Rough Terrain

Out of Uniform Book 7

“Rough Terrain” by Annabeth Albert is part of the ‘Out of Uniform’ series and centers around a connection that forms between a SEAL and a civilian. I love the gradual evolution of the relationship as the two men deal with each other’s insecurities and fears. The caring and patience demonstrated on both sides was heartwarming and the awkward moments were endearing. I like that family ties are emphasized and it was refreshing to have supportive relatives for both men even though one aches at the backstory depicted.

This is my favorite of the series, although I haven’t read every volume, and did just fine as a stand-alone story. The combination of spice, suspense, and romance was well-balanced, and although this is purportedly the last in the series, I am hopeful that there will be more tales involving these charismatic SEALs in the future.

This adult gay romance focuses on SEAL Renzo Bianchi (aka Rooster), who hasn’t quite settled on what he wants to happen with his military career, and is less than comfortable with the expectations of his family. Canaan Finley is working at the Smoothie Palace while pursuing his career goals and supporting his remaining family, and can’t believe it when his interest in the sexy SEAL is returned. Unfortunately, Renzo has been burned before, and a relationship is the last thing he wants, however much temptation the fascinating Canaan offers. He doesn’t include Canaan’s input in his calculations, and that may be his biggest mistake.

Book Blurb for Rough Terrain

The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after in Rough Terrain, the final book in Annabeth Albert’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite Out of Uniform series.

Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.

Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.

Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2019 4.50