#Review — On Point (Out of Uniform) #3 by Annabeth Albert — Available Now!
Title: On Point
Series: Out of Uniform - 3
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Military, Friends to Lovers
Page Count: 320
Never fall for your best friend…
Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.
Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben's still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he's not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.
Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.
Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins.
Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.
Man, on man! My favorite in the series, hands down! Every emotion has been pulled from my gut and stomped on ten times over through the course of this book. Annabeth Albert is a master at getting inside her character's and transferring those emotions onto the page into a living and breathing entity.
Ben and Maddox have been best friends for over a decade and teammates as Seals watching each other's back. They've skirted around their feelings for each other several years now and danced around their attraction. Either something or someone stood in the way, always pushing back any kind of romantic relationship, keeping them strictly on the friends level.
When a mission goes bad and they are—literally—clinging to each other in a life and death battle, they realize life can end in an instant and they need to give each other a chance. They want to give dating a try and at least they can say they tried. No harm... no foul. They didn't count on the intense, raw, aggressive passion and chemistry from their first kiss. It was a losing battle after that—they couldn't keep their hands to themselves.
They both are on medical leave from their accident and Maddox is having second thoughts about re-upping because he has other dreams and passions he wants to pursue. He also wants a life with Ben that he doesn't have to hide and with the Navy's no fraternization rules, that creates a problem. However, for Ben, being a Seal is his life. Not having Maddox with him, is not up for debate. However, when the decision is made without him, all hell breaks loose.
Watching Ben trying to rationalize his feelings of betrayal...gutted me. The author portrays these intense, emotional feelings so well that I was devastated for both Ben and Maddox. I was so glad when he finally started seeing through the fog of his brain.
On Point has everything you could want from laughing out loud banter between Ben and Maddox to right down and dirty sexual chemistry that will sizzle the hair on your arms. When that's not enough the emotional turmoil will have you bawling like a big baby on more than one occasion. Whether it's the sex or the emotions, it's... raw and real! It was heartbreaking and exhilarating. My favorite so far!
* I received a copy through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review *
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.