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On Point

Out of Uniform, Book 3
Written by: Annabeth Albert
Narrated by: J. F. Harding
Series: Out of Uniform, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Never fall for your best friend....

Pushing 30, with his reenlistment looming, decorated navy sniper Maddox Horvat is taking a long look at what he really wants in life. And what he wants is Ben Tovey. It isn't smart, falling for his best friend and fellow SEAL, but 10 years with Ben has forged a bond so intimate Maddox can't ignore it. He needs Ben by his side forever - heart and soul.

Ben admits he likes what he's seen - his friend's full lower lip and the perfect muscles of his ass have proved distracting more than once. But Ben's still reeling from a relationship gone to hell, and he's not about to screw up his friendship with Maddox, too.

Until their next mission throws Ben and Maddox closer together than ever before, with only each other to depend on.

Now, in the lonely, desperate hours awaiting rescue, the real challenge - confronting themselves, their future and their desires - begins. Man to man, friend to friend, lover to lover.

This is book three in the Out of Uniform series. Don't miss the first two books:

Book one: Off Base
Book two: At Attention

©2017 Annabeth Albert (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Great Read !!

I enjoyed this title, so far the best in the series for me. Zack & Pike re-appear, as do Appolo & Dylan from the first two books. A big part of the plot is Maddox & Ben out on deployment in the field - the first two stories were mostly off-duty time in San Diego. So we get to see Navy Seal life in action, not just off-duty at home. Maddox & Ben's relationship is also the most realistic - their ups and downs mirror gay life very well. There is also a lot more sex in this book than the first two. I was really engaged with this one - knocked off the entire book in two weekend days. One interesting thing is that no new characters are hinted-at for book 4 of the series.

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Wouldn't Recommend

This book really disappointed me. The plot was so promising, and the bit in the jungle was so exciting. I just...didn't like much of the rest. There were some redeeming qualities to each character, and the sex scenes were decent (except for the flashback scenes, which I despised), but other than that, I couldn't wrap my head around the motivation behind what went on here--for Ben, in particular. In addition to the characterization and motivation being way off for me, there was something about this writing that I just didn't like. There wasn't enough description, especially outside of the jungle, there were a lot of scenes that felt rushed or totally unnecessary, there wasn't enough of a sizzling moment when their relationship began, everything was just a bit bland, and when our heroes reconcile after the inevitable fallout, there wasn't enough raw emotion. Honestly, this book just left me feeling very blah, when it had such potential. At this point, I'll probably give this author another try, and read a different one of her books, because there were some very specific things about this book that I didn't like that might be unique to this title. Here's to hoping. As it is, this is not a book that I would recommend. As for the narration, his voice was pleasing enough to listen to, he just didn't put on different inflections for the heroes, so I found it difficult to differentiate between the characters' dialogue. Also, the narrator seemed to gasp at the end of each sentence. There were times that it wasn't as noticeable, but others where it was downright annoying. Overall, I'd listen to this narrator again, but I might wait a little while.

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  • Gyrithe
  • 2017-12-26

stalking skills

This is what i come upon when i start stalking a narrator. J. F. Harding is one of the best narrators out there. and on top of that. Ifind this gem of a book out there. A story about the love between two men. Best friends. navy seal buddys. And roomates.
I know this is book 3 in a series. but it didnt matter at all.
It only got me thinking that i might need to look into Annabeth Albert some more. This girl can write.

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  • AmeliaD
  • 2018-06-07

Gotta love these guys...

...because they're crazy. Another good listen of a book I enjoyed reading. And this one was a more enjoyable listen than a read. J. F. Harding did a wonderful job narrating Ben and Maddox's story. He isn't the best at doing female voices, but that's always tough for a man with a deeper voice, so I can overlook that. In general, his was a fine performance, well read in a strong, pleasantly masculine voice well suited to the two main characters. Another win for a good author, and for this narrator as well.

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  • Bookobessed
  • 2017-11-22

Another winner!

Hearing how these two went from best friends to lovers was heartbreaking at times. Maddox is looking at his life and realizes that he has to make changes yet he is worried on how Ben will take to these changes. As these two take you on a wild emotional wild, you find yourself cheering then wanting to smack someone on the back of the head to get them to wake up. Another great book in the series and I enjoyed the glimpses into the lives of the past couples.

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  • Morgan A Skye
  • 2017-07-27

I love this series and this is my fav so far!

I. LOVED. This. Book!

First, I love the series and it’s original spinoff. Though each book is absolutely a stand alone, you get a little bit “more” if you read them in order – first the #gaymers series then the Out of Uniform series.

Ben, we’ve met before, and he isn’t as loveable as some of the other characters. He sleeps around a lot and doesn’t seem to catch a clue that Maddox is so obviously in love with him.

(Little warning, there is a ménage scene in this that involves Maddox and Ben and someone else who doesn’t seem to mean anything later – just in case you hate that stuff.)

Maddox is so, so, so wonderful. He’s sweet, sensitive, caring – and built like a linebacker! I love that! I loved how torn he was between doing what was right for himself versus what was right for his family or for Ben.

The smexy times are – as always- smokin’. Annabeth can seriously write some hot chemistry and these two sizzle! Maddox opens up and Ben gets downright naughty with the dirty talk!

I was almost near tears when our two MCs are injured – and that is what finally drew them together, I think. So, most of the story is really these two guys learning how to really be in a relationship together after years of friendship. There is still relationship angst and other issues to overcome, but a lot of this is these two guys – being adults – and dealing with a new “reality”.

This is hands down my favorite in the Out of Uniform series – these two guys just really touched me, Maddox especially. I can’t wait for the next one!

I can’t recommend the series or this book enough – highly recommended! 6 of 5 stars


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JF Harding is a relatively new to me narrator. I’ve listened to the Kage series and of course the Cut and Run series but I couldn’t have told you who narrated those audiobooks. (They’re not my favorite series and I guess I just wasn’t paying attention ;) He did a FANTASTIC job with this! He’s got excellent timing and an understanding the material. He uses great voice differentiation and accents and I was really taken in by his interpretation of the writing.

I loved reading this but I think listening is the even better way to experience this!

Highly recommended!

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  • T. Anderson
  • 2020-08-18

Good Listen

Another good installment in this series. I was super excited to see that J.F. Harding was narrating. He gave Maddox the same hot sexy voice that Kage had. (Probably my favorite voice ever for a character!). I would have enjoyed it more if the threesome/voyeur scenes were not included. While I’m so not a prude, it’s hard for me to wrap my head around wanting to see someone you love with someone else. When someone mentioned it in one of the reviews I almost didn’t read it. I skipped over a lot in those scenes. I’m still on the fence as to whether I can listen to the last book in the series because Canaan is a main character and I don’t know if I can separate my disgust and dislike for him after the part he played in this book enough to read an entire book with him in it. Similarly I had mixed feelings about Ben and his history. Maddox made the book for me and is the main reason for my rating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-08-15

Great!

JF Harding is undeniably a great narrator. love it. At first, not into the threesome bit, but once the story passed that, it gets better.

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  • Jacques
  • 2020-04-21

Author just keeps improving.

My third book in this series. Each one keeps getting better. Better character development, personalities, erotic parts, narrator, all better. Can't wait for number 4. Thanks Just finished this book for second time. Even better. Now back to others in series.

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  • Charlene K Lye
  • 2020-02-16

Could not stop listening!

Love how you made the characters attitude. Very nice and good ending! I am glad my friend recommended me to this one!

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  • Shannon Holland
  • 2018-12-05

Best so far...

This is the best book in the series so far. The story was great and the narration was excellent. The narration is my pet peeve. A great story can be destroyed instantly with a bad narrator. Hats off to J.F. Harding. He’s now at the top of my list along with Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan. Side note for audible if they look at the comments...I’ve learned the hard way (I’ve purchased hundreds of books) and even the best authors don’t matter in this medium. I base my purchase on the narrator. It’s a make or break.

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  • Tamera J. Richards
  • 2018-08-06

Starts Well and Then Fizzles

Loved the first part of the book. The action and unknown of the beginning of the story. Unlike others I enjoyed the flashbacks. I thought the format and story line was excellent. Then the guys get back and it really became boring. I didn't enjoy the story line from there. I get it but it was like two different books put together. I didn't feel like the two parts flowed well together. Also the change in character for Ben was too much. It just didn't fit. The flow of the relationship just didn't work in this second part. I am just not sure about this series at all. I haven't enjoyed it as much as I had hoped. Still, I'm trying to keep going with the series. I keep hoping each book will be the one that breaks the 3.5 barrier.

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