From the blurb:
Lieutenant Apollo Floros can ace tactical training missions, but being a single dad to his twin daughters is more than he can handle. He needs live-in help, and he's lucky a friend's younger brother needs a place to stay. He's surprised to see Dylan all grown up with a college degree…and a college athlete's body. Apollo's widowed heart may still be broken, but Dylan has his blood heating up.
It's been eight years since the teenage Dylan followed Apollo around like a lovesick puppy, and it's time he showed Lieutenant Hard-to-Please that he's all man now—an adult who's fully capable of choosing responsibility over lust. He can handle Apollo's muscular sex appeal, but Apollo the caring father? Dylan can't afford to fall for that guy. He's determined to hold out for someone who's able to love him back, not someone who only sees him as a kid brother.
Apollo is shocked by the intensity of his attraction to Dylan. Maybe some no-strings summer fun will bring this former SEAL back to life. But the combination of scorching desire and warm affection is more than he'd expected, and the emotion between them scares him senseless. No fling lasts forever, and Apollo will need to decide what's more important—his past or his future—if he wants to keep Dylan in his life.
Annabeth Albert is one of my favorite authors, and she delivers again with a great military man, age-gap romance.
I have a love/hate relationship with stories involving second chances at love after a previous partner has passed away. When they work, they blow me away, but sometimes having the ghost of a former lover hanging over a new relationship can be a bit... heavy. This book felt heavy, but I really liked it anyway.
I'm a big fan of an age gap, and the age gap here was just to my liking. I actually think Annabeth Albert could have made Apollo even older and given a bigger age gap (10 years isn't a huge difference), but I enjoyed the tension and contrasts a good deal. Dylan was young, take-charge, tenacious, and resilient, which was good contrast to Apollo's more broody persona.
Sometimes kids in romance work for me and sometimes they don't. Here, I was pretty meh about the twins part of the story, but it didn't detract from the couple at all, IMO. What the kids did was give this book a more serious feel than I was expecting. The book felt weightier than the previous in the series, which isn't good or bad, just a fact.
I think where Annabeth Albert really shines in this book is with the sex scenes. I liked when Apollo got toppy and verbal, and I could have used even MORE of it, to be honest. I enjoyed the chemistry of the two guys together, and I thought that they made a fabulous couple.
My one complaint is that I thought Apollo dicked Dylan around too much for my liking. He was too hot and cold, and I got annoyed with Apollo near the end. However, I easily would buy and read this book again, and I think this series is pure gold! Though I liked the first in the series more (Off Base), Annabeth Albert is really bringing it with her military men, and I hope she never stops!
*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
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