Rough Terrain (Jia’s review)

Title: Rough Terrain (Out of Uniform #7)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 14th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.

Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.

Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…

Up for the final installment of the Out of Uniform series?

I like how I can trust Annabeth Albert to write good military romance stories. I think this was an enjoyable and interesting ending to the series and I do recommend it. It is between a Navy SEAL and a civilian so the amount of military in this story isn’t as much as when both characters are SEALs.

The blurb pretty much states what’s needed. Canaan and Renzo have a lot more hidden behind their masks and I must say I didn’t expect what I got but I liked how different it was.
Canaan isn’t the shallow person one may think at the beginning and Renzo isn’t that vain, strong character either. In fact they are rather complex and I think the author had a good idea here.

I like how the door is slowly opening to let us get to know them more and more. Both of them have issues that forms their lives and when Renzo doubts because of his military career it’s very close to come to an end for them. Granted, this book wasn’t my favorite in this series but I still had a good time reading it. I understood Renzo’s wariness in the beginning and I felt that it was justified considering Canaan’s history and penchant for Navy SEALs.

Something that plays a big role in their lives are their families, how much they mean to the boys and that is something I feel is a very honorable trait and makes me identify a little with them. Otherwise I’d say they are quite different from me. I like how real the story feels and how knowledgeable the author seems to be even though there might be some creative freedom – I wouldn’t know, but to me it feels real enough and that I like. A lot.

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Galley copy of Rough Terrain provided by Carina Press in exchange of an honest review.


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