ARC Review | Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert

Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform

Genre: Military, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 14th, 2019
ARC from Netgalley

The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.

Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.

Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…

| Book Review |

Rough Terrain is the seventh and final installment in Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series, and let me tell you – I am not ready to say goodbye. Rarely do I start a series and stick with it promptly enough to be there for every release, but I was waiting on tenterhooks for every installment of this one. I have loved each and every one of these men (to varying degrees,) and been so happy to see them work for their happily ever afters. After all, this series, at its core, is about love, compromise and good-hearted men.

Canaan and Renzo meet when Renzo and his team come into the smoothie shop where Canaan works. Sparks fly, but it’s a while before things really take off for these two. After a childhood tragedy, Renzo’s been carrying the burden of being a hero to his family, which they’ve perpetuated ever since. But it’s clear that they love him. Canaan is much more easygoing, living with a grandfather who adores him and who he adores in return. Renzo (also known as Rooster in previous installments, which he is not a fan of,) and Canaan’s relationship was fun from the get go. So easygoing and sweet. But Canaan throws a wrench in things when he asks Renzo to pose as his boyfriend, and things take a turn from there. Renzo’s insecurities kick in and Canaan is quick to realize that sometimes the past is better left in the past. At first, Renzo’s insecurities reared their ugly heads so often it was getting to be too much, but after pieces of his past were revealed, it makes sense that they’d be constantly plaguing him; it would have been odd if they hadn’t been at the forefront of his mind. And all it takes is one trip with his past friends and bandmates for Canaan to realize he’s better off looking toward the future. As for the camping trip and getting stranded together, I did think this would be a bigger part of the story, but it was the aftermath of the events that dominated the plot, while also highlighting how well Canaan and Renzo worked together. I felt like there were more steamy scenes in this one than I’m used to (and that’s not a complaint,) and they well written – sexy while also being sweet and conveying both men’s personalities perfectly. Canann and Renzo’s road to happy ever after was filled with hurdles and angst, and I loved every moment. It was everything I’ve come to expect from an Annabeth Albert book. Another thing I appreciated was that we weren’t hit over the head with previous characters from this series, as some authors are inclined to do when wrapping things up. The ones that did show up made appearances because it suited the plot.

I think it’s clear I adored everything about these characters and this story. Rough Terrain was a perfect series ender, embodying everything I love about Annabeth Albert’s writing. The only thing I didn’t like about this is that it’s the end. And that’s, of course, for selfish reasons; I’m just not ready to let go. The upside is that now I have something new to look forward to from this author. And I can’t wait!

| Rating |

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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: 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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13 thoughts on “ARC Review | Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert

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  1. I love seeing your review because I just recently read (well, listened to) my first by Annabeth Albert. I actually already have the first two books of this series on my Kindle so I’m more excited than ever to dive right in!


  2. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed this final installment even if it is hard to say goodbye. This is a series I intend to binge on as soon as possible. I’m pretty sure I bought the first one after reading your review. 😉


  3. Looks like you really enjoy Annabeth Albert’s books! Glad this was the perfect ending to the series!


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