Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Just Drive by L.A. Witt

Just Drive by L.A. Witt

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

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Official SummaryFor 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.

ReviewJust Drive is the first in the Anchor Point series and it was definitely a good one. The overall plot concerns Paul, a career Navy man, and Sean, a twenty-something whose father is a career navy man. One night Sean picks up Paul outside a hotel, as he’s an Uber driver of sorts, and Paul’s first- and only words for a while- are “just drive.” So Sean does. There is a pretty immediate attraction on Sean’s part and the two do end up getting physical. They tell themselves they need to stop though, mostly because Sean is half Paul’s age. More issues arise as they keep meeting up, addicted to the physical aspect of their relationship, while also starting to like the person underneath. The official summary of the book gives away more details about how the plot, but I’ll just say that the drama was definitely realistic and deals with more than just the big age gap.

When it comes to novels, I don’t really mind age gaps. I will admit that seeing this in real life often throws me off, but I personally know people who are with someone a lot older than them, so I know that it can work in some cases. It was obvious that Sean and Paul had a connection, and I did appreciate that Witt showed them having conversations and sharing the hard times in their lives – Paul pretending to be straight for so long; Sean’s life being dictated by the Navy as he moved around the world – as it allowed me to see how the two fit apart from the physical.

Despite getting to know Paul and Sean fairly well, I still felt like things moved a bit quick. Regardless, the end worked well for me. I thought things came to a natural conclusion and decisions were made with care. I don’t want to say too much as I do want you to go along for the ride without too many preconceived notions of what Just Drive will deliver. I will say that I loved these characters and getting to learn about their backgrounds, and I thought the premise was interesting – not only with the age gap but with the military aspect too. I’ll be curious to see what the next Anchor Point novel has to offer. 


Melliane said...

It sounds interesting, I'm curious to see what you'll think thereafter

Tanya Atkinson said...

This sounds interesting. And I have no issue with the age gap. I've never considered that of any consequence (particularly since there are 14 years between my husband and me LOL). I hope the series continues to be as good.

Kindlemom said...

Sounds like you liked this despite feeling like it was a bit rushed.

Karen Alderman said...

I've been meaning to try something by this author.

Karen @For What It's Worth

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

Hmmm...age gaps tend not to bother me too much as long as the older partner doesn't use his/her experience against the younger partner.

Gingi Freeman said...

The covers of these books, I swear to God... lol... -

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Hm, may have to try it!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Not loving that it seems like it moves too quick, but I do like the sound of this one otherwise. I do think I need to try a book by this author. I believe this is the second suggestion I've seen lately with this author. :)

Rachel said...

Wonderful review, Lauren! This does sound like a whirlwind romance, but one with some passion. I do enjoy military romances as well. I'll have to check this out. :)

Nicole Hewitt said...

I read one other book by this author and enjoyed it. I heard (from the author herself) that some of her books can be "out there" as far as the sex is concerned, so I'm little hesitant to pick up something else of hers. Was this one relatively tame?

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction