On Point (Out of Uniform Series #3)

On Point (Out of Uniform Series #3)

by Annabeth Albert

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On Point (Out of Uniform Series #3) by Annabeth Albert

Never fall for your best friend… 

Pushing thirty, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn't smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but ten years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can't ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever—heart and soul. 

Ben admits he likes what he's seen—his friend's full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben's still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he's not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too. 

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on. 

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge—confronting themselves, their future and their desires—begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover. 


This is book three in the Out of Uniform series. Don't miss the first two books:  


Book 1: Off Base 


Book 2: At Attention 


This book is approximately 78,000 words 


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488022630
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/05/2017
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,155
File size: 2 MB

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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On Point 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian 10 months ago
On Point is the third book in the Out of Uniform series, and we learn more about Ben and Maddox, who have been known to the reader since Zack and Pike's book. They have been best friends for years, but things have been weird between them lately, and neither of them knows how to make it right. You find out what happened through a series of flashbacks, from both points of view, so you can see the situation for both of them. Oh my goodness, I wanted to give Ben a hug - even knowing he'd push me away! He has been so hurt in the past, and it is affecting his judgement of the present and the future. For Maddox though, he will try. Maddox is a dream of a character. He is tough and gentle, hard and soft. He is a S.E.A.L. who dreams of owning his own bakery, and gets excited about trying new recipes. You wouldn't think these two would match, but they do, if only Pike would let them. Of course, it doesn't quite go according to plan, but they have plenty of steamy fun times on the way. One thing I love about these books is previous characters aren't forgotten. Through cameo appearances, the reader finds out just how they're getting along. Brilliant! There were no editing or grammatical errors that interrupted my reading flow, and I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. I am loving this series, and this is definitely my favourite so far. Absolutely recommended. * 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 More than 1 year ago
I always love Annabeth Albert’s writing and this was no exception. She has such a talent for writing a story that just sucks you in and keeps you going until you finish because you’re desperate to know what will happen in the characters’ relationship. Albert writes some of the best truly character driven romance I’ve read in a long time. I was really excited for this one because I love friends-to-lovers books and I was intrigued by the book blurb’s reference to the characters being stranded on a mission waiting for rescue — cue the action sequence! For the most part, Albert delivered on my excitement. There were a lot of flashback scenes in the beginning of the book as they both remember points in their friendship and there were also flashbacks to several months prior when things got, shall we say awkward between Maddox and Ben. I’m not a fan of threesomes, they’re just not my thing, I’m selfish and don’t want to share my partner with anyone. However, that’s not the case for Ben and he tempts Maddox into a threesome that is fully described in a flashback; it just wasn’t my thing. Once these two are together, though, there were no threesomes and they were strictly monogamous. I didn’t mind the flashbacks though I was glad they were only in the beginning of the book because once these two were together, I didn’t want to go back, I only wanted to go forward. The romance was really sweet and these two truly knew how to turn up the heat. Ben was a great character but he is certainly more cynical about love and relationships and he’s much more focused on just the military. Sometimes I felt like Ben wasn’t as complexly written because his focus was so narrow, but overall you can see the depth of his character through his actions and his equal dedication to Maddox. I loved Maddox because he was so complex and really fleshed out as a character. He might be a SEAL but he also loves to cook, has dreams of things outside the military, and he’s dedicated to taking care of Ben. I liked that Ben was the one who approached a relationship first because it made more sense that someone generally against relationships would have to really want it in order to start something. Ben’s commitment to dating was a bit of a turn around for his character but I think in his mind he had this goal, to keep Maddox in his life and make him happy, and he just pushed through to his goal. Plus, I imagine having a near death experience for yourself and your best friend can really change your perspective on life and make you reassess things. Ben and Maddox were both great and were so devoted to each other and each put so much emphasis on making the other person happy.
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
Read it in one sitting! This book has captivated my attention for the day, Maddox and Ben's story had so many layers to it that I think even after the big ending we still need more from them because they were both so very complexed, with more background story that I would have thought I mean I went into it thinking that it was going to be a bit angsty but cute and fun for the most part and what a lovely surprise it was to start the book and realize that their story was richer than I thought, that these two were going to have to really fight for their happily ever after. The writing blew me away, Annabeth does her research and on top of that she makes sure we all understand the terminology and the different facets of being a SEAL and on top of that she introduces these amazing characters with heartfelt stories that just make me want to hug them and tell them it would all be alright in the end. This year Annabeth has truly become a must read author for me, I'm so happy I found her stories.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Maddox and Ben are on a mission that goes wrong for them. They are SEALS who are also roommates. Ben is very open about his sexuality but Maddox is more lowkey. Before being deployed Ben had set up an encounter that Maddox enjoyed but made their situation weird for Maddox. They have been trying to get back on an even keel since then. Now during recovery they have the opportunity to see if they can make a relationship work for them. I enjoyed these characters. I liked the main story line. The flashbacks worked well as they fleshed out this story and told us what we needed to know. I liked that the main sticking point for the men was not staying in the closet but deciding if they could move on to the future with different dreams. I will read more of this series.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
On Point, Annabeth Albert Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  LGBTQIA I didn't realise this was a series, with two previous books, nor that it was a spin off from another series which I haven't read. So many books, so little time and Annabeth is an author whose books I've only just begun to touch. Each of these are stand alone reads though, so I was abe to follow easily, though I'd have known more about all the characters if I'd read earlier books. You know when you're reading how some authors manage to describe a character and you can mentally "see" them? Well, here I had very clear pictures of Mad and Ben, not from physical descriptions so much as Annabeth's way of describing what type of person they are. I need that, need to feel I know – and like – characters to get really engrossed in their stories. Friends to lovers, always a fun read, and of course as always the potential for losing your best friend gets wrapped up in that. Who looks at logics though when the heart is involved? Mad's been in love with Ben for a long time now, but kept his feeling locked so tight inside Ben has no idea about them. Now serious injury to them both, re-enlistment time and relationship gaps coincide, and somehow they end up in a possibly-only-for-now relationship. No end date put on, but one they agree to keep low key around others, and which if things don't work out won't spoil their friendship. Hah! As if! Mad can't quite believe whats happened, Ben is kind of shocked at how his feelings for Mad have become more than just good mates. And while they're both recuperating and hot, steamy sex is out there's plenty more they can and do try. Things look to be going well, Ben is determined to make Mad enjoy the dates he arranges, and he's finding the change form his usual hook-ups only stance novel. Still, even though on the surface he's going all in he still denies Love is real, he's been burned by that in his personal life when his last long term lover left him, and of course by seeing how devastated his dad was and how let down he felt when his mum left him at a young age. He's all about enjoy the moment, look forward to things but Love? He's a real cynic about its existence. Mad though takes the opposite view, even though his past hasn't delivered he's still got his parents happy marriage as a role model and he wants that for himself. Tough though making a romance work when one wants a solid HEA and the other is convinced that HFN is as good as it gets. Throw in a secret that affects them both and ...can their romance survive? Are Mad's dreams possible or destined to stay just a fantasy?    Stars: four, a really fun read, great characters and some very real situations between them.   ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! On Point is another fantabulous book by the awesome Annabeth Albert! I've loved every book I've read yet I feel she just keeps getting better and better! I recommend putting her on your automatic one-click author list. Her stories are full of depth and heart, with characters who come alive on the pages of her books. You won't find cardboard stereotypes which is one of the many things I love about her books. Ben and Maddox are a dynamite couple. Their sex appeal and chemistry is palpable! I know their HEA will truly last forever because they built their relationship on a solid, 12-year friendship. They've seen each other at their best and their worst, as well as everything in between. It still takes learning to really communicate to achieve their HEA. Very realistic. I can't urge you enough to read On Point. I laughed, cried, got angry, wanted to slap some sense into both of them. I was fully invested in the story and read it in one setting. If you haven't read Annabeth Albert, what are you waiting for?
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this one 10 stars. I sound like a broken record. When I reviewed At Attention (book 2 in this series) I said I didn't think the books in the Out of Uniform series could get any better. I think I was wrong. OK maybe not wrong exactly. It's just that every book in this series has been so perfect for me. On Point was so emotionally satisfying, including bringing on the tears by the time I reached chapter #4. I just don't really know how this story could have been any better. Best friends to lovers – oh yeah, one of my favorite tropes – and not one, but two, hot SEALs. Ben and Maddox have been best buddies since they went through BUD/S training together, over 10 years ago. Along the way they've each had relationships, both good and bad. Ben was married shortly and it was a spectacular, and trust-breaking, failure. Now he will never again give that much trust to anyone. Maddox has secretly had a crush on Ben going all the way back to BUD/S training even though he had a boyfriend at the time. Now that Ben is living with him it's getting harder and harder for him to push his feelings back. I wish this review could do justice to Annabeth's writing in On Point. OMG – what she puts these guys through in this book! This one was gut-wrenching in places but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. I won't say more except that there is definitely an HEA. If you like M/M books with hot guys, especially ones in Uniform, you really need to get this book. 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***
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
A Slow-Burn, Friends-to-Lovers M/M Military Romance ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR & 1/2 - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third person Maddox and Ben have known each other for twelve years now, first as fresh recruits motivating one another through SEAL training, then for the past two years as roommates after Ben's divorce leaves him homeless, penniless, and petless! I love these guys as individuals, but as a not-a-couple?? Argh! Deployments were easier to accomplish than navigating their mutual attractions - which both denied in every manner possible until it was almost too late... and even then, there was a lot of frustrating skirting around one another. I've not wanted to throttle two grown men for being so stubborn, stupid, and/or clueless in my life! Previous couples, the teams, and some family made up the core of secondary characters. The plot flowed well, but if you were looking for an all-out male-on-male sex-a-thon, you may be disappointed. These two men had a ton of baggage and issues to work through and their total almost-a-couple and finally-a-couple time is probably less than thirty percent of the book. Many of the conflicts could have been avoided if they'd been adult enough to actually TALK about things instead of denying and deflecting. This lead to a lot of undue stressors for both. Eventually, they manage to find resolves. Predictablity was low, but not non-existent. The conclusion is solid and satisfying with a short flash-forward style epilogue. Overall, for maximum enjoyment, I'd suggest reading the series from the start, however, I do NOT feel it is necessary. This title can stand well on its own. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.3 ~ Stars: 4.5, if I could Possible triggers: Deployment related injuries, non-combat related. ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** 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". ***** ⭐ ⭐
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, loved the second even more, this one takes the cake. Keep rolling them out, Annabeth!
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Maddox Horvat and Ben Tovey have been friends and teammates as Navy SEALS since they completed BUD/S training ten years ago. They have always had each others’ backs, but Maddox has wanted more for a long time, now. Especially since the past two years when Ben has lived in his apartment, after his nasty divorce from Trey. Ben’s been a man-about-town, never banging the same guy twice, since Trey disappeared, not that he didn’t get around bunches what with their very open marriage. But Maddox wants Ben all to himself, and struggles to hide his desires in order to maintain their close friendship. It’s time for Maddox to re-up with the SEALs, and he’s not sure he wants to. He’s got some money saved, and has been working on his baking for years now. Even if his dream comes to pass and he and Ben become a couple, they couldn’t stay on the same team any longer. Besides, the reason Maddox got into the service in the first place was to prove to his homophobic family that he was just as much a man as any other, no matter who he loved. Knowing that they will never accept him as he is, even if he should die for his country? Well, kinda takes the impetus away for proving one’s self. While out on a dangerous mission, Ben and Maddox get temporarily left behind, and it brings their world together into extreme focus for both men. Maddox is seriously injured, and Ben is tasked with keeping off the enemy and keeping Maddox alive until they can be rescued. During those stressful hours Ben recognizes that he needs Maddox in his life, no matter what. And the peculiar feelings he’s been having–about him and Maddox together for real–are banging through his concussed head. Stateside, their healing isn’t only of the physical. Maddox and Ben need to be near one another to feel whole, and their time in the hospital brings clarity for Ben: he needs to try to love Maddox they way he needs to be loved–because Ben can’t exist in a world where Maddox isn’t by his side. Maybe, Ben thinks, if he seduces Maddox, then Maddox won’t leave the SEALs; won’t leave him, as his mother and husband did… I really enjoyed the slow burn as these two felt their way toward a loving, intimate relationship. They have always been each other’s best friend, and they’ve had a deep intimacy in terms of knowing one another, but the step into lovers hasn’t been easy. Maddox has very defined ideas about monogamy, thoughts Ben hasn’t had in years now, but for Maddox he’d give up a whole lot. Maddox knows Ben wants him on his team, in the trenches, and in bed–behind closed doors–but Maddox is beyond doing what other people want. He needs to do for himself, and if Ben walks away, well it’ll hurt deep, but Maddox will weather that storm and find a man who can love him for who he is, not what he does. Maddox wants a settled life, and he wants Ben in it, but Ben has to choose him. And, well, I’ll just say that (eventually) Ben makes the right choice. This one is hot and steamy and sexy and sentimental and fabulous. I could hang out in Maddox’s kitchen all day and half the night. Ben is a grouch, but the kind of grouch that is endearing. He grows a lot during the time of the story, and makes the right decisions, eventually, to find his own happiness. I liked how he made things right within his family, and opened himself up to forgiving people who’d hurt him. I highly recommend this one! I read a review copy via NetGalley.