At Attention, by Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform (Standalone)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 10, 2017
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he’s lucky a friend’s younger brother needs a place to stay. He’s surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete’s body. Apollo’s widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It’s been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it’s time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he’s all man now—an adult who’s fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo’s muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can’t afford to fall for that guy. He’s determined to hold out for someone who’s able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he’d expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what’s more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
Slight Age Gap
There’s this feeling of trepidation I get when starting a new book, especially one with an alpha male who’s trying to raise kids on his own. I always yearn and hope for a fantastic story but don’t always get it. At Attention didn’t let me down.
A well written story, it’s got a lot of the things I hope for in a book about love and family. Apollo is not how I pictured him, either. He has many of the alpha characteristics, but he’s so much more. The love he has for his girls is immense and wonderful. The loss he still feels over the death of his husband is so palpable. I really felt that loss deep, and it’s really beautiful, that kind of love. There’s this fierce devotion that he’s feeling, making it hard for him to move on… and along comes Dylan.
Dylan is possibly the most incredible soul ever, quickly becoming a necessary and welcome addition to the Floros household. Providing a lot of help with the girls, Dylan makes sure Apollo feels comfortable and not stressed about their care, as well as giving him a much needed break from the ridged structured life he’s been living.
For much of this book, I was a smiling fool. Everything is well balanced… not too much of any character, I never felt like there was anyone missing, the children’s presence throughout was important, and the loss that Apollo felt was a heavy topic that never once seemed like it was one that was over written. Nope. Every feeling, every cry, every frustrating moment was necessary. Every smile, laugh, and tender moment was pure beauty.
I loved the instant attraction, the slow and methodical way the friendship moves from one tentative moment to the next, and then the way that friendship grows into something more. Both men work hard at this, making sure this is where they want to go. It’s not easy, and there are the lives of two little girls to think about. I love that I feel like I lived this story with them. It touched me and I hope/want everyone who reads this to feel that too. It’s adult relationship building here, so it feels real, and real feelings are what I’m after in a book about love and family.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.