Off Base (Out of Uniform Series #1)

Off Base (Out of Uniform Series #1)

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

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. 


Book One of the Out of Uniform series 


This book is approximately 73,000 words 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488022593
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,393
File size: 507 KB

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 

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Off Base 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was good, the sex was hot and I loved how they finally came together. Low angst, some soul searching. Can't wait for the next one
Anonymous 15 days ago
I loved the connection the two main characters had. They made a perfect couple. There was just enough suspense and angst for me. (Not much) lots of sweet loving times and trying times when life decisions had to be made. But it was an HEA and left me with a warm cozy feeling. There were love/sex scenes but some were not detailed enough for me. I would be looking forward to a lot of steam, and then it would go to another scene, making it very abbreviated. Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it.
Archaeolibrarian 28 days ago
Off Base is the first book in the Out of Uniform series. I double-checked the synopsis as it didn't feel like the first book, only to see it was a spin-off from the #Gaymers series! Now I have another series to catch up on ;) Zack is an all-macho good guy, determined to make his deeply religious parents proud. His brother is basically a deadbeat, so he feels the pressure to be perfect. Pike is a friend of a friend, and someone who riles Zack up in all the ways he doesn't want to acknowledge. So be prepared for snarkiness and sparks between these two. This was a wonderful introduction to this series, showing out Zack thinks he has to fight every battle alone. Seriously, you think he'd know better, but his fears have their place, and are very real to him. Pike helps him where he can, but isn't prepared to hide who he is. I absolutely love these two, so young, so unsure, and yep, so HOT! There is romance, angst, pain, steam, and a multitude of other emotions between these pages. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading flow, I absolutely recommend this book. An absolute blast of a start to the series, and I can't wait to read more. * 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!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Full disclosure, I am female. Damn hot read. It is a delicate blend of angst, anxiety, and sex. Loved it, every word.
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!
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to finally start this series because I knew I was going to love it and I was right! This is one of my favorite tropes in books, and this one managed to make it fun, endearing and sexy. Pike was such a breath of fresh air and Zack was wound so tightly trying to hide his true feelings that it was so much fun to read their interactions and flirtatious moments some of them culminating in fiery encounters. This book was so good and I can't wait to read about the rest of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never pass up a book by Albert. Great start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
208 pages. HEA. M/M. Interesting characters. Good pace to plot. Very good character development. Wasn't sure these two characters fit well together at first, but as relationship developed they did make great chemistry. Good tension and hot scenes. Looking forward to reading next in series. Recommend.
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Nameher More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!
JulieMaguda More than 1 year ago
Annabeth Albert is definitely one of my auto-buy authors so the second I saw this one available on NetGalley for review, I snatched it up! And I was not disappointed at all. Off Base is the first book in Albert's new series Out of Uniform. We do see a little peek of a couple from another one of her mm series' (Ryan & Josiah from Connection Error), but this can be read as a stand alone. Zach is a closeted SEAL; partly because his family are old school bible-thumpers that think gays deserve "eternal damnation", but also because members of his SEAL team are really homophobic. He is also a virgin and has no real plans to change that because he feels as if he has to fight his attraction to men, and has absolutely no desire to settle down with a good "church going" girl like his parents would like. He is really quiet and conservative. Pike is the absolute opposite in a lot of ways. Pike is out and proud. He had to hide a previous relationship and that soured him on "closet cases" like Zach. He has a bit of a reputation as a flake because he is the jokester out of his friends and is really laid back and flirtatious. These two had great chemistry, so there are some great steamy scenes. I liked that their relationship/chemistry played out realistically. While Zach drove me nuts with his fears and rejections, it definitely felt "real". Can't wait for the next book in the series!! Hopefully we see more from a few of the secondary characters introduced in this one! **I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
whatsbetterthanbooks More than 1 year 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 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago