Review of On Point by Annabeth Albert

On Point (Out of Uniform #3)On Point by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had you asked me a while back, if I liked military men in romances I would have said: not really. I rarely seek them out, and yet, here I am reading and loving the third book in Annabeth Alberts Out of Uniform series and eagerly awaiting the fourth one.

On Point is a best-friends-to-lovers story. A theme I greatly enjoy when it’s done right and boy, does Ms Albert do it right! So much buildup and tension between the two, so much awkwardness and angst everywhere else but the bedroom. Because Ben and Maddox are dynamite in the bedroom, even if they find it hard to find the balance outside of it.

The start of the book is Ben and Maddox on a mission, which goes wrong, interspersed with flashbacks from the last couple of months, where their decade long friendship has taken a turn for the weird. Even though I am not normally the biggest fan of the “I almost died, so I need to take a chance on this”-trope, it worked really well here. The intensity of the experience and the aftermath of it made sense and was engaging.

This is very much a relationship driven story, with angst, hurt and comfort, which will leave you turning the pages and sighing happily at the epilogue – I even got a bit teary, I was so happy for them!

All of these books can be read as standalones, but they are all great, so don’t cheat yourself out of some great books. Happily awaiting the next in the series.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Review of Losing Control by Riley Hart

Losing Control (Broken Pieces, #3)Losing Control by Riley Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this audiobook from www.openskyebookreviews.com in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this was painful. Ben, our protagonist, is suffering from severe PTSD both after a recent kidnapping, which ended with murder, as well as his childhood memories of his older sister taking her own life.
He is spinning desperately out of control and into depression when we meet him. He is not working, not eating and not sleeping. All he does is drink, write letters to his ex-lover, and fuck strangers in clubs, or rather he tries to fuck strangers, except that his dick is not really co-operating any longer.
He meets Dante on such a night in a club, a mysterious stranger, who refuses to have sex with him and who takes him out for a drink, except that that drink turns out to be coffee, not alcohol. The relationship between Dante and Ben is not healthy, anyone can see that, but it does manage to keep Ben alive, something I was not certain was quite possible at the early stages of the book. Dante basically blackmails Ben into eating and sleeping, if he wants contact with him.

This book is not a happy book. It is not a light read. It is full of darkness, angst and drama. I have no idea how it compares to the two others in the series, as I have not read them, but it is not a read for a day when you want light hearted and romantic. There is no romance here. There is only desperation and need.

I would have liked more from Dante’s point of view. We spend all of the book in Ben’s head – which is not a nice place to be – but Dante is also a very broken man, and it would have been nice to see the world and their relationship through his eyes. Also I would have liked more emphasis on the relationship after they hit the wall and started coming back to life. We leave Ben and Dante in a very good and hopeful place, but my romantic little heart would have liked more assurance, that they would be ok, both as individual people and as a couple.

I had not read the first two books in this series, but didn’t feel the lack of back story was a problem at all, not until the very ending, where we were treated to glimpses of people who I had no idea who was, but that was all on me, not on the author.

Despite it’s dark and angsty feel, I am intrigued enough that I would probably go back and read the first two in the series, to get Tristan’s story too.

The narration of this book was lovely and flowed nicely. The narrator did separate voices for each character and you were never in doubt as to who was speaking. Jack DuPont was a new to me narrator, but I enjoyed his voice and his narration and would definitely buy something narrated by him again.

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Review of Out of My Mind by A.J. Truman

Out of My Mind (Browerton University, #3)Out of My Mind by A.J. Truman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve read the first book of this series and really enjoyed it, so I had pretty high expectations going into this one. All the books in the series works as a stand alone, so you can jump in where ever you want without missing anything.

Mac and Gideon meet in freshman year of college, striking up a conversation, which Mac sees as flirting. One thing lead to another, which leads to a private kiss and Gideon storming off in a huff. The two meet again a couple of years later, when Gideon needs a roommate after his girlfriends bails on moving in with him.

The tension between the two is high, but they are both in a tight spot and decide to give it a chance. Living in close quarters eventually bring the tension to a boil and the two end up having a casual hook up thing going on, except that there are weird rules in place, for Gideon to be able to continue his ‘I am not gay’ denial.

The pair go back and forth on each other a lot in the book and a lot of outside drama takes place to further the waves too. And I think that was where the main problem lay for me. It was all just a bit too abrupt and choppy, with too little of the emotions behind the abruptness showing through.

There was a really good angsty story hidden in there somewhere. I loved Gideon’s inner ‘Jewish guilt’ voice, that told stories about how the gossipy whispers at the temple saw him. I wish that had been a recurring theme through out the story, except only a few bits in the middle. I also loved the start where Mac the sociology student predicts his ‘human experiments. But after that strong start Mac became almost anonymous until at the very end.

It was still an oks tory and I would still try the next one in the series by this author, but this one was a miss for me.

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