by Annabeth Albert
Out of Uniform Series
November 6, 2017
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…
Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO—and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction—they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.
Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.
But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.
With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.
This book is approximately 77,000 words
4.5 of 5 Stars
I’m a huge fan of Ms. Albert…she’s one of the few author’s I’ll even read a closet/hidden relationship book. I totally understand their need to keep this quiet but I don’t typically like the inevitable hurt that comes along with hiding. I like the unique way Dustin and Wes meet and continue their ‘relationship’. And I really like how it grows as they get closer.
I’ve been waiting for Dustin’s story. He’s intrigued me for a while. He’s going through some self-discovery…or admitting he’s not quite what he’s always admitted. He’s not as straight as he’s led folks to believe…and he likes things he’s not comfortable admitting to liking. He’s adorable (if you can say that about a big, bad XO) and needy (even though he’s never realized how much he needs). Dustin is in a terrible position and I hate the circumstances of their need to hide. However, I love how he gets out of that situation…when he figures out what he wants to do he just does it and doesn’t make us wait.
Wes is a sweet southern boy that is close to his family and friends. He’s not thrilled with being transferred and even less so when he finds out he knows his XO. He’s so good with Dustin (until he tries to be a jerk and then I don’t like him for a minute).
Wes and Dustin’s chemistry – both emotional and sexual – is off the charts and they are so good for each other. I love how Wes helps Dustin embrace what he likes and that he recognizes Dustin’s needs. I hope we see more from them…while this story ends just fine I don’t feel like they’re done. Honest to God I need more of them. I want to see them together when they’re free to be open. They are amazing together when they have to hide and I know that would just get better when they don’t have that hanging over them. I want to see what happens next and I’d love to see their relationship grow as they explore more of their lifestyle.
Definite must read…and you could probably read this as a standalone but you might as well read the rest of the series as the previous books are just as good as this one. Can’t wait for the next book in the series (and hopefully more from these two)!
Out of Uniform Series
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.