At Attention by Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform #2
Published: April 10, 2017 by Carina Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
I loved Dylan in At Attention and he may be one of my favorite Annabeth Albert characters. Dylan was so sweet, understanding, great with Apollo’s twin daughters, but also fun and charming. He was confident in himself and what he could offer Apollo and he never backed down from calling Apollo out when needed. His playful side was great for the girls but also great for bringing Apollo out of his moody lifestyle. Dylan was very mature and it was wonderful to read a character in their early 20’s who has their shit together; as someone who is the same way, it’s nice to relate. I have a lot of respect for Dylan and his treatment of Apollo as they worked through Apollo’s guilt over moving on from Neal. It’s a hard situation and Dylan never made Apollo feel bad about his struggle.
Apollo is such a steadfast characer and I loved that he’s a big softie for his girls. But Apollo does spend a lot of the book trying to push Dylan away because he’s so conflicted over his feelings. All things considered Apollo’s hot and cold routine wasn’t too bad, compared to other books I’ve read, so I mostly felt like just giving him a hug and telling him it would all work out. I felt that Apollo’s transition in thought was very natural and didn’t feel forced.
Overall, I’m just not a big fan of reading widower stories because the characters are so bogged down in the grief of losing their loved one and the grief from moving on.
**Reader Safety: Hero is grieving widow
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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