Melissa reviews At Attention (Out of Uniform #2) by Annabeth Albert Expected publication: April 10th 2017 by Carina Press, 209 pages.
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.
Why I read this book: I have become obsessed with Annabeth Albert and her stories. Such a talented writer, and since I read Off Base (book 1), I had to keep going with this series.
An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I have become a HUGE Annabeth Albert fan. She is a very talented writer. When I first met Apollo in Off Base I knew his story would be something special. And I was right!
Apollo is a Lieutenant in the Navy (Seals training division) and is an out and proud gay man. He was married to Neal, a physical therapist, who tragically died two years ago in an accident. What’s worse is that Neal left behind his twin daughters, who were only 2 or 3 at the time. Apollo has been struggling with living on ever since and has decided that he will never enter into a relationship again; he will always be Neal’s husband and that would be that.
However, Apollo never dreamed that he would meet Dylan, all grown up. At Attention is a beautifully written tale about finding love again. Dylan is the younger brother of Apollo’s best friend, Dustin, and when Dylan comes to stay with Apollo over the summer to help Apollo with his twin daughters, sparks fly and Apollo is not strong enough to resist.
What I really enjoyed about this book was that while Apollo was hung up on their age different (10-11 years), it didn’t overwhelm the story. It felt natural because Dylan is 23, and Apollo is “not yet 35;” Apollo is a widower and Dylan is still a young soul with his whole life ahead of him. But their age difference wasn’t a big enough deterrent to stop them from being with each other.
They shared private, quiet moments that really brought to light that age is really only a number and that it’s the person with all their quirks and specialness that makes them who they are. Dylan has felt a pull towards Apollo since he was a young kid and he is putting everything on the line to get his happy ever after.
I highly recommend this book, this series, and Annabeth Albert as a whole. I would love to see these men again and I think we will because her past MC’s seem to make cameos in each book. 😉
P.S. I hope the audio becomes available at my library; the audios really enhance these stories.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.