Reviewed by JustJen
Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I am really enjoying this series and was really looking forward to Apollo’s story. We met him in the previous book when he stepped in to help offer support to Zach as an out officer in the military. Dylan is Dustin’s (another military man) younger brother who needs a place to stay for the summer. Apollo lost his partner to an accident years ago and now needs help looking after his children for the summer while their grandmother is away. Dylan runs a camp for kids and seems like the perfect fit all around.
I really liked Apollo in Off Base, as he was strong and confident and an all around good role model for Zach when he really needed it. He shows us a much more vulnerable side in this book. While he is attracted to the younger Dylan, he still harbors a lot of guilt over moving on after the death of what he believed was his one true love. Dylan is very understanding though and takes the I’ll take what I can get approach thinking they can just enjoy each other while he is there. His leaving at the end of the summer is also what helps Apollo give in to Dylan. Unfortunately, or fortunately, feelings grow into much more than just sex for these two, and it causes a bit of turmoil before they straighten it all out.
These guys have some amazing chemistry though. I mean scorching sex scenes, plenty of dirty talk and overall hot smexy times. Their sexual relationship was never really an issue though, as most of the angst was brought on by Apollo and his healing heart and slightly messed up head. He has quite a bit of trouble wrapping his brain around the idea of letting someone else into his and his kids’ life. But, Dylan is pretty perfect, and it is easy to see how good a fit he is for the whole family.
This was a great story that kept me at attention to the end. I can’t wait to see where things to in the next installment!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*