#Review — At Attention (Out of Uniform) #3 by Annabeth Albert + Giveaway
Title: AT ATTENTION
Series: Out of Uniform, book 2
(but stands alone well--different couple for each book)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Heat Level: 4 - Lots of Sex
- Military romance
- age difference
Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle.
He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust.
He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless.
No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
Book Two of the Out of Uniform series
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Living in grief and regrets are how Apollo Floros spends most of his waking hours. He alternates his thoughts with spending as much time as his job allows with his twin daughters being an overprotective father.
He manages their life down to a fine point with schedules and menus that keep the household running as smoothly as possible...and—for a widowed man on his own—that lives by rules and structure—he sees nothing wrong with his parenting skills. But, with his mother leaving for the summer, his only means of support with the girls, he needs help with child-care.
Dylan has always fantasized about Apollo, he was his first crush, after all, and being his brother's best friend, it was easy to follow him around, ask questions, idolize the man that would one day be his.
However, Dylan is not that young, gangling teenager anymore. He's grown up and has a college degree with his focus on child studies and being able to help Apollo through the summer will, hopefully, show him that he IS a man now and knows exactly what he wants.
This story was amazing in every way. Annabeth Albert turns words on a page into real life emotion that is living and breathing. Dylan is caring and patient and handles Apollo with kid gloves knowing that he is still grieving over his husband's death. At the same time, he tries to show Apollo that he's only existing...not living.
Dylan is amazing with the girls and in no time has his own routine in the house that falls right in line with Apollo's procedures. This throws Apollo off a little because most of his friends, even Neal, his deceased husband, and his mother always made fun of his rules, but Dylan loves the structure, the organization and the idea of knowing what his expectations are.
Dylan is charming and flirty and he's not going to NOT flirt with Apollo just because he wants to be a gruff and mopey stick in the mud. A friendship develops, sparks ignite and soon anticipations are buzzing in Apollo's gut, in his heart, in his head with thoughts he shouldn't be thinking but can't stay away from.
Allowing Dylan to stay over the summer was
it was inevitable,
it was destined.
Dylan is fearless and so trusting of Apollo and he demands things from him that no one ever has before. He doesn't shy away from his tantrums or his messy emotions. He doesn't scare easily nor does he back down in the face of conflict or defeat.
However, he must make a decision because when the heart becomes involved the game has suddenly changed. Dylan is no longer in love with the fantasy of Apollo, He sees the man, the heart, the complexity that makes Apollo who he is and that is who he wants and wants to be loved by in return.
Apollo has never talked with anyone about his grief and the time has come that he will have to decide if he will continue to live within gray and drab surroundings with his heart closed off to the world or take a chance and open himself up and give love another chance.
At Attention will keep your full attention from start to finish. Annabeth Albert has written another edge of your seat installment in the Out of Uniform series that will sucker punch you and envelope you with so much joy at the same time.
The emotions are so palpable, the chemistry so real, their connection—in and out of the bedroom—will have your spine tingling and goose bumps raising over your body. You will read with your gut clenched tight and your surroundings zoned out.
This will be an entire series recommendation, I can already tell. I can't wait to start the next book. On Point...already on my kindle.
* I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review from Carina Press & netgalley.com *
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meet 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.