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Off Base

(Out of Uniform #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,009 ratings  ·  781 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 9th 2017 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Alert, alert! Closeted VIRGIN military man, alert!

Okay, I loved this one. Annabeth Albert is one of my favorite authors, and she never steers me wrong. Off Base was no exception, pairing a virgin (a favorite of mine) with a geek, leaving me in total bliss!

Though it isn't mentioned in the blurb, this book is definitely part of the #gamers series and that world. I think it is best if you read the #gamers series first, though it isn't a "must." I'm a HUGE fan of the #gamers series, so this one w
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

I didn't realize until I started reading this book that it's a spinoff from the #gaymers series, which I loved.

One of the MCs in this book, Zack, is the guy with whom Ryan had to share a hospital room in book 3. Zack came across as a complete douche, spouting casual comments about "those gays."

It turns out Zack is one of them. The gays, that is.


But he's in such deep denial, he barely acknowledges his sexuality to himself, much less anyone else.

Zack is used to cowering. He cow
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
To start my review, here are the notes I took while reading it:

1. These boys are both 23ish, out of college and in their first jobs. BUT, they felt very young to me. As is says in the blurb, one of these boys is a virgin. I would categorize this as YA/NA, with hot sex.

2. There was a LOT of homophobia in this book.

3. This is a spinoff of the #gaymers series.


Now let's break it down.

Our heroes are Navy SEAL Zack and his roommate redhead Pike (best name ever and
~Mindy Lynn~

As usual I waited for the hype to die down before I read this. And as usual I regret waiting because I really enjoyed this one. There's just something about Military men, especially Navy SEAL's, that really does it for me.

As much as I really loved this book it also frustrated me. All the homophobia really got under my skin. I spent the majority of this book on a roller coaster of emotions of pissed off to being a pile of mush from how completely right these guys were for each other. I was m
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Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
This was my M/M fix from last month lol I still haven't found the time to review it :( I really liked it, though! Men in uniform are hot. Men loving men in uniform is even hotter!

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Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zack Nelson is a hot Navy SEAL who is so deep in the closet, there is an iron wall surrounding it. He is absolutely terrified what will happen if it ever gets out to his SEAL team that he is gay. Plus, he has an extremely homophobic family to contend with. If that isn’t enough, he is stuck, alone, having drinks with Pike, a guy that he doesn’t even really like that much. Why then is he drawn to him?

These two guys were absolutely adorable together. Zack is a bad ass SEAL, but he is a virgin and h
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
4 Stars

Zack is a SEAL. He always on about how straight he is even if he attracts to men but he can’t or won’t accept it. He comes from a religious family. He has some problems at barracks. So he is looking for off-base housing. Then his senior chief came to him with this deal that he can use one of his places but it needs some things done. So he can help out about it and stay there rent free. The house is big and Zack can ask one of his friends for housing too.

Pike is gay. He always knows who he
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A perfect romance! I assumed this was more of a military romance, actually, which this book isn't, but I guess it's called 'Off Base' for a reason (duh!).

Still, I absolutely loved Pike and Zack's difficult journey.

Growing up in a conservative religious family hasn't really helped Zack Nelson embrace his homosexuality. Going for the badass Navy SEAL training is one thing in his life that Zack can actually do right, both appealing to his masculinity and his wish to make his parents proud. A night
"A virgin SEAL --" […] "I'm just saying, you must be rarer than a fucking unicorn."

I do love me some military themed M/M romances. Eat 'em up, yum! Off Base, book 1 of Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series delivered in the best of ways.

One of the MC's, Zack, was briefly introduced in book 3 of this author's #gaymers series, Connection Error, though I don't think you need to read that series to enjoy this one. Ryan and Josiah, who were the MC's for Connection Error do show up a few
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
BR with The Adam!

3.5 Hearts

The OFY trope continues to be hit or miss for me, though Off Base was more hit than miss. What seems to work for me is if the protagonist is struggling with their own acceptance of their sexuality rather than their closetedness being fear of society's judgment based.

Zack is both. He's a SEAL with openly homophobic team members AND his family is small town religious right while also being a virgin who hasn't even indulged in gay porn.

Pike is at the other end of the sp
4,5 rounded to 5 stars

I loved this book!

It's been a while since I've read At Attention and On Point. But I missed the first book in the series and now that I've read it, I have to say I'm sorry I waited so long, because I really loved it! I was super enthusiastic about the other stories in this series, but this one was SOOO good!

At the end of my On Point's review I mentioned I was looking forward to Wheels Up and wanting a different story, maybe a straight man falling for a guy and here I got
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to my secret santa for gifting me this book!

3.5 stars

I've been seeing lots of goodreads friends reading this series and I wanted to see what the fuss was about. Lots of mixed reviews on this first book, but I am excited to read more in this series, it seems to get better.

Off Base is about closeted Navy Seal Zack and young professor Pike. The two know each other through personal friends and under random circumstances the two become roommates. The attraction has always been there, bu
This is Pike (Josiah's friend) & Zack's (Ryan's Friend) story and we get to watch these two navigate their way to HEA. We met them both in the #Gaymers Series and now we get to watch these two learn to adult and fall in love.

This story is set more in the military world and deals with a lot of Homophobia. If homophobia, slurs, the thought that being gay is a choice, and mention of ways to help the gay person get over being gay are trigger subjects for you - this story may not be a happy read. In
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military

~4.5 stars~

This was magnificent! One of my favorites, if not the favorite, by Annabeth Albert. I can tell that this is going to be an amazing series.

This story is a spinoff from the #gaymers series. Pike is Josiah's friend, and Zack is the douchebag that shared a hospital room with Ryan, all the while spewing homophobic insults. You know what they say for those that complain too much, right?

Zack is so deep in denial, he is completely lost. And then his insistence on keeping Pike his dirty se

Annabeth Albert's books just make me happy. She's always got the perfect blend of:

feel good + angst + sexy times= a happy Lili

Off Base by Annabeth Albert is the story of closeted Navy Seal Zack Nelson and flirty and fun Pike. The attraction is there from the start, but neither one was expecting what would ensue when they end up as roommates.

My highlights:

- Zack and Pike. They were well fleshed out characters and showed character growth as the story progressed.

-Relationship development. I'm a su
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
3.5 Stars!

I liked this one fine. But it didn't wow me.

A few things bugged me that kept me from rating this one higher:

--Zach's inner thoughts regarding his denial that he was gay got a little old the first half of the book.
--Harper got off WAY too easy. He was just as big of a dick as Cobb.


--VIRGIN sex. Always a plus there.
--Zach DID step up when it counted.

So yeah, I liked it. But I didn't love it. I am intrigued by Apollo though and....age gap. So I'll definitely be giving that on
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Audio: 5 stars ✨
Story: 3.5 stars ✨

I would like this more if Zach isn't terrible to Pike. I just wanna scream at him but then I also understand his situation so maybe I forgive him a little. I pretty much enjoyed the majority of this book and I think that's my only issue. Plus the narrator for this book is dang good!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

My first book by this author and it was really really good. I liked how it started where the MC Zack/Pike have already met and it seems like they already have an attraction. That first chapter was pretty dam hot with all that dirty dancing.

On "Off base" we have Zack, a navy seal, his gay but in denial. Then there's Pike, who is openly gay and loves flirting especially with Zack. Pike/Zack have friends in common and somehow end up being roommates.


Of course living in the same house and
Zack and Pike wrapped themselves around my heart and squeezed. I peeked into their lives and had myself an angst fest.

Pike is perfect. Simply perfect. He is patient, communicative, self-assured, kind, smart, talented, caring and fun to be with. <-- I didn't run out of adjectives, I was afraid you'd run out of patience with me. I love Pike.

Zack. Oh Zack! :-( Zack is so far in the closet that he can't even see his own hand in front of his face. He's dealing with religious fanatic parents. He's dea
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4,5 stars*

This is one, fine example of what a romance novel should be like.

Two Mcs, both torn in their own ways:
Zach has to come to terms with his sexuality - he knows he is gay, but admitting it to himself, not to even mention his ultra conservative parents and the fact that he is a navy SEAL, is a huge mountain to climb.
Pike wants to be taken seriously and find a place in life. He's been badly burnt by a closeted guy in the past and has no intention of repeating this mistake.

Believable circu
4 Stars

Zack Nelson is a virginal navy SEAL struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. Raised by extremely conservative parents and facing homophobic attitudes by members of his SEAL team, Zack is determined to stay in the closet as not to rock the boat, even to the detriment of his own happiness.

For 23 years he’s been able to keep his feelings in check, until (through mutual friends) he meets Pike Reynolds, an open and proud young gay man who lives his life flirty and free.

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Feb 07, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
Couldn't finish it.
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, lgbtq
Pike and Zack.
Pike fully out and Zack as a Navy SEAL so not.
They were left on their own in a bar by their friends. Zack gets an advice through a message 'no shots with Pike' Well of course they end up with shots.
Zack has a hard time at the navy, an awful bully, blackmailing him for being gay.
Pike needs a room and Zack has a room off Base so Pike moves in.
They have both a side job and working together works well.
Zack can't deny his feelings for Pike but can't out himself. They are friends with b
Marte - Thunderella
**** 4 stars ****

"This was home. This house. This man. Home."

Off Base featuring Navy SEAL Zack Nelson and Pike Reynolds, is a spinoff from Albert's #gaymer series. We briefly met Zack at the end of #3 Connection Error sharing a room with one of the main characters, Ryan, who’s also military. We also met Pike, who's Josiah's friend. Josiah's is Ryan's love interest in Connection Error. While it's strictly not necessary to read Connection Error before star
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As soon as I found out that Zack and Pike would be the MCs for this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Both MCs appear in Connection Error, but ‘Off Base’ can be read as a stand-alone.

Readers are introduced to Zack and Pike while they’re still acquaintances. They’re attracted to each other, but between Zack denying his sexuality and Pike refusing to sleep with a supposedly-straight man, it doesn’t go anywhere.


Zack’s behaviour didn’t win him any brownie po
May 25, 2017 : amazon .99$ deal alert!


OFF BASE is my first read by Albert but I've already run to NG to request the sequel. If you love m/m, heck, if you love romance, you'll love this book. As an added bonus there is a military setting and nerdy boys, so, I mean, why aren't you reading this yet?

I definitely misread the synopsis when I first put this book on hold through my library. I thought both Pike and Zack were service men, with Pike being older or s
FYI - Off Base is the first book in a new series by Annabeth Albert - a spin-off of her #gaymers series - featuring Zack and Pike (who were both briefly seen in Connection Error).

Zack, a young Navy SEAL, has a lot to deal with - a SEAL bully making his life hell, figuring out how to move off-base because of said bully, choking down a steady diet of guilt sandwiches from his uber-Christian conservative parents, and most importantly, denying his sexuality, to himself as well as his SEAL buddies. W
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3.5 Stars

Because this is Annabeth Albert, this story already garnered itself as an automatic read.

Poor Zack is a lot repressed and starved for affection and he can barely make heads or tails of Pike’s shameless flirting. He’s inexorably drawn to the outgoing guy but is too scared to follow through with his desires and curiosity.

Pike on the other hand, loves him a man in military uniform. It’s all fun and games until he finds himself roomies with Zack, and despite loving to push Zack’s buttons, h
Light and fluffy, super easy ready.
Nothing too memorable though.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I want to know your story. I want to be more than a footnote to this chapter of your life.

At any other days, the level of homophobic behavior coming from Zack's parents and military 'buddy' will turn me off faster than a speeding train. I realize that homophobic attitude is real and it's a present problem, but I also have come to a place in my reading M/M preference that I want to embrace the happiness/positive representation instead. I wonder if the holiday season helps me to enjoy this boo
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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.

Other books in the series

Out of Uniform (7 books)
  • At Attention (Out of Uniform, #2)
  • On Point (Out of Uniform #3)
  • Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4)
  • Squared Away (Out of Uniform, #5)
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“A virgin SEAL—” “Shut up.” He shoved Pike’s shoulder. Pike neatly sidestepped his grip. “I’m just saying, you must be rarer than a fucking unicorn. I thought you guys got all the ass—of any gender—you wanted.” “Hus—” 3 likes
“I’m falling in love with you. That’s what I should have said before I left.” Pike kept stroking Zack’s face. “I was a coward too. I needed you to know that, but I was scared of it not being enough—” “It is.” 2 likes
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