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review 2017-05-07 03:20
Mine
On Point (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

This is the 3rd book in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, to avoid spoilers, and really enjoy the series, I recommend reading in order.

 

Maddox & Ben have been best friends since their BUD(S) training.  They work together, live together, and so far it works for them.  Or does it?

 

Ben is starting to see that Maddox wanting a future with someone else is not going to work.  He never wanted forever before, but he cannot sit idly by and watch his best friend find happiness with someone else.  It's time to come clean.

 

I sincerely love this series!  I loved this book, and the way it handled this friends to lovers approach.  I could not put the book down and wanted more when I was done.  These characters are so rich and complex.  I cannot wait for the next book in the Out Of Uniform series.  I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2017-03-12 04:20
Start over
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

This is book #2, in the Out Of Uniform series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading series in order.

 

Apollo has known Dylan for almost 20 years.  His big brother is Apollo's best friend.  He has always thought of him as a "kid."  Being attracted to him is a shock.  

 

Dylan has been in love with Apollo for as long as he can remember.  Now it is like breathing.  He knows Apollo needs his help, but he wants to be more.  What will it take to be seen as an equal?

 

This was a story that made me feel everything.  I laughed, cried, and wished for them to get together pretty much right away.  This author never disappoints.  I always love seeing the big alpha's fall.  Great addition to the series.  I cannot wait to read the next book.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.

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review 2017-01-10 17:32
Review: Off Base (Out Of Uniform #1)
Off Base (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

This was okay but some parts bothered me.

What I liked:
- I mostly liked the guys. Zack was such an enigma, with him being a sweet badass virgin navy SEAL. And Pike was adorable and very patient with Zack.
- The romance itself was sweet and I liked that even though there was a lot of potential for relationship angst, the guys were patient with each other and not angry.
- The sex scenes were pretty hot.

What I liked less:
- I absolutely hated the plot line of the closeted Zack starting a secret relationship with his roommate, Pike.
- Zack, even though sweet, was also a doormat. I got very frustrated with his actions. I had such a hard time respecting him when he didn’t want to come out of the closet.
- The massive amounts of homophobia in this book.

This story concentrates mostly on the fact that Zack is afraid to come out of the closet. He is even afraid to admit to himself that he is gay. It was very frustrating to see how he was hurting Pike with his actions and his denial. I was happy that Pike was so forgiving, because I think I would have slapped Zack.

I am just not one for the closet cases. I hate reading about them. The fact that I still liked this book is quite a surprise for me. I think it’s because I still liked Zack and Pike together, despite me being annoyed with them a lot.

This is not very SEAL focused. Most of this story Zack and Pike are at home, trying to build something together. These were just a couple of young guys figuring things out. They were both early twenties and they felt like it.

The storyline was quite predictable, no real surprises there. Annabeth Albert does have a way with words, so I still enjoyed it.

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review 2017-01-09 19:34
Review: Off Base - Out of Uniform #1
Off Base (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

**** 4 stars ****

 

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"This was home. This house. This man. Home."
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Off Base featuring Navy SEAL Zack Nelson and Pike Reynolds, is a spinoff from Albert's #gaymer series. We briefly met Zack at the end of #3 Connection Error  sharing a room with one of the main characters, Ryan, who’s also military. We also met Pike, who's Josiah's friend. Josiah's is Ryan's love interest in Connection Error. While it's strictly not necessary to read Connection Error before starting Off Base, you’re not doing yourself a favor. Off Base can be read as standalone, but I really recommend reading Connection Error, because it’s a great book, and you’re able to fully enjoy Ryan and Josiah’s appearance in Off Base, and get most out of these books.

 

Pike is an outgoing guy. Not being out is not something he ever had to deal with, because there never were a question about his sexuality. He always knew he was gay, and the world around it knew it too. He has grown up with a great, accepting mom, and mostly accepting environment around him. He did get burned by falling for his straight best friend when he was a teenager, and that burn still hurts. Pike is a guy who would flirt with wallpaper, he’s got no filter and he’s got a keen sense of observation. He also got a thing for military guys (who doesn’t?).

 

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(..) Pike knew that, like Fireball shots, he was an aquired taste. And twice as much fun. Or at least he liked to think so.
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Pike scares the heck out of Zack. Zack grew up with his very conservative parents, and a bully of an older brother. He doesn’t want to look too closely at his sexuality that he has repressed for so long. He feels a big urge to be the perfect son, the perfect SEAL. Mostly to try to keep his own focus away from his repressed interest in guys.

Zack frustrated me a lot throughout the book. He was so far in the closet he had Narnia snow on his shoulders. Pike manages to lure him out, though, and Zack helplessly follows. He wants and needs so much. He really is into guys, and especially Pike, he just don’t want to acknowledge what it will mean for him if he does. Zack wants only Pike, but he also only want him inside the confine of their shared house. Zack struggles so much, and still continues to deny that part of himself throughout most of the book, and in denying himself, he also denies Pike. Pike and Zack were wonderful together, and I really loved their moments, and blossoming friendship and relationship. He frustrated me, though. I felt he never stood up for himself. He pulled away from Pike at moments of importance, instead of standing proud beside him. I understand why he did it, it just frustrated me.

 

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"Please stop lying to yourself. It's killing me to watch. [Pike]"
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I really liked the side plots of Pike being a professor and teaching. Him caring for his students really warmed me to him. Zack had trouble with bullying during his training, and my frustration with him continued. It got worse, before it got better. But when it did get better, and Zack finally acknowledged himself, it got awesome! I loved how things was resolved. They weren’t easy resolutions, but both Zack and Pike worked through them. Pike deserves a medal for his patience.

 

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I realized that telling was what I needed for myself too. It was a relief almost.
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I got really curious about Lieutenant Apollo, who was introduced at the end, and apparently the next book is about him. I also have a feeling that I haven’t seen the last of Harper, one of the other SEALs.

 

All in all, it was a pain suffering through Zack’s denial. Pike had endless patience. There were lots of good moments, and they were so good together. The last 20% shifted my feelings from frustration, to just gooey. I’m so happy for Zack and Pike!

 

Recommended!


An ARC copy was given me from the author. I wrote an honest review after finished reading it.

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review 2016-12-25 16:07
This author was definitely NOT Off Base with this one!
Off Base (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

Off Base (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert 

 

OFF BASE is the latest book by Annabeth Albert and it was just amazing. I really can't say more than that, but the characters, the story, the romance...it was all just perfection. Annabeth Albert has the uncanny way of making the characters so real to me and in such a a way that had me so invested in the story.

 

Zack and Pike are characters that we have met before. If you've read Connection Error, book 3 in the #gaymers series by the same author, you will remember Zack as the young soldier that Ryan roomed with while in the military hospital. Now that young man has just completed his SEAL tryout and is settling down in San Diego, but life isn't so great. He has to move off base to get away from the harassment that he's been dealing with from his teammates. Now he's ready for peace and quiet. But life has got other plans.

 

Pike considers himself to be an "acquired taste", but he is desperate need of a place to stay. So if he has to keep his flirting with oh so straight Zack in line so that he will be able to get his life together, then so be it.

 

But there has always been some part of Pike that suspects that there more to Zack--some part of him that he's not sharing. And Pike wants to uncover it. After spending time together, it's clear that the two have more in common than just an address. However, Zack isn't ready to share that part of his life. So, the question is will Pike be willing to wait or will Zack possibly miss out the best thing in his life?

 

I just adored this story. Pike and Zack were some fantastic characters. They both had their flaws, but they also showed an incredible amount of growth during the course of the story. I really felt for Zack. He was in such a difficult situation with his work, his family, and even himself. I was glad to see that finally did something for himself that made him happy.

 

Call me cynical, but I am not sure if Zack's coming out to his unit would have been so seamless. Maybe things have gotten better. I loved though that there were people who were willing to stand up for him. I love how the story dealt with changes in the military since DADT has been repealed. I just hope that having that kind of support for our LGBTQ military is more fact than fiction.

 

These two were very hot together, I must say. That first sex scene with them was smokin' and it only got better from there. I loved how even that part of their relationship grew as the story progressed. It wasn't all over in one night. It made the story more realistic. I wasn't surprised though because I thoroughly enjoyed everything I've read by this author.

 

OFF BASE is the first in the Out of Uniform Series, and what thrills me about this the most is the fact that there is going to be more stories coming out of this world. I'm just wondering who is going to be next. Is it going to be the Lieutenant who's husband died? I really liked that character, so I'm hoping for that. Either way, I'll be there ready to read what this author will come up with.

 

So, OFF BASE was a huge hit for me. From word one, I seemed to be hooked. And the story didn't let me out of it's grip until I was at the end. After reading this book, I think that Annabeth Albert will be an autobuy author for me. She knows how to write characters that speak to me. I love what she does and will be looking forward to see what it is she comes up with next.

 

 

*Advanced Reader's Copy provided by NetGalley and Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

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