Monday, January 14, 2019

Release Blitz Review: Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert

Rough Terrain
(Out of Uniform #7)
by Annabeth Albert
Release Blitz: January 14, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after.

Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.

Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…

Rough Terrain gave me all the feels. Renzo (aka Rooster) is so different from what I expected from a proud bi and fitness enthusiast who loves showing off in social media. I don't remember Canaan from previous book that much, but he's a cutie who had a crush on Renzo since the beginning. Canaan can flirt shamelessly, while Renzo can get all embarrassed. Who knew Renzo is such a prude when it comes to sexy talk. When I found out the reason Renzo is so reserve about sex and feeling all insecure about it, I went 'Aww.... poor baby'. Thank goodness we have Canaan who is very sex positive and all about experimenting and working around issues.

The story doesn't come with a fast moving plot, just mainly relationship development between Renzo and Canaan. I love that their relationship developed organically from friends who like each other company to something more. Both their family also play a big role in their lives and I admire the way they always put their family first. Did I tell you that Renzo also had a hero complex and a total perfectionist that drives Canaan kinda crazy....... crazy in love with him. 

There are several instances that Canaan being wild and adventurous in the past make Renzo all uncomfortable about it, but it doesn't seems to be a big issue, not until Renzo had a big change in his job that might interfere with their growing relationship. I love these relationship drama that doesn't involve misunderstanding, where they get all confrontational, angry and hurt. I thought despite Renzo misplaced good intention, they are both very mature about it. Their HEA is something I can easily envisioned, it just perfect.

I heard this is the last book of the series, but it doesn't really feel like it. I thought there is going to be a big reunion scene or something that bring all the previous couple together, but there isn't one. So really, is this going to be the last? I'm definitely going to miss this group of soldiers.

“Shiny, you need to put a ring on that girl of yours.” Curly was newly married and apparently eager to get others hitched up. “Get out of the barracks.”
“Aww, we’re not that serious. She just came to your wedding as a favor. I think.” Shiny didn’t look any too sure, and Canaan felt for the guy. Not knowing how serious a hookup wanted to be was one of Canaan’s talents.
“She seemed nice.” Rooster had the best voice, deep with more than a hint of East Coast to it. “Just tell her how you feel. Women tend to dig when you’re straightforward.”
Shiny groaned, and apparently none of them were in any hurry to order, which was fine. More Rooster watching for him.
“Easy for you to give advice. You’re the one who brought a dude to Curly’s wedding.”
Wait. Hold up. Rooster did what now? Canaan had been flirting rather shamelessly with the whole group for months now, and his favorite one was known to bat for his team? Hello. Red-letter day. They could take till next year to order, and Canaan would just bask in this amazing revelation.

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. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.

To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests.
a Rafflecopter giveaway