Happy Monday everyone. It’s great that I was able to get into this tour and now I’m thinking about my own sailor that’s gone right now lol. Did I do this on purpose? Quite possibly.
Thanks again so much to the team at Harlequin for including me on this tour. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour stops for this book. Can’t believe this comes out tomorrow!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Carina Adores, Netgalley and Annabeth Albert for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Oh my gosh, this makes it even funnier because of course this is about a submarine, which is what my husband is on. Yep, this was pretty emotional reading solely because my husband is on deployment for a long while and I’ve been missing him like crazy lately.
I thought this one was pretty interesting especially knowing a bit about how my husband’s life is like on a submarine. Trust me, I don’t know everything, and I don’t expect to know everything since that’s something that I will never experience myself, but it was a weird feeling being in this world. Nothing bad about the feeling, just weird in a sense that I could see some of the things happening with his command and others not so much.
For one, the dynamic between a Chief and his sailors… If Fox’s ex was on this sub also – which he was – that working dynamic is already messed up, which can cause a lot of problems in general especially in whatever kind of combat situations the submarine would be on. They were probably out on mission during this whole thing, and things need to be taken seriously. Sure, that could be me worrying about everything that my husband has to go through especially knowing that they go through some dangerous things that I’m not privy to, but I honestly don’t believe that Fox’s ex would be actively showing off about getting to kiss his other cheating ex when they arrive home. Then again, that’s just me, and this is a work of fiction.
If I try to erase everything that I know about the sub life, from having my own father in submarines while I was growing up to now my husband being in submarines, I could try to appreciate the love story for what it was: a fake relationship that gets exacerbated because of social media. Fake relationships can be some of my favorite types of stories because of how it starts and how the two main characters need to somehow fake it until they make it, and eventually learn how to fall in love with one another in the process. I personally don’t like cheating plots since that’s a sore spot for me, but if that’s how Albert needed to work out why the fake relationship came to be, then so be it.
by Annabeth Albert
Series: Shore Leave #1
Publisher: Carina Adores
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Genre: Military Fiction, M/M Romance
Length: 384 pages
Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert is available in trade paperback, eBook and audiobook on September 28th!
The sexy Navy chief and his best friend’s adorkable little brother…
It’s petty, but Naval Chief Derrick Fox wishes he could exact a little revenge on his ex by showing off a rebound fling. His submarine is due to return to its Bremerton, Washington, home base soon and Derrick knows all too well there won’t be anyone waiting with a big, showy welcome.
Enter one ill-advised plan…
Arthur Euler is the guy you go to in a pinch—he’s excellent at out-of-the-box solutions. It’s what the genius music-slash-computer nerd is known for. So when he finds out Derrick needs a favor, he’s happy to help. He can muster the sort of welcome a Naval Chief deserves, no problem at all.
Except it is a problem. A very big problem.
When Arthur’s homecoming welcome is a little too convincing, when a video of their gangplank smooch goes enormously viral, they’re caught between a dock and a hard place. Neither of them ever expected a temporary fake relationship to look—or feel—so real. And Arthur certainly never considered he’d be fighting for a very much not-fake forever with a military man.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a Pacific Northwest romance writer of many critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series. To find out more, check out: http://www.annabethalbert.com. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content.