Reviewed by JustJen
Title: On Point
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #3
Heroes: Maddox Horvat/Ben Tovey
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Never fall for your best friend…
Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn’t smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can’t ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul.
Ben admits he likes what he’s seen—his friend’s full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben’s still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he’s not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.
Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.
Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.
Review: This has been a solid and well written military series thus far, and this installment fits right in with the rest. This could be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading the previous books to know who all the players are, as quite a few of them make appearances here.
Ben (who we met in At Attention) and Maddox are best friends, roommates and SEAL partners on the cusp of re-enlisting. They are on a mission when this begins, in which they are both seriously injured and barely made it home. They have been friends since they were young and both have had long-time crushes on the other. But the timing has always been off with each of them seeing other people. Then there is the issue of each of them believing the other can’t be what they need – Ben believes Maddox wants and needs the picket fence, monogamous, fall in love forever relationship; and Maddox believes Ben will never be able or want to make a long-term commitment (due to his past relationship). And they really don’t want to ruin their friendship, though lines have crossed here and there causing quite a bit of tension on that relationship.
It takes a while for these guys to get on the same page, or at least in the same book. There is a lot of miscommunication and assumptions that set them back, and a bit of heartbreak in between, before they both finally concede and convince each other they belong together. Also standing in the way of all this is their re-enlistment. Ben is a lifer who loves everything about being a SEAL, but that has all hinged on Maddox being by his side and having his back. Maddox, on the other hand, has other dreams, and being a SEAL just isn’t making him happy anymore. Short term, this feels like a betrayal, but long term, seems like an obvious solution and answer to some of their problems. As I said, it takes them a while to get there, but it was worth it in the end.
This continues to be a wonderful series with hot military action and sexy but vulnerable alpha males that is engaging and exciting, sexy, sweet and humorous at times but full of emotion as well. This was a fabulous addition to the series, and I am really looking forward to 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.*