Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Really, it’s so hard to have favorites among Annabeth Albert’s series. Worse even to try and chose among her myriad of stories within those series. I love her Out of Uniform series, which gets better with each book. On Point, the third installment, is now my favorite to date. In On Point Albert takes secondary characters Ben and Maddox, makes them complex individuals with a relationship dynamic fraught with challenges and the potential for pain and growth if only one of them will make a move.
Ben especially has a lot of emotional growing to do and the reader follows him along every painful step in this journey. Maddox too has some memorable moments here and the two men together, as friends and as potential lovers are narrative magic. Albert writes real people with problems we can relate to and understand. It happens here, even if some of the most drama scenes are ones we may never experience. It’s the emotions that telegraph through the vivid descriptions and dialog that grip you and won’t let you go.
If you love friends to lovers, this is an excellent example of why that trope is so popular. You understand Ben and Maddox as friends, your heart wants them to be more as much as they want each other. You absolutely believe in their love and that they can have a HEA if only they reach for it and each other. Powerful stuff but I expect nothing less from this author.
I highly recommend this story and this author. This series too!
Cover art works for the couple and for branding the series. I like it.
Sales Links: Carina Press
ebook, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 5th 2017 by Carina Press
Original TitleOn Point
SeriesOut of Uniform #3