REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: On Point
SERIES: Out of Uniform
AUTHOR: Annabeth Albert
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 320 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
Never fall for your best friend…
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.
Our Seal heroes in this latest instalment of Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series are Maddox and Ben who have been best friends since partnering up in their initial training. They have had each other’s backs throughout their entire career – where one goes the other follows – and on their latest mission when things go wrong and Maddox goes down a ravine you can bet your last dollar that Ben is going right down after him leaving them both at risk as they are separated from their team.
After their rescue the initial story revolves around their recovery and neither man makes a good patient. Maddox has to deal with his family showing up and Ben has to deal with not seeing or really knowing how Maddox is doing. At this point it is obvious to the reader just how much these men care for each other – Maddox has no problem admitting his decade long crush on his best friend but Ben is oblivious, scared and a oftentimes not a very nice person and he has no intention of ever admitting, even to himself, how he really feels.
Ben’s fear of commitment and the L word causes a lot of miscommunication and hurt and he isn’t one of my favourite characters of the series. His carelessness with Maddox’s feelings grated on me after a while and his actions towards the end of the story made me want to send him to his room like a petulant child. There is a lot of change for both our MC’s in this book and where Maddox adapts and is brave enough to go after what he wants Ben has a hard time even admitting what he wants let alone going after it. He did redeem himself by the end of the story and certainly the epilogue showed what kind of man he could be when he set aside his fears. It was also good to get a quick glimpse in on all the other guys from this series. Apollo and Dylan are still my favourites but On Point is a great addition to the series overall.