Off Base (Out of Uniform Series #1)

Off Base (Out of Uniform Series #1)

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Off Base (Out of Uniform Series #1) by Annabeth Albert, Tyler Stevens

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538405109
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

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Off Base 7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I think this is probably my favorite book by Annabeth Albert; this one really blew me out of the water and I loved it so much! I don’t even know where to start with all the things I liked. Albert’s books are always very heavily character driven so I loved Zack and Pike! I thought it was really unique that we had a Navy SEAL who was new to the teams and still going through training. That was different than most Navy SEAL books with the super alpha male who’s been doing it for a long time and is jaded and tough. So I liked that this one was different with Zack still trying to fit in with his team and figure things out. His vulnerability really made you empathize with his character. I am completely in love with both of these characters! I loved how they were individually and I especially loved how they were together. Initially, I thought that Pike was going to come across as a little immature but he was in fact the complete opposite and I thought he was a perfect match to help Zack figure out who he really was. Pike was fun and silly, so he could keep things lighthearted but he also knew when to be serious. I really liked that even though Pike had been down this route before and worried that Zack would end up like his ex, he was still incredibly patient with Zack and genuinely cared for him. I was also a bit worried I wouldn’t like Zack as much for so strongly denying who he was but Albert does such an amazing job of making you feel and understand what Zack is going through. You can’t help but just want to give him a hug and do anything you can to make his life easier. I especially like that when things got intimate, it was Zack who made the first move. He was so self-conscious about his feelings that I don’t think it would have worked very well if Pike had been the one to make a move first but instead it was Zack taking control of his life. And even though it took Zack a long time to comfortable with his sexuality in public, I loved that he fully embraced what they had when they were together in the privacy of their house. I was also excited to see Ryan and Josiah from Connection Error made a lot of appearances in this book. Ryan is one of my favorite characters from the #gaymers series so it was nice to see more of him and he was a really great friend for Zack to have. I can’t wait for the next book At Attention after we got introduced to Apollo. I am beyond excited because Albert made a wonderful introduction to Apollo and I cannot wait to read about his character. She did an amazing setup for him and Apollo just jumped off the pages, so I can’t wait to read his story!
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
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V-Rundell More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.