Author: L. A. Witt


General Misconduct
by L. A. Witt

Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary, Gay
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Cassie

After being attacked at a gay bar, Ensign Aiden Lange is advised to take a hike and pretend he fell on the rocks. To protect his career, Aiden takes a trip to Hiji Falls. The trip turns out to be a good decision for more reasons than one. At the end of the trail, he meets sexy Connor, who’s come for a swim. The attraction is instant, and before he knows it, Aiden is going to dinner with the younger man. Okinawa is too small to really keep secrets though, especially for a Navy man, and seeing Connor while keeping his career on track is going to be a challenge.


Connor didn’t expect to meet someone at the falls, but something about Aiden gets to him. It’s not long before he’s falling for the sweet officer. Too bad Connor’s keeping a huge secret…his father is not only an officer, but Aiden’s boss. Can their relationship survive once they’re found out?


General Misconduct is a sweet tale of two guys who have a ton of roadblocks in their way, yet they fall in love anyway. Both Aiden and Connor are good guys. Aiden is ambitious and focused, just embarking on a career he enjoys. Despite the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he wants to keep his sexuality under wraps. Being in a strange place is lonely, however, and his tentative foray to a gay bar results in him getting beat up by an aggressive Marine. Fortunately for him, his attempt to cover up the reason for his injuries leads to meeting Connor.


Connor is in college and stuck living under his father’s roof for the forseeable future. Living with his mother in the States isn’t an option, so he has to go by his father’s rules. Unfortunately they include not dating any military guys on the island, that leaves him with pretty much no options. Meeting Aiden is unexpected and wonderful. Even after they’re discovered, Connor is in deep enough to want to keep seeing Aiden, and Aiden seems to feel the same. Of course, the path to true love is not a smooth one…


I really enjoyed the way LA Witt builds the relationship between these two men in General Misconduct. Sure, the guys have sex, a lot, but Aiden genuinely wants to get to know Connor. They’re both willing to risk the wrath of Connor’s father to keep seeing each other. That is a dangerous proposition for Aiden, especially. Another great thing was the way Connor’s dad was portrayed. He’s overprotective and controlling, but he’s not a homophobic creep. His reasons are actually understandable. I also liked the glimpse into how things are going for the guys in Conduct Unbecoming.


Like military guys, risky affairs, and lots of emotion? General Misconduct will fit the bill very nicely. Just be sure to read Conduct Unbecoming first. It’s not strictly necessary, but the first book is well worth reading, and you can avoid little spoilers.


The United & the Divided
by L. A. Witt

Series: Tooth and Claw #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Erotica, Gay
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Lisa

Where do you run when there’s nowhere left to go? Tooth & Claw, Book 3Levi, Darius and Ian are on the run, but Levi’s wolf clan is the least of their problems. Levi’s now part vampire. Darius, a vampire for the last half century, is now part wolf. They have to feed on blood, but a bite will turn a human to a wolf. They’re left with only one option: find a group of wolves to live amongst...which is a challenge when the wolves want them dead. Finally, on a remote island off the coast of Alaska, they find a small community willing to let them stay, at least for the time being. The decision isn’t unanimous, though. Some are willing to destroy their own village to see them gone, and only at great risk do the three convince the townsfolk to lay down their Molotov cocktails. Yet just as the trio begins to trust they’ve at last found peace, one of the clan Elders learns that the island wolves are harboring them. And he’s going to make sure Levi, Darius and Ian fry under the deadly Alaskan sun. Warning: Contains a vampire and two vampire-wolves who are seriously over all this running around stuff. Also lots of bullets and fur flying, but you’d better believe the boys still find time to burn up the sheets.

On the run while leaving a trail of destruction and death in their wake vampire Ian and half vampire, half wolves Levi and Darius are nearly dropping with exhaustion and despair, waiting for more bullets to fly.

Their last hope is a small island of wolves off the coast of Alaska.  Not only do they need this sanctuary to rest, but because of Levi and Darius’s uniqueness they can only feed on wolves otherwise bloodlust and more death would follow. 

Levi’s grandmother and his cousin are attempting to broker a deal allowing them to stay on the island until their predicament can be sorted out with the clan Elders.  Most are willing to allow the trio to stay. A handful of wolves however decide to take matters into their own hands and once again Levi, Darius, and Ian are forced to flee.  They only know they can’t run forever, something has to give. Doesn’t it?

The conclusion of the Tooth and Claw series draws to a taut and dramatic climax in The United and the Divided.  Told in turn by Levi, Darius, and Ian the weary characters prove their love and devotion in this suspenseful finale.  Secondary characters also have standout moments in the storyline, showing their worth and perseverance.  The lovers’ exhaustive attempts at finding a safe place keeps the tale moving briskly and they barely get a chance for a sensual encounter between dodging bullets and fires. The United and the Divided offers a satisfying finish to a wild and woolly tale that featured every twist and turn imaginable.  Ian, Darius, and Levi certainly deserved happiness together after all they’ve been through.


Meet Me in the Middle
by L. A. Witt

Series: The Distance Between Us #3
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Erotica, Gay
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Cassie

Fool me three times... Dale Ramsey is looking forward to his twenty-year high school reunion except for one small problem. Adam O’Connor, his old friend—and old flame. Twice before, Adam has disappeared from Dale’s life. Once after a graduation night fling, and again after a hot reunion years later. When Adam resurfaces this time, single and on the verge of retiring from the Navy, Dale wonders if he’ll want to mend fences...and maybe tear up some sheets. The spark between them is alive and well, but Dale resists. After all, Adam only seems to come around when his life is in flux, and Dale is through being a placeholder until something better comes along. He wants his friend back, but not if he’ll be deserted a third time. Inevitably, though, their attempts to rekindle their friendship wind up igniting something much hotter, and stirring up emotions too strong to ignore. Making Dale wonder if he should put his heart on the line...or if this time he should be the one to walk away. Warning: Let’s face it, Dale’s been sitting quietly (well, kind of) on the sidelines since The Distance Between Us, and he waited patiently through The Closer You Get. Dude is seriously ready for some scorching-hot action, so keep a fire extinguisher and some ice handy. These boys are gonna need it...

Dale Ramsey’s twenty-year high school reunion is coming up, but he’s torn on whether or not to go. He likes the thought of seeing old friends—except for one. Adam O’Connor was his best friend in high school, right up until he left for the Navy. The last two times they saw each other, they ended up in bed together, after which Adam disappeared from Dale’s life. Dale isn’t sure he wants to risk being hurt again.

When he decides to go, he’s not surprised to see Dale. He’s a little surprised to hear that Dale is about to retire from the Navy, however. The attraction between them burns as hotly as it always has. Will this time be different, or will Dale once again end up hurt and alone?

Meet Me in the Middle is an enjoyable tale of love long delayed. Dale tells his story with humor and emotion. Adam had gone from his best friend, to his lover, to completely absent from his life, all in a short span of time. Then, at their ten year reunion, Dale allows his and Adam’s chemistry to lead him into another short fling with his former friend. Both times Adam disappears without much—or any—contact directly afterward, leaving a big hole in Dale’s life. Dale is afraid to hope that this time could be different, but his friends convince him he should go to his reunion anyway.

Of course Adam’s attending the reunion, and this time he’s about to leave the Navy after a twenty year career. Dale tells himself he’s not going to fall into Adam’s bed this time, but he does. Afterward, he tells himself not to get his hopes up. He’s surprised when they keep in touch this time, and begins to wonder if the third time might be the charm, only he’s too afraid of being hurt again to let himself take that risk.

I really liked Dale. He’s a good man, a good friend, and realistic about his own failings. In general, he has a good life, but he’s always felt the loss of Adam, both as a friend and as a lover. Their rekindled friendship is as important to him as sex, if not more so, and because of this he tries to hold Adam at arms’ length. If he doesn’t let himself have any expectations, or feelings other than friendship, he won’t get hurt again. This is easier said than done. Fortunately, he has a group of very good friends who help him navigate the dangerous waters of reuniting with Adam.

Adam himself is more of a puzzle. Seen through Dale’s eyes, it’s difficult to understand Adam’s denial, his string of failed marriages, and his choices. Under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a career Navy man had few choices, so that’s one explanation. He manages to redeem himself through his actions toward Dale over the course of the book.

At its heart, Meet Me in the Middle is a friends-turned-lovers tale, but it’s also a story of reunions, friendship, and love lost and found. I think it might have been good to read the previous books in the series first, so I could understand the interactions between the secondary characters better, but Meet Me in the Middle stood alone well enough. It’s a sweet, hopeful story with a well-earned ending.  Be prepared to say “Aww!” at the end. 

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