#Review — Wheels Up (Out of Uniform) Annabeth Albert — New Release

Title: Wheels Up

Series: Out of Uniform

Author: Annabeth Albert

Publisher: Carina Press

Published Date: November 6, 2017

Page Count: 304

Genre: Military Romance, Contemporary

Blurb: 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.

REVIEW

When anonymity becomes reality…

Dustin living behind the screen, exploring his sexuality, learning about himself, taking small steps and finding what he enjoys with an online buddy known only, to him, as Saucer-Man.

When an opportunity arises that puts both men in the same area, a meet-and-greet is put on the table for Dustin. He’s very curious to meet the man in person, to try things that, so far, have only been in his head or have played out on screen.

However, now faced with the reality of actually meeting his online friend he learns as Wes, will he freeze under the pressure?

Dustin and Wes have been talking online for months through an online chat group, Joe4Joe, and have formed a real friendship, although any and all-important details about either have been avoided. Dustin fears what may happen when Wes learns he’s a Navy Seal, but he never considered Wes may be hiding several details of his own.

Putting fear and reservations aside, their meeting couldn’t have gone better. They connected on an emotional and physical level, but they, both, have responsibilities that pull them away leaving them frustrated and wondering if they will ever see each other again.

Wes has a lot on his plate, a family he’s leaving behind, a sister who’s ill, and he’s now being transferred to the other side of the country. He knows Dustin lives on the West Coast and he hopes once he gets settled they may have a chance for another hook-up.

All thoughts and plans come to a crashing halt when he comes face to face with his new supervisor…Lieutenant Dustin Strauss. The man he yearns for to be back in his bed, possibly tied to the bedpost and blindfolded.

Walking on land-mines have just taken on a new meaning. How will they work with each other, in close surroundings, when they can still taste each other on their tongues?

Dustin suffers from the pressure and decides to look at his life and what he wants long-term.  Staying away from Wes, however, is not as easy. Especially when Wes knows how to settle the demons going on in Dustin’s head.

Sometimes Dustin needs to let someone else be in control and Wes is more than happy to be there for him behind closed doors.

They are walking a dangerous line that could get them court-martialed!

Wheels Up is another great addition in the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert. It’s obvious the author does a lot of research to bring us the best and most realistic stories possible, and that’s most evident here.

Fraternization is a big no-no and brought with it a lot of frustration, not only for Dustin and Wes, but for this reader, as they worked through their major dilemma.  

Dustin and Wes are a slow burn romance due to their working environment, the legalities involved, and the pressure they were under. But, even if those factors had not been an issue, Dustin wasn’t ready to jump head first into a relationship and Wes was the perfect balance with his patience and friendship.

This entire series is a great read plus a behind the scenes look at military life. 

 

** I was gifted my copy from Carina Press/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **