(Out of Uniform series)
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.
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Bacon liked running, liked anything that got his body moving. Being still and alone with his thoughts was harder on him than any twenty-mile trek. And generally, he liked company, was never the sort to turn down being around people. But, he was trying hard not to like being around Bryant—getting too comfortable with the journalist seemed like a recipe for disaster. Who knew what would make it into his articles? And fuck this being on Team Bravo nonsense. Why the hell did he have to hang back on their next mission and babysit the reporter? He was still not over the LT assigning him this duty, and it didn’t matter how good a runner Spencer Bryant was, Bacon’s mood wasn’t improving.
About Annabeth Albert:
4.5 out of 5 stars
Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert is part of the ‘Out of Uniform’ series and features Spencer Bryant, a well-known journalist who is embedded briefly with a SEAL team during a dicey mission. He is being shepherded through the experience by a reluctant Petty Officer Bacon, who resents being sidelined to the secondary squad instead of functioning as the elite sniper his team needs. Bacon has his own demons to deal with, including his discomfort with the apparent homophobic attitudes of those who should be his brothers, his fellow team members. A mutual attraction between the two men strains the lines of propriety and ethics but it may not be strong enough for them to form a lasting relationship.
This adult m/m military romance has a couple of characters that really appealed to me because of their combination of strength and vulnerability. I ached at the history that has made them into the men they are and cheered at the way they lived their lives unapologetically. I think the author did a great job at creating realistic and charismatic characters and the story showed the challenges of dealing with people’s preconceptions, especially in a group that depends on its brotherhood and unstinting support. I was disappointed by the choice that Spencer made even as I understood his reasoning and motivation and I cheered that Bacon was able to call him out and display his own pain at the decision. I was drawn into the story immediately and had no trouble reading it as a stand-alone even though I want to read the tales that came before this one in the series. I look forward to reading more stories set in this environment.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review