On Point by Annabeth Albert
Out of Uniform #3
LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
I was really excited for this one because I love friends-to-lovers books and I was intrigued by the book blurb’s reference to the characters being stranded on a mission waiting for rescue — cue the action sequence! For the most part, Albert delivered on my excitement. There were a lot of flashback scenes in the beginning of the book as they both remember points in their friendship and there were also flashbacks to several months prior when things got, shall we say awkward between Maddox and Ben. Ben tempts Maddox into a threesome and this changes everything between the two because now Maddox has to be honest about how he really feels toward Ben.
“Maddox didn’t just give him the courage to be strong — he gave him the space to be vulnerable.”
The romance was really sweet and these two truly knew how to turn up the heat. Ben was a great character but he is certainly more cynical about love and relationships and he’s much more focused on just the military. I liked that Ben was the one who approached a relationship first because it made more sense that someone generally against relationships would have to really want it in order to start something. Ben’s commitment to dating was a bit of a turn around for his character but I think in his mind he had this goal, to keep Maddox in his life and make him happy, and he just pushed through to his goal. Sometimes I felt like Ben wasn’t as complexly written because his focus was so narrow, but overall you can see the depth of his character through his actions and his equal dedication to Maddox. I loved Maddox because he was so complex and really fleshed out as a character. He might be a SEAL but he also loves to cook, has dreams of things outside the military, and he’s dedicated to taking care of Ben.
Ben and Maddox were both great and were so devoted to each other and each put so much emphasis on making the other person happy so it gave me all the feels.
3 out of 5 stars
Includes an m/m/m scene involving the main characters, but one MC is conflicted over his participation (on page)
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.
Published by Carina Press on June 5, 2017
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