Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert – Bout-of-Books 18 Review

offbaseAfter 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.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1This is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series, but it’s not the first time that Pike and Zack are introduced. Since it’s also the first book of Annabeth Albert’s that I’ve read, I now have to go back and read some of her #gaymers series… sneaky, sneaky author. *sigh*

To be honest, it took me a little while to connect with Pike. I’m not sure why, because once that reader/character connection clicked, there was no breaking it. I admired the way he was comfortable with who he was as much as I understood Zack’s crippling uncomfortableness. Their stalemate was heartbreaking. 😦

The supporting characters were great and I can’t wait to see more of most of them. I wanted to cheer the heroes that came to Zack’s rescue in this book… characters that gave him hope. One thing that I would have liked that readers didn’t get was true interaction between Pike and his mom. She was painted as such a cool character that I really wanted to meet her.

Needless to say, I can’t wait to read more about these men Out of Uniform. In the mean time I’m going to peruse more of this author’s back list.



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