Off Base (Out of Uniform #1) by Annabeth Albert -Review

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Off Base (Out of Uniform #1)

After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.

Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.

Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed…in the shower…in the hallway… He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

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I really enjoyed this book! The author did a wonderful job conveying Zack’s fears about coming out. His internal struggle of the pressure he felt in his everyday life.
I felt for him.
She also captured his innocence about being with another person. I loved how Zack would easily blush when talking about personal things.

Pike really tested Zack’s in every way. He just didn’t know how to deal with it at times. But slowly Pike brought down Zack’s walls and slowly Zack started to let go.
I felt for Pike. He kind of had to hide who he was to be with Zack. He wanted to be with Zack so bad that he kind of broke all his own rules. He knew he shouldn’t do it having been burned once before. But he felt Zack was worth the risk.

In the beginning of the book I felt for Zack. He was really scared to come out. He had so much pressure from his parents and his seal team. He just didn’t want to let anyone down. But in the end… he was just weighing himself down.

The whole Cobb thing. I hated it. Zack let him dictate so much of his life. He was so miserable! Then his parents were horrible people! I understood why he never wanted to go home.

In the end… I was so proud of Zack! He really put Pike’s needs before his own. Giving him the grand gesture that he knew would show Pike just how much he cared for him. And also proving to himself that he can finally be the person he always wanted to be.
He finally allowed himself to be happy.

This was a good read and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

*ARC provided via Netgalley by Carina Press*

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About this author


Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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