REVIEW: Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6) by Annabeth Albert
Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.
Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.
Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.
Dear Annabeth Albert,
Carina Press was giving out free paperback copies of this book when I attended this year’s Bookcon and I managed to grab myself one. I have read the first book in this series, liked it well enough, but did not feel a burning desire to continue. I really enjoyed this one though.
Each book deals with the separate couple, however it sounds as if some guys are friends and/or teammates based on the fact that the couple from one of the previous books is briefly mentioned in this one.
As blurb tells you in this book we have a Navy Seal and an award winning journalist who gets embedded into one of the SEAL teams to tell the story about their mission, as much as the limitations of the information about their exact activities being classified allow anyway.
I really appreciated that the author took care in showing us the military settings – the trainings, the missions, the mindset of the SEALS. Of course I never served, so all of this could be incorrect, but at least based on the knowledge from the secondary sources a lot of this felt authentic enough. The author also talks a little about her research in the end of the book, so I decided to take the correctness of the setting on faith.
Bacon gets assigned a “babysitting” duty because he has a minor injury that does not require hospitalization but forces him to the sidelines of the mission so to speak. I thought that Bacon conducted himself as a professional would, despite wanting to be in the middle of the action rather than safeguarding the journalist. I loved him and I loved Spencer too. I liked that they were both dedicated to their jobs. I often wonder how the author would handle the conflict between the guys being the dedicated professionals in their field and their newly found attraction and often I am not happy as to how such story would play out. I think I was quite satisfied as to how this was handled in this book.
Spencer is the person who gets to struggle more with his work ethics than Bacon, because he was planning to write the book based on the conversations with Bacon and his team and sleeping with the source is not exactly an ethical thing to do. Did they behave perfectly? Well, no, but close enough in my book and the consequences of the choices definitely played out for both of them.
Somehow the author sold these guys and their romance to me. Some of the scenes between them were achingly sweet without giving me a toothache.
The only nitpick I have is the sex scenes. They were not boring, but unfortunately for me – nothing to write home about. I am really hard to please with the sex scenes though.