Book Review: Off Base (Out of Uniform #1), Annabeth Albert

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After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

This book has everything: “enemies”-to-lovers, hurt/comfort, cats, home rehab, and homophobic assholes being put in their place. There’s also a ton of sexual tension and so. Many. FEELINGS.

I started out so mad at Zack, but as we get more of his POV my upset was soothed and my sympathy grew. That kid’s closet is actually a bunker, reinforced by his shitty parents and his shitty SEAL teammates. It killed me that he struggled so hard with accepting who he really is.

It was especially difficult since he spent so much time with Pike, who is out and proud. Not that Pike didn’t have his struggles – personally AND professionally – but he’s comfortable in his skin and his sexuality. What hurt was seeing him having to hide things as his and Zack’s relationship grew.

And grow it did, despite both of their misgivings. It’s one of those inevitable things that allowed for some delicious UST at the beginning, and some explosive sex scenes later. The author does an incredible job of capturing the sense of awe-filled discovery as Zack has his first times, and the intimate connection of two people who clearly feel more for each other than just physical attraction.

I hope the rest of this series – set for release in spring of 2017 – will be a continuation of Zack and Pike’s story. There’s so much to explore. Will Zack like fuschia cabinets? What happens when he’s deployed? Will Pike flourish in his new job?

Either way, I’m looking forward to more of this ‘verse.

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Liz has a ginger kitty named Thackery Binx who chirps like a bird and plays fetch like a dog. She reads a lot of slash, and writes a bit as well. She thinks she’s a good cook, she brews beer, she's a total nerd about baseball, she reads YA fiction, she has recently rediscovered her love of pop music, she swears like a sailor.
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