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Off Base: (Out of Uniform, #1)

Off Base: (Out of Uniform, #1)

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by Annabeth Albert, Tyler Stevens (Read by)

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After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, Navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack


After trading the barracks for a fixer-upper rental, Navy SEAL Zack Nelson wants peace, not a roommate—especially not Pike, who sees things about Zack he most wants to hide. Pike’s flirting puts virgin Zack on edge. And the questions Pike’s arrival would spark from Zack’s teammates about his own sexuality? Nope. Not going there. But Zack can’t refuse.Pike Reynolds knows there won’t be a warm welcome in his new home. What can he say? He’s an acquired taste. But he needs this chance to get his life together. Also, teasing the uptight SEAL will be hella fun. Still, Pike has to tread carefully; he’s had his fill of tourists in the past, and he can’t risk his heart on another, not even one as hot, as built—and, okay, yeah, as adorable—as Zack.Living with Pike crumbles Zack’s restraint and fuels his curiosity. He discovers how well they fit together in bed … in the shower … in the hallway … He needs Pike more than he could have imagined, yet he doesn’t know how to be the man Pike deserves.

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Harlequin Audio
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The Out of Uniform Series , #1
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5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

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Annabeth Albert grew up reading romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required. When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she is a published romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. She loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Tyler Stevens is an audiobook narrator.

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Off Base 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ravenwolf_EPTX 13 days ago
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Nameher 13 days ago
Recommended to me by Author Edie Danford, new-to-me author Annabeth Albert and her characters Navy Seal Zack and math professor game wizard Pike bring us a wonderfully romantic, tense, sexy story. Zack just made it through BUD/S after delay caused by one minor misstep and a broken leg. Although he has friends who are gay, he is straight or at least not openly gay. He doesn’t date. Period. He’s not that interested in girls and can’t be interested in boys, so no action at all. Meeting some of the guys at a bar to celebrate his status as a Navy Seal, he is more than a little uncomfortable when his friends have car trouble leaving him with their friend, cute red-headed, flirty Pike. Gay Pike. Pike who is driving him crazy. Even more disconcerting are the gay couples dancing and making out around him. Second-hand seduction. Pike assured him that he wouldn’t lose his het cred because of the quilt bag crowd in the bar but Zack needed a drink, and then another. Despite being warned that the smaller Pike can drink him under the table, Zack drank way too much. Zack did forget himself, dirty dancing and begging for more. Fortunately, Pike took care of him making sure that no one took advantage, and brought Zack home for the night to protect him from himself. Zack doesn’t even like Pike, that much. Pike knows that he is an acquired taste that Zack isn’t about to acquire as long as he is, or believes he is, straight. Zack can’t afford to be gay in the Seal Team and with his ultra conservative, religious, homophobic parents. He can’t be gay. Zack needs to live off-base to avoid harassment from one of the Seals on his team who is harassing him. His chief offers him a great opportunity to live rent free in a fixer upper that he bought as long as he does the home repairs. Unfortunately, Zack’s best talent is using YouTube as his ‘fixer upper resource’. Pike also needs a place to live as he is starting a new visiting professor term at the University and Pike has skills. This is bad. Very bad. Or good…very, very good.
Maria-Rose 13 days ago
First in a spin-off from the #gaymers series, fans of the author will recognize secondary characters Josiah and navy SEAL Ryan (heroes from Connection Error) who play an integral part in helping Zack embrace his own sexuality. As a relatively new SEAL, Zack deals with homophobia and harassment at work, and his own insecurities in accepting himself. With a very out of the closet roommate Pike, Zack can no longer just let things go but must make critical decisions about his future, including where he wants things with Pike to go. With conservative family issues and the ever present stress at work, this story has a more serious tone than previous ones by the author but it makes for a compelling read. (and sexy too!). Looking forward to the next one already!
whatsbetterthanbooks 13 days ago
Intriguing, romantic and heartwarming! This is a contemporary romance story about military life, discovering one’s true self, and having the strength to follow one’s heart regardless of the consequences all wrapped up in a plot filled with flirty banter, sexual tension, chemistry, doubt, acceptance, harassment, friendship and love. The writing is clear and precise. And the main characters are an alluring mix of an uncertain, strong, hunky Navy Seal and a fun-loving, charming professor who loves to tease. Overall, I would have to say this is an encouraging, lighthearted story with endearing characters that will captivate you from the very beginning. This is the first novel in the new “Out of Uniform” series by Annabeth Albert, and I look forward to reading At Attention (Out of Uniform #2), Apollo and Dylan’s story, due out later this year.
V-Rundell 14 days ago
A great spin-off into a new M/M series. Navy SEAL Zach Nelson is a closeted gay man being tormented by one of his teammates, Cobb. He's trying to pass, and mostly does, but he fears even experimenting with a man--because he knows his family will never accept him. And, he's assured by Cobb that none of the guys in the squad will protect him if they find out he's gay. Vulnerable, he looks for off-base housing so he can escape Cobb's relentless haranguing. The senior chief of Zach's squad has a small three-bedroom house he wants to renovate, and offers Zach free rent if he'll do the work. Zach struggles, however, as he's not a handy guy. His good friends Ryan and Josiah recommend a mutual friend, Pike, to stay and help. Pike had struggled to find a job out of grad school, and has accepted a visiting prof job at a community college in San Diego. He knows Zach's a sexually-confused man, but he's not really prepared to teach him the secrets of gay life--no matter how attracted he is to "Muscles," er, Zach. No. See, Pike got burned falling for a guy who wouldn't come out before, and he's not interested in repeating the experience. Thing is, the more Zach and Pike live together, the more these guys fill needs for the other. Zach cares for Pike's deranged cats. Pike is the handiest math genius in (perhaps) seventeen states. They get along far better than they had expected. And, there's sexytimes. Pike stands-in as gay Yoda to Zach, who's a frustrated, self-loathing virgin. I liked how they progressed from roommates to more, because it happened over the course of weeks-to-months. Zach's frustration with Cobb's bullying is palpable and gut-wrenching. His realization that he needs to be a better partner to Pike, when he finally accepts that they are more-than-friends, is really sweet. This is a good man, who's lived under very constrained personal relationships. His parents are very Southern, and very religious, and very disapproving. Pike, on the other hand, does all he can to live his truth, without bringing any harm to Zach personally or professionally. He's a rock and a sweetheart, and a man who volunteers his heart for breaking, because Zach needs him. I really liked these guys, especially when Zach opened up about all the crap he was struggling with, not only to Pike, but to Ryan, and eventually to senior officers. There was some quelling of the homophobic comments on the squad once one of Zach's teammates suspected his sexuality, and the handling of the bullying seemed to fit the situation. In the end, we get Pike and Zach out as a super solid couple, and I'm expecting gorgeous Lt. Apollo to find new love in one of the coming books. #Swoon.
ButtonsMom2003 14 days ago
Swoon! Hot SEAL + Hot Teacher = Love Off Base is the perfect start to a new series by Annabeth Albert. Out of Uniform is a spin-off series from #gaymers but each book can easily be read as a standalone. Off Base contains appearances from some of the #gaymers characters, most notably Ryan and Josiah from Connection Error. If you read and loved the #gaymers series you won’t want to miss this one. Zack Nelson is a young Navy SEAL and he’s so deep in the closet he won’t even admit to himself that he’s gay. His fundamentalist parents and a few homophobic teammates make keeping the closet door shut imperative as far as Zack is concerned. Pike Reynolds is friends with a former SEAL friend of Zack and that’s how they meet. Whenever he’s around Zack he’s a big flirt and never fails to make him uncomfortable. When Zack agrees to take Pike as a roommate it’s only because of his home remodeling skills and he plans to keep his distance from as much as possible – but Pike has other ideas and the sparks fly. Oh, my do the sparks fly! Zack might be a virgin but he’s a quick learner and the sexy time is HOT. I haven’t yet read a book by Annabeth Albert that I didn’t love and Off Base didn’t ruin that track record. Her writing sucks me into the story so much that everything around me seems to stop. It’s very irritating when life tries to intrude. Off Base touched my heart; I ached for Zack because he was so afraid to face his true self and what it would mean to his relationship with his fellow SEALs. Trust is everything – it can mean the difference between life and death – and he’s afraid they might no longer have his back if they learn the truth about his sexuality. I was also affected deeply by Pike’s character. He was burned a long time ago by a relationship he thought was more than it turned out to be. He’s also dealt with more than his share of curious guys and while he understands and sympathizes with Zack, he’s not sure he’s up for keeping their relationship a long-term secret. When a crisis puts their relationship in jeopardy Pike is afraid he’ll have to walk away to maintain his own sanity. I’ve been looking forward to this book so much; Annabeth’s been giving her fans on Facebook teasers for more than a couple of months. Now I can’t wait to read the rest of the stories in this series. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion of the book or my review. Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com.