REVIEW: “General Misconduct” by LA Witt
A chance encounter, a chance at love…and one heartbreaking choice.
A Conduct Unbecoming Sequel
Ensign Aiden Lange is taking a hike—and it’s not for the pleasure of seeing Okinawa’s Hiji Falls. It’s in the hope that claiming he took a fall on the rocks will cover up the fact he was beaten up in a gay bar. Not a place a Naval Academy grad wants to get caught if he’s serious about his career.
At the end of the trail, a surprise comes with the scenery. A gorgeous young guy in swim trunks.
Connor didn’t come up to the falls to find a man, but he’s instantly intrigued by the ensign with the bandaged eyebrow. A hike turns into dinner, and before he knows it, he’s up to his heart in love with the gentle, infinitely patient Aiden.
It’s a small world, though, and an even smaller island. It’s only a matter of time before they’re caught by a man who’s more than just Connor’s overprotective father. He’s also Aiden’s high-ranking boss. Someone with the power to force Aiden to choose—Connor, or his naval career.
I was excited about this one. I literally went from closing book one to opening book two. I couldn’t finish my very short review fast enough for Conduct Unbecoming. I wanted more of that. Sadly, I didn’t get it.
Trying to place my finger on what was missing wasn’t particularly easy. I’ve concluded it wasn’t one big thing, it was lots of little things.
First, new players come out, but they play the same game. Exactly the same game. Possibly down to the same dialogue at times. Second, though they were hot together, I wasn’t hot for them. Connor can’t even buy a beer in the states. I don’t mind watching younger men fall in love, but the erotic level was still pretty damn high and it wasn’t the same for me. Third, the emotional connection was weaker. Honestly, everything seemed diluted.
A close call at the bar leaves Aiden rattled and shaken. Following the advise of MA-I Randall, he goes for a hike to provide an alibi and an excuse for his busted up face. Fresh wounds and raw nerves can’t stop his attraction to a stranger at the falls. Instant spark. Conner is young, gorgeous, and his for the taking. Virgin alert. Their romance was tender, rapid, and off-limits.
I was surprised with the time line. I had automatically assumed it would pick up where Shane and Eric left off. Nope, it ran parallel to their story.
Truthfully, I’d hope for more Shane and Eric. Shane peeks in a bit, but Eric is elusive. The sweet morsel of a cameo in the epilogue is amazing. But alas, it’s still a morsel.
The main secondary character in book one Marie, Eric’s daughter, kicked ass. This time we have General Bradshaw heading up second string, and well, he didn’t kick the same ass. I didn’t really like him.
My feet were still planted firmed in Japan. I had seen the beauty of the island, tasted the food, and felt the salty breeze. This time around we have one gorgeous hike in the beginning and a pizza. Okay okay, it was more than that. But that’s what it felt like. Most likely due to the length, for it was nearly half the length as the first, but details were trimmed and thinned significantly. If I hadn’t immediately followed it’s predecessor, I would have lost those tangible details.
A couple of other moments left me frowning and after all the smiling I did in book one I was….disappointed.
What can I say?…..It was good, but it wasn’t great. Which is a first for me when it comes to Witt.
RATING: 3 STARS
Title: General Misconduct (Conduct Unbecoming #2)
Author: LA Witt
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Purchase Links: Samhain, Amazon, ARe