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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-advise 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.


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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-advise 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.

30 review for Sailor Proof

  1. 4 out of 5

    ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

    ~4.5~ Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series is a favorite of mine, so I've been waiting with bated breath for Shore Leave. I'm thrilled to report this first installment was a big win for me. Everything about this story jived: - Fake to real boyfriends. It doesn't take long for Derrick and Arthur to realize they want it all, despite Arthur's reluctance to date a military man. - Opposites attract. Derrick is serious and intense, all logic and straight lines, while Arthur is joyful, artistic, and ch ~4.5~ Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series is a favorite of mine, so I've been waiting with bated breath for Shore Leave. I'm thrilled to report this first installment was a big win for me. Everything about this story jived: - Fake to real boyfriends. It doesn't take long for Derrick and Arthur to realize they want it all, despite Arthur's reluctance to date a military man. - Opposites attract. Derrick is serious and intense, all logic and straight lines, while Arthur is joyful, artistic, and chaotic. - THAT KISS, and the many kisses that follow. Arthur is a virgin in the wild, but he sure craves Derrick's hands (and mouth, and tongue ...) on him. - Family and more family, but not in an annoying way (Arthur's family is supportive, but Arthur is tired of everything being a competition with them.) - Mild angst while Derrick and Arthur decide if the sacrifices are worth it. (Hint: they are.) - True HEA (So perfect and swoony, I can't even). If you like relationship-driven, low-key stories involving military men, don't miss Sailor Proof.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carol [Goodreads Addict]

    Sailor Proof is book one in the brand new series, Shore Leave, by Annabeth Albert. This is a MM, Fake Relationship romance that is sweet, sexy and low angst. Naval Chief Derrick Fox has been stuck on a submarine with his ex who loves to flaunt that he will be the one kissing Derrick’s cheating ex when they return home and are greeted by their loved ones. Derrick wishes that someone would be there to kiss him when he gets off the sub. Someone that would make his ex jealous. His friend Calder has j Sailor Proof is book one in the brand new series, Shore Leave, by Annabeth Albert. This is a MM, Fake Relationship romance that is sweet, sexy and low angst. Naval Chief Derrick Fox has been stuck on a submarine with his ex who loves to flaunt that he will be the one kissing Derrick’s cheating ex when they return home and are greeted by their loved ones. Derrick wishes that someone would be there to kiss him when he gets off the sub. Someone that would make his ex jealous. His friend Calder has just the answer. Calder’s younger brother owes him a favor and will play his fake boyfriend and greet him with so much enthusiasm it will definitely take Derrick’s ex down a notch. Arthur Euler composes musical scores for video games. He’s a bit of a musical genius and definitely a computer nerd. Arthur grew up in a military family and has one rule for himself. He will not date anyone in the military. But when his brother asks him to help out Derrick to get back at his ex, he’s all in. Arthur and Derrick haven’t seen each other in a couple of years. As soon as their eyes meet, it’s like time stood still. And when their lips met in their welcome home kiss, the kiss that was supposed to be fake, everything else faded away. But, Arthur hadn’t planned on his parents being there seeing their kiss. Or the video of their fake reunion going viral. Or his parents inviting (insisting) that Derrick accompany the family on their week long family reunion. They will just have to pretend a little longer. What happens when their cozy little cabin only has one bed? What happens when the more time they spend together, the more they begin to feel for each other? What happens when their fake relationship somehow became real, and they don’t want it to end? These two were so cute together. Derrick found a family in the Eulers. He began to like who he was when he was with Arthur. And Arthur seemed to gain confidence with Derrick. Together, they brought out the best parts in each other. They saw the parts of each other no one else ever bothered to notice. But, is a relationship that began as a ruse destined for failure? What happens when Derrick is deployed again? Do they have a future with each other or is this just a temporary thing? These two really were adorable together. I loved how they just fit, how they complimented each other. This really is a sweet, sexy story that is sure to make you smile. I look forward to the next book in the series that will be Arthur’s brother, Calder’s story. “It was Arthur. He was magic.” For more about this book and so many others, come and visit me at Carol's Crazy Bookish World. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Carol...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    For me, Annabeth is at her absolute best when she's writing military based romances, I've yet to not absolutely adore every one she's created. This was no exception as she gives the reader a fabulous twist on the fake boyfriend/only one bed/best friend's brother tropes and mixes them all up into an utterly delightful romance between two very different guys. From the moment Derrick's best friend Calder arranges for his younger brother Arthur to come and greet him when their submarine docks after a For me, Annabeth is at her absolute best when she's writing military based romances, I've yet to not absolutely adore every one she's created. This was no exception as she gives the reader a fabulous twist on the fake boyfriend/only one bed/best friend's brother tropes and mixes them all up into an utterly delightful romance between two very different guys. From the moment Derrick's best friend Calder arranges for his younger brother Arthur to come and greet him when their submarine docks after a long deployment - during which Derrick's ex cheated on him with a fellow officer who's now won the First Kiss raffle - the two men are on a collision course into falling in love. Arthur is everything Derrick isn't - he's younger, musically gifted, outgoing and disorganised - while Derrick's focus has been on his Navy career, he's disciplined, reserved, logical and secretly nursing a whole world of vulnerabilities. From their supposedly staged First Kiss which goes viral thanks to Arthur's social media influencer BBF Selina, to all the ones they subsequently share, these two men are on fire. Arthur is a virgin and Derrick, while reluctant at first to take all his first moments, slowly comes to realise he not only wants to be the first, but he wants to be the only one Arthur is with. They're both holding back feelings, there's a tad of martyrdom on both their parts but thankfully it never becomes too much and they do talk a fair bit about the rules of their fake relationship and whether they should continue it after the initial holiday with Arthur's family. The gorgeous cover on this book absolutely matches the gorgeous romance inside it as both Derrick and Arthur come to realise that because they started off as fake, doesn't mean they can't actually have real feelings. As the lovely Dani said in her review, the Epilogue is insanely swoony and ridiculously romantic and this is a Happy Ever After you will truly believe in. Now roll on Calder's book because from the blurb and the sneak peek, that's going to be an absolute cracker! #ARC kindly received from the publishers Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Starla

    I love Annabeth Albert's military romances, so I was really excited for this. This was kind of like the first book in the Out of Uniform series for me. It was well-written, the characters were likable, the romance was sweet, but it didn't really wow me as much as I expected. The relationship developed realistically, it had a fake relationship, and only one bed, and it was really hot, but I wasn't that invested in them as a couple. Another thing that bugged me is the family members who, while they I love Annabeth Albert's military romances, so I was really excited for this. This was kind of like the first book in the Out of Uniform series for me. It was well-written, the characters were likable, the romance was sweet, but it didn't really wow me as much as I expected. The relationship developed realistically, it had a fake relationship, and only one bed, and it was really hot, but I wasn't that invested in them as a couple. Another thing that bugged me is the family members who, while they were perfectly nice characters, took up a lot of on-page time, and I found myself skimming. This is (for the most part) me, not the book, so if you're looking for low-angst sweetness with great writing, I would suggest this. It was still a nice read, and I'm definitely continuing with the series. Calder's book sounds awesome, and hopefully I have the same experience I did with Out of Uniform, where I didn't like the first one that much, but the other books went to my faves list. *I have received an ARC from Netgalley and I am leaving an honest and unbiased review*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Papie

    2.5 ⭐️ This was cute and sweet, but a little boring. Sailor chief Derrick’s ex cheated on him with another guy from his sub, and they are now dating. Derrick needs a fake boyfriend to kiss at homecoming to upstage them. This part made no sense. He cheated because he hated deployments, but ends up with another sailor? Anyway. Enters Arthur, Derrick’s best friend’s dorky virgin little brother. They kiss, and kiss, and kiss. It goes viral. Arthur’s parents were there too, and now our boys are trapp 2.5 ⭐️ This was cute and sweet, but a little boring. Sailor chief Derrick’s ex cheated on him with another guy from his sub, and they are now dating. Derrick needs a fake boyfriend to kiss at homecoming to upstage them. This part made no sense. He cheated because he hated deployments, but ends up with another sailor? Anyway. Enters Arthur, Derrick’s best friend’s dorky virgin little brother. They kiss, and kiss, and kiss. It goes viral. Arthur’s parents were there too, and now our boys are trapped into this fake boyfriend thing, and head to family camp for a week. In a small one bed cabin. The camp part was…wholesome? Family, children, a talent show. 😴 I lost interest, even though the sex was really hot. But it was way more family time and kid time that I like in my romances. I have three kids, I get plenty of that IRL. It gets better after they get back home, especially once Derrick gets deployed and they are not ready and unsure where they stand. But it was still too smooth sailing to really give me any feelings. If you are looking for cute and angst free, this may be for you.

  6. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    It feels like it's been a while since I've read or requested anything by Albert but in truth it hasn't been that long -- she's just put out so many books I've lost any and all sense of time. But the ones I have picked up have been few and far between and the results have been more fine or just okay than anything that really got me excited. I had sorta suspected I had outgrown the author. Or at least the books she was putting out after a certain point. But with this new series, and a return to he It feels like it's been a while since I've read or requested anything by Albert but in truth it hasn't been that long -- she's just put out so many books I've lost any and all sense of time. But the ones I have picked up have been few and far between and the results have been more fine or just okay than anything that really got me excited. I had sorta suspected I had outgrown the author. Or at least the books she was putting out after a certain point. But with this new series, and a return to her military-theme, I thought to give it a go. But I was right. There is nothing wrong or bad about this story. Nothing annoyed me, nothing was unforgivable, but I just wasn't interested or moved. I was ambivalent or bored. This didn't really do anything new, which is fine, but neither was I entertained by the content. So I'm calling it. I think Albert and I are done. We had a great ride, though, I not only enjoyed but flat out loved so many of the author's books and series. I've just clearly moved on. But if you're interested to give this a go, here are some fun tropes to expect: best friend's younger brother. Fake dating. And "oh no there's only one bed". This'll definitely hit the right notes for many readers. So take this review with the usual grain o'salt. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    A steamy, fake-dating, M/M romance with sailors? Hell, yes, I'm on board for Annabeth Albert's newest book, Sailor Proof !! It started out as a ploy to make his ex jealous. When Derrick’s submarine is scheduled to come home to its base in Washington State, his ex, Steve, is going to have some new random guy waiting to kiss him. Derrick will have no one, and while he’s fine not rushing into a relationship, he’d love to piss Steve off. And that’s where Arthur comes in. He’s the younger brother of A steamy, fake-dating, M/M romance with sailors? Hell, yes, I'm on board for Annabeth Albert's newest book, Sailor Proof !! It started out as a ploy to make his ex jealous. When Derrick’s submarine is scheduled to come home to its base in Washington State, his ex, Steve, is going to have some new random guy waiting to kiss him. Derrick will have no one, and while he’s fine not rushing into a relationship, he’d love to piss Steve off. And that’s where Arthur comes in. He’s the younger brother of Derrick’s best friend Calder and he’s all too happy to help Derrick out. Derrick is unprepared for just how hot Arthur has gotten, so the scheme isn’t quite a hardship. Apparently their welcome-home kiss is a little too convincing and a video of it goes viral, and before long they’ve been swept into a fake relationship. Of course, as they continue pretending, their feelings for each other grow. But Arthur is determined not to have a relationship with someone who will be deployed, and Derrick isn’t sure he wants to leave himself vulnerable again. Will their relationship have to just remain a fictitious one? I really enjoyed this book. The characters were really complex, their relationship was great, and the steam was HOT. (No complaints whatsoever, just letting you know.) I also thought the story was really well-developed and emotional at times, too. I’m all in for this series—Book 2 will feature Calder as its main character—and in the meantime, I’ll be checking out more of Albert’s books!! See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Pretty good. Mixed feelings somewhat. 3.5 Stars - That cover tho - YUM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the first book I have read by this author but she grabbed me with her delicious character development for our leading male. Ohhh, Derrick is a dream boat and the perfect character for this story. I quickly fell for him in this revenge plot with the best friend's brother that backfired just a bit. I actually had some mixed feelings about this story due to the fact that the guys, really Arthur, seemed Pretty good. Mixed feelings somewhat. 3.5 Stars - That cover tho - YUM ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is the first book I have read by this author but she grabbed me with her delicious character development for our leading male. Ohhh, Derrick is a dream boat and the perfect character for this story. I quickly fell for him in this revenge plot with the best friend's brother that backfired just a bit. I actually had some mixed feelings about this story due to the fact that the guys, really Arthur, seemed very immature and I had a tough time picturing a career navy man with a young YA type guy. Pushing for the physical relationship hard made me cringe a few times. The story offers some great elements and characterizations that endear you to the couple and Albert steams up the pages a few times. They have great chemistry and balance together. However, Arthur is just not my favorite character and that really made it tough for me to enjoy Sailor Proof completely. Overall, Derrick is the clear reason to read this combustible story as the author dives into life and love with a military man. Enjoyable and sexy, I just had to pick sides! I will definitely read an Annabeth Albert book again. * copy received for review consideration * full review - https://amidlifewife.com/sailor-proof...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Havoc

    Derrick was a nice guy and Arthur was a nice guy. They started as fake boyfriends and then decided to give real dating a try and they lived happily ever after. Sounds very similar to at least two thirds of the fake boyfriend trope shelf. Why do I do this to myself😩.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gustaf

    If there's something Annabeth Albert is excellent at it's writing military romance, so I had high expectations on this one and for me, it really worked. There were times that I was afraid that it would run out of steam, but right after it picked up nicely again. It was light hearted, funny and really hot. I can't wait for the second book. If there's something Annabeth Albert is excellent at it's writing military romance, so I had high expectations on this one and for me, it really worked. There were times that I was afraid that it would run out of steam, but right after it picked up nicely again. It was light hearted, funny and really hot. I can't wait for the second book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    .Lili.

    Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert contains two tropes that I typically avoid: fake boyfriend and close proximity. But seeing as I love her military men, I had to give this a shot, and it didn't disappoint. -Opposites attract -Best friend's brother -Romance -UST -Family -Low angst, feel good -HEA This was just a fun, and sweet read, a great start to the Shore Leave series. Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert contains two tropes that I typically avoid: fake boyfriend and close proximity. But seeing as I love her military men, I had to give this a shot, and it didn't disappoint. -Opposites attract -Best friend's brother -Romance -UST -Family -Low angst, feel good -HEA This was just a fun, and sweet read, a great start to the Shore Leave series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookreader87(Amanda)

    Derrick and Arthur are put together by Calder (Arthur's brother and Derrick's friend) as a way to get back and Derrick's ex. They have a big kiss when Derrick returns from sea that ends with them having to fake a relationship. However during the ruse the two end up catching feelings. The fake relationship becomes not so fake anymore. Overall it was a cute story with a HEA. It did have the whole fake boyfriend thing going on which I usually drool over but this one did not quite work out for me. I Derrick and Arthur are put together by Calder (Arthur's brother and Derrick's friend) as a way to get back and Derrick's ex. They have a big kiss when Derrick returns from sea that ends with them having to fake a relationship. However during the ruse the two end up catching feelings. The fake relationship becomes not so fake anymore. Overall it was a cute story with a HEA. It did have the whole fake boyfriend thing going on which I usually drool over but this one did not quite work out for me. I think I had a disconnect with the MCs. So it may just be a me problem. Plus the whole family reunion was a bit too much for me. I just was not a fan of Arthur's family 🤷🏽‍♀️

  13. 5 out of 5

    ❧ *´¸. A BookishBerkeleyGirl ❧ ‘•´¸.* ❧ Gwendolyn

    - Home sweet home This book was so sweet! If your looking for an easy, low stress, little to no angst pure romance read…look no further, this IMO is it. Sweet chemistry, sweet kisses and family galore. It was a sweet read. Not to mention nobody does military romance like Annabeth Albert. She does her research and does it well, this makes for an extra special an unique find in book of boys who love boys✨ This book I borrowed from the public library (Libby) and purchased the paperback a few days afte - Home sweet home This book was so sweet! If your looking for an easy, low stress, little to no angst pure romance read…look no further, this IMO is it. Sweet chemistry, sweet kisses and family galore. It was a sweet read. Not to mention nobody does military romance like Annabeth Albert. She does her research and does it well, this makes for an extra special an unique find in book of boys who love boys✨ This book I borrowed from the public library (Libby) and purchased the paperback a few days after the read, because I couldn’t let these guys go, they gave me a perfect swoon-worthy military romance💋

  14. 4 out of 5

    NicoleR.M.M.

    3,5 stars I love Annabeth's military series and when she decided to write a new series, I was kind of thrilled to find out. And then I also got to read this first book as an ARC, which made me even happier! I have to be honest, though, and point out that it didn't entirely work for me the way I hoped it would. It was still a solid, well written book. I mean, Annabeth always delivers a story that is well balanced, enjoyable and you can always count on her amazing writing skills. But there was somet 3,5 stars I love Annabeth's military series and when she decided to write a new series, I was kind of thrilled to find out. And then I also got to read this first book as an ARC, which made me even happier! I have to be honest, though, and point out that it didn't entirely work for me the way I hoped it would. It was still a solid, well written book. I mean, Annabeth always delivers a story that is well balanced, enjoyable and you can always count on her amazing writing skills. But there was something about this story that didn't really grab me the way I thought it would, which really is a bummer. In this story we meet Naval Chief Derrick Fox, who, on his return to his homebase, wants to have someone waiting for him to kiss. He wants to get back at his ex boyfriend, who easily moved on after their break up. His best friend tells him his younger brother Arthur owes him, and so a plan is made. But it doesn't turn out the way they thought it would. Their kissing seemed a bit too real and there's certainly sparks. And when their very convincing homecoming video goes viral, Arthur's parents make assumptions too, and they invite Derrick along for dinner, and later on for a family weekend. The story worked fine for me until that family weekend getaway. Arthur's family is a bit exhausting, and they took up a too large piece of the story. Everything's a bet, every game has to be played to win. I am not a fan of children in my mm romances, and there were too many here. Arthur and Derrick worked just fine, their romance developing, their intimate moments quite hot. But I had a hard time feeling them, which is sad, but true. I didn't feel their connection the way I wanted, and I didn't warm up for either of them the way I wanted either. And oh, I hate when that happens, specially with an author whose work I usually love. Yes, I know, there will always be a book that works less for you, even from a favorite author, but still...doesn't mean I have to like it when that happens! I always wonder if it might be the wrong moment, that I might like it better when I gave it another chance at another time. Maybe I'll try to find out some time. For now, unfortunately it's a 3 star read for me (which still isn't bad!) and adding an extra 0,5 star because it's Annabeth. I can see a lot of readers enjoying this one very much. There's not a lot of angst, it's sweet and well written, something that is appealing to a lot of romance readers. It just wasn't my kind of story this time. Will I be reading the second book? For sure! I kindly received an ARC by the author and this is my honest, unbiased review

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    4 "I belong with you" stars LET'S TRAIN TO BE THE PERFECT BOYFRIEND This was a fairly enjoyable blossoming love story between a music nerd - who could completely forget his boyfriend is in the same room - and a dashing Naval Chief. The beginning was a real firework - that kiss 🤯 - and then the story got way deeper than I thought it would at first sight. Derrick and Arthur were both good characters, with enough background and personality to be credible. Our Naval Chief was driven and focused on his 4 "I belong with you" stars LET'S TRAIN TO BE THE PERFECT BOYFRIEND This was a fairly enjoyable blossoming love story between a music nerd - who could completely forget his boyfriend is in the same room - and a dashing Naval Chief. The beginning was a real firework - that kiss 🤯 - and then the story got way deeper than I thought it would at first sight. Derrick and Arthur were both good characters, with enough background and personality to be credible. Our Naval Chief was driven and focused on his job, which was the only thing he had in life actually. He was broody, but we could immediately see there was a lot more to him hidden inside. His time with Arthur showed him he could have more - love and family - and be someone who didn't need to prove himself everyday. He became softer and caring towards Arthur. Seeing him evolve was very heartwarming considering his lonely past. Arthur was "the odd one" in his Navy/Care-taker family. He felt like he didn't belong and actually tried to prove himself a few times during the book - with more or less good results. Because of that, he was very defensive, which got on my nerves sometimes. I understand why he was like that, but it seemed petty - even if his brother was also acting like a 5 y/o. Arthur needed to feel understood and appreciated, something he got with Derrick by his side. The story was heavily focused on the Navy, talking about duty and long separations. The last bit of the novel was one of my favourite parts. It was more emotional, with a lot questioning and uncertainty. I loved Derrick right there😥 I wished we'd discuss the queer community's status in the Navy, thanks to the opening kiss going viral, but it clearly wasn't the point here. I'd still be interested to read a book about it someday, so if you've a recommendation, I'm all ears !

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Annabeth Albert has a new military series, and I am here for it. I am a fan of this author, and love the characters she creates. The two MCs here are no exception. I loved both Arthur and Derrick, the way they interacted with each other, and the way their relationship evolved. Told in alternating first person POV, we really get to delve into both characters, where they are coming from, and their journeys. And Albert does a good job here balancing both MCs. They bot A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 stars Annabeth Albert has a new military series, and I am here for it. I am a fan of this author, and love the characters she creates. The two MCs here are no exception. I loved both Arthur and Derrick, the way they interacted with each other, and the way their relationship evolved. Told in alternating first person POV, we really get to delve into both characters, where they are coming from, and their journeys. And Albert does a good job here balancing both MCs. They both have their baggage, and their own growth, and I really liked the way that not only did we get both, but that they worked well with each other. These guys are becoming individually stronger as they grow in their relationship with each other. Read Kris’ review in its entirety here.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Athira

    This is the first book in the new Shore Leave series and I absolutely adored it. It has some of my favourite tropes: 🚢Fake relationship 🚢Brother's best friend 🚢Opposites attract 🚢Navy 🚢One of the best first kiss ever 🚢Family camp fun 🚢Dual POV Derrick and Arthur have great chemistry from the start and I loved how their relationship developed. Fake relationships is one of my all time favourite tropes and I totally loved it. I like how they don't take too long to decide on their feelings and the endin This is the first book in the new Shore Leave series and I absolutely adored it. It has some of my favourite tropes: 🚢Fake relationship 🚢Brother's best friend 🚢Opposites attract 🚢Navy 🚢One of the best first kiss ever 🚢Family camp fun 🚢Dual POV Derrick and Arthur have great chemistry from the start and I loved how their relationship developed. Fake relationships is one of my all time favourite tropes and I totally loved it. I like how they don't take too long to decide on their feelings and the ending was swoon worthy!!! If you like low angst and sexy romance with fake boyfriends, definitely recommend this one!!! I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! *ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kirstin

    Yes to Annabeth Albert and a new military series! Yes to a nerd and a uniform! This was so perfect. My least favorite trope is fake boyfriends, but this isn't really all that fake. The lies and issues with communication that naturally tangle up a fake boyfriend story weren't in play here, making this such a breath of fresh air for me. I adored the audiobook with Greg Boudreaux and Joel Leslie. They were both amazing and what a team they made. Loved everything about this. Yes to Annabeth Albert and a new military series! Yes to a nerd and a uniform! This was so perfect. My least favorite trope is fake boyfriends, but this isn't really all that fake. The lies and issues with communication that naturally tangle up a fake boyfriend story weren't in play here, making this such a breath of fresh air for me. I adored the audiobook with Greg Boudreaux and Joel Leslie. They were both amazing and what a team they made. Loved everything about this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Set on making his ex jealous, Naval Chief Derrick Fox accepts help from his best friend’s younger brother, Arthur Euler. But the kiss that quickly goes viral does more than just get revenge - it also ignites a fire neither man expected. Before they know it, the two men are locked in a temporary fake relationship at a family retreat, and it doesn’t take long for them to take full advantage of their private cabin. Right off the bat, the setup was delicious. Opposites attract, best friend’s younger b Set on making his ex jealous, Naval Chief Derrick Fox accepts help from his best friend’s younger brother, Arthur Euler. But the kiss that quickly goes viral does more than just get revenge - it also ignites a fire neither man expected. Before they know it, the two men are locked in a temporary fake relationship at a family retreat, and it doesn’t take long for them to take full advantage of their private cabin. Right off the bat, the setup was delicious. Opposites attract, best friend’s younger brother, and a fake relationship? Yes please! From their first “fake” kiss, these two light some fireworks! And it only gets better. 10/10 for making the most of their unplanned proximity. It also doesn’t hurt that Arthur and Derrick have a genuine emotional connection to go along with the physical from the get-go. They make the best of their awkward situation, and they do it with mutual respect and some laughs. It was sweet how Derrick took all of Arthur’s concerns seriously, and that Arthur felt comfortable sharing how he felt about his family’s competitiveness. Even better, how both of them naturally began looking out for each other. In just a few days, each private moment and shared confession leads to the “fake” relationship beginning to feel more and more real. It was adorable! Did things move a bit quickly? Sure, but this is one of those romances where it makes complete sense, and where the main characters just click from the start. This isn’t a particularly angsty romance. The big stumbling block is Derrick’s job, which takes him away from the US for long periods of time, and makes Arthur wary of a long-term relationship. It takes some serious thought and a bit of time for both men to decide if what they have is worth the fight. And not surprisingly - it totally is! The HEA was perfect in every way! Arthur and Derrick more than deserved their happy ending. This was a great start to a new series from Annabeth Albert. If you’re looking for a sweet romance, some heat, and lots of good feels, give Sailor Proof a try!

  20. 5 out of 5

    George

    4.25 Stars for Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert. With Sailor Proof, Annabeth Albert begins a whole new military series, but from the outset it’s clear she has chosen a different approach from that of her acclaimed ‘Out of Uniform’ series. The Shore Leave series is clearly a more light hearted series than Albert’s earlier military works, but it’s every bit as good. Based on Sailor Proof and an introduction to Sink or Swim, the second book in The Shore Leave Series, it appears this new series will f 4.25 Stars for Sailor Proof by Annabeth Albert. With Sailor Proof, Annabeth Albert begins a whole new military series, but from the outset it’s clear she has chosen a different approach from that of her acclaimed ‘Out of Uniform’ series. The Shore Leave series is clearly a more light hearted series than Albert’s earlier military works, but it’s every bit as good. Based on Sailor Proof and an introduction to Sink or Swim, the second book in The Shore Leave Series, it appears this new series will focus on various members of the Euler family, a multigenerational U.S. Navy family. Sailor Proof is set in Washington State at the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and the Euler’s Family Camp on Lake Crescent in the Olympic National Park. It tells the story of Naval Chief Derrick Fox (depicted on the book’s cover), his submarine mate and long time best friend Calder Euler, and Calder’s openly gay brother, Arthur. Arthur Euler is a red-headed, free-spirited musical genius and computer nerd who agrees to provide a fake first welcome home kiss to Derrick designed to shock and shame Derrick’s ex who will also be waiting on the dock for his new boyfriend, another member of Derrick’s crew. While every other member of the Euler is constantly racing to win - Arthur believes everyone can be a winner. His work with the family’s younger children and grandchildren provides much of the novel’s humor - and it’s terrific fun. You won’t want to miss how he prepares them for the family’s Amateur Night contest. At one point, about ¾ of the way through the book, I was afraid the story was about to run out of steam. And then - WHAM!' - the pace truly accelerated. Sailor Proof is a really sweet, funny start to what appears to be a wonderful new series. It’s low to moderate angst, but even that is offset by its charm. If you enjoy gay m/m military romance, don’t miss Sailor Proof. I received an Advance Review Copy of ‘Sailor Proof’ from NetGalley and HARLEQUIN - Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. #SailorProof #NetGalley

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Nicole Walker

    Sailor Proof was such a wonderful read. It had Annabeth’s trademark warmth and maturity that I love about her books. The chemistry between Derrick and Arthur was amazing, and the relationship developed so beautifully and organically. I loved their openness and honesty. I didn’t want this book to end. What a joy to read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    5 stars for the narration, 4 for the story. My review of the book is HERE so I won't rehash it. But with those two narrators at the helm (!!), I couldn't NOT listen to it as well, and of course, the performance is excellent. If you do audio and fancy a cute, low-angst sexy romance performed by M/M romance royalty, then go for it! 5 stars for the narration, 4 for the story. My review of the book is HERE so I won't rehash it. But with those two narrators at the helm (!!), I couldn't NOT listen to it as well, and of course, the performance is excellent. If you do audio and fancy a cute, low-angst sexy romance performed by M/M romance royalty, then go for it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    Annabeth is gifting us with a new Military Romance Series and I for one couldn’t be happier. Derrick Fox and Arthur Euler are perfect together in this fake boyfriend, best friend’s younger sibling MM Romance. Review to follow

  24. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    This book taught me that military romance is not my thing (I mean, I did expect it to not be my thing but I was proved right), but it doesn't matter, because this was light on the military stuff and so I still enjoyed it. It was mostly a fluffy book that made for a nice, quick read, and I loved how the fake dating trope was used. Calder's book (the second book in this series) has a really fun premisse so I'll definitely be reading that too! This book taught me that military romance is not my thing (I mean, I did expect it to not be my thing but I was proved right), but it doesn't matter, because this was light on the military stuff and so I still enjoyed it. It was mostly a fluffy book that made for a nice, quick read, and I loved how the fake dating trope was used. Calder's book (the second book in this series) has a really fun premisse so I'll definitely be reading that too!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B at AAR. Annabeth Albert kicks off her new  Shore Leave  series of military-themed contemporary romances with Sailor Proof, a cute, sexy, low-angst, veritable trope-fest of a love story.  We’ve got best friend’s little brother, only one bed, first times and a fake relationship, all thoroughly mixed and cooked to perfection to produce the equivalent of a soufflé in book form! When a ship comes home to port, it’s tradition for the crew to vie for the privilege of being the first I've given this a B at AAR. Annabeth Albert kicks off her new  Shore Leave  series of military-themed contemporary romances with Sailor Proof, a cute, sexy, low-angst, veritable trope-fest of a love story.  We’ve got best friend’s little brother, only one bed, first times and a fake relationship, all thoroughly mixed and cooked to perfection to produce the equivalent of a soufflé in book form! When a ship comes home to port, it’s tradition for the crew to vie for the privilege of being the first to disembark and greet their loved ones.  Naval Chief Derrick Fox has seen more than one marriage proposal come as a result of the First Kiss, and usually, he’s happy for whoever wins that honour. This time however, he’s more than a little bit pissed off that one of the junior officers has won the raffle and is taking great delight in taunting Derrick about the fact that he will be disembarking first and getting to plant one on his new squeeze – who happens to be Derrick’s cheating ex.  Derrick’s best friend Calder suggests that what Derrick needs is a hottie in the crowd he can make a beeline for and kiss the hell out of in full view of his ex – but unlike Calder, whose large, loving family is bound to be waiting for him, Derrick doesn’t have anyone.  He’s not opposed to the idea in principle, but being deployed on the sub for another two weeks isn’t exactly conducive to meeting said hottie and fixing a dockside smooching session. But logistics expert Calder isn’t about to let a problem go unsolved.  His brother Arthur owes him a favour and he’d be up for being the kissee – but Derrick doesn’t see how kissing Calder’s red-haired, spindly, “too nerdy for band camp” little brother is going to make anyone jealous. Arthur Euler is the only member of his family who isn’t involved with public service in some way.  He’s a super talented musician and award-winning composer who makes his living writing scores for video games, and has always felt somewhat out of step with everyone around him, who seem to think that music is just a phase and that he’ll settle to a real job one day soon. He loves his family dearly, but is tired of never quite being enough in their eyes, of feeling like he’s a disappointment, no matter his achievements.  Seeing the toll taken on his mother and their family by his father’s deployments, Arthur has a strict rule against dating anyone in the military – but he really does owe Calder and has no problem with his plan to help Derrick out. After all, Derrick is all but part of the family; he’s Calder’s best friend and they’ve all known each other for years, so it’s no biggie. You can read the rest of this review at All About Romance .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rin Pet

    This is another audio review.. I love Greg and Joel.. but I really dislike dual narrated books. It just doesn’t flow. And while I enjoyed this book, there was a lot of drawn out inner dialogue, something I even noticed listening… sometimes I listen differently than I read. But I don’t think I would have tolerated reading this book. The constant interruptions when Arthur and Derrick were about to have something physical or emotional happen was exhausting. Then once they came together, the declara This is another audio review.. I love Greg and Joel.. but I really dislike dual narrated books. It just doesn’t flow. And while I enjoyed this book, there was a lot of drawn out inner dialogue, something I even noticed listening… sometimes I listen differently than I read. But I don’t think I would have tolerated reading this book. The constant interruptions when Arthur and Derrick were about to have something physical or emotional happen was exhausting. Then once they came together, the declarations were a bit tiring. This just needed to be shorter. Still, the come together and HEA was so worth it and why I’m still giving it 4 stars.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristel (hungryandhappy)

    There were many things I liked about this book: - The sweetness of the romance - The lack of miscommunications - The low angst - The double POV - The steam but also how many kisses there were (I'm a fan of kisses!) Fake boyfriends to lovers, insta-attraction that becomes feelings, the way the characters notice the little details that made the other smile or how their whole faces glowed when they did what they loved. The romance was cute and I loved how Derrick couldn't resist the temptation of Arthur There were many things I liked about this book: - The sweetness of the romance - The lack of miscommunications - The low angst - The double POV - The steam but also how many kisses there were (I'm a fan of kisses!) Fake boyfriends to lovers, insta-attraction that becomes feelings, the way the characters notice the little details that made the other smile or how their whole faces glowed when they did what they loved. The romance was cute and I loved how Derrick couldn't resist the temptation of Arthur literally throwing himself at him. And they talked. They used their voice to communicate what they were feeling, maybe not right away but nothing that could've brought unnecessary drama. I liked how genuine it felt. There was only one thing I didn't like: - The whole "virgin nerd" trope. If you like sex and are interested in it, you'd want to do it; you can do it whenever you want with whoever you want. The virgin trope was maybe took a little too far at first, luckily only for a bit, then it turned into trying new things which was something I appreciated. I really liked how they talked and did everything they wanted to do, first time for Arthur and Derrick being very attentive and guiding him whenever it was needed. All in all, this was very sweet and I liked the navy side of it since I knew nothing about submarines and whatever they do. The first kiss thing was nice! The next book from Arthur's brother POV sounds great and I can't wait to read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aki | nose buried in books | ❤️ |

    3.5 ⭐ So.. I was pretty excited and looking forward for the release of this book (sailors instead of soldiers, navy etc). But. I just liked it okay, maybe my expectations were too high? It's the typical ~fake boyfriend turned real love~ setting, swoony insta love, whole family involvement.. dunno, I expect a little less cliché-y plot. It's well written and a nice story, hea and all .. but I never really connected with the mcs. It's me not you maybe? 3.5 ⭐ So.. I was pretty excited and looking forward for the release of this book (sailors instead of soldiers, navy etc). But. I just liked it okay, maybe my expectations were too high? It's the typical ~fake boyfriend turned real love~ setting, swoony insta love, whole family involvement.. dunno, I expect a little less cliché-y plot. It's well written and a nice story, hea and all .. but I never really connected with the mcs. It's me not you maybe?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hemmel

    Well read. I would have liked less family and more military. And some drama. And more angst. This was as eventfull as an average day before lockdown.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    This is such a cute tale with adorable couple - a good start to a new series! The latest from Annabeth Albert is the series called “Shore Leave” military romance stories centered on the navy submarine crew when they were away from the base. The first entry starred Naval Chief Derrick Fox who agreed to his best friend’s helpful plan in roping his friend’s youngest brother Arthur to be Derrick’s fake boyfriend and gave him a big showy welcome. What started as simple favor developed into a week lon This is such a cute tale with adorable couple - a good start to a new series! The latest from Annabeth Albert is the series called “Shore Leave” military romance stories centered on the navy submarine crew when they were away from the base. The first entry starred Naval Chief Derrick Fox who agreed to his best friend’s helpful plan in roping his friend’s youngest brother Arthur to be Derrick’s fake boyfriend and gave him a big showy welcome. What started as simple favor developed into a week long gathering participation and what’a supposed to be fake felt too real to ignore. I loved Arthur and Derrick! The contrasting personalities and the chemistry that sparked right off the bat made the pairing fun to follow! As did the big, nosy family they spend the week with. The alternate POVs gave insight into what they reel over and the gradual change of heart they went through. Of course, as most of Albert’s books SAILOR PROOF got smexy times (involving fixation to one tub for two 😁). It’s quite vanilla in the sort of instructional way involving a virgin nerd and his caring and indulging older lover. This entry is a good start to the series as not only it relayed stuff about naval sub service in low-key manner, it also hinted on potential (leading) man for the next installment. Given this secondary character’s development on this book, I’m keen to find out how he stumble in his own book! Copy of this book is kindly given by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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