At Attention by Annabeth Albert | Out of Uniform #2
Military/Contemporary Romance, LGBTQIA
Publishing on April 10th, 2017
ARC from Netgalley
| Book Review |
I don’t know what it is, but there’s something so satisfying about a secret crush turned TLA story. At Attention was a fun read with a lot of depth and heat, and it kicks off with one hell of a meet/cute. Dylan has always had a crush on Apollo, his older brother’s best friend (one of my most favorite tropes of all time,) and the stories of him as a geeky not-quite-into his-own boy tagging along were absolutely adorable. Apollo has never entertained the idea of anything with Dylan, but that was before the hotness (and, of course, legal age) kicked in and Dylan matured. It’s obvious from the very beginning of this story that Apollo’s grief at the loss of his husband is still fresh. The way Dylan was with him, so patient, kind, and encouraging, really helping Apollo along with baby steps was so wonderful. I loved Dylan. Apollo, while I hurt for him, was much harder to get to know. Even with his POV, he was very reserved. I was glad he had so many friends. And even if he couldn’t bring himself to share his feelings with them, he could have little slices of enjoyment and happiness when he spent time with them. In a story where there are kids involved, it’s easy for them to overtake the plot, but I didn’t feel that was the case here. Apollo’s life obviously revolved around his children, and so did Dylan’s to a degree, as he was their babysitter, but there was plenty of Dylan/Apollo time and opportunity for their feelings to grow and to have steamy time together. And again, with Dylan, I adored his commitment to Apollo’s girls and dropping everything when they needed him. Dylan and Apollo had a sexy relationship, and the age gap and Dylan’s years of longing added to that.
I think it’s clear that I was drawn to Dylan’s character more than Apollo’s, but I did like them both. Apollo had a lot of feelings to come to grips with, and his journey was very emotional. Overall I really enjoyed their story, and if you’re a fan of Annabeth Albert, you’re going to love this one!
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Series: Off Base