Title: Rough Terrain (Out of Uniform #7)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 14th 2019
Page Count: 368
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 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…
This is the seventh and final book in the Out of Uniform series by Annabeth Albert. I have read all seven books, and while book one still remains my absolute favorite, Rough Terrain was a very good finale.
The characters were a pleasant surprise. My first impression of them was completely wrong. I first thought that Renzo was a shallow, muscle dude who spent all his time outside the army in front of a mirror or on Instagram. Not true! In reality Renzo is a very insecure, sensitive guy who’s looking for love and partnership. He also has a rather…um…BIG problem. To the point it has made sex a hardship for him. That was an interesting angle.
It took a while to remember Canaan but I finally did. He has made an appearance in On Point. Appearances were deceptive in his case as well. He was not the selfish kid, always flirting or hooking up without taking anything seriously. In fact, Canaan has sacrificed a lot of things for his family.
I loved the chemistry between the characters and their bonding during some intense scenes. ? liked how Canaan seemed to soothe Renzo’s nerves and how slow and easy they took things. In general, I think that this story’s best aspect is the very natural relationship development. There is some conflict that spices things up in the end of the story but not too much.
I did have some complaints, though. Canaan came on way too strong sometimes, kept making it everything about sex even when poor Renzo was trying to have a simple conversation. Canaan’s friends were obnoxious and I really didn’t see why he still wanted to be a part of that. Renzo’s mom and the way she handled his bisexuality irritated me as well, but at least it was realistic.
All in all, it was a good read. If you ‘re familiar with the series (not necessarily all books) you don’t wan to miss it.