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 Falling Down by Eli Easton

Falling DownFalling Down by Eli Easton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Eli Easton. I love her when she is doing sweetness, light and fun and I love her when she goes more serious and give us depth and emotional turmoil. And this one is probably her darkest, most melancholy story yet.

Both of our MCs are haunted by emotional wounds. Josh is 18, left adrift when his mother dies suddenly of a brain aneurism, homeless and all alone in the world he just gives up. He decides to travel to New England to watch the fall leaves his mother always wanted them to go see and then end it all. He has nothing left to live for.

Mark is in his twenties. A former marine, broken by his experiences in Afghanistan, working as a handyman in a small village in The White Mountains. Closeted to his large family and plagued by nightmares and loneliness.

He discovers Josh sleeping under a bridge outside his cabin one night and end up giving him a sleeping bag. Coffee and breakfast. A job and place to sleep.
The relationship between the two move slowly and organically. Josh is seesawing between despair and hope through most of the story and it is not a light read. His mother is so much a part of him, that she walks beside him and talks to him often, but not really offering the advice and words he needs.

Even if we all see it coming, the last couple of chapters are still hard to push through. There was definite ugly crying for my part. But thank you god, Ms. Easton gives us a lovely epilogue, which makes all that melancholy lift and leaves us with hope instead.

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Review of Control by Cordelia Kingsbridge

ControlControl by Cordelia Kingsbridge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was freaking awesome! 500 pages of free goodness! I am so happy that I didn’t stumble upon it until it was complete, my nerves would not have been steady enough to handle reading this while it was still in progress…

I could not stop reading – read far into the night – and I loved it! Should I mention one little niggle, it would be that the ending was a tiny bit too rushed, but I forgive everything for the sheer entertainment value in this fantastic story!

Will look up this author and find everything else she has written – and hopefully some of it is something I have to pay for – because this should not have been free! It is way too good. I feel almost guilty that I didn’t pay for it!

This story is available through AO3.

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Review of Give An Inch by K.D Sarge

Give An InchGive An Inch by K.D. Sarge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars. This was a very interesting story with an angsty premise, that I would have loved to have known more about. The two MC are great together, but I really wanted to know more about both of their pasts! The bits and pieces we are guven are intriguing! I really wish this had been longer! I wanted to know more!

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Review of Homecoming by Meredith Daniels

Homecoming (Southern Honor, #1)Homecoming by Meredith Daniels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The following may contain minor spoilers.

This felt… off?

All the ingredients were there:
– Wounded closeted soldier – check
– Hot gay brother of boyhood sweetheart – check
– Secret boyhood crush on said brother – check

It should have been delicious, but it fell flat for me…

Jack is home on 6 weeks medical leave after having been kept hostage at an enemy camp and rescued after torture. He returns to his hometown, to a happy mother and a terminally ill father. Here he reacquaints with the people of his boyhood. His once sweetheart Stacy and her brother Dillon (now out and proud and back then the real recipient of Jacks boyhood crush).

The story takes places over very few days between christmas and the new year and that may be one reason why it feels incredibly rushed. I did not in any way shape or form trust that this was a happy ending. How could it be? These two men are essentially strangers. They haven’t seen each other in 10 years, since they were 18 year old kids, how can they claim to love one another after 3 days and a one night stand?

Dillon came across as a bit pathetic to me. He is still living in the same town – which he describes as close minded (so why stay after his mother died?) – in the same house, even in the same room (which apparantly hasn’t changed since High School, huh?) as he did when he was 18. So basically what this tells me is, that he has spent the last 10 years pining after a boy he had a crush on at 18, a boy he believed to be straight. Well, I am sorry, but that is just sad. And not sad in a romantic way, just sad!

Jack is our wounded war hero. I guess that should make him heroic in my eyes, but he comes across as a coward. At one point Dillon states: “The Jack Dresden he knew wasn’t afraid of anything.” I didn’t understand that. The Jack Dillon knew, was the Jack in High School. The boy who was such a coward that he tried to sneak out of town without saying goodbye, because it was easier. The boy who hadn’t returned in 10 years, because he couldn’t face his past. And now he is the man who cannot admit to anyone that he is gay and who lies to his doctors about his symptoms – this by the way was highly offensive to me. He could people lives at risk if he gets re-deployed whilst suffering from PTSD…

The supporting cast made little sense. Stacy was nice, but the way both Jack and Dillon believes that she is heartbroken because Jack left for the army? Come on, get over yourselves guys… it was 10 years ago and they were both kids! Chris the bully was stupid and a cliche, maybe some people still act that way 10 years out of high school? I don’t know! But he didn’t advance the plot in any way, so he really didn’t need to be there. The moms actions didn’t ring true in the way they tried to sell it at the end and the fathers terminal illness made no sense when it didn’t play a part in the story…

All in all. Great idea, but the execution lacked.

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