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Summary

Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren't listening to rules and regulations....

Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a 20-something 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 semi-anonymous 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 title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise!

©2017 Annabeth Albert (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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  • ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!)
  • 26-04-18

Not everyone deserves a book.

totally dislike Dustin in this book. He just seems like a whiny individual throughout the entire story. I understand that as a superior officer you are not allowed to fraternize with somebody who is lower-ranking than you but I just feel as though he was playing with Wes's emotions throughout the entire story. He wanted Wes then he didn't want Wes, he wanted Wes to have sex with him, then he told Wes he needs to go. It was like a tennis match but not as entertaining.

Wes on the other hand put up with a lot from Dustin. I don't think I would be able to deal with the type of individual who is undecisive but wants his cake and eat it too. I just needed Wes to say you know something I can't do this anymore. When he did put his foot down and it just seemed to come too late in the story.

I don't think this book was necessary. I don't think it was needed. I can understand why this book was written because we are introduced to new characters but Dustin didn't need a love story. I think that I could have gone without realizing that 1) he was bisexual and 2) that he was a really self-loathing individual.

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  • Jovan
  • 13-04-18

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I’m generally not a huge fan of military fraternization forbidden love stories because most never find that balance between believable conflict/angst and hot military m/m action that most fans come to the material for. Usually it’s just “my career is SUPER important so we can’t be together” followed by ridiculous chance taking for hot sex and a HEA scenario so contrived it should have a Disney princess stamp of approval. Not so with “Wheels Up”, an emotionally engaging story about two men caught between the careers they have worked so hard for and the real and personal connection they never thought they would find.

For me, Wes and Dustin’s difficulty in staying away from one another wasn’t the usual irritating rollercoaster of angst and drama because it wasn’t based in the “your just soooo sexy I can’t stay away” lust that generally seems to motivate the characters, but in the friendship and connection they established during their online relationship. By the time they meet in person, they have spent as much time watching movies together and learning about each other as they have in sexcapades.

Additionally, the times they caved and spoke over the phone or spent time together was usually prompted by the need for emotional support and missing the camaraderie and bond they shared as opposed to missing sex. This was a really enjoyable read with complex characters in a complex situation, and while the ending isn’t a traditional HEA, it is definitely one that works for the characters and their situation.

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  • Gene
  • 08-04-18

it is weak porn. there isn't much of a story.

the little bit of story there is just sets up riming scene after riming scene. I returned it.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 08-02-18

JUST WOW, loved everything about this book

If you like a good MM book, a fan of contemporary military romance or just looking for a story that will push all your emotional buttons till they squeal- this is the book for you!

The narration was superb! i reat this book a week before it cam out on audio, and I had it pre-ordered already. while I was reaing I kept imagining how they would sound "live" and
and Greg Boudreaux did not let me down! he nailed their emotions, accents and just the feel of the book in his voice. it was a perfect narration to a wonderful book and i enjoyed it very much.

As the fourth book of the ‘Out Of Uniform’ series by the talented Annabeth Albert, it was no surprise I liked this book as much as I did. What captivates me about this book,Annabeth’s books in general, is her ability to write interesting, diverse and unique characters who feel alive so much you can almost touch them. I LOVED the connection Wes and Dustin have at the beginning of the book, after apparently having a six months friendship with sexual benefits online (I really want to read all the online chats they had before the story starts Annabeth! Don’t keep a girl in the dark here). I love a good Friends-to-Lovers story and this one really had the strong base on which to build that relationship on. That bond really shined throughout the book and was one of my favorite things about it. You can see them falling into lust, and later in love, with each other but also supporting one another through the hardships they face (Wes with his sick sister and Dustin with his struggle about his future and bisexuality).
That tenuous connection is tested in the real world very quickly were things are not as simple as they are online. Add to that the limitations and regulations of life in the army, dangerous operations and their own personal issues there is no wonder their road is anything but smooth. Wes and Dustin walk the fine line between getting what (and who) they want and losing their careers as well as finding themselves in court martial. Both have their family in mind and are torn between their heart’s desire and the responsibilities they have for the army and their loved ones. And there really isn’t any right or wrong, they both need to compromise and fight to be together.

And let’s not forget the physical connection between these two, I mean ya’ll gonn’a have to sit in an ice bucket when you read this book to stop the house from burning down. Not only are the characters interesting, but the sexual computability is out of this world crazy, and the kinky steamy elements of their sex life are not just an extra, but another dimension of who they are and their relationship. Every detail is exquisitely written and well researched in both the kinky bits and the military parts of the story. There is not a single detail I would change, this book just felt completely and utterly whole and ‘right'.

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  • OwlEyez
  • 26-01-18

excellent

Love this struggle and the MCs ultimate commitment. I'll keep this one and come back and listen again in a while.

Greg Boudreau is great!

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  • Frederick P. DeShano
  • 05-12-17

Not up to the other Out of Uniform books

This book best suited for sub/dom genre. Story line weak. Struggled to finish this book, unlike the others in the Out of Uniform series. Nice job by the narrator.

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  • bill knudsen
  • 28-11-17

go Navy seals

another great book military by A. Albert. the military life and rules are fascinating. i wish G. Boudreaux read all my gay romance Audio books.

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  • Bookobessed
  • 28-11-17

Another wonderful story!

Wes and Dustin are so heartbreaking yet joyful to read/listen to. I adored the spot on accent for Wes. The author did a wonderful job of making the enlisted/officer aspect understandable even to non-military folks. The ending is simply amazing!

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  • Kel
  • 11-11-17

good

Just as good as the other books in this series. Narrator was good. overall it's a good listen.

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  • Bluebonnet Onit
  • 10-11-17

Another winner!

I love the characters, and the ways the story builds on the previous books in the series. I actually put what I was listening to on hold to jump on this. can't wait for the next!