Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Wheels Up
SERIES: Out of Uniform Book 4
AUTHOR: Annabeth Albert
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 320 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2017
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations.
Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething hell-raiser, he’s his SEAL team’s new XO-and a man with a secret. Or seven. He’s kept his bisexual identity under wraps for years, along with his kinky side and a fondness for the military-themed semianonymous hookup website Joe4Joe. His latest chat buddy is more than a sexy online distraction-they’re taking their very not-safe-for-work relationship into real time.
Petty Officer Wes Lowe has a smart mouth, a take-charge attitude and an uncanny ability for making things go boom. The life of an enlisted man isn’t always enough to satisfy him, but one wild, no-questions-asked weekend with his online love comes close. When a transfer order comes in, Wes feels ready and centered. He’ll make a good impression on his new SEAL team and keep his growing feelings for Dustin on the down low.
But as they log more time online and some very real emotions surface, Dustin and Wes struggle to pretend they’re just a harmless fling. And when his commander introduces Dustin to his team’s newest member, they’re in for the shock of a lifetime…and a crushing disappointment: their difference in ranks means even a friendship without sexual contact could end their navy careers for good.
With their hearts on the line, Dustin and Wes may not survive their next mission, let alone find a way toward a future together.
This is a story of two halves for me.
Wes and Dustin are online buddies who indulge in the fantasy of cybersex on a site that is designed for military men. They haven’t been completely open and honest with each other but it doesn’t matter as they will never get to meet up. Until they do – but even then they can keep their secrets as this is a one off. The heat between this pair when there isn’t a computer screen between them is off the charts and served with a small side of kink.
Roll forward a few weeks and Wes is transferred and guess who his commanding officer is? Yep, that not telling each other the whole truth has really come back to bite them especially as with the best will in the world they can’t stay away from each other. This is where the story lost me for a while – the constant backwards and forwards, the no we can’t but then the hot sex and guilt afterwards went on too long for me and my interest waned whilst my frustration grew.
When the situation is forced and the men are almost caught out Wes goes one way whilst Dustin goes another. There is more to-ing and fro-ing between them but at least now it looks as though they are working for something more concrete – their future. The ending felt like a promising HEA though in reality it’s a HFN and I hope we see more of Wes and Dustin later in the series to see if their plans came to fruition.