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Wheels Up (Out of Uniform #4) by Annabeth Albert

release day review
Carina Press


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 semianonymous 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.


I think I’m a sucker for make believe endings. The author clearly tried to make this story “realistic” and it felt that way. But it was way too frustrating for me and I guess I’m just not into that – as far as romances go. It’s one of the reasons I don’t like historicals – there’s so much hiding and lying and …. It’s frustrating.

In this case I got the hot smexy times that I’ve come to expect from this series – as well as a lot of feelz – but the back and forth and the “we can’t be together but I can’t stay away” see-saw ranked this story a bit lower for me than the previous in the series.

I guess I was looking for a more “happy” ending than I got and a bit less of the back and forth…. Maybe a bit more editing? I’m not sure – but this just didn’t hit me right.

I’d recommend this to fans of military romances, closeted lovers, angst and the author.

(LOVE the cover!)

3 of 5 stars


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