coming from. Paul and Sean’s personal as well as couple dynamic was fully established by that point and must say – I liked the dichotomy of the older man being not only the bottom, but also the one who wasn’t nearly as mature as the younger.
And from there, the external drama became more of the focus. They found out that Paul was Sean’s father’s boss in the Navy. That’s a big oops and could have spelled the end of both Paul and Sean’s father’s careers. And the way Witt painted how they walked away but couldn’t stay away from each other felt realistic. I have to say, by this point I could see why the Navy hadn’t put Paul in charge of a ship. And why he might never make Admiral.
While I read the first half of the book over several days, I read the last half of the book in one night. Could not put it down. I had to know what happened. And I must say, Witt threw in a total surprise for me at the end. Was so not expecting it and it made me cry… in a good way.
The only thing truly missing for me in the latter part of the book is a scene from Paul and Travis. Travis is Paul’s good friend, one who knows the crap Paul’s been through and who is a good listening ear. When Paul had to make his final decision, I expected he’d talk about it with his best friend. But he didn’t. That left a hole in the book for me.
However, even with that hole and what was—to me—an iffy beginning, I f’ing loved the book. I’m talking LOVED the book. It’s one I will want to read again and again. As soon as it’s released, I’m going to buy a copy—yes, that’s how much I loved it.
Technically, because of the huge hole I felt it was a 4.5 but since I loved it and will reread it (which is the basis for a 5-star review for me), I bumped it up to a 5.