About Sink or Swim
When need meets fear, can two very different men find common ground?
Alhazar Bukhari spent his Navy career in the closet. Now he’s retired, divorced, and hungry for the love he’s never had a chance to experience. He tries to put his faith in Allah to bring the right man into his life, but it’s hard to be patient after all this time.
Chaplain Dylan Pedersen spends his days counseling Sailors, and his nights with men he doesn’t know. Months after finally escaping an abusive relationship, he’s terrified of anything more than a physical connection. Maybe it’s a sin, but he’s too lonely to not let men into his bed, and too scared to let them into his heart.
When Alhazar’s civilian job brings him aboard the USS Fort Stevens, and his daily prayers bring him into Dylan’s chapel, the chemistry is instantaneous. Sex and friendship quickly evolve into more, but Dylan’s too haunted by his recent past to be the man Alhazar wants. Alhazar needs love, Dylan needs time, and if they can’t find some sort of balance, they’ll sink before they ever have a chance to swim.
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Alhazar walks into to the Navy chapel unaware he just changed the course of his life. Dylan, the chaplain, has never seen a more beautiful man. When Alhazar asks if it is ok to say his daily prayers in the chapel Dylan immediately say yes.
They strike up a friendship. It’s enough at first. Both are divorced, both have children. Alhazar lives next door to his ex wife, raising their kids together. Dylan’s family is further away but he is close to them.
Dylan is a few months out of an abusive relationship. The man took every bit of Dylan’s soul and crushed it. He is so unsure of everything. Afraid to leave the base because he doesn’t want to run into him. The man was such a master manipulator that even Dylan’s mother is urging him to go back.
When they discover an interest in each other they dive into the deep end. Soon spending every moment possible together. When they run into Dylan’s ex everything starts to fall apart. Alhazar doesn’t see a way to repair the break. Dylan finally does what he should have done months ago. He wants Alhazar, and it’s time to take control of his life back.
This was an interesting book to read. I’ve never read anything (or researched) the Muslim religion so Alhazar’s devotions were new to me. I liked how the author made their different religions basically a non issue. Treating both men a human beings who should be worlds apart but are instead able to set aside religious differences and be together. I thought it was a nicely done story.
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Welcome to Anchor Point!
Nestled on the northern coast of Oregon, this small town is home to Naval Air Station Adams. On base, you’ll find freshly minted Sailors who’ve just graduated boot camp, salty officers counting down till retirement, grounded pilots who’ve landed behind desks, and everyone in between—and they’re all looking for love. Well, not all of them, but that won’t stop love from finding them.
So pull up a barstool, grab a beer, and get ready for some sea stories as these men in uniform—or not—navigate the waters of love and life in the military.
Anchor Point stories can be enjoyed in any order. Hop in wherever you’d like!
About LA Witt
L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…
To celebrate the release of Sink or Swim, L.A. is giving away reader’s choice of two eBooks off of her backlist and a $10 Riptide credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 21, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following along, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!