Apollo is determined to remain single, believing Neal was it for him and he knows that he can’t love like that again. This causes a lot of tension between him and Dylan. Dylan for his part is incredibly sympathetic and understanding over Apollo’s grief but I often felt really bad for Dylan having to compete with a ghost. 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 was very happy with how things worked out in Apollo’s head in the end. I felt that his transition in thought was very natural and didn’t feel forced. I’m just 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.
I loved Dylan in this book and he may be one of my favorite Annabeth Albert characters. He was so sweet, understanding, great with the twins, 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 was 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.
Content Note: grieving widow
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Out of Uniform #2 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Carina Press • April 10, 2017
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.