Title: Rank & File
Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he’s had his eye on the prize—making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.
Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He’s lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he’s destined for great things—once he’s done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.
When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn’t stop them. It also doesn’t keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give—Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they’ll both face court-martial.
But there’s also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.
Author: L.A. Witt
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Finding Master Right, Capture and Surrender, After the Fall, Static
Series: Anchor Point #4
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Just Drive, Afraid to Fly, Chief's Mess
Published by Riptide Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: September 23, 2017
Genres: Male Male Romance
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I have fallen into a book rut lately of books that have the potential to wow me and end up missing it by that much. Having enjoyed the other books in the series, I had high hopes for Rank & File. Such high hopes…
Let’s start with the book did not suck. Brent and Will were good characters and completely likable. They are both Navy with one being an officer, the other enlisted. Right there is a big No-No in the military world. However, there is an insta-lust attraction between them. Too bad it happened when Will shows up for a domestic case and Brent is smack dab in the middle. Neither can get each other off their minds so they both head down (Separately) to the High-&-Tight for an itch-scratching score. Of course, once they spot each other, a quickie in the men’s room leads then down the rabbit hole to a whole lot of hotness…and a whole lot of complications.
Those said complications are what the whole story ran on. They KNOW they are not supposed to be together but can’t resist what is between them. Not exactly a taboo romance but it’s enough that if word gets out, it could cost them both their careers. There’s quite a bit of sneaking around and hold up in their places moments that are filled with the hot and steamy as well as getting to know each other. The ending was fairly easy to guess what was going to happen by the seventh chapter. Despite that, I hung around to see how it would play out and thankfully was not disappointed.
So why am I feeling less than stellar about this book? I think it’s the repetitive cookie cutter to the plots. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone which is really nice but after reading this fourth book, I feel I can predict what will be in each book. May/December romance, lots of hot sex, big No-No hook-ups, one is an emotional/physical wreck, a family that either doesn’t know or doesn’t approve. I get it. It’s a series and there is a pattern to be had in all the books. The repetitiveness is not going to keep me from reading the rest of the books as they come out. I just wish they weren’t so predictable.