Review: Squared Away (Out of Uniform #5)

Author: Annabeth Albert

Publisher: Carina Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: CP & Amazon

Type: Novel in a Series

Received from Publisher


Blurb: In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.

Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.

As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.


Review:  I haven’t read the entire series, but a few of them. I liked this one the most, so far. I absolutely loved Mark and Isaiah, but I hated Mark’s assumptions.

Okay, so Isaiah is Mark’s brother-in-law’s cousin. Get that? So they’ve known each other for a long time. When Isaiah was 18 he made a pass at Mark and it didn’t go over very well. Fast-forward to six years later (present day) and bam, they’re thrown together again and Mark acts like he needs to parent Isaiah. I hated it.

The kids in this didn’t annoy me much, but I wish they played more of a part except for going to sleep/feeding them/or just talking about them. They were constantly around, but it didn’t feel like either of them interacted with the kids much. I don’t know. Maybe it was writing? Maybe it was me? I’m one of the few people that probably likes to read kids in her books and I was missing that feeling.

I loved Isaiah and Mark’s partnership. They worked well together and were there for one another. It was really nice to see. They might not have had the best start, but they put that aside for the kids.

Now for when these two got their heads out of their butts and realized what they had together. I LOVED it. I loved Isaiah and his patience. I loved Mark and his ability to speak about his feelings. I loved how neither pressured the other into doing something they didn’t want. The only thing I missed was the big showdown. I feel like we were leading up to it and it was completely glossed over. I was not pleased.

Overall this was a nice story and was exactly what I needed at the time.

I need Bacon’s book, pronto! I love him.

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