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Off Base by Annabeth Albert
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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 spectrum. He's out and loud and proud about it. And he's got Zack's number. I really loved that he played along with Zack's "straightness" knowing to challenge it would've spooked him in a heartbeat. Zack is thirsty, curious and Pike is willing to keep things on the DL for the time being and it's not as though Pike's getting nothing out of their... activities. There is a good amount of sex that clocked in the low to medium range of hotness for me. But I am a filthy perv, so grain of salt. Or maybe more like a block.

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Naturally events transpire that force both their hands, so to speak. In this regard, to me, the story was well plotted. The events might've been a tad cliché but not unfathomable and certainly relatable.

The usage of military terms and acronyms gave the story an authenticity without veering into overly technical territory all of which a thoroughly enjoyed and is primarily what drew me to the book in the first place.

What I'm 50/50 on is the dramatics/angst. Some of the internal dialogue for both men was, on the one hand, eyebrow raising in its intensity, an intensity that I didn't necessarily think matched their actions. On the other hand, it's very sweet and that sweetness mitigated some of the unpleasantness that gets lobbed at Zack along with my ire, so there is that.

What is preventing me from rating higher is I didn't sink into this story and become absorbed by it or either of these characters. However, I am invested in this series, particularly Apollo's story and would recommend it to MM romance fans, especially those who like military men.

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An ARC was provided by NetGalley.
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Reading Progress

October 15, 2016 – Shelved
December 16, 2016 – Started Reading
December 16, 2016 –
1.0% "BR with The Adam! And we're actually reading it like real buddies at the same time!!! It's a Christmas miracle!"
December 18, 2016 –
66.0% "This Cobb guy will fold like a card table with one good nudge.\n\n"
December 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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Emily Seelye I read the first chapter sample on iBooks. It drew me in immediately, can't wait to read the rest.


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Emily wrote: "I read the first chapter sample on iBooks. It drew me in immediately, can't wait to read the rest."

I think you'll like it. It's very sweet. A very promising start to a series. I'm stoked to read the next one. I dig a second chance romance. :)


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Jan  I've been dying to read this. Until now there were only stellar reviews.
Finally, someone came up with a dif view of it and let me say: thank you! I am grabbing my expectation bar and lowering to a meh position now.
Terrific review! x


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Jan wrote: "I've been dying to read this. Until now there were only stellar reviews.
Finally, someone came up with a dif view of it and let me say: thank you! I am grabbing my expectation bar and lowering to a..."


LOL! Bear in mind that I'm kind of a hard ass & the OFY trope isn't one of my favorites.


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Val ⚓️ Shameless & Bitchy Skanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads wrote: "Awesome review."

Thanks! :)


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Wynne Katherine Amazing review babe! xx


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Wynne wrote: "Amazing review babe! xx"

Thanks kitten! ;)


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