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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 2017-03-05 18:46
ARC Review: At Attention
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

At Attention, while book 2 in Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series, can be read as a stand alone.

Apollo Floros is a Navy SEAL, the father of twin girls, and a widower. When Apollo's husband died two years ago, Apollo stopped living, too. He breathes, he goes to work, he takes care of his daughters, but Apollo has no time for himself. Because that would mean time to think and time to examine his life and time to grieve. Apollo isn't ready for any of those things. He's not ready to move on and doesn't think he ever will be.

Dylan is the younger brother of Apollo's best friend, Dustin. He is in San Diego for the summer, after graduating college, to run a local summer day camp for kids. It fits his degree and is a step in the direction of what Dylan really wants to do, which is run after school programs for kids. I really liked Dylan a lot. He's a good guy who knows what he wants and makes strides to get it. Dylan is more than a decade younger than Apollo and has crushed on his brother's best friend for years. But Dylan is all grown up, now, and while the attraction is definitely still there, Dylan sees that Apollo hasn't moved on from his husband, and maybe never would.

Though there is sex-a-plenty in At Attention (the sex in front of the mirror being a favorite of mine), the romance had a slow burn feel to it. I wasn't fond of the way that Apollo kept running hot and cold, but I understood, at least a little bit, where his issues were coming from. He's never allowed himself to really grieve for his husband and he feels guilt for not still seeing Dylan as the kid he was when they met. Apollo's coping mechanism is avoidance.

Dylan, though, knows what he's in for and goes for it, anyway, figuring that if he knows up front that the relationship is temporary, that he could protect his heart. He's also self-aware enough to know he's lying to himself. And while he has trouble with Apollo pushing him away when things got heavy, he gave Apollo the space. And I loved it when the time came for the 'come to Jesus' moment, that Dylan stood up for himself and made it clear that he deserved better than to be an afterthought or second choice.

And I even enjoyed seeing the interactions with Apollo's five year old daughters. I'm not much of a kid person (read: at all), but it was great seeing just how well Dylan was with them. Also, I think the kids softened Apollo a little bit. They humanized the big, tough, grumpy SEAL without taking over the story.

I think I enjoyed Off Base slightly more, but both are pretty on par for me and I would recommend this series to those who, like me, enjoy military romance.

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ARC of At Attention was graciously provided by Indigo Marketing, in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-02-17 16:47
Review: At Attention
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

Oh, Apollo. You grumpy, indecisive SEAL, you. How you annoyed me!

 

Most of the book was Apollo being hot and cold, back and forth. It was a battle between Apollo's brain and body. He wanted Dylan, but knew he shouldn't, because he couldn't allow himself to be happy. He was so grumpy, and rude. He was so frustrating. It was hard to see his positive sides, and actually like him. 

 

Dylan was such a happy and sweet guy. He must be the most patient and forgiving guy ever. What did he see in Apollo that made him suck all the grumpiness? I feel he deserved better than Apollo to be honest. 

 

That being said, there were sweet and hot moments between Dylan and Apollo. I enjoyed reading those. However, I feel they were ruined by Apollo's obvious guilt and emotional retreat after.

 

Apollo didn't make up his mind until

90%! And the story finishes at 95%.

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Too little to late for me. It was a frustrating read, and it took me a long time to finish, since I could only read short portions at a time since I got so annoyed reading.

 

I wasn't able to fully enjoy this story, which bums me out.

 

 

An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.

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quote 2017-02-12 19:18
“Books speak to us thoughtfully, one at a time. They demand our attention. And they demand that we briefly put aside our own beliefs and prejudices and listen to someone else’s. There’s one questions I think we should ask one another a lot more often, and that’s “what are you reading?”

~ Books for Living, written by Will Schwalbe

Source: ryanlanz.com/2017/02/12/book-quote-corner-44
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text 2017-02-07 11:37
I've read 60% of At Attention
At Attention - Annabeth Albert

Ohhh, Apollo!

 

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