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