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text 2017-06-05 19:11
Off Base (Out of Uniform) Annabeth Albert 99 cents!
Off Base (Out of Uniform) - Annabeth Albert

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike's flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike's arrival would spark from Zack's teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can't refuse. 

Pike Reynolds knows there won't be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He's an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he's had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can't risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack. 


Living with Pike crumbles Zack's restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn't know how to be the man Pike deserves. 

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review 2017-05-07 03:20
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
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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 ****


"This was home. This house. This man. Home."


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?).


(..) Pike knew that, like Fireball shots, he was an aquired taste. And twice as much fun. Or at least he liked to think so.


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.


"Please stop lying to yourself. It's killing me to watch. [Pike]"


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.


I realized that telling was what I needed for myself too. It was a relief almost.


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!



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

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