Banned Review: On Point (Out of Uniform #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.

The Meta Details:
Source: Netgalley
Format: eBook
Length: 320 pages
Genre: Romance: Contemporary, military, and mm
Content Level: Adult
Pearl Clutching Content: sex, threesomes, sex with strangers, unprotected sex, some more sex, basically a lot of sex…
Trigger Warnings: Abandonment, homophobia, shitty families, more shitty families, I just realized why I connected more with Ben than Maddox, violence (in a military setting) and potentially life-threatening wounds.
Featuring: Two beefy SEALs; cameos by former main characters, and a saucy twink who kicks everything off.

Recommended for: Romance fans or anyone wanting to jump into romance
Rating: Must Read

Ginny Lurcock’s Thoughts: …there’s an “out of uniform” novel I haven’t read and that’s going to throw off my entire day. My entire day. Because, and I cannot overstate this enough, On Point is the kind of literary crack I needed to start off my summer reading binge.

I’ve actually had a good run of books lately, but two recent novels that were poorly crafted executions of good ideas had me mired in meh. (They were also vaguely offensive in places, leaving me to feel uncomfortable and itchy…)

Then in walks “On Point” and suddenly my life is a cheesy 70s music video.

The first half of the novel had me so wrapped up with its flashbacks and tension that by the time we got to the “we should date” moment halfway through the book I was strung tight. I was nearly vibrating out of my skin, folks. I was fully vested in the two beefy SEALS and their friends to lovers story. I was bleeding for them and biting my nails because they’re both so broken and oh my god Ben is going to hurt Maddox so hard…

(And when it ends up being Mad that I’m irrationally… er… mad at for hurting Ben in the one way guaranteed to fuck him up, man was that a kick in the feels.)

Annabeth Albert draws you in, creating loveable flawed characters that are larger than life. Crafting them in ways that make you not realize where their landmines actually are until you’ve stumbled across them and are already bleeding.

Then she stitches them back together again leaving you weeping softly because you’re actually a sap and shut up… I’m not crying, you’re crying.

And I know I’m fucking up this review. I know I’m not expressing myself and my love for this series right. I feel like I should go over it again and fix everything so you’re sure to say “damn, this is a great romantic book and I should read it during my summer reading binge.”

But there’s an “Out of Uniform” novel I haven’t read yet, and after “On Point” I really need to pick that sucker up…

So um… yeah…

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review via Netgalley.

(thought you were going to get away without the dad joke… didn’t you. Well you didn’t. Because this book is… ON POINT. Bwahahahahahaha)

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