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~Review~ Off Base by Annabeth Albert

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Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert

****3.5 Stars****

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I didn’t realize, more likely I had forgotten, this was a spin off when I started it, but quickly remembered Zack from the hospital with Ryan and Pike as being Josiah’s best friend in the last book of the #gaymers series. I absolutely loved Josiah and Ryan, by far my favorite in that series, so it was a treat to see them again.

This book wasn’t as big of a hit for me, while I liked it, it felt like something was being held back and it was just scratching the surface of these characters. I guess that special something that makes me fall in love with a book just wasn’t there.


Pike easily won me over quickly, I loved his honesty, vivid personality and how comfortable he was in his own skin even while he was trying to make the transition into becoming an adult. Which quite honestly was what this book felt like to me, they may have been 23ish but this was a story about moving across that divide between dependent and independent, it had an NA feel.


Zack was a bit trickier because while he had accomplished becoming a Navy SEAL, he was still so unsure of who he was and was lying to everyone, but mostly to himself. I loved watching him get pushed out of his comfort zone but could have done with less of his seemingly endless inner dialogue and no action…super big pet peeve of mine.


I’m easily swayed by first times….from the kissing …


 … to the steamy shower scenes,


all the cuddling added up to one thing…

  

… this couple had great sexual chemistry…and virgin sex is always a treat, especially when it well played out.


The military support in this book was phenomenal, I truly hope everyone who is harassed in uniform finds this level of support. I have no words for the horrible actions of Cobb and Harper, however, I t was awesome watching Cobb crumble when the tables turned, but Harper seemed to skate by. I was so pleased by his military family and brotherhood that surrounded Zack when he finally let them in.

I’m anxiously awaiting Apollo’s story, not only an age gap but an in-house child care provider too…excited about this one!!

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~Review~ Tattoos & Teacups by Anna Martin

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Tattoos & Teacups (Tattoos #1) by Anna Martin

****4 Stars****

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Tattoos and Teacups is a very sweet story about the power of opposites attracting and choosing not to settle for the life you have, but deciding to take some risks and hopefully living the life you want.


Robert is a 32yr old English literature professor, (not to be confused with Gerard Butler his much older doppelgänger, even if they are both Scottish heartthrobs) who has settled into the life of a much older man and is completely comfortable in his regimented days. He has accepted the fact that he will never find love if that is in fact, a real thing. He prides himself on his professional life and the accomplishments he’s earned, even if he may be lonely.


Chris is a beautifully alive 23yr old percussionist, not simply a drummer, who is confident and self-assured. Chris finds himself in Boston, on a short month or two breaks from a cross-country van tour with his band, recharging before continuing on out West.


They have a chance meeting in one of Robert’s favorite pubs, where he has had a few too many pints and his Scottish accent has gotten noticeably thicker…Chris can’t help but mistake him for the dreaded Butler. Robert doubts he has anything to offer the gorgeous younger man, can’t possibly believe he would ever be interested in the older professor, but Robert decides to take a chance and uses the number Chris left for him.
My good friend J said it best, it was like being a fly on the wall watching this couple fall in love…and as unlikely a pair as they were…fall they did.

  


It was a bit quick, but sometimes love happens quickly, it felt genuine. The real story here was what happens next. Life comes calling and tough choices have to be made. Sometimes when you love someone you have to put yourself aside, then figure out what comes next for you.
I was surprised more than once whilst reading this, which is always a treat.
This couple shows real vulnerability coupled with all the hot and steamy sex, you get the full view of who they are.
All in all a good, low angst enjoyable read.

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