Needs its own heat rating – seriously packs a sexy punch

Wheels Up (Out of Uniform, #4)Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs to come with a heat warning. And an ice pack, probably a fan and definitely should be enjoyed somewhere the reader can artfully swoon because it is – without any shadow of doubt – the sexiest and downright kinkiest of the series.

Ben and Maddox remain my favourite pair but Dustin and Wes are approaching the top quickly in their bid to win my affections as best Out of Uniform couple yet.

This book had everything, kinky scenes which bucked the stereotypes, steamy and emotional sex, actual angst caused by real conflict and situations not just for plot points, the detailed military elements I’ve come to expect from this series and, finally, an ending which leaves you sighing at the beauty of a loving relationship overcoming all obstacles.

Bravo Annabeth, this one is gorgeous – just like the scorching hot cover.

#ARC received from Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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My favourite yet – this is a perfect friends to lovers military romance

On Point (Out of Uniform #3)On Point by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing more delicious than a friends to lovers story, especially when there’s a bit of spice added to the mix and with On Point, Annabeth Albert has done both.

Ben and Maddox have been best friends since basic training, each of them providing the encouragement and support the other needed to become Navy SEALs. They’re both top of their skill trees and together they’re almost unstoppable.

Unfortunately, a drunken semi-encounter a few months before their latest deployment has made their friendship awkward and they’re not sure how to move on. Fighting for their lives after an incident on a jungle mission might be the catalyst for fixing everything or the final straw which drives them apart.

I loved how Annabeth made both men flawed, this wasn’t a case of one of them having issues which prevented their friendship from turning into love. Both Ben and Maddox had real, believable fears about damaging their relationship and they were handled well.

It’s military men, so there’s the usual hot alpha men doing what they do best, but Maddox also has a more gentle side. He loves to bake and has a secret desire to open his own shop, while Ben is career Navy and can’t think of anything else he could do. This adds the necessary friction needed to bring tension to what could otherwise be an all too familiar trope.

The way they resolved their issues was well crafted, again a realistic exploration of what happens when two people realise they would be far worse off apart. As it’s Annabeth Albert, there’s some seriously hot smexy times which really do pay off as part of the romance narrative. She is an auto one click author for me and her Out of Uniform series is seriously competing with her #gaymers for my favourite from her.

Release date for ON POINT is June 5, 2017 and it will be available from all major retails. The title is up for pre-order on Amazon.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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More military brilliance in the Out of Uniform series

At Attention (Out of Uniform, #2)At Attention by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m so glad Apollo got his head out of his backside because, for a lot of this book he was infuriating. At the same time though, I absolutely understood his fears and why he was behaving as he was.

I loved how his late husband Neal was there as a presence throughout the story but never took over the narrative. We learned enough to understand Apollo’s awful loss but he didn’t become some unreachable saint.

Dylan put up with a lot. He was steadfast and true and I absolutely believed he would wait for Apollo to come to his senses until the end of his days but, again, he never came across as a martyr. He knew he loved Apollo and he had faith that love was returned.

The epilogue was all ends up awesome. The steam levels were high when they occurred but not too many to take over the story and I loved that Apollo, in spite of his military background, had no hang ups over his sexuality.

The twins were well integrated into the story, cute without being twee or taking over. The world building is excellent as I’d expect from Annabeth, and I can’t wait to get Ben and Maddox’s story next.

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