For What It's Worth

Thursday, July 12, 2018

review: tight quarters (out of uniform #6) by annabeth albert

39675783Petty 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. ~

Source: e-arc provided by A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review

I’m taking part in the Tight Quarters Blog tour with a review. Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win any Out of Uniform book and swag pack!

This is one of my favorite series and Albert one of my favorite auto-buy authors. I say this in every review of her books – are you sick of it yet?? lol

I was really looking forward to Tight Quarters because the romance is between a SEAL and an embedded reporter – a dynamic I haven’t really about in military romances.

Spencer, an award winning journalist, is approved to be embedded with a SEAL team on the front lines and they welcome it about as much as you would expect. Not at all. But they Navy wants some good publicity and he does prove himself by keeping up with the guys and mostly out of the way.

When Petty Officer Bacon is injured – he’s basically put on reporter baby sitting duty when a dangerous mission comes up. The mission goes south, leaving the 2 men stranded from the team and they forge a connection.

Once the mission ends and the men are saved they attempt a relationship which proves difficult. Bacon isn’t out to his team as pansexual and Spencer is still working on his assignment. After a veteran that Spencer was close to takes his own life - he feels he owes this article about the extreme stress, injuries and PTSD the elite teams go through to both him and the families that have shared their stories with him so far.

And that’s where most of the conflict lies. Spencer and Bacon have great chemistry and balance each other out but Bacon wants to protect his team from bad press and Spencer wants to inform the public about their sacrifices. Both have valid reasons and arguments for their views.

One of the things I love about this series, is whenever Albert touches on an issue – she researches and develops it fully. In the case of Tight Quarters I felt like she ultimately dodged the issues a bit.

I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying they get their HEA but it came at the expense of a serious topic. I thought what Spencer was trying to do was important – and yeah – it all works (even in that regard) for everyone but Spencer seeing things through took a backseat to the HEA - in my opinion anyway.

Still one of my go-to series so I recommend it highly even if I’ve loved some books more than others. Each book features a new couple and can be read as a stand alone although there is some cross over of characters.

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.  The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.

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Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

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  1. What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing--I just entered :) I haven't heard of it before, but it sounds intriguing. Also that cover is hella steamy :)


  2. I get what you mean about Spencer kind of giving in - even if things worked out - but I guess I took it as one of those relationship compromises, and I was glad that the topic wasn't dropped at least. I did enjoy this one overall, and I do love this series too as you know! :)


    1. I thought that too and I was fine with how it turned out but relationship wise...but I felt that meant that the subject matter got short changed if that makes sense.

  3. Omg this sounds so good! Romance novels are really hit or miss with me, but I think I may have to check this out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have my fun romances and then my more serious ones and this fits that side of things. Romantic with a bit of angst.

  4. I do know you love them :D Yay autoboy books

    1. I doooo....and i have very few auto-buy authors left.

  5. Bacon is a great name. lol This sounds pretty good.

  6. I've only read a couple books from this series but I have really enjoyed them and look forward to going back and reading the previous books.

    1. It's a great series. And read her Rainbow Cove series too!

  7. Not my genre but goodness I know a lot of yall who are gaga for this series. lol I dont think they embed reporters with SEAL teams so could be why it's not been done? lol

    1. I meant more reporters with soldiers but yeah -SEAL's don't let them and this was a special circumstance that wasn't supposed to go as far as it did.

      I love her writing. It's much more than just hot sex