Title:On Point (Out of Uniform #3)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: March 14th 2017
Page Count: 132
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
I freaking loved this story!
As a cis woman I can’t comment much on Kendall’s gender fluidity, but his portrayal felt very authentic to me. You see, Kendall hates it when people try to overanalyze him, or “figure him out”. He’s just the way he is, and he doesn’t want others to make a big deal out of it. The author did just that: gave us a genderqueer character, comfortable in his own skin, without making it a big deal. Because a lot of times it isn’t.
Todd’s issues, although challenging, weren’t brushed off, but they weren’t treated like the end of the world either. I for one, was happy that we didn’t get all the sordid details about his past. We do get his backstory, but this book focuses more on the here and now.
The only reason this isn’t a solid 5 star read for me, is that I’d like the characters to talk a bit more towards the end, instead of assuming things about each other. But then again, I can’t really blame them. Society, friends, and their own people kept making assumptions for them too.
All in all, this was relatively short, but the characters and their story felt fully realised to me.