Caught Off Guard - Beth Laycock

Our reviewer, SNik calls Caught Off Guard, "a quick read military romance in the midst of the desert. Lane is desperate to find his missing brother and doesn't expect to find love with a fellow soldier."

From the blurb:

He'd risk his life to find his brother. But he never expected to risk his heart as well.

Three months since his brother went MIA, and Lane Matthews is tired of waiting for answers from overseas. Calling in a favour from his CO, he gets a posting to Jeddah—his first overseas deployment and where his brother was stationed—and the opportunity to try to find him.

Life in a foreign land isn’t quite as he imagined, and neither are his duties. And while his first encounter with his housemate, Tristan, may be memorable, it’s for all the wrong reasons.

Tristan catches him off guard but falling for the hot—straight?—soldier is definitely not in his future. Tensions rise as Lane gets closer to discovering the truth behind his brother’s disappearance, but even the best-laid plans can get swept off course and lost like a grain of sand in the desert.

This MM military romance from Beth Laycock features an age gap, a bratty MC, forced proximity, hurt/comfort, and of course a HEA.

SNik's Review:

Caught Off Guard is a standalone with Hurt/comfort. Age gap. Close proximity. Quick read. Single POV. 

Heading to Saudi Arabia in hopes of finding his missing brother, British soldier Lane is unprepared for life as a soldier. While slowly beginning the search for information about his brother, Lane finds he is attracted to Tristan, the American soldier with whom he shares a house. 

It is a quick jump into steamy interactions, with Tristan comforting and supporting Lane during his attempts in gathering information. 

There is serious subject matter and Lane experiences traumatic feelings of despair and grief as the fate of his brother is unknown for most of the story, and there is not a lot of emotional background shared between Lane and Tristan, but it was an entertaining read and a wonderful HEA epilogue.

Rating: 4 Stars

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