Sunday, April 9, 2017

ARC Review:At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert

Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.

It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy. He’s determined to hold out for someone who’s able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he’d expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what’s more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.


At Attention releases April 10, 2017 from Carina Press

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What I thought about At Attention

Apollo Flores is still grieving the loss of his partner when a change in schedule has him looking for child-care assistance for his twin daughters. He has some reservations when his friend Dustin recommends his brother Dylan for the job.  Apollo remembers a younger Dylan who crushed on him hard, but he isn't quite prepared for the all-grown-up Dylan.

Dylan has changed quite a bit from when Apollo last saw him. He's perfect for Apollo in many ways, one of those being his qualifications to provide child-care to his children. Even though Apollo is attracted to Dylan from the start, Apollo isn't ready to move forward with another relationship so they end up agreeing to a physical relationship with an expiration date.  Only problem is that no one told Apollo's heart about their silly arrangement. The intimate moments between Apollo and Dylan are super steamy and they connect in a way that sometimes scares Apollo.  

There is so much I like about At Attention and this series. Annabeth Albert does a superb job of allowing the men in this series to be vulnerable without being wimpy. Apollo's grief is palpable. At first, he fumbles with understanding how he moves on from his grief, believing he will never again experience what he had with his spouse. When Dylan comes along, he struggles with his attraction to Dylan. How he begins to embrace a new future he hadn't envisioned is really the story here and it is handled with much sensitivity and love. I found this to be a beautiful part of the story and I appreciated getting a character I don't see very often in romance, especially M/M romance.

Dylan is terrific too. He's patient and kind and Apollo's daughters love him. Really, everyone loves him, he's the sort of guy that just makes people comfortable.  And while Dylan really cares about Apollo -- this is clear right from the start, but he isn't a pushover either. When Apollo acts like a jerk and pushes Dylan away, he's strong enough to understand that he needs space and gives it to him, even though his heart is breaking.

I devoured At Attention. It's an easy read with characters that immediately sucked me into their world. Apollo's daughters are adorable. While Apollo and Dylan's story is at time heart-wrenching and uplifting, it left me feeling good. I really do like everything about this series. At Attention works as a standalone, too.

Recommended for fans of M/M romance. You won't be sorry.

An ARC was provided for review.

About the Author

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.

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 children.

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