SQUARED AWAY (Out of Uniform #5)
Published April 16, 2018, by Carina Press, Harlequin Digital Sales .
The Story ~
In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.
Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.
As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.
My Review ~
I love the writing of this author and with Annabeth Albert, the story is the thing. She has a way of telling the story that is genuine and emotional and the intimacy is just right to tell the story. I would characterize this as the story of frenemies to lovers with a bit of a twist as they have much more to consider than their own feelings. I think that Mark, the Navy SEAL has much to learn on this journey of self-discovery and it is engaging and even fun to watch him change as he learns to listen and observe.
Emotional tension becomes sexual tension when two men connected by the marriage of Mark’s sister and Isaiah’s cousin come together as the result of a tragedy. The characters in this story are very different, yet complement each other. Mark is the Navy SEAL in every way and Isaiah, formerly a bit of a party boy has grown up quickly to care for his cousin’s children. Each man has an idea about what the new normal will be following the tragedy without taking into account, the plans of the other man or of the deceased parents of the young children. Mark believes that his strength will serve him in his new role but he has no relationship with the children nor any experience with children. Isaiah is vulnerable yet determined and resourceful but the task ahead is not for the weak. The author delivers an emotional and satisfying story in her own indomitable fashion.
Is there such a thing as 4.75 stars?
This story should be your next fantastic read.
The Sensuality Rating is medium – More Romance than Passion (just right)!