Note: This ARC was provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
Tell me we need to walk away.
Please, say it.
Because I can't. And we can't do this.
My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth.
"I don't care how old you are. I don't care who your father is." He smoothed my hair. "I..." He paused, and when he inhaled, he pushed his shoulders back. Stepping a little closer, he drew me in, and just before our lips met, he whispered, "I love you, Sean."
Maybe Paul Richards should have ended his relationship on his own initiative instead of waiting for it to fizzle out and having his no-ex do the unsurprising--yet still painful--breaking up part. And now he finds himself in the backseat of a cab, telling the driver to "just drive." Paul doesn't care where they're headed to. All he wants is to simply find something--or someone--to distract him. But maybe he doesn't have to look all that far, because getting a better look at his driver has him imagining what he could be doing to the guy and vice-versa. At forty-two, Paul is clearly younger than Sean Wright by at least two decades, but one unforgettable hook-up leads to clandestine meetings and then to simply...more. But when Paul finds out who Sean's Navy connection, the newly found anchor in his otherwise regimented life may well be the same anchor that'll sink them both and all of Paul's lifelong plans.
Driving a cab puts money in his pocket while he's finishing up his studies and even in a town as small as Anchor Point, twenty-two-year-old Sean Wright has driven a myriad of passengers. His latest passenger, however, is different. It's clear that something happened inside the motel he picked Paul Richards up at, and maybe it's his stoicism that has Sean curious. Heck, maybe it's the fact that this older man's gorgeousness has him glancing in his rear-view mirror more than once. They proceed to have one hook-up...until an invitation to meet again leads to another hook-up...and then another... Sean's thoughts are consumed by Paul and he's hoping that Paul's going through the same torturous daily routine. Sean is falling, but who Paul is and how their relationship affects both Paul's career and Sean's father's has Sean lamenting how the Navy is about to take something from him yet again.
Just Drive is the first novel in author L.A. Witt's new M/M romance series, Anchor Point, and it's set in the fictional town by the same name. This was a book that, from the moment I saw the cover on Riptide Publishing's website and perused the synopsis, I knew I just had to read. From the age difference between the two main characters to that illicitness that surrounded their seemingly star-crossed love affair and with the Navy as a backdrop, this series starter hit every single one of the marks I have when it comes to a book like this. I dare say that this is my favorite L.A. Witt novel that I've read so far. This was a story about love, family, and career and how the plans we make can change when we least expect them to. It's got snark, really hot sex, issues for one to ponder on, two engaging men, and one hell of a grand gesture that brought me to tears. Oh, and that epilogue. Major le sigh. Five-plus stars. ♥
Release Date: 21 November 2016
Date Read: 20 November 2016
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