Title: Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Page Count: 304
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.
Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.
Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.
Off base is a friends to lovers story and also the story of personal growth of two people who a beautiful connection. I immensely enjoyed reading this story.
Zack and Pike are two very well developed characters. I liked how their relationship progressed from roommates to friends to lovers. Zack as a character was difficult to like at times. His reluctance to accept who he is and his balant dislike for people who are gay in the beginning made it hard to connect to his character. But as the story progressed it was really easy to understand the reason for his actions. There is a lot of homophobia displayed by supporting characters in the story and it was difficult to read at times. But the way it was handled and the way it played a role in contributing to the nature of a character had been handled well. I liked Zack and Pike and their relationship. What I really liked about them is how different they both are and how the author made them find a connection and fall in love. Zack in deep inside the closet whereas Pike is out and proud and will never go back in. Pike is a complete opposite to Zack and everything he believes in and this made them have conflicts but they did resolve it all. I also loved the way the author had explored their sexual chemistry. They way author has developed their chemistry and their love story made this book a truly enjoyable read.
Off Base is the first book in a new series and also the spin off from #gaymers series. Familiar faces from Connection Error appears in this book and it was really wonderful to read about them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly Recommended.
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