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.
As much as I loved the first book in the series and will reread it, Afraid to Fly left me feeling as though there was too much missing.
Again we have two 1st person points of view and I kept having to remember who’s POV the particular chapter was in. I was popped out of the story several times because of that.
One thing I do love about these books is what feels like reality of the lives of two men who have been in the Navy for a long time, for whom it is their life, and yet who also have lived through DADT as well as all the other insidiousness from a military organization and yet are finally able to be out.
However, unlike with the first book where I felt after the first half that the characters got more involved outside their relationship, this book kept to the same issues all the way through. Travis felt Clint would walk away at some point due to his pain and Clint was afraid due to his PTSD and his recent issues that any false move on his part and his kids would be taken away forever. While both worries were valid, I did become tired of having them hit over my head constantly. I would have liked to see more of their world that had nothing to do with their relationship. I like to feel as though I’m living the life along with the characters, and if everything is colored by their relationship, I don’t feel as though I’m seeing them in their life. But as more of a cutout of their life. As such, I feel like I’m watching a very narrow view and can’t get emotionally involved.
So the book has a solid 3 stars.