Sailor Proof

Carina Adores. (Shore Leave, Bk. 1). Sept. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781335984920. pap. $14.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Albert (“Out of Uniform” series) combines humor, angst, sexiness, and the one-bed trope in this first book of a new LGBTQ+ military romance series. Naval submarine chief Derrick Fox can’t wait for this tour of duty to be over. His ex dumped him for one of his crewmates and has been taunting him every chance he gets. Wouldn’t it be the perfect revenge if Derrick had a hot boyfriend waiting at the dock to greet him? His best friend agrees and volunteers his younger brother, musician Arthur Euler, to play the role of Derrick’s new “boyfriend.” Arthur, who doesn’t like bullies, agrees to help Derrick out. He shows up at the dock with a social media–savvy friend and proceeds to kiss Derrick’s socks off. Unfortunately, Arthur’s parents have turned up at the dock too and are very interested in their son’s new boyfriend; they quickly invite Derrick to the family reunion. After Arthur and Derrick’s well-documented kiss goes viral online, Derrick accepts the reunion invite to escape the teasing on base. As the two men learn more about each other, they shore up each other’s defenses and discover that their orchestrated meeting may have been the best thing to happen to them.
VERDICT This title is a perfect starting point for libraries wanting to add more military romance series and will be in demand by Albert’s many fans.
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