Off Limits by Rue Allyn
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia
For Senior Chief Hank O’Mara no woman compares with the sea until he meets Lieutenant Bethany Morton. Only the sea can draw two such opposite and passionate people together. Only US Navy regulations keep them apart. Fraternization between Officer and enlisted is forbidden. Beth and Hank do their utmost to resist their mutual attraction. Can love prove stronger than either the sea or the USN? To find out, Hank will sacrifice his career, and Beth will risk her professional dreams.
Can two people who have pledged their lives to the service handle loves consequences?
Hank and Beth weren't looking for anything more than an affair to last them as they embark on different paths of their Naval careers. Instant attraction made it easy for them to continue their explosive erotic encounters, but with the Navy's strict fraternization codes, taking their relationship outside the bedroom could ruin both of their hard won Naval careers. Now with Hank's departure imminent, sacrifice for the sake of their country has taken on a whole new meaning. The time apart puts things into perspective, but uncertainty weighs heavily and feelings have only grown deeper. Is the possibility of love worth the downfall of Beth's budding Naval career and Hank's Naval reputation?
This was my first chance to read a story featuring both the male and female leads involved in some sort of military career. I was excited to read how the relationship dynamics would work between two people with not just desire in common but also duty. The story starts right off with Hank and Beth's first meeting and continues at a rapid fire pace with the discoveries they make along the way of their affair. Unfortunately, the pacing really affected the fluidity of the storyline and rushed through character development a bit too much for me to really connect with them or their situation. There was so much potential for the story to be really great if the characters could have been more fleshed out.
Nevertheless, I did find enjoyment in this quick read. The journey leaves the reader questioning throughout if they will find a way to make it work or not. Then the ending brought an unexpected element that left me wondering and thinking about the characters afterward. This story is definitely for readers who don't mind instant chemistry mixed with a forbidden love kind of tale.