Wheels Up (Out of Uniform Series #4)

Wheels Up (Out of Uniform Series #4)

by Annabeth Albert

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Wheels Up (Out of Uniform Series #4) by Annabeth Albert

Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO—and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction—they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.

Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.

But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.

With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.

This book is approximately 77,000 words

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488030727
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 11/06/2017
Series: Out of Uniform Series , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 35,154
File size: 888 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 annabethalbert.com. 

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Wheels Up 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Archaeolibrarian 10 months ago
Wheels Up is the fourth book in the Out of Uniform series, and spend some time with Dustin, Dylan's big brother. Dustin is bisexual, but his family doesn't know. Just as he is about to come out to his family, Dylan beats him to the punchline. Dustin then gets a whole heap of family pressure dumped on his shoulders. His dad wants grand-kids, after all! Plus being a SEAL hasn't always been the best situation to be in if you're gay or bi, so Dustin has stayed firmly in the closet. He has his 'special' time with an online friend though, and that is more than enough for him... or maybe not. Now, I'm not American, and I'm not in the Forces, nor do I know of anyone who is, so the whole fraternisation rules are new to me. That being said, wow! After seeing how distracted Dustin became, I can sort of understand the no relationship part, but to have that enforced to such a degree you can't even be friends??? And I didn't get the enlisted part of it - sorry! However, that didn't stop my enjoyment of this story one iota. I think my heart broke so many times reading this one. The need to be with each other, the wanting to show people, the absolute necessity of keeping it quiet. Dustin and Wes put paid to so many preconceptions - why is it always the big guy who is the bossy top? Big guys need cuddles too! And to be fair, I can see them needing someone else to take charge of them, after being in charge of others for so much of the time. So much steam, so much heartbreak, so much worry, and so much hope. You get a HFN, which I just hope will be enough. Can't wait to read more and find out. There were no editing or grammatical errors that interrupted my reading flow, and I was thoroughly engrossed from start to finish. 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
Wow! Wow! Wow! This might tie with Off Base as my favorite Annabeth Albert book because it was soooo good. Albert is a master at writing deep and emotional stories and characters that keep you hanging on until the very end. I didn’t want to put this book down for anything and I was completely invested in the story. Both Dustin and Wes are incredible characters and their relationship was the perfect mix of sexy and sweet. They try to stay away from each other but they’re both so compassionate and are always trying to help the other. Everything about this book was perfect and I couldn’t put it down. This book had a lot of realism included in regards to the military regulations. It made it a lot harder for Wes and Dustin to be together but it also made their moments more poignant. They’re always sure it’s going to be their last time together and that adds a real depth to the interactions. The ending is a bit of a HFN but you know that things are getting better with each day. I loved Dustin’s character and the dichotomy of his tough appearance and his desire to give up control in the bedroom. Dustin has been struggling with how to tell his family and friends about his bisexuality and I found this story line really interesting. At the same time, I liked that Dustin wasn’t afraid to explore his bisexuality though he had a few moments coming to accept his particular kinks. He’s devoted to his SEAL team and a strong leader and no matter what the military says he can’t stay away from Wes. Dustin was especially sweet when it came to lifting Wes’s spirits over Sam. Wes was also an amazing character. He knows he’s found something special in Dustin but he also doesn’t want to put Dustin’s career in danger. He’s always putting others before himself and it’s an incredibly endearing character trait. The scenes with his sister are incredibly sweet and I’d love to get Sam’s story one day *fingers crossed, pretty please*. Wes is also incredibly supportive of Dustin and his moments of boosting Dustin’s confidence were great. I would have liked a little more on Wes’s insomnia. Is it just worry over his sister’s heart condition? Stress from his work in the military? Or something else? I’m just crazy curious so I wanted to explore it further.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book by this author and I did really enjoy it. I wasn't into the whole dom/sub in the book just not my style but I can understand it for the characters. This story was very emotional and I enjoyed it. Dustin and Wes are a great couple and it takes a lot for them to overcome the obstacles in this book for their HEA. It was enjoyable to read how these to navigate the relationship. There are definitely HOT times in this book. I would read more book by this author. *Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read this for my honest opinion*
V-Rundell More than 1 year ago
Lieutenant Dustin Strauss has known for a long time that he’s attracted to men. He’s never been with a man, though he knows his family likely won’t be too upset if he were to come out–his younger brother Dylan is about to marry Dustin’s best friend Apollo–you may remember them from book two AT ATTENTION. Still, Dustin’s father has been fixated on Dustin marrying a woman and having kids, neither of which truly appeals. The idea of remaining a lone appeals even less–all his friends are coupled up and Dustin feels very much like a third wheel. Not only is he nervous about his sexuality, he’s ashamed that he’s really turned on by submission. Yet, he’s found a cyber pal via the Joe4Joe app that has filled his long lonely nights with exactly the kind of interactions that push his buttons. They meet one night when Dustin is visiting the DC area. And it’s the best night of Dustin’s adult life. He and Wes really get along, and their sex is amazeballs–for each. Wes is especially adept at getting into Dustin’s headspace and working through his insecurities. Neither Wes nor Dustin has confided that they are SEALs, and they expect this is only one night. Until Petty Officer Wes Lowe is shipped out to Coronado to fill the demolitions expert position open on Dustin’s 16 man team, of which he’s the second in command. Now, Wes is under Dustin’s direct command, and it’s wholly awkward. Not to mention completely prohibited. If anyone discovers that they’ve been intimate both Dustin and Wes could be subject to court martial. They know this. And yet their connection is so strong, so necessary. Wes has a stressful life, constantly awaiting for bad news about his young sister’s failing heart. He’s plagued by insomnia, and finds comfort in his time with Dustin–virtual or in person. Wes is also the only person with whom Dustin can be his whole self, gay and kinky, and feel safe. No matter how many times they say they need to stop, they just can’t quit one another. And, they want more. They want the whole package of companionship and comfort–not just sex. It’s quite telling that neither of them really sought out partners before, and would remain celibate before looking for a suitable partner. In the course of duty, Dustin and Wes both know their connection is too strong to be healthy, or safe. Dustin feels as if he’s constantly distracted, and this adds to his general dissatisfaction with his commission. He doesn’t get along with his commanding officer, and he’s less and less enthused with command. He’s got friends who’ve left the service, and are all the happier. Could he be? Would he and Wes be able to make a true life together if Dustin made this choice? This was a really compassionate and bittersweet look into this complex world of military rules and regs. Both Dustin and Wes are great guys who want to be loved for who they are, and have the joy of open companionship. They have real struggles, and it’s heartbreaking to see them leave each other time and time again believing this is the “last time” or “never again.” I found myself wanting to yell at the book, tell the navy to make things better, dang it! And that was telling, for me, how very invested I got into these guys and their developing love story. The end is quiet, but lovely. No giant grand gestures here, because doing so could upset the very complex plan they have in place for eventual forever love. Their patience and understanding was enormous, and I found that to be engaging too.
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
Albert's SEALs are getting hotter and hotter! ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR - STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ > > Judging a Book by it's Cover > Looking Deeper Third-person. It's not only the covers that are getting hotter. The chemistry between Dustin and Wes was electric, magnetic, and molten! They started out as cross-country cyber chat friends that graduated to adding a bit of cybersex into the "relationship". Then Dustin was called to the east coast for meetings and Wes made the trip northward to coax a face-to-face meeting into their mix. Both assumed the others' branch, rank, or station but neither required validation for various reasons. It's not until Wes was transferred to the west coast that they surprising learned they were both SEALs and Dustin was now Wes's Commanding Officer. There are rules against them associating, even as friends. Both were already too deep into their attractions, needs, and emotions with each other to be able to deny the pull, so what were they going to do? Add to the complications Wes's ailing sister and the fact that nobody knew Dustin was bisexual. The cast was well-rounded with a good variety of characters. Dialogue is smart and strong. Interactions were believable, for the most part. The conflict was realistic, the resolution was predictable. But the lead-up was well plotted out. The conclusion was solid enough with an implied HEA that felt a little loose, but I am hoping that only means we'll see more of them in any following books, or even possibly, a spin-off series. I adore this series and Annabeth Albert's SEALs are getting hotter and hotter as the series progresses. This book can stand alone, but a few of the secondary cast were the featured couple of previous books. One may better enjoy the story and its cast if the books are read in order but it is not necessary. . Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.25 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** 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". ***** ⭐ ⭐
tradermare More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Dustin has been exploring his bisexuality via the online app, Joe4Joe which links service men up for cyber sex. When the opportunity to meet in person presents itself,Dustin has to decide whether he wants to take his explorations to the next level. It's not an easy decision for him. While Wes wants to meet Dustin in-person, he also has some deeper reservations that we don't get to read about until later in the book. I really liked that about Wheels Up. Both Dustin and Wes had some personal issues to work out in this, and that provides some of the conflict to the story. The rest of the conflict comes in the form of regulations. When Wes gets reassigned to Dustin's unit, things get even more difficult for the guys. It's forbidden to fraternize with your direct reports, especially if they are enlisted. Dustin risks serious consequences and so they go back and forth with a lot of "no we can't see each other" to sneaking around to be together because they just can't stay away. Wes and Dustin have a dynamic sexual relationship, made all the more interesting by the roles each of them play in the bedroom. It wasn't what I expected and it felt very fresh and exciting. I really liked these guys and I found myself hoping they could work something out. I loved Dustin's journey figuring out that he can be happy and what he needs to do to get there. It isn't an easy road for him, nor is it for Wes. That's what I loved about Wheels Up -- each man's personal journey to happiness. Wheels Up is a great addition to this series. An ARC was provided for review.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A great addition to the Out of Uniform series. Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series is turning out to be one of my favorites by her. Wheels Up is about Dustin Strauss (older brother of Dylan from At Attention) and Wes Lowe. Dustin is an officer and Wes an enlisted man. They meet using a hook-up app and then once in person figuring that they'd never see each other again except when chatting online. Imagine their shock when Wes turns out to be the new person on Dustin's SEAL team. Fraternization between officers and enlisted men is totally forbidden. This is sort of a coming-out story. Thirty-two-year-old Dustin just now coming to terms with his bi-sexuality. Since his brother came out as gay Dustin has felt a lot of pressure from his father to settle down with a nice girl and carry on the family name; he doesn't know how to tell him he's interested in a man. Wes is gay and out to his close friends. He is transferred away from his family just when they need him most. His sister is sick and he hates that he can't be there to provide support for his mom and dad. He misses the comradery he had with his former SEAL team. Wheels Up has some mild kink elements. Dustin likes a little pain and he likes to submit (not that he'd ever admit that to anyone but Wes). Wes loves to give Dustin what he wants and needs; these two are made for each other. I didn't have as much of an emotional reaction to this book as I've had with most of Annabeth's but the story was great anyway. In fact, once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. That will teach me to start one of her books in the late evening. I stayed up to 5 a.m. reading Wheels Up. Thank goodness I'm retired. I felt the deep connection between these two guys; their need for each other really made my heart ache when it seemed like they would have to sacrifice their relationship. I know that Annabeth Albert always delivers an HEA, though, so I was never really worried. I am so happy that there will be several more stories in this series. I love hot guys in uniform! BTW - each book in this series can easily be read as a standalone story. 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***