At Attention (Out of Uniform Series #2)

At Attention (Out of Uniform Series #2)

by Annabeth Albert

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ISBN-13: 9781335013446
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking 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’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series. To find out more visit annabethalbert.com.

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At Attention 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Albert's stories are always fantastic, but this one was especially so. Perfect mix of humor, complex emotion, and romance.
HEABookNerd 13 days ago
I loved Dylan in At Attention and he may be one of my favorite Annabeth Albert characters. Dylan was so sweet, understanding, great with Apollo’s twin daughters, but also fun and charming. He was confident in himself and what he could offer Apollo and he never backed down from calling Apollo out when needed. His playful side was great for the girls but also great for bringing Apollo out of his moody lifestyle. Dylan was very mature and it was wonderful to read a character in their early 20’s who has their stuff together; as someone who is the same way, it’s nice to relate. I have a lot of respect for Dylan and his treatment of Apollo as they worked through Apollo’s guilt over moving on from Neal. It’s a hard situation and Dylan never made Apollo feel bad about his struggle. Apollo is such a steadfast characer and I loved that he’s a big softie for his girls. But Apollo does spend a lot of the book trying to push Dylan away because he’s so conflicted over his feelings. All things considered Apollo’s hot and cold routine wasn’t too bad, compared to other books I’ve read, so I mostly felt like just giving him a hug and telling him it would all work out. I felt that Apollo’s transition in thought was very natural and didn’t feel forced. Overall, I’m just not a big fan of reading widower stories because the characters are so bogged down in the grief of losing their loved one and the grief from moving on.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
At Attention is the second book in the Out of Uniform series, and we reunite with Lieutenant Apollo Floros, who we met in Zack and Pike's story. We learn more about his past - how he is a grieving widower with two young twin daughters. He is existing with his life, not living it. When a friend asks him for a favour, he looks for a thousand different ways out of it, before he capitulates ungraciously. That is the build up to a slow-burning, gut-churning, emotion-packed story that will get you right in the feels. There is no 'bad guy' in this, just a young hopeful man, and an older, grieving one, who just can't move past his pain. I really felt for Dylan, but couldn't bring myself to hate Apollo either, although I did want to whomp him upside the head a few times. Saying that, there was plenty of heat in here, more than enough to keep me happy! The story didn't suffer for the steamy times though. Everything was in the right place, when it needed to be said or done. Kept on tenterhooks right to the end, I adored this book. I also loved the small cameos from Zack and Pike. So nice to see them still in love. I have no hesitation in recommending this book, or the series, as I am absolutely loving it. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
From the moment I read the synopsis of the book I was so excited! Apollo lost his husband a few years ago, now he is still trying to survive the pain while he takes care and loves his twin daughters. Dylan is fresh out of college and looking for a place to stay while he works at a summer camp. So Apollo and Dylan strike a deal, Dylan stays with Apollo and in return Dylan helps out with the twins, sounds great right? But, wait . . . Did I mention that Dylan has had a crush on Apollo since he was a teen? Oh and that Apollo was totally checking Dylan out at the grocery store without knowing it was him? This book was a sweet torture for me, I really wanted these two to get together already but I also understood Apollo's hesitation and his pain and fear of moving on with his life. Dylan was so good to him and it was so obvious to see what a perfect couple they made, they complemented each other beautifully and it was a pleasure to read. This one was another one that was hard for me to out down, the story and the characters grabbed my attention and never let it go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I do not like reviews that basically tell the complete store so there is no point in reading the book. So.... This is an excellent story of a widower who learns to love again and the man who didn't give up on him while he was learning. Stands alone. The characters from the first book in this series are mentioned but don't really have any interaction. So you do not have to read one to read the other.
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Lt Apollo Floros lost his beloved husband Neal two years ago. He’s grieved terribly, while putting up a strong front for his young twin daughters, Chloe and Sophia. His mother lives in his home, and helps with the childcare, but she’s leaving for a two month trip to Greece with her sisters–a lifelong dream she’s saved for years to experience–and Apollo needs help. His best friend, Dustin, has arranged to get a suitable person to care for Apollo’s girls: his younger brother, Dylan. Dylan’s just graduated college with a degree in childhood education, and wants to manage recreation classes for kids. He’s got a gig teaching at the summer camp Apollo’s girls are attending, and will be an excellent caregiver, if only he can remember not to fall for Apollo. Again. See, Dylan met Apollo years and years ago, when he came to visit Dustin during a leave, and Apollo was the center of all Dylan’s teenaged (and not so teenaged) sexual fantasies. He’s attracted to Apollo the SEAL, but Apollo the Broken-Hearted? Apollo the Loving Father? #GoneBabyGone Apollo wallows in his burgeoning attraction to Dylan, quelling his lust by reminding himself that Dylan is Dustin’s baby brother–and twelve years younger than himself. Thing is, Dylan is a strong, assertive man who appreciates Apollo’s micromanaging schedules, and does his darnedest to make Apollo’s life easier. Plus he’s fabulous with Chloe and Sophia. Living in Apollo’s home puts Dylan right in the eye of the storm–he hadn’t realized Apollo spent his nights in the guest room where Dylan sleeps–until Apollo confesses how he’s hardly slept in his own bed in the two years since Neal died. It’s a heart wrenching experience, watching Apollo deal–poorly–with his grief, and deny himself any thoughts of finding love again, out of loyalty to the memory of Neal. Dylan is a great young man. He’s a partner, and a lover, when Apollo needs one desperately. Still, he’s not getting his needs met, not while Apollo insists on keeping Dylan firmly in the role of ‘babysitter’, and Dylan’s smart enough to stand up for himself, especially when Apollo is way out of line. I loved how tender this was, and how authentically the love story developed. This isn’t an easy love, but it has the possibility of being a great one. Knowing people who never remarried after losing a spouse, I really connected with Apollo’s grief, and I was relieved when he finally connected to it, as well. There’s a lot of healing in the book–some of it sexual healing–and there’s going to be a break up to make up, but it’s really well handled and felt true. Raising twin girls can’t be easy, but they didn’t take over the story. I loved these guys, and I loved how they found love together.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Apollo Earns 4.5 "Toppy is a Hottie" Stars!! > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third person Oh, this series is so much hotter and sexier than the Portland Heat series, which is undoubtedly sweeter. Apollo Floros is one HAWT as hell SEAL. Widowed not long after becoming dads to twins, Apollo merely existed day to day while trying to hide his grief and many guilts. Dylan is his best buddy's younger brother, in town for a summer job, right as Dustin was shipped out of the country on a mission. Reluctantly and slightly manipulated by friends, Apollo agreed to allow Dylan to stay with him in exchange for help with the girls while his mother was, conveniently, going to be gone on a trip to Greece. While Dylan had always had a crush on Apollo, Apollo had only ever seen Dylan as a kid. Add to that, any stray sexual thoughts triggered an avalanche of guilt and feelings of betrayal against Neal, Apollo's deceased husband. Regardless, a slow and sexy relationship of sorts began to develop. Secondary cast was enjoyable and consisted of some old faces from OFF BASE as well as other SEALs or base personnel, Dylan's coworkers, and family from all sides. All interactions felt natural and believable. The plot was full and dynamic and the writing style was smooth. There were conflicts, most all were resolved in a timely manner. The conclusion is solid and satisfying. Although the book is just over 200 pages, it had the feel of a longer book, possibly because of the degree of content packed into the story. While this book can stand on it's own, I suggest reading the first book in the series prior to this. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.30 ~ Stars: 4 (4.5, if I were able) ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A single dad who loves his twins? Oh yeah! At Attention is the second book in Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series. After reading book one, Off Base, I wasn't sure the stories could get any better but At Attention blew me away. I love second chance romance tropes, as well as falling for a best friend's sibling stories, and At Attention couldn't be any better at delivering on both counts. Apollo's husband, Neal, died a few years ago and he was left to raise their young twin daughters by himself. He has a great support system with his mother and his in-laws helping but it's still hard; he misses Neal. Dylan had a huge crush on Apollo eight years ago when he was just a teenager. Now he's all grown up, with lots of experience, and knows what he wants and that's Apollo. This book couldn't have hit my emotions any better. I've said many times that I tend to judge a book by how many tears it makes me shed (happy or sad) and At Attention hit me in all the right places. I wanted to strangle Apollo when he couldn't seem to accept the happiness he could have with Dylan. I wanted to hug Dylan hard when Apollo kept hurting him. And the twin girls and Dylan's relationship with them while he cared for them? Absolutely wonderful! These two guys go through some rough times together but it was so satisfying when they finally got their HEA. Annabeth Albert has been a favorite of mine for some time now and At Attention has kept her firmly on my list of much-loved authors. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, On Point, which is coming in June. A review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley but this did not influence my opinion or rating of the book. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***
AustenRowling More than 1 year ago
One thing I know diving into a new AA book, is that it will be unique. She has written over a dozen books, short stories, and bonus ficlets and has yet to tell the same story twice. She does have her favorite tropes though, of which this is one of them: age gap, its also a best friends little brother, and roommates to lovers fic. Apollo is a widower with twin 5 year daughters. After his husband died, his mother moved in to help out with the girls. This summer she's planning on an extended vacation to Greece, so he's going to need some help. Dylan just graduated from college and lined up a summer camp job in the area and needs someplace to live. So his older brother, Apollo's best friend, sets them up. Dylan gets a free place to live (plus meals), and Apollo gets help for the girls, without having to rely on his in-laws too much. I love that the girls are present throughout the book, but not to the point that they take over the story. They are not used as a plot device to bring the men together and then forgotten. Also, when they are in a scene, they act their age. Although they are somewhat prevalent throughout the book, the focus is truly on the romance between the men. I also like that despite this being a military themed book, it doesn't overtake the story either. There is enough included to make his profession believable, and to show the necessity for having Dylan around, but again, this is a relationship driven book. As is typical in most romance novels, there are some road blocks to their HEA, some of them common to the different tropes this book exhibits, and one major one. Without giving too much away, they are all Apollo's issues. None of them seem forced, or put in just for the sake of conflict. One final thing, the secondary characters are great, particularly Apollos in-laws, one of whom is trans, and his friends Ben and Maddox who are the MCs of the next book. ARC provided by author for review
AustenRowling More than 1 year ago
One thing I know diving into a new AA book, is that it will be unique. She has written over a dozen books, short stories, and bonus ficlets and has yet to tell the same story twice. She does have her favorite tropes though, of which this is one of them: age gap, its also a best friends little brother, and roommates to lovers fic. Apollo is a widower with twin 5 year daughters. After his husband died, his mother moved in to help out with the girls. This summer she's planning on an extended vacation to Greece, so he's going to need some help. Dylan just graduated from college and lined up a summer camp job in the area and needs someplace to live. So his older brother, Apollo's best friend, sets them up. Dylan gets a free place to live (plus meals), and Apollo gets help for the girls, without having to rely on his in-laws too much. I love that the girls are present throughout the book, but not to the point that they take over the story. They are not used as a plot device to bring the men together and then forgotten. Also, when they are in a scene, they act their age. Although they are somewhat prevalent throughout the book, the focus is truly on the romance between the men. I also like that despite this being a military themed book, it doesn't overtake the story either. There is enough included to make his profession believable, and to show the necessity for having Dylan around, but again, this is a relationship driven book. As is typical in most romance novels, there are some road blocks to their HEA, some of them common to the different tropes this book exhibits, and one major one. Without giving too much away, they are all Apollo's issues. None of them seem forced, or put in just for the sake of conflict. One final thing, the secondary characters are great, particularly Apollos in-laws, one of whom is trans, and his friends Ben and Maddox who are the MCs of the next book. ARC provided by author for review