Monday, July 9, 2018

Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert

Petty Officer Bacon, a Navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.

Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.

Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I love the military action at the start of this book! The relationship between Bacon and Spencer starts when Bacon is given responsibility for Spencer’s welfare when the journalist is embedded on a mission with Bacon’s SEAL team. Even though Bacon has no interest in babysitting the journalist, he quickly finds himself attracted to the handsome reporter.

Bacon is a career SEAL. He loves his job and he is eager for promotion. Despite dealing with homophobia and the loss of teammates to catastrophic injury, Bacon wholeheartedly belongs to the military. As a journalist, Spencer is more critical. His experience with rehabilitating soldiers hasn’t always been positive and he wants to use his experience with Bacon’s team to help expose some of the military’s failings. The conflict between these two men is as personal as it is professional, and I love the way this story sees both men reevaluating their identities and their priorities

While some of the more recent books in this series have focused more on the SEAL team members’ experiences at home beyond the battlefield, I love that this book immerses readers back into the military experience. The story focuses on some of the harsh realities of military life and picks apart some of the darker themes running through the men’s lives.

Off duty, I loved Bacon’s identity shift and the way these two manage the age gap between them. Bacon and Spencer exist in very different social circles and I enjoyed watching them fight to make a relationship work. I think this is definitely the strongest book in the series and it is beautifully written.

You don't have to read previous books in the series but we do see characters from previous books and we do see that one of my favorite couples is still together. :) The main characters felt real to me. However, every time I saw the word Bacon I would say something snarky in my head like “Who doesn't love bacon?” or “Everything is better with bacon.” Once I got into the story the little voice in my head stopped. LOL. The chemistry and banter was great, I felt like I was there. There is angst and the sex scenes aren't very descriptive, which I normally hate but it worked in this book. Overall, a great addition to the series.

Bacon meets journalist Spencer when he is embedded in Bacon’s SEAL team and Bacon is assigned to be his liaison and take care of him. There is an attraction between the men from the beginning, but I loved the way a friendship, emotional connection, and a level of trust was built between the two. There is a real maturity to this story. The things that bring Spencer and Bacon together and the things that divide them are not trivial. These are two grown men dealing with real issues and trying to figure out if and how they can be together in a way that works for both of them.

I adored Bacon and Spencer’s romance. Tight Quarters is another excellent book in the Out of Uniform series. I’m not sure if Annabeth Albert plans to write more book in this series or not, but if she does, I’ll be happy to read them.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/M Military Romance
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This has been one of the more enjoyable stories for me in this series. It felt so real and there was really no fluff.

Bacon (Del) and Spencer's relationship is one of true friendship, trust, and love.

Bacon is a SEAL and his orders are to keep Spencer, who is a journalist embedded with his team, alive. You get to see Spencer truly process what that means for himself and for the SEAL team that he's embedded with. It was a very real look at what that takes – the sacrifice that is necessary.

Spencer has a story and he knows that it's important to write. However, as the story progresses, he realizes that sometimes there is more to life than the next story. He finds himself unable to really sacrifice for the story if it means losing Del.

I will say that the name Bacon was hard to read when it came to the more serious stuff in the story. It would have been better to continue to call him Del instead. It was also a story that left me wanting to know more – what happened to Bacon's teammates? Will they get their own stories?

This had great chemistry, a seriousness that you normally don't get, and a relationship that was truly wonderful to watch develop.

This is the sixth book in the series, and you wouldn't need to have read the others to enjoy this really excellent story – but it does add some depth to the whole SEAL experience, and the risks these men take both at work and for love.

I think the reason that I enjoyed this story so much is that both men are so wonderfully brought to life through the stylish writing of Annabeth Albert, that I would know them if I ever met them. I am not always a fan of changing viewpoints within a chapter, but here it was seamless. And even the fact that they both had plenty of inner thoughts which should have been spoken, it was never laboured. I romped through it and there were some really good twists which added to the whole.

This is definitely a book on my reread pile, because I know that in the need to find out how it all panned out, I was reading at speed, and some of their intimate moments deserved a far slower, voyeuristic read! Suffice it to say that it was hot, passionate, and very intense, and ultimately full of love.

Thank you for a fabulous addition to the series.

Also Available in the Out of Uniform Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Off Base post.

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our At Attention post.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our On Point post.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our Wheels Up post.

Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our Squared Away post.

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 toddlers.

Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6) by Annabeth Albert to read and review.

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