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On Point (Out of Uniform) Mass Market Paperback – June 6, 2017
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''How in the world have I missed Annabeth Albert's wonderful books?'' --USA Today, praise for the author --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up reading 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 is a published romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. She 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 toddlers.
Audiobook Narrator Bio: J. F. Harding has been in the audiobook game since 2013. He has been profiled by USA Today and has been nominated for Best Narrator and Best Audiobook by Sinfully Addicted. He is known for his distinctive, multilayered character voices, and immersive delivery.
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Ben and Maddox are a dynamite couple. Their sex appeal and chemistry is palpable! I know their HEA will truly last forever because they built their relationship on a solid, 12-year friendship. They've seen each other at their best and their worst, as well as everything in between. It still takes learning to really communicate to achieve their HEA. Very realistic.
I can't urge you enough to read On Point. I laughed, cried, got angry, wanted to slap some sense into both of them. I was fully invested in the story and read it in one setting. If you haven't read Annabeth Albert, what are you waiting for?
4 Miscommunication stars.
On Point is the 3rd installment of the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert. Readers would have no issue reading On Point as a standalone. However, other characters from the previous books are mentioned, as Maddox & Ben's journey started in those books, so it would help form an emotional connection to the main characters sooner to read about them from book 1.
Maddox & Ben are on the same Navy Seal team, roommates, best friends, and ignorant to the fact that the other is in love with them. On Point is definitely the epitome of friends-to-lovers, with slow-burn romance tossed in.
The novel starts out with a bang, deep in military action, which is the catalyst for the life change for both characters.
Ben is a cad after his divorce, and Maddox has forever been a homebody. In the beginning of the book, there is a bit of a mystery about what angst both Ben & Maddox are fretting over. I will say, it was hotter than Hades (the voyeurism). This lust-driven passion didn't last past that point, as romance became more front and center for the guys. The between-the-sheets action felt tucked in between scenes, not necessarily flowing into the story.
When Ben and Maddox started dating, it's like the book shifted gears and became a bit too sugary sweet. It was abrupt after the first half.
Since these guys have been best friends for 12 years, had each other's backs in combat, and saved each others lives, it was bizarre that they wouldn't trust each other enough to 'talk it out'. There is hundreds of pages of miscommunication on the pages, where a single 3-minute conversation would have cleared up any and all conflict. So if they knew so little of the other in over a decade, where is this love stemming from? (in regards to Maddox wanting a different sort of life)
Usually this type of plot rubs me a bit raw, but in the case of friends-to-lovers, it lent validity to their journey. But near the 80% mark of the book, it did get a bit much for me to swallow, where I started to resent the characters for not being adult enough to just talk. It felt a bit drawn out due to this.
Recommended to fans of MM Romance, especially those who need a ton of romance and a HEA. I'm highly looking forward to the 4th book in the series, and enjoy this author's writing style.
Note: I had an advance copy, so they may have been resolved. The flashbacks weren't denoted by italics, with an extra space, or a symbol. I struggled many times trying to figure out if it was in the past or present. The present would flow right into the past and back into the present without the reader knowing. This type of storytelling does even out after the halfway mark. But there was another occasion near the end, where Ben is remembering an event similar to the one he's experiencing in the now, and I had no idea it was a flashback for 3 paragraphs, and it was beyond confusing.
Hero: Maddox Horvat -- Military Sniper. Deliberate. Loyal. Loves Cooking.
Hero: Ben Tovey -- Military Chief. Player. Charming. Cynical.
--What’s Going On--
Ben and Maddox have been friends ever since they both went through BUD/s Training and they've always been there for each other. Maddox has always felt more for Ben than just friendship but Ben was burned in a bad marriage and now his life consists of the military, partying, and one-night stands. Ben has also had growing feelings for his friend Maddox but he doens't trust love. After a harrowing mission that leaves them both injured, Maddox is ready to reassess his life and Ben will do anything to keep his best friend happy and by his side.
--What I Liked and Didn’t Liked--
The Writing and Plot -- I always love Annabeth Albert's writing and this was no exception. She has such a talent for writing a story that just sucks you in and keeps you going until you finish because you're desperate to know what will happen in the characters' relationship. Albert writes some of the best truly character driven romance I've read in a long time. I was really excited for this one because I love friends-to-lovers books and I was intrigued by the book blurb's reference to the characters being stranded on a mission waiting for rescue -- cue the action sequence! For the most part, Albert delivered on my excitement. There were a lot of flashback scenes in the beginning of the book as they both remember points in their friendship and there were also flashbacks to several months prior when things got, shall we say awkward between Maddox and Ben. I didn't mind the flashbacks though I was glad they were only in the beginning of the book because once these two were together, I didn't want to go back, I only wanted to go forward. The only part I didn't like in the plot was the story surrounding the previously mentioned awkward moments and it all comes down to personal preference. I'm not a fan of threesomes, they're just not my thing, I'm selfish and don't want to share my partner with anyone. However, that's not the case for Ben and he tempts Maddox into a threesome that is fully described in a flashback; it just wasn't my thing. Once these two are together, though, there were no threesomes and they were strictly monogamous.
The Characters and Romance -- With the characters being such a strong focus of Annabeth Albert's book, you know they are going to be great. I loved Maddox because he was so complex and really fleshed out as a character. He might be a SEAL but he also loves to cook, has dreams of things outside the military, and he's dedicated to taking care of Ben. Ben was also a great character but he is certainly more cynical about love and relationships and he's much more focused on just the military. Sometimes I felt like Ben wasn't as complexly written because his focus was so narrow, but overall you can see the depth of his character through his actions and his equal dedication to Maddox. Their romance was also really sweet and these two truly knew how to turn up the heat. I liked that Ben was the one who approached a relationship first because it made more sense that someone generally against relationship would have to really want it in order to start something. Ben's commitment to dating was a bit of a turn around for his character but I think in his mind he had this goal, to keep Maddox in his life and make him happy, and he just pushed through to his goal. Plus, I imagine having a near death experience for yourself and your best friend can really change your perspective on life and make you reassess things. Ben and Maddox were both great and were so devoted to each other and each put so much emphasis on making the other person happy.
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