Monday, April 10, 2017

At Attention by Annabeth Albert

Title: At Attention
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: A+

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Main Characters: Apollo and Dylan
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.

It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.

Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
 
My Review:
OMG, I loved this book so, so much!! I loved the setup of this that Dylan had a crush on Apollo when he was just a kid. So, for Dylan to transition to a man with a love interest in Apollo, it's easy. 

For Apollo, it's not. He's 12 years older than Dylan with a whole lifetime of experience more, so it's hard for him to see Dylan as someone that he can truly have a relationship with...despite their mutual attraction. Add to that, Apollo is still mourning the death of his husband who died two years before...it's hard for him to see even a possibility of a future with someone else. 

This story was everything I love. Dylan was amazing. He's a strong character despite being so much younger and working for Apollo. He doesn't let Apollo take him for advantage or walk over his needs. I also really loved how Dylan naturally fit in with this household, the twins, and Apollo's over the top methods of organization. 

But Apollo was a great character, too. His pain over his husband's death is palpable. He has such deeply emotional scenes, it was sometimes hard to read. He never plans to fall in love again. He hasn't even dated since his husband died. To think about doing so with his best friends little brother is unfathomable. But they're living in the same house...and that chemistry between them, when they're working so closely together, is hard to ignore. 

This is definitely a favorite story and I'm so excited that it's available in paperback so it can sit on my keeper shelf where I can reread it over and over again. This entire series is simply superb. I highly recommend it. 

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