Out of Uniform #2
by Annabeth Albert
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Genre: Romance, Military romance, contemporary, age difference, may/december, SEALS
Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
At Attention dealt with some heavy angst and might just get you frustrated enough that you want to throttle the grieving husband and ask him to stop being such an asshole. I'm alright with heroes having a dead lover, but Apollo, the badass lieutenant is still very much grieving over his dead husband after two years. There is so much guilt whenever he felt a twinge of happiness when he spent time with Dylan.
Dylan is awesome in this book. He is much younger than Apollo, probably ten years? He had a huge crush on Apollo since young and now that he is a grown man with a solid career prospect that enable him to give back to the community, he decided to act on his crush although he knew Apollo might treat him as a summer fling.
Apollo had a pair of young twins with his dead husband and Dylan is like a Mary Poppins incarnated, helping with the household chore and handling the kids like a champ during his summer stay at Apollo house.
Apollo is definitely attracted to the young Dylan, but his hot and cold attitude for more than half the book is giving me a whiplash. How did Dylan deal with his complex, I had no idea. When Apollo finally come to peace with his grieve and decided to move on, it only happened towards the final chapter. I wish it happened sooner so that I can read about Apollo and Dylan enjoying their time together without such burden overshadowing them throughout the book.
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.