A MelanieM Release Day Review: Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert

Rating:  4.5 stars out of 5


off-baseAfter 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.

In Off Base, Annabeth Albert works her magic again in this first story of a new series.  We meet the emotional mess that is  navy SEAL Zack Nelson as he’s entering a bar with Pike, someone who’s within the circle of friends they share.    Its immediately clear that Zack has issues with his sexuality, his attraction to men and Pike.  How deep his problems are and wide ranging is something the author lets us find out as the story continues.

Pike’s character is laid down here as well in the opening scenes.  Out, kind, smart and sexual.  You like Pike immediately.  He’s as  engaging as Zack is screwed up and vulnerable (yes, he’s a navy SEAL but its realistically written).  They are puzzle pieces made for each other if only they can work it out.

Albert lays out her groundwork for Zack’s problems and they are as believable as they are painful.  Pike too has his own layering and issues to solve.  He’s a new professor at college trying to find his way as a teacher with his students, trying to keep his heart intact…trying not to fail at so many things that he may miss out on the one thing he wants above all else.

While you have the sexy, emotional journey going on between Zack and Pike, there’s another as well.  Its the one happening between Zack and his SEAL teammates during training.  Some of it is very ugly and its not all their fault as Zack is trying to deal with things on his own.  This is a second important storyline that plays out here.  I think Albert again does a great job and I can’t wait to see how it carries through to the next novel.

There is a couple from my favorite series #gaymers that appears here. I hope to see more of them.

In short?  I loved this story.  It has heart, angst, and romance.  Its sexy and its a wonderful new start to a series.  Now for the next book!

Cover art is sexy if somewhat generic.


Sales Links

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Book Details:

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: January 9th 2017 by Carina Press
Original TitleOff Base
Edition LanguageEnglish
SeriesOut of Uniform #1

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.


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