Out of Uniform #1
by Annabeth Albert
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Genre: Romance, Military, SEALs, Contemporary, Roommates-to-lovers
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 is a spin off from my favorite Gaymer series, but you don't need to read the other series beforehand before diving in. I think some reader complaint about the homophobic slur, which I understood completely. When I started reading m/m stories with mostly GFY theme, there are a lot of homophobic individual in them especially the parents, who practically disown their child. So facing the gay joke and slur in this book is nothing new and doesn't fazed me. But I can say in Off Base it really irritates the hell out of me because Jack just endured it silently without punching the asshole in the face. For almost 70% of the book, I'm just boiling with anger with the way Jack tried to hide his true self and not putting Pike first. But worry not, everything works out really well towards the end and Jack came to realize he had a bunch of supporting friends and colleagues who actually will stood by him.
Pike and Jack's relationship is rocky from the start. Jack is deeply in the closet and denial of his feelings until Pike keep tempting him with the possibility. Pike is crushing hard on the tough SEAL, but he worried Jack is treating him as an experiment to satisfied his curiosity. When they are alone, Jack might just be the best boyfriend Pike ever had. But when their safe cocoon is invaded or when they need to face the world, Jack is kind of an asshole, pushing Pike away and deny everything, which sucks donkey balls. I'm sad for Pike, but I will never hate Jack. I understand why he acted that way and I'm willing to wait for him to come to his senses ie. learn to stand up for himself and be proud of who he is. Although Jack might take a long time to come around, I feel that the wait is worth it.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking 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’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth 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 children.