Title: Wheels Up (Out of Uniform: Book Four)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Length: 320 Pages
At a Glance: Wheels Up deserves all the stars! It had me so immersed that I didn’t want it to end.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: 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.
Review: Wheels Up deserves all the stars! It had me so immersed that I didn’t want it to end. This is another great installment in the Out of Uniform series, an emotional read with two kinky characters navigating a minefield of regulations and restrictions in an effort to find a way to be together, all while battling their feelings for each other. Wes and Dustin were amazing and earned a place right up there along with Apollo and Dylan as my favorite couple of the series. I can’t pick just one, sorry.
I won’t go into the plot at all. I’ll just recommend this to everyone because it’s so worth reading! There is enough angst throughout most of the book that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. It’s over the relationship and the many obstacles they have to overcome in order to be together. Real obstacles. Their actions have serious consequences, and Annabeth Albert handled everything expertly, giving them a realistic solution. It shows how much time, effort and research went into making everything believable and as close to reality as possible. A big bravo to her for that!
Dustin and Wes were well-developed characters, and they had depth. They had insecurities even as they appeared to be the most confident men. They were honest with each other and had real conversations. They communicated, and trusted each other. They managed to pull through a very difficult situation, and it was really amazing to see that.
I can’t wait to see what’s coming next from this series!
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