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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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Excellent

Another great installment of the series. This one wasn’t my fave, because of the BDSM lite aspects, but it was still a great listen. Greg Boudreaux is one of my favorite narrators.

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Boring

Not sure if the narration was good or bad, but the story was boring. Both MC's were interchangeably written and had the same voice. They hook up and become team members later. "Oh I wish to kiss him!" "Oh it is so hard to avoid him". The end.

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  • Jovan
  • 13-04-18

Emotional and Engaging

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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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  • 08-04-19

Not up to par

As someone who has read every book in the out of uniform series I have to confess I was seriously disapointed in this book. If all you care about is steamy smut with no real story this is the book for you.

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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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  • DGMays
  • 02-01-21

HOT & SEXY!!

So far, this scorcher is my favorite in the series. A delicious continuation of military men, in yet a new & different dynamic. Facing the challenge of caring for someone under your command is rough!! The HEA is only achieved when they work together.

Greg Boudreaux's seductive voice added so much to all involved. He's one of my favorite narrators, so anything he does I enjoy!!

On to book 5.....

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  • 16-08-20

Just ok, frustrating at times

Hated to be in their shoes!

Curly is the most annoying and nosy side character ever. Not sure why he said things, and feel sorry at the end and stating he got MCs back? WTF what’s ur motivation bruh? Nosy much!

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  • Jacques
  • 22-07-20

And again

Always better the second time. Praise again to Annabeth and Greg. Love your work together

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  • Maude Allen
  • 14-02-20

So Damn Good

I absofreakinglutely loved this story. Dustin and Wes are two of my favorite characters from Annabeth. Everything about this story hits all my buttons and the narration was so spot on. It was what I heard in my head when I read the story the first time.

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  • E. hughes
  • 15-04-19

not for the Romantic, this is BDSM

I really like the "Out of Uniform" series that I read before this book. I like the conflicts and the solutions and the romance. This book is very much BDSM, not hard core but more than the romantic person I am wants to hear. i did not listen to the full book, I skipped the sex parts and just followed the story. The story was good, but punching it with the BDSM was not for me at all.

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  • Ken
  • 08-04-19

Need more....

This was a great book to listen too...I wish that it would continue on with the characters to see how life goes. This was the fourth book I have listened to by this author, I have to say it was the best one yet.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-02-19

Best of the series - a real-world military story

Very engaging, believable story. Real-world problems, a dilemma with serious consequences without being angsty. This story is well-written, like most of Annabeth Albert's work, but something about this one feels so genuine - the MCs' wonder at discovering the power of their bond, the immediacy of their first-time experiences - all of it perfectly voiced by Greg Boudreaux. My only quibble is the lack of backstory on why one character (Curly) would have so betrayed his friend on a mere hunch, and then inexplicably remained silent when the truth became known - no clue about his motivation is given. There is a lot of sex in this story, but rather than feeling gratuitous, in some ways it IS the story; the need and fear that two career-focused soldiers struggle with, risking court-martial if they keep seeing each other, but unable to stop. The ending was particularly beautifully balanced, reinforcing the genuine peril the MCs faced better than an easy, stereotypical ride-into-the-sunset HEA.