- Series: Out of Uniform (Book 5)
- MP3 CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (April 24, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1538510618
- ISBN-13: 978-1538510612
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,933,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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The characters are always a strong suit of these books, and I loved Isaiah from start to finish! He’s wonderfully confident and compassionate and he’s never afraid to go after what he wants. Isaiah never backs down on his fight to take care of the kids and he was truly a wonderful “parent” for them. I loved seeing him in the prologue and then getting to see how much he’s grown up once we see him with the kids. He’s also incredibly understanding of Mark as he works to sort out his sexuality and accept himself for who he is. Mark was a tougher cookie to crack in the beginning and he comes across a bit standoffish and snobby. He has no confidence in Isaiah’s ability to be a stable parent but he soon sees just how much Isaiah has changed. I really grew to love Mark as well in the story and most of that comes from how much introspection and acceptance he goes through in his journey.
I always love a book that can teach me something new so I really appreciated Albert’s representation of a character who was grey ace or demisexual. Mark has pretty much given up on relationships and the idea of love because he’s rarely interested in other people or sex. He’s been attracted to men before but he doesn’t really consider himself gay or even bi. Mark goes through a lot of self-discover in this book and watching him learn to understand his orientation and what’s happening in his mind, body, and heart was really great. Mark and Isaiah have such amazing chemistry in a really sweet way. But make no mistake these two are hot together, but they also share the quieter moments like cuddling during a movie and kissing for endless amounts of time. Of course Marks’s newly found self is hard at times for him to accept and this causes friction between Mark and Isaiah. The inevitable clash was heartbreaking to read and I felt so much for both men who are just trying to find happiness after so much loss.
I loved Squared Away from start to finish and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Five years later, after a tragic car accident the brother and sister were killed. Each giving guardianship of their children to their sibling. Mark is a SEAL, deployed, when he gets news of the deaths. Getting home as fast as he can, he is surprised to see Isaiah already living in the home with the 3 children. Isaiah has a reputation as a party boy and Mark isn't sure about him being involved in the situation. The guardianship issue come as a surprise to both. Each deciding they would take the responsibility of the children.
Lawyers, judges, family service, and family all come into play, creating conflict and misery. When the men start discovering they might have feelings for each other it becomes even more difficult. Their futures not at all certain. Trying to do best for the family.
This is a very slow burn. Another well done story in the series, I liked it.
What I loved:
-The children. Kids in books make me nervous. Sometimes authors make them about to be cartoonish, and they get annoying, thankfully it wasn't the case here.
-The character development/growth was outstanding.
-The emotional connection between Isaiah and Mark- talk about getting warm butterflies in my stomach!
-And that ending- perfection! ♥
This was yet another excellent, moving story in the Out of Uniform Series! If you haven't started reading these, don't wait anymore!! 5 Stars
So, I read this one and while I will tell you it is very intense, there also comes a moment quite earlier than I expected when these two complete opposites blow the lid off their romance.
First, let's get to the negative. We are introduced to Isaiah and Mark in the crucial first chapter of the wedding between Isaiah's cousin Cal and Mark's sister Dani. It is not totally clear in this chapter that Isaiah and Cal are men of color, and what is really interesting is that it doesn't seem to matter to anyone because it's never brought up. What is clear, however, is that 18-year-old Isaiah is gay and smitten with straight 22-year-old SEAL Mark, but that's not the half of it as the book goes on.
I am not going to rehash the plot except to point out that as she did in the subsequent book, author Albert gets us more acquainted than most of us have been with the demi sexual, pansexual and permutations thereof of those persuasions, in an altogether comfortable way. By the time Isaiah and Mark get together, it's a wonderfully developed concept brought to scorching life.
So, in the end I would give this 3 1/2 stars, but moved it up because despite all the real conflicts that these two and their family encounter, their love for the kids shines through almost as much as their love for each other does.