Review: Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Title: Off Base
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform, #1
Genre: M/M Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: January 9th 2017
Find It Here: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Synopsis:
After 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.

My Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

My Review:
Annabeth Albert is definitely one of my auto-buy authors so the second I saw this one available on NetGalley for review, I snatched it up!  And I was not disappointed at all.  Off Base is the first book in Albert's new series Out of Uniform.  We do see a little peek of a couple from another one of her mm series' (Ryan & Josiah from Connection Error), but this can be read as a stand alone.

Zach is a closeted SEAL; partly because his family are  old school bible-thumpers that think gays deserve "eternal damnation", but also because members of his SEAL team are really homophobic.  He is also a virgin and has no real plans to change that because he feels as if he has to fight his attraction to men, and has absolutely no desire to settle down with a good "church going" girl like his parents would like.  He is really quiet and conservative.

Pike is the absolute opposite in a lot of ways.  Pike is out and proud.  He had to hide a previous relationship and that soured him on "closet cases" like Zach.  He has a bit of a reputation as a flake because he is the jokester out of his friends and is really laid back and flirtatious.

These two had great chemistry, so there are some great steamy scenes.  I liked that their relationship/chemistry played out realistically.  While Zach drove me nuts with his fears and rejections, it definitely felt "real".

Can't wait for the next book in the series!!  Hopefully we see more from a few of the secondary characters introduced in this one!

**  I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. **

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