REVIEW: At Attention is the first book I read by Annabeth Albert and it certainly will not be the last. At Attention is the story of Apollo, a tactical training lieutenant whose life changed drastically when his partner died. His story is filled with sorrow and heartfelt emotions.
Apollo is the father of 2 little girls who are everything to him, after an accident took away the man he loved he was left to pick up the pieces and focus entirely in taking care of his girls and continue his career with a whole new set of challenges. What Apollo didn’t have in mind was meeting again his best friend’s brother. The young kid who crushed over Apollo but to whom he didn’t give much of a thought.
The story flows at a nice pace and we are introduced to Apollo, a man of few words but a man whose only priority are his girls. While he would rather be going on missions he understand it is not longer an option. As things at work start to get complicated, his working schedule and the time with his girls start to take a toll. Apollo refuses to acknowledge he needs for help.
As the time goes by and Apollo gets used to his routine, he finds solace in his meticulously created methods and arrangements. But as he keep struggling with his emotions and heart break, As Apollo slowly comes to the conclusion that yes he needs someone to help him with the every day tasks at home. But as Dylan offers more than just a helping hand, Apollo can’t come to terms with the feelings, emotions and desire that have awaken since meeting Dylan.
I enjoyed this story, Apollo and Dylan were perfect for one another. Though Dylan was younger than Apollo just by a few years, he showed great maturity. I enjoyed Dylan flirts and honesty when confronting Apollo and his feelings. I think he brought a needed balance to the story and into Apollo’s life. Not because he ended up opening the possibilities of a romantic relationship with Apollo but because he took his time and did it on Apollo’s terms. Dylan managed Apollo’s resistance with grace and dignity, but he worked on making sure Apollo understood his intentions. I enjoyed the flirt, the seduction and the support Dylan offered Apollo all the while asking for nothing more than love.
At Attention is a story of love, second chances and trust. It develops quickly and soon these characters find themselves trying to piece together a romance that seem doomed before it even start, however as the story develops they learn to accept grief, friendship, and unconditional love.
Overall, I think the author did a great job exploiting Apollo’s emotions and grief. She slowly brought to light those emotions he had buried long ago and the guilt he still felt for having stayed behind after his partner died. While at times the author pushed the possibility of Apollo accepting his feelings and moving on, she also managed to create unnecessary angst that at times felt like forced.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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