Tight Quarters by Annabeth Albert

tight quarters.jpgPetty 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.

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ + half a star 🙂

This book is the sixth one in Out of Uniform series, but if you haven’t read the previous ones don’t worry, it works perfectly well as a standalone. I have for now only read this one and the previous one and while I do wonder about characters that are briefly mentioned, they do not have that much of a role to make the reading unpleasant.

Tight Quarters features Bacon, a SEAL in a team in which the reporter, Spencer Bryant, is embedded. Despite being older and certainly less prepared, Spencer fits quite well physically. However, everyone is on their toes – worrying what might end up in an article.

Due to an injury, Bacon gets ‘babysitting’ duty of taking care of Spence, keep him in the loop, but not too much. It goes without saying that he isn’t thrilled and would rather be with his brothers.

There’s a lot of sexual tension, but they don’t act on it. Spencer because of his journalistic/professional integrity. But when the mission goes sideways and Spencer is unceremoniously thrown aside, so is integrity and second thoughts. Besides, Spencer is not a reporter embedded in anymore, right?

At this point the relationship and its struggles actually begin. Bacon and Spencer have to deal with absences, long drives to see each other…but that is not what becomes a problem. The problem becomes when Spencer has to choose between a story that is personally important to him, and Bacon.

I love how Bacon isn’t just ‘sure, ok, you’re sorry let’s go back together’, but tells Spencer he was hurt and doesn’t shy away from his feelings. And they actually discuss things through in general. The level of communication was much better after that.

I loved Spencer’s determination and dedication to his profession, but I also loved how he was friends with ex-prof and mentor, and how the mentor’s words impacted his life.

It was an enjoyable book with different types of tension, compromises, friendships, and cameos from previous characters and I really want to read a book about one character from this one.


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