Off Base (Lili’s Review)

Title: Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 9th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult
Page Count: 304 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.

Annabeth Albert’s books just make me happy. She’s always got the perfect blend of:

feel good + angst + sexy times= a happy Lili

Off Base by Annabeth Albert is the story of closeted Navy Seal Zack Nelson and flirty and fun Pike. The attraction is there from the start, but neither one was expecting what would ensue when they end up as roommates.

My highlights:

– Zack and Pike. They were well fleshed out characters and showed character growth as the story progressed.

-Relationship development. I’m a sucker for friends to lovers with an undercurrent of sexual tension.

-Narration: Dual POV

-The pace is quick and easy. The book is listed as 304 pages long on GoodReads, but it never felt long.

-The steam. They were so sexy and sweet together. They trust they had in each other just added so much more emotion to their intimate scenes.

-Secondary cast. It was so great to see Josiah and Ryan (Connection Error #gaymers #3). Plus, we’re introduced to some fresh faces I hope we get further acquainted with the future.

-The end. It was realistic but still very sweet. In life not, everything will work out hunky dory, and it bugs me sometimes in books when everything is magically fixed. She left the boys in a good place, and that was all I cared about.

Anything negative to report? Nope. I think Annabeth Albert did an outstanding job with this book.

My rating: 5 Stars. It’s got it all:

    Feel good vibe ✔
    Sexy times ✔
    Emotional ✔
    Hurt/Comfort/Healing ✔
    HEA ✔

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant