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I adored the opening with Dustin and Wes meeting in San Diego but once that got to San Diego the book went south for me.
Partly, I never really got over Dustin not being more honest and open with his brother (a hero from a previous book in the series). I am also not a huge fan of forbidden romance but good writing (and Albert is a very good writer) can move me past that. However, I just never adjusted the the angst and the lack of couple time in this book.
Not for me.
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.
The beginning is a total hook. I loved it. The relatively tame sex in the beginning was scorching. The emotions were off the charts. Later sex was so angst ridden and furtive it was harder to enjoy, but the emotions definitely felt real.
The pain felt so real. One need fighting against another. Wanting something you know it forbidden, but wanting it so badly you try anyway.
I could have used less of the sister, and extra angst, but I give it a pass because I loved the guys both so much. And maybe Dustin could have manned up with his family sooner, but honestly with everything else he was dealing with I give him a pass on that too.
Normally I am all for absolute realism in my fantasy stories, but in this case I could have used more fantasy. I don't think this is a spoiler but just in case I saved it for last.
If you're like me, you could see the ending coming from the very first. It is heartbreaking that they don't both fully get what they want. Don't get me wrong it's not a sad ending by any means, but it is by far the more realistic than I would have preferred. Having some decent personal and working knowledge of the military I mostly understand the commissioned / enlisted relationship prohibition. It's just that "love is love" and sometimes it makes me so sad that we still make people chose between what they love to do and who they love.
Dustin has taken quite some time to come out to himself as bi, let along fully gay, and he has experimented only through an app for military men on the down low where he has met up with Wes, who is on the opposite coast but has been sharing chatter about many things as well as phone sex. When Dustin makes it across the country for a visit and they hook up, it's a huge surprise to both of them that Wes takes the dominant role and in some kooky BSDM action (not severe at all) Dustin comes into his own.
Then Dustin goes home and they don't make plans to see each other again, though they each wish privately they lived on the same coast.
Then all hell breaks loose when quite surprisingly Wes is assigned to California and it turns out that he is sent to Dustin's SEAL unit--which stuns both of them because neither one knew they were both SEALS. Worse, Dustin is Wes' superior and their hoped-for affair must end.
Wow, does this get dicey--and at the same time beautiful. Author Annabeth Albert leads both Dustin and Wes--and the reader--down a path where their respective internal conflicts crystalize and clarify to the point that they realize they cannot be without each other.
And that's how I'll end it. It took me a few days to get around to writing this review because I was still touched by how the author brought our two really special men to a certain path. I was savoring. Bravo!
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