Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert
Out of Uniform #6
LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Journalist Spencer Bryant knows he has a once in a lifetime chance getting embedded with a Navy SEAL team and he’s determined to prove he won’t get in the way. But the military doesn’t necessarily want just anything published so they assign Petty Officer Bacon to stick to Spencer and keep him safe. The longer Bacon spends with Spencer the more he desires him but Spencer is openly gay and Bacon hasn’t told his team he’s pansexual. Not to mention that Spencer won’t mix business with pleasure and he knows that if Bacon knew what he was planning to write then Bacon would want nothing to do with Spencer.
There was so much tension in Tight Quarters and Annabeth Albert had me wondering how she was going to make things work between these two. There were so many obstacles externally and internally but I really liked how things were handled. I won’t go into details so as not to spoil anything but I’ll just say my emotions went through all the ups and downs before it was settled. The beginning of the book focused primarily on Spencer being embedded and the developing friendship between Spencer and Bacon while the second half is after Spencer leaves the team. While nothing really happens in the first half, Albert builds up the tension and the emotional connection so that when they do get together, the intimacy means so much more. This created a really nice slow burn throughout.
“It didn’t matter what the senior chief said. He knew he was about to make a very stupid choice and not regret it one bit.”
I really enjoyed Bacon and the fact that this tough Navy SEAL still had a bit of his emo teen years in him. He was really comfortable with himself and his sexuality but he also isn’t sure how his team will handle knowing about him. While Bacon’s best friend Curly already knows, there are a few guys on the team who frequently make homophobic jokes and he’s getting to the end of his tolerance. I loved when Bacon’s confidence comes through and he finally comes out and there’s even a few surprises from his team.
Spencer was also a great hero and since he’s in his 40’s he has a maturity that balances Bacon’s more impulsive side nicely. He’s been married before but he’s so dedicated to his job that he just doesn’t see a long term relationship in his life. Spencer is steady and hard working but he’s also scared to really take a chance on love. He doesn’t quite know how to handle Bacon and navigate the hurdles in a potential relationship and this causes some problems for them. While they struggle to make things work and there’s some time apart, I was glad that Albert avoided The Big Misunderstanding and instead Bacon and Spencer talked everything out before taking some time apart. It wasn’t that they weren’t communicating but that they didn’t know how to reach a compromise.
There’s one more book in the Out of Uniform series and I can’t wait because I’ve loved these books from the very beginning.
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Age Gap | Forbidden Love | Journalist | Military
Hero was abused as a child (referenced, off page)
Discussion of bullying and suicide
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.
Published by Carina Press on July 9, 2018