Tough Luck by Annabeth Albert _ Book Review

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My best friend’s little brother needs a bodyguard. Now I’m the one in danger…

I’m a SEAL. Or rather, I was. Retired at the grand old age of thirty-eight, I’m at loose ends. My best friend wants me to join his security team. I’m not sure I’m bodyguard material, but he needs someone to protect his kid brother. How hard can spoiled brat duty be?

Somehow, I missed the part where former child star Danny Love went from dorky TV darling to all grown up and disturbingly attractive. All the gossip about his wild ways fails to mention that he’s trying hard to clean up his act. But now he’s got a stalker.

Hiding out together in a remote mountain cabin, alone, the temptation keeps building. I’m feeling things I never have before. Secrets I’ve kept even from myself bubble to the surface every time Danny looks my way with those puppy dog eyes.

I’m a SEAL. We leap into danger. So why is it so terrifying when that danger comes with the softest pair of lips I’ve ever known? At some point we’re going to have to return to Hollywood and our vastly different lives. Will Danny still want me around when he doesn’t need me for protection? Can I be brave enough to give him a reason to?

TOUGH LUCK is book one in a brand-new SEAL bodyguard series. It features an age gap, steamy first times, and all the high heat, big emotions, and found family feels readers expect from this fan-favorite military romance author. Join A-List security for this lower-angst series featuring former SEALs and the celebrity clients who win their hearts. Happy endings and no cliffhangers guaranteed!

[I received an arc for an honest review]

Tough Luck 
is the start of the A-List Security series by Annabeth Albert. A best friends brother romance between a retired SEAL and a childhood Hollywood star.

Retired SEAL Cash hasn’t decided what he wants to do with his new spare time, but it’s not to join the bodyguard firm his best friend has started. When his friend’s younger brother needs checking up on, he does it as a favor. Danny was a childhood star that got lost in addiction for a while but is now sober and trying to distance himself from stardom and have a normal life, but his current stalker doesn’t care about his wants. Danny’s lack of security at his home leads Cash to hide him away in a remote cabin while his home is secured and the cops do their job. Forced proximity and the offer of sexual exploration lead to things steaming up between them and feelings quickly forming. But will their connection end when they leave the bubble they’ve created at the cabin and Cash’s protection is no longer needed.

I’d kissed Danny Love, and nothing, absolutely nothing, not even earning my trident, had felt so right in my life.


Tough Luck is a solid start to a new series. Even though it’s insta love with its less than a month timeline, the characters were likeable and the storyline easy to read. I do wish there was a bit more drama and excitement, but that just me. The big climax happened at 73% and it was anticlimactic enough that I assumed something more would happen …but nothing did. Anyways, the book was not lacking in the steam department. For a man who had little sex drive and no experience with another man, Cash was all in right from the start. Cash and Danny don’t waste anytime together and literally can’t keep their hands off each other. I really loved the dynamic between them with Danny struggling to accept help so he doesn’t feel like a burden, but Cash’s love language being the ability to take care of him in and out of the bedroom.

“Me too.” I rested my hand right over his heart. “Me too.”
“You’re mine.” F*ck. His possessive tone was going to get me there. “Yes. Yours.”


Tough Luck by Annabeth Albert was definitely an enjoyable read with the best friends brother trope, an age gap, bedtime yoga, cooking together, and outdoor intimacy.

—Written by Amanda—

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