Wheels Up (Renee’s Review)

Title: Wheels Up (Out of Uniform, #4)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary/Military
Page Count: 320
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level:  4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations.

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO-and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction-they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime?and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

Why can’t I write a proper review for this book?

Short and sweet, folks. This will be short and sweet.

Dustin and Wes cybertalk on Joe4Joe, a military app, for six months prior to the start of the book. The cybertalking leaps to meeting in person at the beginning of the book, and these two already have a good connection. Thank you, Ms. Albert, for the early-on, scorching hot scene!

But then Wes is transferred to Dustin’s team, in which Dustin is his superior. Suddenly, everything is off limits for these two, even friendship.

The rest of the story is a lot of push-pull, but it felt really genuine to the story. I felt for these two every step of the way.

And the ending, while not too sugary-sweet, felt very realistic. I dug it.

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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