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Chief's Mess

(Anchor Point #3)

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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  111 reviews
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
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ebook, 291 pages
Published June 19th 2017 by Riptide Publishing (first published June 18th 2017)
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Gigi
4.5 stars



I'm here for the sex! ~ Gigi, June 2017


The premise of Chief's Mess is the same as the first two books in the Anchor Point series; Just Drive and Afraid to Fly. Lots of sex, not a lot of plot and a conflict that separates our heroes for a few weeks.

Anthony is visiting his sister's ex-husband Clint (from Afraid to Fly) in Anchor Point where he meets Chief Noah Jackson at a gay bar. Lots and lots and LOTS of hot gay sex happens during Anthony's week in Anchor Point.

When Anthony returns to
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Jewel
This pains me to say, but Chief's Mess was a huge miss for me. Not enough plot and MCs I never warmed to make for disappointing reading. Well, at least the sex was plentiful and hot. LA Witt does know her way around a sex scene and the MC's had loads of chemistry in the sheets. But even that did not save this story for me. I'm sad that I didn't enjoy this story because LA Witt + military story is almost always a winner for me.

I wasn't super thrilled with one of the MC's of this book being an al
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Fabi
5+++ stars

I'm trying to find my words for this review and failing miserably.

Bear with me because this story affected me on an emotional gut level.

But first, the fun part.
Anthony is on the prowl. It doesn't take him long to set eyes on Noah and reach out for what he wants.
...tell me you bottom, and we can skip all that and get out of here.

And that was the beginning of hot, sexy, vers scene after scene. These men were on fahyere.

Yes, sometimes this kind of thing is 'too much of a good thing'. Bu
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Jay
2.5 stars – Considering how much I enjoyed the first two books in L.A. Witt’s Anchor Point series, not to mention the other books of hers I have read, I had high hopes that I would enjoy Chief’s Mess in spite of my reservations about the subject matter after reading the blurb. I’m not a big fan of romances where the big conflict deals with alcohol or drug problems. As it turns out, that really wasn’t the problem I had with the book, but I definitely had a problem that kept me from enjoying this ...more
Ele
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: military
**2.5 stars**

This could have gone better. I'll keep it short:

The good:

-I found that the "alcoholic in denial" theme was executed pretty accurately. Same goes for the ending and the way it all played out. We don't actually get to see the recovering period but I think this was a wise choice. The few pages that narrated Noah's struggles were realistic and more than enough for me.

-There is a lot of sex. L.A.Witt can sure write some epic steam.

-The setting. I'm coming from a navy town myself, and I c
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Catherine
*** 2.5 Stars ***

For all the as-if-its's-our-last-night-on-earth intensity sex that our main characters have together, Chief's Mess is actually a pretty serious book.

The titular Chief, Noah Jackson, drinks. A lot. When we first meet him, he's in a bar on a weeknight and he's had a few. Okay, more than a few. But he's not slurring his words. He doesn't have blurred vision. He can walk a straight line and carry on a normal conversation. And he can certainly say "hell yes!" when a hot redhead wal
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Karen
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm thinking this ones on me...at least partially

So far I've really enjoyed this series both 'Just Drive' and 'Fear of Flying' were stories that I really enjoyed and I basically knew what this story was about going in to it.

Noah Jackson is a member of Anchor Point's military police. He's got a stressful job and unfortunately his solution for dealing with the stress of his job comes from a bottle and he sees no problem with this. As a matter of fact he's so on board with this that when a prob
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L.A. Witt
Apr 06, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
July 2017.
Truuss / Loveislovereview
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2017
Anthony and Noah...

This story has two parts the one before and the one after....
The one before is 77% of the story the one after the other 23...

I found it difficult to read. Not in complicated but the content... I knew what was coming and every time I was waiting for the train to crash... so it distracted me...I saw the signs and when it finally crashed, I could concentrate more, on the story, the dealing, the healing...luckily it was good and close to reality....because if it wasn't....i would
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Jordan
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabookclub
OKAY OKAY, I give! I give! I had a really hard time from about 20% to 60% and I almost DNF'd it because it was just dragging me down but it got better and now I want more and I can't wait for book 4 to come out now and of course, now I get to play the waiting game.

But this one was good! Like 4.5 Stars good. I didn't like it as much as the first one, which I still think is the best of the series, but it was good and I get why everyone loves this book so much. Noah is probably my favorite single
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ConM
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. After #2, I wondered about Noah. Clearly someone in need of help.

Anthony and Noah are perfect together. Hot, and Anthony is what Noah needs. Noah is a sweet heart, while being a bit of a mess...

Substance issues are not a favorite romance topic for me, but LA Witt handled this lightly. It was realistic (albeit overly optimistic, but it's a fictional romance), without being super angsty.
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L.A. Witt’s Anchor Point series has been a bit hit and miss for me and that is really unusual for me and this author. Honestly, I love that this is set in a small town that is basically supported by the Navy base there, I love the incredibly flawed characters who are at different points in their lives, and I love that their journey to a happily ever after isn’t easy, but worth it. However, in Chief’s Mess I had a very hard time liking either character mainly because I didn’t feel like I really g
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CrabbyPatty
This is the third book in L.A. Witt's Anchor Point series but can easily be read as a stand-alone.

Anthony, an engineer from Denver, meets Noah in Anchor Point during his visit to support his sister Mandy, Clint's ex-wife from Afraid to Fly. Anthony comes off as a bit of an asshole and has no time for Clint, an alcoholic who put his sister through hell, and after spending the greater part of two days glaring at Clint, visits a gay bar where he runs into Noah:
“[Noah:] Can I buy you a drink?”
[Antho
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Sophia
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audio review

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
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Morgan  Skye
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: less, reviewed, 2017
I guess I never realized what a “button” alcoholism is for me. The MC Noah spends literally 98% of this in denial that he even has a problem. That was really, really hard to read. After reading how strongly Anthony feels about alcoholics, watching him – also in denial – was hard.

Most of this book is divided into either our MCs having really hot sex or angst about the alcohol issue.

I never warmed up to Noah, found his “conversion” to be laughably easy and not at all reliable, and in the end he ne
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Sandi ♥'s way too many M/M books
I can't wait for this!
Christi Snow
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review:
Wow, this book is extremely hot and normally I'm okay with that...and honestly, I was okay with it in this book, too (because it was really sexy), but it seemed like all that sex cut into the actual development of the story on this one. Note: the relationship is a long distance one throughout most of the book...so that did affect their ability to connect in other ways, too.

Okay...so the premise...Anthony is visiting Anchor Point, supporting his sister who's there with her kids to visit
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Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

Out for a bit of booze and relaxing, Chief Noah Jackson nearly drops his beer when the tall, lanky redhead shows up. But his libido takes over as soon as he asks if he can buy the guy a beer and the man responds with “Yes, you can. Or tell me you bottom, and we can skip all that and get out of here.”

And that pretty much sets the stage for this story, which had three main elements: sex and more sex; travel betwe
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Julie   (*Happily Ever Chapter*)
3.5 stars

Anthony has flown in to Anchor Point to offer moral support to his sister while she meets up with her ex-husband Clint (from Afraid to Fly, book #2) and his boyfriend. Because of the way things ended between his sister and Clint, Anthony is not of fan of Clint. Sensing his discomfort, his sister tells him to go out and blow off some steam, so he decides to check out a local gay bar. As soon as he heads to the bar he meets Chief Noah Jackson. They have an instant attraction and decide to
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Jacque
Raise your hand if you read the previous book and found yourself disappointed that there little to no sex. Cheer up, Chief's Mess makes up for it and then some. If you want a book with sex you got it. Yup, plenty of sex. The MC could give bunnies lessons on having a lot of sex. Have I mentioned that was a lot of sex? Okay, I'm done beating the dead horse - for now - but I can't guarantee I won't bring it up again.

Here is the plot of the story. Anthony travels with his sister to meet up with her
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Cee Brown
.•★*) .•*)
(.★*..•`★¤Cleaning up the Chief's mess...¤★*..*ˑ★

Welcome back to military port Anchor Point, where anything can happen and almost always will.

Book three takes on the I-can-have-a-few-and-be-okay, Chief Noah. Noah was someone described as a skilled alcoholic and he most certainly was. He was what I called a functioning alcoholic, and that is putting it mildly. The other main character was the sexy copper haired Anthony, an engineer living in Denver, who had come to Anchor Point to hold
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Christy
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle, m-m
The men of ‘Anchor Point’ are definitely worth getting to know. I have greatly enjoyed the two previous books in this series, so I was happy to see the author releasing this third installment. Even better was discovering that Anthony is Clint’s ex-brother-in-law, who has no love for Clint and is more than fully acquainted with alcoholism, as he watched Clint ruin his sister’s life. I was really looking forward to Noah’s story as I knew there had to be more to him than I'd seen so far. And I knew ...more
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars

If you're an L.A. Witt fan, then you've come to expect oodles of sex-filled pages, angsty relationships, & an HEA, & Chief's Mess delivers all that. It's sex-centric, not truly delving into military life.

Chief's Mess is the 3rd installment in the Anchor Point series, & can easily be read as a standalone.

Anthony is sensitive to alcoholism. He's stood by his sister's side as she was abused by an alcoholic & e
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Zoe
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sexy, steamy, and sensitive!

Once again we head back to Anchor Point and this time Witt delves into the choices, struggles, and fallouts of alcohol addiction and reminds us that sometimes we find what we want and need when we least expect it.

The writing is sultry. The characters are sympathetic, sincere, and committed. And the plot, which has a little less depth than the previous novels in the series is ultimately about military life, friendship, alcoholism, acceptance, support, desire, and explo
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Dreamer80
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75 Stars
Vallie
3.5 stars

Not my favourite in the series but I’m on a Witt kick these days and enjoyed the hot sex and the hint of angst offered here.
Liz (Bugetta)
3.25 stars. I enjoyed this and I liked the MCs, but there was so much sex in it, it got old pretty fast.
*~*~Fawkes, Padfoot, and Prongs~*~*
Feb 21, 2017 marked it as 0-mm-books-i-own-and-need-to-read
Isn't this supposed to release already?!!? It's the eve of the 19th ... it should be out in Kindle format (on Amazon) by now :-/!!

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WOOHOO! WANT!!
Chris, the Dalek King
In Anchor Point to help support his sister as she meets with her ex, Anthony Talbot is not overwhelmed with good humor. Clint, his sister’s ex, may claim to no longer be drinking his life away, but even with all the evidence in front of him, Anthony doesn’t buy it. When he finally has enough of trying to grit his way thru tense conversations he takes himself off to the nearest gay bar in hopes that a quick drink–and an even quicker lay–will help him make it through the rest of the trip.

Noah Jack
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Veronica of V's Reads
This is the second book in a series and is likely BEST enjoyed after reading AFRAID TO FLY (book 2), but can be enjoyed as a standalone.

Anthony only came to Anchor Point as moral support to his sister, who's ex-husband wants to spend time with their children. Travis (from AtF) has been sober for three years, and is rebuilding his life with his new partner, Clint, but Anthony doesn't trust Travis as far as her could toss him. Still, if Anthony's sister is happy, then Anthony will accept her judgm
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Other books in the series

Anchor Point (8 books)
  • Just Drive (Anchor Point #1)
  • Afraid to Fly (Anchor Point #2)
  • Rank & File (Anchor Point, #4)
  • Going Overboard (Anchor Point, #5)
  • Once Burned (Anchor Point, #6)
  • Wash Out (Anchor Point, #7)
  • Sink or Swim (Anchor Point, #8)