Title // Tight Quarters (Out of Uniform #6)
Author // Annabeth Albert
Publication Date //July 2018
Publisher // Carina Press
Readership // Adult
Genre //Romance, LGBTQIA+
Rating // ✭✭✭✭
I received a copy ofTight Quarters from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Petty Officer Bacon, a navy SEAL and ace sharpshooter, has been on the front lines of more than his fair share of dangerous ops. Yet when a minor injury relegates him to the beta team, he’s tasked with what may be his riskiest assignment yet: the silver fox journalist he’s babysitting is the hottest, most charismatic man he’s ever encountered.
Award-winning journalist Spencer Bryant may have been named one of Pride magazine’s most eligible bachelors of the year, but he’s not looking to change his relationship status. He’s a consummate professional who won’t risk his ethics or impeccable reputation by getting involved with a source. Even a sexy-as-hell military man. But while Spencer can resist his physical attraction to Bacon, he has less control over his emotions—especially when the mission goes sideways and the two men are trapped alone.
Getting out of the jungle alive turns out to be easy compared to facing the truth about their feelings for one another back in the real world. And whether or not they can build a future is a different story altogether.
Returning to the Out of Uniform series is always a delight, because the characters and the story are fun, easy to read and always pack a bit of an emotional punch.
Tight Quarters, while not my favourite in the series, is no different, and it was great to see Petty Officer Bacon’s story expanded and fleshed out. His mildly antagonistic attitude towards Spencer initially was also a nice touch to show growth between both characters. I also liked how this book called out and addressed some of the homophobia that still existed within Bacon’s SEAL team in this book. It seemed more out there than usual, and it was refreshing to see the impact that takes mentally on people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and the people who know them, too.
The story, while predictable, remained intense and fun. It was great to return to an active duty character on a mission, and see them deal with the implications of navigating a relationship while on the job. However, given that Bacon was kept in the dark about most of the original mission (and thus the audience), I felt a little disconnected from it, so while Bacon and Spencer had plenty to worry about, the stakes didn’t necessarily feel that high from my perspective as a reader. (But in all honesty, I doubt that was the point of the plot, given it was more about bringing Bacon and Spencer closer together, so that’s a minor issue from me.)
Overall, I loved being back in the series. Great characters, fun stories with romance and some sex thrown in for good measure.
I gave Tight Quarters 4 out of 5 stars.