“Sexy, sweet and heartfelt, Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series is a fresh take on Navy SEALs that will delight and entertain romance readers.”
–Layla Reyne, author of the Agents Irish and Whisky series.
Title: Tight Quarters
Series: Out of Uniform #6
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: ebook: July 9, 2018 | print: July 31, 2018
Subgenre: M/M Contemporary Military Romance
Book Synopsis: Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.
Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.
Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.
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4.5 stars rounded up.
As much as I love the Out of Uniform series, I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this one as much as I did. By book six in a series revolving around a circle of friends (especially ones who share a career), things can start to get a bit stale. The first 25% or so of this book was kind of meh for me. Not bad, but not spectacular either. However, once the romance and plot started to really pick up, I was invested.
Something the blurb doesn’t mention is a trigger warning for discussions of suicide and losing loved ones to suicide. Neither of the main characters have depression or suicidal thoughts, but it is discussed as something they’ve experienced through friends and loved ones. Honestly, I usually pass on books with mentions of suicide. It’s a hard limit for me. And at first, I almost put this book down. But I was invested in seeing how Spencer’s and Bacon’s relationship would progress and (to be honest) how much of a new spin on the SEAL-civilian romance story, enough to try to put my discomfort on a back burner. And I’m really glad I did.
Spencer is, on the surface, a bit of a jerk. But I see a lot of practicality and realism in the way he approaches relationships, which I completely identified with. He’s not a huge romantic with love hearts and butterflies. He’s been there, done that. He’s divorced and comfortable with the fact that he’s not a relationship guy. He has things in his life that are important to him: his career, his ethics, telling stories that need to be told. Then Bacon comes in and Spencer isn’t sure how to realign his priorities without sacrificing something.
Bacon is almost the opposite. He’s tough and strong, the macho military guy. But he’s also kind-hearted and has experienced a lot of pain in his life. He knows what’s important, and what he wants: his career, a family, a quiet life. A person to come home to after missions, who understands everything he can’t say and gives him exactly what he needs to feel human again. He finds all those things with Spencer, though he also struggles a bit with compromise (though, admittedly, not as much as Spencer).
This book was completely chock-full of emotion for me. Beyond the sweetness and angst of their relationship, the background stories, especially Spencer’s and Bacon’s loved ones who passed away, pretty much gutted me. As someone who has lost a loved one to suicide, that part of Spencer’s and Bacon’s stories was written so well and so honestly. When I read things that I identify with in books, I’m usually overly-critical: I ask things like, is this really what it’s like to experience this, is this word choice appropriate, is this insulting or offensive. And I definitely did that here. And it spurred several internal discussions that I had with myself that really impacted me. By the end of this book, I’d gone through half a box of tissues and was both glad and regretful to be getting off the rollercoaster of emotions.
I’m really glad I read this installment of the Out of Uniform series, and I’m looking forward to Rooster’s story, which comes next (we meet him in Tight Quarters and he is ah-mee-zing!). Honestly, so few authors can get me to book 7+ in a series and keep me interested and wanting more, and Annabeth Albert is definitely one of them.
An advance copy of this book was received for review on OMGReads.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I’ve enjoyed this series so far and I was hoping that this instalment was of the same calibre and it didn’t disappoint. I thought Bacon was such an intriguing character and I enjoyed reading the story from a pansexual character’s POV. I loved how quite laid back he was but utterly focused on his job as SEAL, that is until Spencer Bryant comes into his orbit. His dedication and integrity remain but the young Petty Officer is certainly having a hard time remaining cool and unaffected in the presence of the hot, older journalist. Spencer obliterates Bacon’s first impressions of him and Bacon finds that there’s way more to him than just that initial―albeit magnetic―sexual attraction and vice-versa.
One of the things I liked most about this story was that it felt quite natural how their relationship evolved, it wasn’t a cut and dried telling of boy-meets-boy, problems happen, they fallout and get back together. It was so much more. Their feelings were explored and the nuances of the relationship seemed played out a little more realistically; it never felt rushed, and the way the author paced the romance, it just felt more real. There was hesitancy on both their parts at the beginning and they tackled the obstacles in a really mature and thoughtful way. The intimate moments though were off the charts hot and I adored how they couldn’t wait to explore each other and give each other pleasure.
I enjoyed this book immensely, for the reasons above and for the detail that went into it. It kept my attention the whole way through and I didn’t want to put it down. I think this one might be my favourite of the series and I’m glad we’re getting more; I’m looking forward to #7, Rooster’s story.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
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A SEAL and a sharpshooter, Bacon (just Bacon), because of a minor injury is forced to play babysitter to journalist Spencer Bryant who has been embedded in the team.. Bacon knows who Spenser is because of his books. He’s in his forties, grey, gay, very hot and quite a bit older.
The attraction they feel just bubbling beneath the surface can be ignored, will be ignored. Spencer slips right into the teams training, proving that he won’t be a dangerous hindrance. The mission doesn’t go as planned and they have to depend on each other to get to safety. That pesky attraction getting closer and closer to the surface. Because the mission went south and there were injuries, Spencer’s access is cancelled.
The men know that an attempt to have a “not” relationship can get them both in trouble but they want each other to much to fight. What follows is two men falling in love without even trying. The sex is spectacular, leading into a real relationship.
Spencer’s job intervenes, forcing them apart. Both broken-hearted. Not seeing a way to make it work.
This was another good book in the series. Some angst, nice sexy times, and another set of likable heroes.
About Annabeth Albert:
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. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.
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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 active children.