Review: At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert

April 14, 2017 Review 0

Review: At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert

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.

Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Move Me, Unconditional Surrender, Served Hot, Baked Fresh
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: His to Keep , Falling for his Best Friend, Off Base, On Point
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: April 10th 2017
Genres: M/M Erotica, Male Male Romance, Military Romance
Pages: 304 pages
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Stars: five-stars
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Apollo is a widower whose husband passed two years ago.  He’s left raising their twin daughters by himself.  Grief stricken, he hasn’t been able to move on with his life.  He’s merely existing day to day.
When Apollo’s mom is leaving for a trip of a lifetime, Apollo knows he’s going to need help while she is gone. This is where Dylan comes in.  Dylan is his best friend’s little brother and ten years younger than Apollo. He’s taken a job at the local youth camp, and needs somewhere to stay. He has a degree in early education, so he is the perfect candidate to help Apollo for the summer. Should it matter that he’s had a crush on Apollo since his teen years??

I loved Dylan and his fun and carefree nature!  He was so good with the girls and they took to him quickly.  Apollo is very OCD and instead of Dylan knocking down all his organization, he gives him kudos for the ability to plan so well. Dylan is quick to see that Apollo is nearly drowning in his grief though, and sets to help take some of his load away.  There is quite a difference between the two, but Dylan seems to have a knack of calming Apollo down-grounding him when things go awry.  Soon, Apollo is looking beyond what he is doing with the girls, and sees the man he has become.  It’s something that he likes. But should he like it?? He tells himself NO-I won’t ever go there again. He’s been so distraught since Neal died, that he never wants to open himself up to the possibility of hurt again. And Love? Just not in the cards for him. But fate has other plans and lust boils over. They start a friends with benefits type arrangement-no strings attached.

The chemistry and passion between these two is downright nuclear! The drugging kisses, nipping, and suckling….just wow! sigh. As their liaisons continue, both are interested in both sides of the action-giving and receiving. Truly hot! And Annabeth Albert’s sex scenes are some of the best I have read around!  They were every bit as dirty, gritty, and fun-yes fun-as these two need them to be. Their dynamic called for it. Dylan was the light that Apollo’s dark needed to be around.  They balanced each other out.  It just takes a lot of head work for Apollo to see it that way.

Now, Apollo did seriously need a therapist!  He was so unfair to himself as well as Dylan.  He needed to talk through Neal’s death and work through all the anger and anguish he has been feeling. Dylan tried to help him by saying that what they were doing was like a summer fling-although he himself knew he would get burned.  He just wanted Apollo to finally feel good.  I really liked having both POV’s in this story so I could see where Apollo was coming from.  Being a Navy SEAL comes with it’s own stressors, but when you add a death of a spouse to that mix-it’s a colossal mess.

I am glad that Dylan decided that what they had was worth waiting for Apollo to figure out his crap.  He stood up for himself and told Apollo what he wanted. Leaving it in his hands, Apollo has to face some hard facts. I truly could feel his struggle and felt sorry for the crap hand he was dealt.

Now an added dynamic to this story is Apollo’s twin girls!  I usually am not a fan of kids in my romances but in this story it worked- and worked well! Totally unexpected!! They were completely adorable and Ms. Albert wrote them very realistically.  They acted like five year old girls who have abominable amounts of energy. Zinging from one activity to the next! They weren’t kids who acted like adults-which you see often.  I liked them and they were integral to the overall storyline.

All in all this was an astounding read!  I have read other works by Annabeth Albert and if I wasn’t already a fan, this would SEAL the deal!!  At Attention is everything you need in a romance period.  Grab it today and settle in.  You won’t be stopping once you start!


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