Sink or Swim by Annabeth Albert

Sink or Swim features a man on the cusp of change beginning with a "win" and another whose had change forced upon him and needs a win... 

From the blurb:

Winning and losing are subject to sexy interpretation…

Navy chief Calder Euler loves to win big. His latest score? A remote mountain cabin. Checking it out is supposed to be a quick trip, but Calder’s luck abruptly turns when a freak injury and a freakier snowstorm leave him stranded.

Oh, and the cabin isn’t empty. A silver fox caring for two young girls claims that the property is his, but Calder’s paperwork says otherwise.

Felix Sigurd is on a losing streak, and his ex-husband risking the cabin in a reckless bet is only the latest in a series of misfortunes. He’ll tolerate the handsome stranger for a couple nights--even care for his injuries—but that’s it.

Calder doesn’t know a damn thing about kids, but making pancakes for Felix’s girls is a surprising delight. Trapped in the cabin, the four of them slip easily into the rhythms of a family. But when the ice melts, they’ll have to decide if a future together is in the cards.  

Heather's Review:

I have not yet read the first book in the Shore Leave series, and I don't think I missed out on anything within Sink or Swim - it was a self contained story.  

I love a good forced proximity story and Sink or Swim opens with Calder and Felix being stuck in a remote cabin, along with Felix's quirky daughters sets the stage for the rest of the story.   I really love Calder's dogged determination and Felix's hesitancy.  The story has good flow and kept me engaged throughout.

I love that Calder has such an organized mind and his coordination skills shape how the relationship progresses.  I also love that Felix is reluctant based on his history and overcomes these obstacles.

If you like a story with a little age gap, military precision and just a hint of angst and hurt/comfort, than you'll enjoy Sink or Swim.

Rating: 4 Stars