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Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
Book Two of the Out of Uniform series
This book is approximately 73,000 words
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This is book #2, in the Out Of Uniform series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading series in order.
Apollo has known Dylan for almost 20 years. His big brother is Apollo's best friend. He has always thought of him as a "kid." Being attracted to him is a shock.
Dylan has been in love with Apollo for as long as he can remember. Now it is like breathing. He knows Apollo needs his help, but he wants to be more. What will it take to be seen as an equal?
This was a story that made me feel everything. I laughed, cried, and wished for them to get together pretty much right away. This author never disappoints. I always love seeing the big alpha's fall. Great addition to the series. I cannot wait to read the next book.
***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
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
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.
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