November 6, 2017
Title: Wheels Up
Series: Out of Uniform #4
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date (Print & Ebook): November 6th, 2017
Subgenre: M/M Contemporary Military Romance
Their love is forbidden, but their hearts aren’t listening to rules and regulations…
Lieutenant Dustin Strauss is a reformed man. No longer a twentysomething 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.
Wheels Up is the fourth book in the Out of Uniform series. And I have to say this is my favorite of the series! I didn’t even think that was possible until I met Wes. I’ve been a big fan of Dustin’s since we met him and I knew there was something delicious hiding behind those eyes. That doesn’t even begin to explain the magnitude of this story. Dustin and Wes have been online chat buddies for a while. They have never seen each other’s faces, but they have seen other amazing parts of each other. They don’t even know each other’s real names. One weekend, Dustin is in D.C. and Wes wants to meet. No promises, just meet, maybe have a beer. Dustin has just recently discovered his bisexuality and Wes is the first man he’s “been” with. When reality far surpasses anything they’ve shared online, Dustin is lost to his pleasure. Wes in person is a force of sexiness, dominating him like he craves. Dustin doesn’t know why he likes it that way. Maybe because he’s a Lieutenant and a SEAL. He likes giving up control to someone else when he can. Wes loves that Dustin lets him take the reins. He craves it. The night they shared was off the charts hot, but it was just one night. They have to go back to their real lives. But, when Wes shows up as a new member of Dustin’s team, they are both shocked to hell. Not only did they not know what they really did for the military, Dustin is XO and Wes is enlisted. There are very specific rules about fraternization. It’s not a slap on the wrist infraction either. But, their chemistry is too strong to stay apart. They sneak around outside of work and try to keep their cool out in the field. Can they continue their relationship in secret? What happens if they are caught? Is love worth the risk? Oh my God. I can’t even express how much I loved this story. It was emotional, sexy, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking. I wasn’t expecting for it to hit me like it did. There’s just something about these two strong, sexy SEALs that got to me. The push and pull. The trust. The letting go and the letting the other in. It was amazing to watch Dustin and Wes realize they were falling for each other and couldn’t do anything to stop it.
Annabeth never disappoints me. Ever. Each book is better than the last and I get lost in her stories. Overall, I laughed, cried, was fanning myself, cried more and laughed more. My heart was broken and then put back together again! I also loved seeing Apollo and Dylan again. Swoon.
This kiss said “Hello, I’ve missed you, I need you,” all at once.
Dustin was built like an action figure – all broad chest and thick thighs with arms that bulged eve when relaxed – while Wes was built like the hero’s sidekick. Skinny, less substantial. Probably cheaper.
“Don’t make me tie you up.”
“Your punishments sound a lot like presents.”
Well, fuck that noise.
He’d seen Wes’s chest before on camera, but the camera was fuzzy, missing key details like how Wes’s nipples were the exact color of Dustin’s favorite butterscotch toffee and how his collar bones looked made for biting. And the camera had never captured the force of Wes’s stare, the way he seemed to see past Dustin’s soul to his most secret of desires.
“Think you could get your cock out for me?” Wes’s voice was as seductive as a kiss, and his eyes never left Dustin.
Using his left hand, Dustin got an awkward grip on his cock, drew it out, waited for the next command.
“You’re doing so good for me,” Wes praised. “Pinch a nipple for me, nice and hard, and I might let you touch your cock.”
“Oh fuck.” Dustin absolutely loved when Wes played like his, and being able to look at his intense face while he made such dirty commands was the best head trip ever. Following orders, he used his left hand to pinch his right nipple, hard enough to make himself gasp.
“Twist it. More.” Wes leaned forward, arms resting on his knees.
“Hurts,” Dustin panted. He’d had worse pain, of course, but somehow deliberate pain like this was a far different beast than the ordinary wear and tear he took over the course of training or a mission.
“That’s right. Doing good.” Wes’s blue eyes were almost black now. “You’ve earned a stroke, but slowly.”
“Yes. Thank you.” Dustin’s eyes squished shut as his hand connected with his throbbing cock.
“No, look at me,” Wes commanded, and Dustin’s eyes snapped back open.
He stroked himself with a firm grip, but slowly like Wes wanted. He had to squeeze hard on the base because he was that close to the edge. “Oh God.” His voice broke.
“Yeah? Tell me what you want.” Wes was breathing hard, the only sign that he wasn’t immune to Dustin’s show.
“I’m close.” Dustin’s whole body trembled as he repeated the slow stroke upward on his cock.
“No, you’re not.” Wes’s voice was stern, his eyes like granite chunks. “Tell me. Tell me what you want.”
Usually this was where Dustin would start begging to come, admitting to progressively kinkier fantasies, but instead the truth tumbled out. “Touch me. Oh, God, touch me please.”
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series.
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Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.