On Point (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: On Point (Out of Uniform #3)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 5th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5


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.

On Point is the third book in the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert, and while you’ll definitely want to read the entire series, I think this book could easily be read as a stand-alone.

Ben and Maddox have been friends since they met during Hell Week of SEAL training, and over a decade later, their friendship remains solid and reliable. The story starts with a mission that goes wrong, leaving Ben and Maddox stranded and gravely injured in the jungles of Indonesia and struggling to reach the Plan B pick-up zone. I read the first third of On Point in one fell swoop, not really breathing until they were finally rescued. This plot is the most gripping and engaging of the series in my opinion.

And then Albert gives us a truly wonderful second act as Ben and Maddox move from friends to lusting after one another with heaps and heaps of steamy UST, and eventually to lovers in a way that just feels right.

… some things just defied explanation. Like how he and Ben fit so well together. Like how Ben kissed him like they’d been doing it for years and also like it was Maddox’s first kiss ever. And good lord, the man could teach a graduate-level chemistry class in how to ignite a spark …

We get both POVs and I love how these complex and flawed men battle their issues. Maddox has to decide if he remains a SEAL or if he dares starting a new career. Ben goes from the “High Prince of Group Escapades and Kink” to really struggling with trust and commitment and although there was a point in the book when I wanted to repeatedly hit him with a big “get a clue” stick, the resolution is sweet and worth the wait.

“And I know it’s hard to trust. I’m struggling with that too. But maybe it’s a leap of faith we have to make together. Like a jump. We’ve got to trust that the landing’s not going to kill us.”

This is my favorite book of the Out of Uniform series. FYI, there are a few brief scenes with Pike and Zeke as well as Apollo and Dylan, and there is another book coming out in November about Dylan’s brother, Dustin. I highly recommend On Point and give it 5 stars!

But what makes me happy is you. What makes me strong is you. You in my life, in whatever capacity I can get. Much as it terrifies me, I want that life together.

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Galley copy of On Point (Out of Uniform #3) provided by Carina Press, via Netgalley, in exchange of an honest review.


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