Monday, November 6, 2017

Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert


Title: Wheels Up
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: A

Genre: Military Romance (m/m)
Series: Out of Uniform #4
Main Characters: Dustin and Wes
Release Date: November 2017
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren't listening to rules and regulations.

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he's his SEAL team's new XO-and a man with a secret. Or seven. He's kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction-they're taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time. 

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn't always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He'll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low. 

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they're just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team's newest member, they're in for the shock of a lifetime...and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good. 

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

My Review:
ooh, this book had a different setup that had me riveted from the very first page. In this story, the two main guys met via a hook-up app made specifically for military guys. Because of the nature of their jobs and the anonymity of the app, neither one of the guys has divulged anything about who they really are or what their job is in the 6 months that they've been sexting long distance on the app. And they figure that's the way it will always be. 

Dustin is bisexual, but has never done anything with guys except Wes on the app. Dustin lives in California. On the other hand, Wes lives on the east coast and is gay and has a "bit" of experience. But it's when Wes finds out that Dustin's going to be only a few hours from him for the weekend that everything changes. They decide to meet up and have a really hot night together. They figure it's a one-time thing and go back to meeting on the app. 

UNTIL...Wes shows up in California, the newest member of Dustin's SEAL team. Dustin is an officer. Wes is not. To make it worse, Dustin is Wes's commander. This is in no way shape or form allowed. In fact, to the military these guys aren't even allowed to be friends. The problem is...they're already friends...and more. They are in a no-win situation, even though neither one realized who the other was before so their meeting was truly innocent. 

This story hurt my heart. Gah...I loved both Dustin and Wes. Wes is in such a hard place. He never expected this transfer, so not only is he having to deal with the conflict that working for Dustin brings, but he's also having to deal with working with an all new team and being so far from home and his extremely sick sister. 

This is a fantastic story. It's romantic, but at the center of the relationship between Dustin and Wes is a really strong, and very needed, friendship that they've both learned to count on over the preceding months. This isn't just about hot sex, although they definitely have that, too. This book is about a true connection and how very much that's worth in a relationship.

It's a gorgeous, romantic story and I highly recommend it. I couldn't put it down once I began reading it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review, but I bought a print copy after reading to put on my keeper shelf, because this is most definitely a re-read series.

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