ARC Review | Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert

Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert | Out of Uniform #6
Military | Contemporary Romance | LGBT
Publication Date | July 9th, 2018
ARC from A Novel Take PR

 

 

Book Blurb:

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.

| Book Review |

I have to admit that after reading the last book in this series, Squared Away, I was left wondering where it would go and if its steam was gone. Well, I am thrilled to report that, for me, this series has its momentum back and this latest offering, Tight Quarters, is my new favorite Out of Uniform novel! I knew pretty quickly upon starting this book that I was going to love it – inquisitive older journalist vs. serious as can be Navy SEAL Bacon. There was an instant rivalry here as Bacon, who has a slight injury, is tasked with ‘babysitting’ Spencer while he shadows Bacon’s team for his latest story. And Bacon’’s nothing short of bitter about it. But Spencer is quick to prove himself; he may be a liability the team, but he’s not a lazy, pampered man who can’t keep up with a simple run. Against his better judgment, Bacon is silently impressed, and admiration and lust blaze from there. On both sides, as Spencer soon sees just how dangerous Bacon’s job is, and things get real when what should have been a simple mission goes awry.

I loved watching this relationship progress. There were obvious misgivings about even exploring a relationship because of their circumstances (don’t worry; it doesn’t happen at inappropriate awkward times like often happens in Romantic Suspense,) and I like that so much thought was put into the if and when of things. There was a push and pull here that took place in both characters thoughts that was realistic but didn’t feel like it dragged on, and the wait was definitely worth it. There was so much emotion to this pair, and when they were together, it was so sexy and sweet. They loved the simple things like just being together and taking care of each other. The pacing of this story, like most Annabeth Albert books, was perfect. Things happened in a way that felt true to the characters. Nothing was rushed or glossed over, and these men were really struggling on what it would mean to be together and if they could make the personal sacrifices needed for that to happen. There was a scene specifically with Spencer as he examined his priorities that moved me to tears, and I do love that in this book, both men had to give something up to be together; it wasn’t one person making all the sacrifices.

I did have a few little issues with this book. For one, I do wish the age gap had been focused on a bit more. These men were definitely in different seasons of their lives, and aside from the fact that I find older/younger romances incredibly sexy, I like it when an author illustrates how ages and experiences change you. I think this was touched upon a bit, but there was definitely room for more exploration. The second was when Spencer needed to call Bacon something other than Bacon. I get it – Bacon is an unusual name and not super sexy, but he was Bacon in the book for so long that when Spencer did start to call him something else, it threw me for a loop and felt like a chug in the story.

As you can see, I really loved Tight Quarters. I love the themes of this book – that getting something wonderful often means giving something up, and that true love conquers all. Clichéd? Maybe. But enjoyable nonetheless!

| Rating |

Series | Off Base

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| about the author |

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.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: www.annabethalbert.com or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.

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.

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  1. I started reading this series with Wheels Up, so Bacon getting called something else didn’t really bother me. I kind of liked that the previous book had a slower pace because it broke up the series and gave it a different feel before diving back into war and training. Although, I think my favorite so far is still Wheels Up. I still need to read the previous books though so we will see if that changes.

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    1. I wouldn’t have minded the pacing of the previous book if I believed the love story within, but I just didn’t buy it. Yes – Wheels Up was so good! I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did. 🙂

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  2. I am glad that you enjoyed this one as much as you did! I have read some of Albert’s work in the past and really enjoyed it. I think I might need to give this series a try. Great review!

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    1. Oh, yes, This one was such a wonderful story. Especially on the heels of the last that just didn’t do it for me. I hope you get to it soon! There are some real winners in this one!

      Thank you. 🙂

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  3. I really do love it when I see both characters sacrifice something to be together. Too many times its one sided in that way, so I like seeing both of the mc do this. Lovely review. I really want to read this author so badly. Which book is your favorite?

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    1. Yes! I loved seeing that they both made sacrifices here! Thank you.

      My favorite by this author is Tender with a Twist. However, it’s the second in a series and I really enjoyed the first as well. So if you’re interested, I recommend the Rainbow Cove series. But commit to reading both books so you can get to my favorite! 😉

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