Review: Chief’s Mess by L.A. Witt

Review: Chief’s Mess by L.A. Witt
Chief's Mess
Narrated by Nick J. Russo

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Series: Anchor Point #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, Military Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on January 30, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher

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Anthony Talbot is in Anchor Point to visit family, but after two days of strife, he needs a break. A local gay bar is calling his name.

When Chief Noah Jackson sees that red head stroll into the club, he immediately wants him. They're perfectly matched, and before long, they're burning up the sheets. Noah can't get enough. Anthony can't stay in Oregon for long, but as soon as he leaves, he's counting down the days until he can fly back for more. And between his increasingly frequent visits, there's always phone sex, sexting, webcams....anything they can get.

But Noah's got a carefully crafted façade, and Anthony can't help noticing the slowly forming cracks. The scent of alcohol in the middle of the day. The extra drinks at dinner. The hint of red in his eyes. Anthony knows what it means. He doesn't want to believe it, but he's seen this before, and there's no denying it. If Noah doesn't get his downward spiral under control, he's going to lose both his career and the first man he's ever really loved.

The Delight

Anthony Talbot is climbing the walls during a tense family obligatory visit and takes his sister’s blessing to get out for a bit leading to a hot encounter with smoldering Navy Chief Noah Jackson. I enjoyed this latest in the Anchor Point series particularly since, like before in the series, the author touches on a relevant issue for men in the naval service- or pretty much an issue with any relationship.


Chief’s Mess is the third of the Anchor Point series. These books loosely tie together so they can be enjoyed in order or standalone. Chief’s Mess ties to the previous Afraid to Fly through Anthony being the hostile ex-brother in law to Clint Fraser, hero of the earlier book. For those who loved Clint and Travis, this has some follow-up scenes and for those who are starting at this book, the encounter works fine, too.

Anthony and Noah start out hotter than a firecracker together. I will say this, LA Witt can write some heat. I was hot and bothered only minutes into this book. Whew! The torrid and sizzling sex blew my mind. They definitely had chemistry in the bedroom and that was the foundation of what was to come in their attempt at a long distance relationship. Skype? No this was Porny Skyping between a pair of dirty talking guys who knew how to rev each other past the red line.

At first, I was concerned that the hot bedroom (and non-bedroom) antics were going to be all there was to this one and I did skip of ton of those scenes when they were just lining up like dominoes and I was actually growing numb to it. But, after a time, the pair realized they wanted a relationship and of course, that was also when Anthony stopped denying the hints he was seeing that Noah had a drinking problem. This was when the book started showing its depth and heart for me.

Noah is what in my past we called a functioning alcoholic. He drank a lot and often, but he was staying just sober enough to get through his life. I thought the alcoholism element was handled about right as were all the characters involved. Noah’s addiction is the main conflict in the story, but this is not a men’s fiction novel so it’s in the right balance with the relationship development It wasn’t focused on, but I also feel like Anthony had his own demons to deal with. I thought it was interesting that the spotlight was not on Noah only through this, but also Anthony. Like any person in a relationship with a recovering addict, the addict isn’t the only one with his life on the precipice. So yes, this book dug deep and really shone when it hit the depth of the conflict for this pair.

Chief’s Mess was narrated by Nick J. Russo. I felt he did an incredible job whether it was taking me right into this horny pair’s bedroom scenes or leaving me crushed and teary-eyed when Noah and Anthony hit their lowest. He captured the pace of the story, its elements, and its characters fabulously.

In summation, Chief’s Mess delivered a hot pair of lovers and a difficult situation that had me earnestly engaged to see it all end well. Those who enjoy spicy m/m military romance should definitely give this book/series a chance.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


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About L.A. Witt

L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.

L. A.’s backlist is available on her website, and updates (as well as random thoughts and the odd snarky comment) can be found on her blog or on Twitter (@GallagherWitt).

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.