Review: Going Overboard by L.A. Witt

Posted November 27, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 14 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Going Overboard by L.A. Witt
Going Overboard
Narrated by Nick J. Russo

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Series: Anchor Point #5
Genres: M/M Romance, Military Romance
Published by Riptide
Released on November 8, 2018
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Famous reader words, ‘I was only going to read/listen to the first chapter… yeah, three hours later… It was a bit of wanting the strong military setting this author brings, a different romance situation with each book, and a favorite narrator.  Needless to say, this book went quickly for me and left me well-pleased with the outcome.


Going Overboard is book five in the Anchor Point series.  I can attest to the fact that these can be read/listened to as standalones or out of order.  I suspect they do flow best when taken in order, but I seem to be bouncing around with the entries in this series and fortunately, it has worked.

The story opens with a horrific event when bad weather, high sea, and a negligent leader nearly get two petty officers almost killed.  But, that’s only the beginning for poor injured Dalton.  His chief plans for Dalton to take the fall for the mishap so his golden boy favorite who is to blame doesn’t get in trouble.  There is pressure on Dalton and the one other witness to tell a different story than the truth for the inquiry.  Meanwhile, the chief has another leverage to use against Dalton when his recent friends to lovers romance with fellow petty officer and best friend, Chris Ingram becomes known to him.  Dalton and Chris’ very jobs and more are on the line and their easiest bet is to give up their relationship.

So, the US Navy is like any other large bureaucratic organization.  Mini-tyrants, preferment, distinction of officer from the rank and file and other issues are prevalent.  The author painted an authentic setting and situation.  I like how each book explores a different aspect of life on the Adams Naval Base and in the surrounding community, a different injustice that must be addressed, and a romance that comes with complications.

In truth this pair slid easily from friendship into more though it took some time because Chris wasn’t out that he is gay while Dalton was.  The romance was not the most prevalent element and was evenly balanced with the situation caused by the incident at sea. It was slow burn in the sense that it took nearly half the book before they had their ducks in a row and shared a kiss.  But once they did?  Boy howdy did they scorch things up.  Dalton got stuck in his head a lot about his situation and Chris want to do something noble.

I was really rooting for them both against that villainous chief.  I so wanted a heavy military transport to flatten that guy and his crony.  There was more going on as the truth came out and he was worse than I thought.

As I said, I experience this story on audio and I was thrilled to do so because I really enjoy Nick J. Russo’s narration work.  He had several different voices to distinguish all the characters and, simply put, he’s a splendid story teller.  I get caught up and the time just flies by.

All in all, this was a fantastic entry in the series (enjoyed the encounters with previous series characters) and I look forward to more visits at Anchor Point.  Those who enjoy spicy m/m military romances should give this series a go.

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.

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Tracy Terry
3 years ago

Alas put off by the cover – I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover. i’m glad you enjoyed it though.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Tracy Terry

Hey, no worries, Tracy! You have to go with your own gut when it comes to your reading. 🙂

3 years ago

That’s nice to find a good m/m milatary romance!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I agree. I haven’t read many over the last year so this was a nice treat.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

This does sound like it would be a good read. I’ve read a few m/m romances and liked a few of them.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Hope you like it if you get the chance, Mary!

3 years ago

This sounds pretty good. I’m glad you are able to jump around in the series if you have to. The villain sounds pretty horrible too! I think that part would make me mad. The romance sounds good. Love a slow burn.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yes, I’ve listened to three of them and none in order. LOL

Yeah, that chief needed a boat dropped on him.

3 years ago

I don’t think this one would be a good fit for me! I tend to avoid books about cowboys and the military… they just never work out! However, I do love a good narrator, and it seems like Russo is pretty amazing. I’ll think about it… haha!

Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear?

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lindsi

Yeah, I have certain setting types that don’t tend to work for me. I shy away from journalists or politics b/c of the same reason.

LOL, yes, a good narrator can get me to listen to books that might not be able to hold my attention in print. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Your bouncing around made me laugh. I am very curious about the villainous chief. Sounds like this has some intense suspense.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I don’t know what it is that makes me do that sometimes and not others when it comes to just snagging stories here and there instead of going from first to last. 🙂

Oh man, that guy… I thought it was bad enough when he was out to sink Dalton and make him the scapegoat for that boat wreck, but then it turns out he’s into some serious criminal activity, too. Ugh!

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

It is always a good sign when you end up reading a lot more than you had planned on. It is good to know that this series doesn’t have to be read in order. Great review!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yep, it sure is- until you have to get up in the morning, LOL, but I’ll take it for a good book. 🙂

I like having series that are versatile like this Some storylines grab me more than others.