ARC Review: Squared Away by Annabeth Albert

About the book

Squared Away
by Annabeth Albert
Publication Date: April 16th 2018 by Carina Press
>> Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion <<

In the wake of tragedy, SEAL Mark Whitley rushed stateside to act as guardian to his sister’s three young children. But a conflicting will could give custody to someone else—someone Mark remembers as a too young, too hot, wild party boy. Even after six years, Mark can’t shake the memory of his close encounter with Isaiah James, or face up to what it says about his own sexuality.

Isaiah’s totally over the crush that made him proposition Mark all those years ago. In fact, he’s done with crushing on the wrong men altogether. For now, he’s throwing himself into proving he’s the best person to care for his cousin’s kids. But there’s no denying there’s something sexy about a big, tough military man with a baby in his arms.

As the legal details get sorted out, their long-buried attraction resurfaces, leading to intimate evenings after the kids are tucked in. A forever future is within reach for all of them, if only Mark can find the courage he needs to trust Isaiah with his secrets—and his heart.


After not liking the previous book Wheels Up as much as I hoped I would – I’m just not a big fan of those boss + subordinate settings – we are back to me liking Squared Away as much as all the other books, meaning it got 4,5 stars. Just a head-up.

Be aware that if you don’t like reading about kids, this book won’t be for you, because the kids take a big part of the book and let me say they were adorable. I  personally couldn’t care less if children are part of a book or not, it’s ok if they are a part and it’s ok if there are not. As long as they are not super annoying – never read about annoying kids in a book – I’m good.

I really liked how the relationship between Mark and Isaiah progressed, but I knew what the big fallout between them would be from the very start. It was obvious, but throughout the whole book I hoped that Annabeth Albert would choose a different way. Still I waited for the other shoe to drop and sadly it did. That “twist” made sense, but it was a bit unnecessary, all they would have needed was a bit more communication, but I’m picky when it comes to that. Don’t mind me. Otherwise I really liked the dynamics between Mark and Isaiah and also between those two and the kids.

Also I’m happy that Annabeth Albert introduced some different sexualities as well, which I won’t name. Read the book if you’re curious 😉

Overall I was really happy with this book and can’t wait to read the next one, which I hope will be about Bacon – the guy, not the food. If Annabeth Albert ever chose to write a book about talking food I would probably still read it though, just saying. LOL.

Rating: 4,5 stars

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