Rough Terrain (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Rough Terrain (Out of Uniform Book 7)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: January 14th, 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Miliary
Page Count: 384
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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…

I really enjoyed the freak out of this book. I have not read the rest of the series, but I don’t feel as though I missed any vital information, so I’m confident in it’s ability to be read as a stand alone.

Canaan Finley is in nursing school by day, a smoothie king by night. He lives with his grandpa and he wouldn’t have it any other way. The best part about living in San Diego? There’s no shortage of Navy SEALs. And he’s got a group of 4 that are regulars, but only one has caught his eye.

Renzo Bianchi is in a holding pattern. He’s living in California, doing the SEAL thing… waiting to get sent on a mission, waiting for a transfer back home to Virginia. When Canaan catches his eye and offers him a bit of trouble, he’s taken on a mission he can’t forget…and doesn’t want to.

Oh, man. THE FEELINGS! Annabeth Albert seriously got me in this one. I couldn’t help feeling the gamut of emotions for both Renzo and Canaan, but also for myself. I wanted EVERYTHING for them.

Things I loved best about Canaan:
–He was a talker, especially about his plans and what he wanted
–He stood up for himself fiercely
–He was a total romantic and planned ahead
–He didn’t compromise even when it would have been the easy way

Things I loved best about Renzo:
–He just cared soooooo much. So much.
–He wanted to earn the title of hero
–He put his family first
–He was sweet and funny and unafraid when it mattered

Together, they just worked. Vastly different backgrounds and personalities. I loved the juxtaposition of their personalities as well. I was expecting Renzo to be a cocky jerk, honestly, but he was almost shy and reserved, especially when it came to sex. And Canaan was the one with the wild sexual past, which I kind of enjoyed. It made his character more real.

Loved the characters, loved the story, loved the writing. Totally recommend. And now I’ve got 6 more books to catch up on!

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


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday


  • I’m on the fence when it comes to Mrs. Albert. I have read a couple of her books and although I liked them, the problem is that I just liked them. I love reading stories with military men in them but I’m debating starting the series because of that. I really liked from your review what you wrote about Canaan and Renzo so maybe I’ll start from the end and go back to it 🙂

    • Like I mentioned, this is the first book in this series that I’ve read and I loved it. I didn’t feel I’d missed anything from previous books, so I would say it’s safe to read this as a stand alone and see how you like it.


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