Title: Rough Terrain
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series: Out of Uniform
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 1/14/2019
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 368
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
The camping trip from hell may be the first stop on the road to happily-ever-after.
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…
Rough Terrain by Annabeth Albert is an adorable conclusion to the Out of Uniform series. It’s been a wild ride!
Canaan has been eyeing the sexy SEAL, Renzo, for a while, and Renzo agrees to go on a date. Canaan doesn’t expect to fall hard for the determined, sweet, and surprisingly vulnerable Rooster.
This was relatively low angst, and it was definitely a character-driven romance. There’s no mission, per se, and I liked the change of pace. I really adored Renzo the most. He has a secret vulnerability to him that I don’t see often, and I loved how it was integrated into the story. There’s no way you can’t just fall in love with the man!
Canaan brings the humor, and he is so forthright and honest, and it was exactly what Renzo needed. The wilderness scenes were probably my favorite. There’s just something about getting to know one another in an uncomfortable and dangerous situation that just keeps me reading. These two balanced each other out so well, too! I could have done without the OM drama on Canaan’s side, but I loved his grandpa.
Family and friendship are forefront in this novel, and I enjoyed how everything wrapped up.