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    Swoon! Hot SEAL + Hot Teacher = Love

    Off Base is the perfect start to a new series by Annabeth Albert. Out of Uniform is a spin-off series from #gaymers but each book can easily be read as a standalone. Off Base contains appearances from some of the #gaymers characters, most notably Ryan and Josiah from Connection Error. If you read and loved the #gaymers series you won’t want to miss this one. Zack Nelson is a young Navy SEAL and he’s so deep in the closet he won’t even admit to himself that he’s gay. His fundamentalist parents and a few homophobic teammates make keeping the closet door shut imperative as far as Zack is concerned. Pike Reynolds is friends with a former SEAL friend of Zack and that’s how they meet. Whenever he’s around Zack he’s a big flirt and never fails to make him uncomfortable. When Zack agrees to take Pike as a roommate it’s only because of his home remodeling skills and he plans to keep his distance from as much as possible – but Pike has other ideas and the sparks fly. Oh, my do the sparks fly! Zack might be a virgin but he’s a quick learner and the sexy time is HOT. I haven’t yet read a book by Annabeth Albert that I didn’t love and Off Base didn’t ruin that track record. Her writing sucks me into the story so much that everything around me seems to stop. It’s very irritating when life tries to intrude. Off Base touched my heart; I ached for Zack because he was so afraid to face his true self and what it would mean to his relationship with his fellow SEALs. Trust is everything – it can mean the difference between life and death – and he’s afraid they might no longer have his back if they learn the truth about his sexuality. I was also affected deeply by Pike’s character. He was burned a long time ago by a relationship he thought was more than it turned out to be. He’s also dealt with more than his share of curious guys and while he understands and sympathizes with Zack, he’s not sure he’s up for keeping their relationship a long-term secret. When a crisis puts their relationship in jeopardy Pike is afraid he’ll have to walk away to maintain his own sanity. I’ve been looking forward to this book so much; Annabeth’s been giving her fans on Facebook teasers for more than a couple of months. Now I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories in this series. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion of the book or my review. Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com.
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    Strong ties to Connection Error ~ can stand alone.

    > > Cover < < Two shirtless men, military man embraced from behind. Strong fonts. Rather sedate and drab in color, with white text. The eye could potentially sweep past this one if not specifically looking for it. Synopsis sounded really good and left me interested. > > Looking Deeper < < POV: Third-person. ** NOTE ** This is a spinoff of Annabeth Albert's #gaymers series book #3, CONNECTION ERROR, featuring Ryan (a former SEAL, whom is also one Zack's best friends) and Josiah (video game programmer and one of Pike's best friends). I did NOT read this book prior to OFF BASE, and though I felt I missed a bit by not knowing the moderate secondary characters, it was not too difficult to read as a true stand-alone. >> Digging Deeper < < A virgin SEAL? Anything's possible when you're so deep in the closet you half-expect to find Narnia. Zack's trying to be better than his screw-up of a big brother by being the perfect son, sibling, SEAL. But in doing so, he's missing a crucial part of himself. And eventually, loneliness, fear, and isolation could lead to deadly consequences. Flirt. Flighty. Immature. Labels Pike is tired of having. He wants something real, something substantial, something solid... and he wants it with the one guy he's not even sure is gay, bi or what! Unsure if he's able to even go down that road again after his last "gay, but not gay" boyfriend publicly humiliated him by refusing to come out, he tries to fight the attraction. Seeing past Zack's defenses, he's willing to give the big, sincere guy a chance though. Old friends, SEAL team, college colleagues and students, family, Gizmo and Tangerine, and a few more. Not overwhelming in numbers, but enough to provide a deeper, fuller plot. Most of them are tolerant and enjoyable, some are extreme and righteous. A good blend of characters. There was always an underlying current between Zack and Pike. It was magnetic. Something you knew would burn bright and hot if fed properly. The buildup was wonderful and quite enjoyable. Pike's subtle nudges (and not so subtle shoves) were as entertaining as Zack's eagerness to be the best, to excel in all things. Things were not perfect, but they were right for each other. Dialogue was always natural and fit the situation. Interactions were believable, even if not always favorable. Plot was dynamic, had dimension and depth to the story as well as characters. Writing was smooth. Timetime flowed easily. The conflicts that Zack and Pike had faced throughout the book were all either resolved or addressed as works-in-progress. Perhaps we may catch glimpses of them as well as more from Ryan and Josiah in AT ATTENTION, due out April 2017. I was unable to predict any of the key points that occurred, and only experienced some minor points of predictability. No big surprises or plot twists were present. Solid and satisfying implied HEA in a short flash forward style ending. Overall, I enjoyed Zack and Pike's story, but wish I'd known beforehand that it was tied to Connection Error so I could read it first. Although Josiah and Ryan and not intregral to this plot, they are important to the main characters. That said, I am looking forward to continuing the series. The Lt. has me curiosity piqued! . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 44.5 ~ Stars: 4 (4.5, if I could) * * ARC eCopy provided by Netgalley. Unbiased Opinions are being left voluntarily. * *
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    Loved this first in a new series!

    First in a spin-off from the #gaymers series, fans of the author will recognize secondary characters Josiah and navy SEAL Ryan (heroes from Connection Error) who play an integral part in helping Zack embrace his own sexuality. As a relatively new SEAL, Zack deals with homophobia and harassment at work, and his own insecurities in accepting himself. With a very out of the closet roommate Pike, Zack can no longer just let things go but must make critical decisions about his future, including where he wants things with Pike to go. With conservative family issues and the ever present stress at work, this story has a more serious tone than previous ones by the author but it makes for a compelling read. (and sexy too!). Looking forward to the next one already!
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    Off Base

    This was a real heart warmer! Sexiest happily ever after you could ask for. I just bought the next in the series and plan to keep buying.
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    My Favorite Annabeth Albert Book!

    Wow! I think this is probably my favorite book by Annabeth Albert; this one really blew me out of the water and I loved it so much! I don’t even know where to start with all the things I liked. Albert’s books are always very heavily character driven so I loved Zack and Pike! I thought it was really unique that we had a Navy SEAL who was new to the teams and still going through training. That was different than most Navy SEAL books with the super alpha male who’s been doing it for a long time and is jaded and tough. So I liked that this one was different with Zack still trying to fit in with his team and figure things out. His vulnerability really made you empathize with his character. I am completely in love with both of these characters! I loved how they were individually and I especially loved how they were together. Initially, I thought that Pike was going to come across as a little immature but he was in fact the complete opposite and I thought he was a perfect match to help Zack figure out who he really was. Pike was fun and silly, so he could keep things lighthearted but he also knew when to be serious. I really liked that even though Pike had been down this route before and worried that Zack would end up like his ex, he was still incredibly patient with Zack and genuinely cared for him. I was also a bit worried I wouldn’t like Zack as much for so strongly denying who he was but Albert does such an amazing job of making you feel and understand what Zack is going through. You can’t help but just want to give him a hug and do anything you can to make his life easier. I especially like that when things got intimate, it was Zack who made the first move. He was so self-conscious about his feelings that I don’t think it would have worked very well if Pike had been the one to make a move first but instead it was Zack taking control of his life. And even though it took Zack a long time to comfortable with his sexuality in public, I loved that he fully embraced what they had when they were together in the privacy of their house. I was also excited to see Ryan and Josiah from Connection Error made a lot of appearances in this book. Ryan is one of my favorite characters from the #gaymers series so it was nice to see more of him and he was a really great friend for Zack to have. I can’t wait for the next book, after we got introduced to Apollo. I am beyond excited because Albert made a wonderful introduction to Apollo and I cannot wait to read about his character. She did an amazing setup for him and Apollo just jumped off the pages, so I can’t wait to read his story!

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