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Wheels Up (Out of Uniform) Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2017
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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.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.
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!
ROMANCE: Forbidden Love
Wow! Wow! Wow! This might tie with Off Base as my favorite Annabeth Albert book because it was soooo good. Both Dustin and Wes are incredible characters and their relationship was the perfect mix of sexy and sweet. They try to stay away from each other but they're both so compassionate and are always trying to help the other. Everything about this book was perfect and I couldn't put it down.
Dustin realized a bit late in life that he's bisexual but he's never told anyone even though he's watched his family accept his younger brother as gay. He's only recently started exploring his interests when he starts someting with Wes. But when Wes shows up as the new SEAL on Dustin's team they both know that per the military's very strict regulations, there's no way they can continue any type of relationship. On top of that, Wes's transfer to the West coast couldn't come at a worse time -- his sister is having heart issues again and is in need of a transplant.
WHAT WORKED FOR ME
-- Annabeth Albert is a master at writing deep and emotional stories and characters that keep you hanging on until the very end. I didn't want to put this book down for anything and I was completely invested in the story. The pacing is perfect and the writing engaging, with a lot of emotion packed into every page.
-- I loved Dustin's character and the dichotomy of his tough appearance and his desire to give up control in the bedroom. Dustin has been struggling with how to tell his family and friends about his bisexuality and I found this story line really interesting. At the same time, I liked that Dustin wasn't afraid to explore his bisexuality though he had a few moments coming to accept his particular kinks. He's devoted to his SEAL team and a strong leader and no matter what the military says he can't stay away from Wes. Dustin was especially sweet when it came to lifting Wes's spirits over Sam.
-- Wes was also an amazing character. He knows he's found something special in Dustin but he also doesn't want to put Dustin's career in danger. He's always putting others before himself and it's an incredibly endearing character trait. The scenes with his sister are incredibly sweet and I'd love to get Sam's story one day *fingers crossed, pretty please*. Wes is also incredibly supportive of Dustin and his moments of boosting Dustin's confidence were great.
-- This book had a lot of realism included in regards to the military regulations. It made it a lot harder for Wes and Dustin to be together but it also made their moments more poignant. They're always sure it's going to be their last time together and that adds a real depth to the interactions. The ending is a bit of a HFN but you know that things are getting better with each day.
-- It was great to see Apollo and Dylan in this one and even a quick appearance by Zack and Pike.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK FOR ME
-- Not a criticism, but I would have liked a little more on Wes's insomnia. Is it just worry over his sister's heart condition? Stress from his work in the military? Or something else? I'm just crazy curious so I wanted to explore it further.
My other personal dissatisfaction.. I love her stories so much, the emotional journey to the end that I want more time with them after the coming together. I want to see them reap the rewards for their fight to be.
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