Series: Out of Uniform, #7 *Final book in the series*
Publisher: Carina Press (Harlequin)
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No content warnings needed. Hot fake relationship shenanigans dominate along with being trapped outdoors, but HEA for everything. No addictions/bdsm/deaths etc.
And as he watched him sleep, it hit Canaan that while he was on this weird adrenaline high, Renzo did this every day. Every day for days on end he confronted danger, high risks, threat of death, and he had a whole team of people counting on him the entire time too. While Canaan had been busy freaking out, he’d worried a lot about himself, about Grandpa, about what he’d miss out on. And he’d worried some about what he and Renzo could have had, especially when Renzo had been threatening to go out on his own.
But Renzo had neither freaked out nor focused on himself—the whole time, he’d been worried about Canaan. Keeping him warm. Making the alarms to drink and eat. Making sure Canaan had first choice of food. Coming up with plans to keep them safe and ensure the rescuers spotted them. Damn. It was humbling to think of all Renzo had done for him. And now Renzo was exhausted. Spent. Energy reserves clearly gone.
And yet, he would do something like this again, soon probably. With better equipment and better teammates, but he’d face danger again, head on. Because that was what he did. Who he was. His moral fabric was made of camo—tough as ripstop, unwavering and unyielding. Maybe Renzo had joined up because of his brother originally, but he hadn’t been lying about finding himself on the teams. And who he’d found there was possibly the best man Canaan had ever met. His throat ached just looking at Renzo, hands tightly clenching to stop from touching him.
“I’m going to take better care of you,” he whispered softly. “You took care of me, so maybe it’s time someone took care of you like you deserve. How about me?”
Renzo, of course, slumbered on, but something inside Canaan shifted. Changed. Accepted this new reality in front of him where this sleeping giant was suddenly the most important person in Canaan’s life.
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4.5 out of 5 stars
Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert focuses on SEAL Renzo Bianchi (aka Rooster), who hasn’t quite settled on what he wants to happen with his military career, and is less than comfortable with the expectations of his family. Canaan Finley is working at the Smoothie Palace while pursuing his career goals and supporting his remaining family, and can’t believe it when his interest in the sexy SEAL is returned. Unfortunately, Renzo has been burned before, and a relationship is the last thing he wants, however much temptation the fascinating Canaan offers. He doesn’t include Canaan’s input in his calculations, and that may be his biggest mistake.
This story is an adult military gay romance that is part of the ‘Out of Uniform’ series. I love the gradual evolution of the relationship as the two men deal with each other’s insecurities and fears. The caring and patience demonstrated on both sides was heartwarming and the awkward moments were endearing. I like that family ties are emphasized and it was refreshing to have supportive relatives for both men even though one aches at the backstory depicted. This is my favorite of the series, although I haven’t read every volume, and did just fine as a stand-alone story. The combination of spice, suspense, and romance was well-balanced, and although this is purportedly the last in the series, I am hopeful that there will be more tales involving these charismatic SEALs in the future.