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Sink or Swim

(Anchor Point #8)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  204 ratings  ·  53 reviews
,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 c
Paperback, 340 pages
Published July 16th 2018 by Riptide Publishig
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Book number 8! Whooeee. It doesn't seem like there's been that many already, but I've read every single one.

In Sink or Swim the characters are older, in their forties. But I don't think they act any different than if they were in their twenties. Aside from both of them having a past, it seemed a pretty typical, "can't keep my hands off of you", romance.

Alhazar's past marriage made me a little squeamish. Especially since they had kids. I didn't particularly enjoy thinking or reading about that. I
Chris, the Dalek King
I think Sink or Swim, book eight in L.A. Witt’s Anchor Point series, might have been the one I was looking forward to, and dreading, the most. I have a fascination with how religion is presented in queer novels–mostly due to having grown up highly religious–but I also find them at times to be a bit trying to read if the author doesn’t care to or satisfactorily present religion as nothing more than a spittle-spitting rage monster in a pulpit. Which is not completely unfounded, but a bit reductive ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
ARC provided by the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an impartial review.

I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by this story. I’ve followed the series and have only given one other book in the series 5 stars, but this one is certainly worthy of my highest rating.

Was it the characters? The topic? The setting? The insight into Naval operations? I think it may have simply been the combination of all of the above. Certainly, these two men are among my favorite MCs and most definite
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars L.A. Witt has used this entire series to highlight unique challenges faced by military personnel and their effects on relationships, especially for military LGBTQ. This story spotlights pervasive issues that don’t always get enough attention. I tend to avoid books with religious themes but the author uses a light touch here, giving the positive portrayal of Islam it deserves. As a Protestant Naval chaplain, Dylan encounters many of different faiths, or none, providing counseling to all ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mm, bgirls

Review by The Blogger Girls.

Ms. Witt gives us yet another story with a unique theme. While they all center around the Navy base, Anchor Point. She also manages to tackle issues in ways that shed light but don’t come across as preachy. This one is about Dylan, the ship Chaplain and Alhazar, the Muslim civilian, who make a connection and are able to be just what the other needs. These guys are dealing with numerous things – being gay in the military, being Muslim in America, a double whammy, among
Lena Grey
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
But pain's like water. It finds a way to push through any seal. There's no way to stop it. Sometimes you have to let yourself sink inside of it before you can learn how to swim to the surface." ~ Katie Kacvinsky

The last place Alhazar Bukhair, of 'Sink or Swim' by L.A. Witt, expected to meet someone was in a Christian chapel, but when he needs somewhere to practice his Muslim faith, he asks the chaplain if it would be okay, half expecting to be told no. Chaplain Dylan Pedersen surprises him by sa
4.5 stars- A great ending to a great series of standalones

Sink or Swim is the eighth and final book of the Anchor Point series, and is precisely the reason I’m quick to recommend this set of standalones to any fan of military romances. The pairing of a Protestant chaplain and a former military member who’s a practicing Muslim was definitely unique. As I’ve come to expect from this author and series, both men and their religions were fairly represented and described in a compassionate way that no
Cee Brown
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a pulse who enjoy LGBTQ+ books
♡☆(.•♥Living one's truth is better than living a lie.

Everyone gets to the end of a book and especially if it's a series, deem it, "my favorite". I can personally say, the Anchor Point series have brought me nothing but joy in my reading. It is one of my favorite genres, men in uniform and includes drama, romance and lessons learned.

In this eight book, we meet Alhazar, a Muslim ex officer who is now a Navy contract worker and Chaplain Dylan, who is both present in service an
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I loved this book. Alhazar and Dylan’s story is sexy, sweet - and wise. It is the story of two older men, both survivors of the US Navy’s DADT years, who find each other while working on the same ship. It is also the story of two devoutly religious men of different faiths who find a way to make their lives work together.

I love Dylan and Alhazar together. The men come from different places and hold different beliefs - but benea
Ruthie Taylor
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the eighth in the series, and whilst it will help to ground the story if you have read the others, I do think that it could stand alone - mainly you would miss out on the fact that the base has undergone some major changes in terms of acceptance and understanding, but there is still plenty of journey to go.

There are some absolutely fascinating issues dealt with in this book - and I have to admit that I am not us
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a story. Abuse is a very difficult thing to get past. Similar to PTSD in some ways. Never underestimate what a kind word can do. Or a little love. I really loved the whole support group for LGBT people. That was awesome. We need things like that. More things like that in this world. Places for acceptance and safety and support. This was a really good book.
Avid Reader
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sink or Swim (Anchor Point #8) by L.A. Witt
3.5 stars
M/M Military Romance
Triggers: Sexual harassment, Abusive relationship
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

I have read several in this series. I do not believe the you need to read the previous books in this series in order to understand what and who are in this story.

Alhazar Bukhari is a civilian now... however, his job is still within the navy. He has a great co-worker, but both are used to enduring abuse or inappropriate
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Hands down one of my favorite books in this series. I loved Dylans's character. I am sad we did not get to see his daughters just heart about them in passing unlike Alhazar's kids who we saw interact with the couple. They are the cutest couple i have read about in a while and the ending was so satisfying.
T.A. McKay
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy from netgalley

Another fantastic addition to this series. Every time I think that the series might stall, another story comes along and sucks me in. I loved the differences between these characters, and the fact that they are older, but none of that made them feel any less like two men falling in love.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good addition to the series. I like how both characters are at a point in their lives were they are mature enough to talk about their shit. But what I loved more is how respectful they were of each other’s beliefs and how they managed to make their relationship work.
I wish we saw this more often in real life. A world where people respect each other and love is possible no matter what.
Tracie R
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgally
Sink or Swim is book 8 in the Anchor Point series. Alhazar needs love, Dylan needs time two men who want each other but will their fears be overcome with their love. I enjoyed this story and it is a great addition to the series.
I like it. Did not love it.
I skimmed a lot.. I was a bit bored while reading.
But I really like that religion was a important part of the guys, the book wasn't full of it and it wasn't at all preach.
A great end to the series, SINK OR SWIM is a delightful addition to Anchor Point! Read the full review on my blog.
Annie Maus
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High praise to L.A. Witt for Sink or Swim, the eighth installment in her Anchor Point series, for addressing bigotry in the Navy – anti-Muslim/anti-gay sentiment, plus misogyny. With Witt’s thorough knowledge of military life, she credibly depicts the harrowing choices seamen must make, in this standalone novel.

Alhazar Bukhari has recently divorced the lesbian mother of their two children, who is also a retired sailor. Their marriage shielded them. Now a civilian contractor, and a Muslim elect
In many ways, this was somewhat uneven for me. I didn't initially connect with Dylan and Alhazar. Not sure why, but just wasn't feeling it. Loved the premise of the book. Two guys of very different faiths, one military, one ex-military, meet and begin as fuck buddies. Wow. What I did especially like, though, was how LA handles military life, the complications of being gay in the military even without the specter of DADT. Mature characters living life, handling kids, work, etc yet finding time fo ...more
Christi Snow
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
I do not like having religion in my romance, so I went into this story with a bit of trepidation. And yes, religion played somewhat heavily into this book...and I didn't love that. But it is who these two men are, although I wouldn't consider either of them heavily, not even the chaplain, although religion does weigh heavily on him with guilt over his sexual promiscuity. Again, I really didn't love that, but it didn't stop me from reading the book when it has in other stori
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, reviewed

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 relat
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars

I’m absolutely loving this series. Each story has featured such different men with different backgrounds and backstories who faced, and still continue to face unique challenges. I wasn’t sure what to expect with Sink or Swim, especially with one of the main characters being a Chaplain, but I wasn’t disappointed. I really liked the premise of this story.

This was a great addition to the series, which can definitely be read as a standalone, and Alhazar and Dylan were both so sweet and lov
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for Netgalley

This is my second favorite read in this series by Witt. I enjoyed the freshness of the characters and the unusual obstacles they faced between their closeted pasts and their religions. When I first read the blurb, I wasn’t sure a romance between a two religious men could really hold my attention, but Witt’s Chaplain was un-chaplainlike enough to remain interesting, and Alhazar was a well written character with a very unusual family dynamic. I found that I especially enjoyed
In starting this, I really was not sure how I'd like it. I'm not usually overly fond of books with differing religions. I'm not religious at all, and reading about religion in and of itself is not a turn off for me, but I really need to be in the mood for it.

I was surprised to really enjoy this. I really shouldn't have been because I I feel like I know what to expect when it comes to any L.A. Witt book. Sill, I had a little bit of a plesent feeling to read this throuh and not have many issues.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sink or Swim is the 8th book in the Anchor Point series, this story concerns Dylan a Protestant naval Chaplain and Alhazar a Muslim retired from the navy but now working as a civilian electrician on the navy base. Both have previously been married with children but now divorced from their wives. When Alhazar asks Dylan if he may use the chapel to say his daily prayers he is impressed that Dylan has no hesitation in agreeing and is an open minded caring Padre, Alhazar has faced much prejudice sin ...more
3.5 stars

The blurb on this really drew me in. In general I don't like religion in my books but I decided to see how the author would address two people of such opposite religions. I thought it was an interesting mix of two religions and two ethnicities.

I thought the overall plot was handled well and it wasn't preachy and it didn't present religion as oppressive. I liked both of the MC's and I liked how they both have some flaws yet were trying their best to live their lives in a positive way an
Kathy Johnson
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the 8th book in the Anchor Point series. It is a very interesting military MM romance. I was intrigued by the religious aspects of the characters in the story. I do not know a lot about the Muslim faith and found it very interesting. This book is set on a Navy ship, which I found different and interesting. Between the setting and religious aspects, it was a great story. I really liked how the author did not let the religious differences of the main characters hinder their interactio ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great story in the Anchor Point world but this one is more than just your ordinary military world MM story. It bridges so many painful, abusive stories with the fear of coming out along with the reconciliation with your religious beliefs and inter-religious relationships. Those who fear what they don't understand tend to lash out and many of the characters in this story must deal with the backlash of that fear. It is a story about learning to love yourself enough to grab the happiness th ...more
The chemistry between Dylan and Alhazar is great.
This story is right up to par for an LA Witt book.
Also a good addition to the Anchor point series.
I think most people will enjoy this story immensely.
Just for me, not so much. I just not a huge fan of stories that feel it necessary to add politics to a story. It worked for this book, but I didn't feel enthusiastic about it.
The sex and romance was nice and believable.
The story has some typical plot bunnies I don't like.I
But an overall good read.
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