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Squared Away (Out of Uniform) Mass Market Paperback
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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
Much as I love Zack and Pike from “Off Base,” I think Mark and Isaiah are my new favorite couple from Albert’s Out of Uniform series.
This book hits most of my catnips. It’s a friends/acquaintances to lovers story, so we see Mark and Isaiah build their relationship gradually. There’s competence porn, with scenes of Mark working as a SEAL, Isaiah developing a business, and both of them engaged in the daily life necessary to take care of their new family. There’s a slow burn as they build their physical relationship to meet Mark’s needs. Apparently, I also have a catnip for men having to build a family while they’re building a relationship.
I bumped this to five stars because I've already reread it (I had an ARC so have had time!).
Thrown together by tragic circumstances and bound together by old memories and three kids that are completely dependent on them. And with old feelings slowly making their way to the surface they have to work together for the happy ending the whole family deserve.
I really like Mark and Isaiahs story and the way Marks sexuality is explained.
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