Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Sink or Swim by Annabeth Albert

Falling in love is the biggest gamble of all.

Winning and losing are subject to sexy interpretation…

Navy chief Calder Euler loves to win big. His latest score? A remote mountain cabin. Checking it out is supposed to be a quick trip, but Calder’s luck abruptly turns when a freak injury and a freakier snowstorm leave him stranded.

Oh, and the cabin isn’t empty. A silver fox caring for two young girls claims that the property is his, but Calder’s paperwork says otherwise.

Felix Sigurd is on a losing streak, and his ex-husband risking the cabin in a reckless bet is only the latest in a series of misfortunes. He’ll tolerate the handsome stranger for a couple nights--even care for his injuries—but that’s it.

Calder doesn’t know a damn thing about kids, but making pancakes for Felix’s girls is a surprising delight. Trapped in the cabin, the four of them slip easily into the rhythms of a family. But when the ice melts, they’ll have to decide if a future together is in the cards.  

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Sink or Swim by Annabeth Albert

Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second book in the series. Whilst you could read this as a standalone, as it involves a new couple, it would be better to have the context of the very good first book, Sailor Proof, which involves Calder's best friend and younger brother.

After a head injury which has sidelined Calder from active duty, he is incredibly frustrated. He is a master organiser and knows that he needs to be on board to keep everything working well – and shore duty just doesn't feel so important. To get away from his woes, he decides to go and visit the cabin he won in a poker game. Little can he have realised how that would change his life forever!

His time at the cabin with actual owner Felix, due to a snowstorm, gives him a chance to see just what is possible if he reevaluates how he lives. I really enjoyed him coming to terms with how he has been behaving, and how different his life could be. It is such fun watching him spending time with Felix and his nieces, viewing the world from a very different place. I like that he connects with his mum and recognises what she did to make their home work when his father was away on duty.

This is a great read on many levels, and I enjoyed it very much, thank you, Annabeth Albert.

Second book in the series, which could be read as a standalone in my opinion. This was an easy read for me. No drama, lots of communication, building of a relationship, and some good sex. I loved Calder and Felix, they just worked for me. When I read the blurb, I just imagined the entire book would be based at the cabin, but it wasn't which threw me off because that's just what normally happens and then bam, book over. Nope, this book had so much more. Great addition to the series.



Author Bio

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Sink or Swim (Shore Leave #2) by Annabeth Albert to read and review.

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