Tight Quarters

Annabeth Albert
Tight Quarters
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Publisher
Carina Press
Release Date
July 2018
ISBN
9781488081330
Series
Book 6 of Out of Uniform
Genre
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
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.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Jun 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
11 people found the following review helpful
It isn't very often that I venture into M/M romance and Annabeth Albert is an author who's new to me. That the Out of Uniform series has crossed my feed numerous times which I haven't yet taken up is just added incentive to get into a military romance of this particular sub-genre. Coming straight into TIGHT QUARTERS without having previously read the rest of the books in the series was no biggie; I had no problems catching up even with the small references to what happened before without the focus on Bacon and Spencer faltering at all.

A hot-shot journalist embedding with this particular SEAL team (which is, according to Bacon--I just had to have a laugh at his name because his real one isn't much better) isn't a scenario I'd ever envisioned, but this was something I was happy to take with a pinch of salt, or better put yet, a willingness to suspend disbelief for what I thought was going to be by and large, some kind of romantic suspense written into the story.

But it wasn't quite one and because I dove in without expectations, everything felt fresh and new, from the not-quite action in the first half and the rather unusual conflict in the second that simply made it impossible to take sides.

The forced babysitting of Spencer Bryant, a plan that went inevitably wrong during a mission and the action that happened thereafter and the added element of the kind of craving attraction that Ms. Albert writes so well just made me a happy camper. The details of the mission itself felt as though they were deliberately left fuzzy, so it was akin to being part of the action but not being in the heart of it, which left the focus on the development of the relationship--both when Spencer and Bacon were together as well as apart.

Past the mission however, TIGHT QUARTERS felt like a different book in the move from military to the party crowd that Spencer/Bacon got involved in on his leave. The different aspects of their characters coming out to play threw me for a bit when I'd been ready to pigeon-hole both of them as 'journalist' and 'soldier', in fact. But the thoroughness of Ms. Albert's exploration of the tension between Bacon and Spencer--one that resulted in a slight lull in the first third of the book--was rewarding as a result, especially in the light of the slow, slow burn that was set up as hostile from the start.

By the time Bacon and Spencer talked their way through to their sappy end, I was impressed by Ms. Albert's style--the emotional rawness that emerged later between this pairing--and her handling of gender fluidity. And then I wondered why I didn't jump on her other books earlier on.
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Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Jun 07, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
14 people found the following review helpful
TIGHT QUARTERS is the sixth book in the Out of Uniform series, and if M/M Romance mixed in with a military scenario does it for you, then you really need to check out this series.

In this book, we reunite with Bacon (and yep, that is his real name!). He is none too happy because he has been stuck with babysitting duty for an embedded journalist, one he actually admires and knows is gay. Bacon himself is Pan, and I loved him for it. Now, Bacon has a history and is a SEAL. Bryant is a gay journalist. Whatever could go wrong?

This is a book of two halves - the first part being with Spencer embedded and them both fighting their attraction. The second is when Spencer is no longer in the team, and they give up fighting. I honestly can't tell you which half I prefer! For differing reasons, both parts are fantastic, and definitely make up the whole.

With stories that need to be written, but jobs that need to be protected, these two face a horrible decision that left me crossing my fingers and hoping for a happy ending. No knowledge of the American Military is needed as Ms. Albert gives out enough information for it all to make sense, without disclosing any secrets.

I keep thinking to myself that this series can't go on for much longer. How many different military stories can one author do? And then Ms. Albert comes out with something new, something refreshing and unique that makes me fall in love with her characters all over again. How many is too many? I don't have the answer to that, but I do know I definitely need more in this series. Absolutely and highly recommended by me.
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