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Promises  - A.E. Via

This is A.E. Via as we know her. And that is a good thing!

The Bounty Hunters are all a bunch of big, strong, tough-guy alphas and when they pair up outside of work things get hot and explosive. Dana and Ford are no exception. They’ve been dancing around each other for years before the current between them finally gets to too strong to ignore and they jump in with both feet.

Of course, this is the Bounty Hunters, so there are also bad guys and plenty of gun power. The usual highly entertaining action-movie-in-a-book which I happen to like a lot.

However - apologies to Dana and Ford – but the very best part of this book were the hints/glimpses of Brian’s story which I so want to have. Like right now....

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Touch & Geaux - Abigail Roux, J.T. Harding

“It’s all right, lads, daddy’s here,” Liam drawled. He stepped up to the door, digging in the backpack he was carrying.
“What are you doing?” Nick asked.
“Blowing your mind, love.” Liam pulled out two small squares of off-white clay.
“Is that C4?” Zane asked.
“PE4, thank you very much.” Liam molded the plastic explosive against the hinges of the door.
“You don’t really understand going under the radar, do you?” Nick grumbled.
“You Recon boys sneak under the radar,” Liam said as he set the charges. “The Special Air Service gets shit done.”
Owen raised an eyebrow at Nick. “If you want to hit him again, I’ll hold him down.”

 

 

Harding's British voice for Liam is just perfect :)

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Touch & Geaux - Abigail Roux, J.T. Harding

“Maybe he’s hiding,” Zane said. “Maybe he can’t talk.”
“Yes, we’ll go with that,” Liam said, sarcasm dripping from his words.
Nick stared at him for a long moment, and when Liam met his eyes, Nick hit him. Liam tumbled to the sidewalk as everyone else watched impassively.
Digger patted Nick’s shoulder. “Me too, brother.”

 

 

Is it wrong that I love Liam? :)

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Touch & Geaux - Abigail Roux, J.T. Harding

The change that came over Nick O’Flaherty was almost frightening. His face hardened, his eyes going a deep, striking green when he lowered his head. He glanced at Owen and Digger, and both men nodded at some unspoken communication.
Nick headed off toward the exit, Owen and Digger on his heels.
“Oh dear,” Liam said with a sigh.
“What the hell just happened?” Zane asked.
“You flipped the wrong switch in that one. I think we’ve just landed the job of white knight,” Liam grumbled. He started after them at a jog. “Let’s go save the girl from the rabid Yank Marines."

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

Touch & Geaux - Abigail Roux, J.T. Harding

“You’re asking us to think like Ty?” Owen snorted. “I don’t think that’s possible; my brain isn’t powered by squirrels on treadmills.”

Reunion - Eden Winters

As the supposedly last book in this amazing series this was a bittersweet reunion with one of my favorite couples. They've come along way. Especially this now nearly domesticated version of Lucky is a far cry from the 'I do everything alone' hardnosed ex-criminal we got to know early on the series.
This Lucky is a man who is learning the value friendship and a man giving serious thought to how he can be the best partner possible to the man he loves.
Lucky and Bo are rock-solid here, which I absolutely loved to see.
This book is tying up loose ends and about family. Specifically Lucky's family who disowned him when he was sent to prison twelve years earlier. But things are not what they seemed back then and secrets come out along with betrayal.
And this wouldn't be Bo and Lucky if we didn't have at least one attempt from someone at trying to kill one or both of them.
So yes, this book had it all.
Except.... a much needed epilogue. There is enough here for the reader to know they have their HEA. But I want to see it. The ending was too short, too much left not spelled out. And I want that; all the fluff and sappiness. On page. I missed that here.

Reading progress update: I've read 71%.

Cask Strength - Layla Reyne

Well, I kind of had the plan to just read this second book now and save the 3rd for a bit.

I’m starting to think that was somewhat naive... (*rushing off to buy book 3*)

Reading progress update: I've read 1%.

Stars & Stripes - J. F. Harding, Abigail Roux

“It’s funny, you know?” Ty said. “How much things have changed.”
“What do you mean?”
“A couple years ago, at this point in the night, I’d be back in that bar with someone in the supply closet.”
Zane snorted and shook his head. “And now you just have to go home with me.”
“No,” Ty said, serious as he stopped and turned to look at Zane. “I don’t have to go home with you.”
Zane raised an eyebrow and cocked his head.
“I can’t wait to get home with you.

Reading progress update: I've read 80%.

Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux, Sean Crisden

“And these are their… friends, Julian and Cameron,” Deuce said as he waved at the other two men.
“Nice to meet you,” Cameron mumbled.
She greeted them each, overwhelmed by the surprise, then looked at the doorknob and the string of straws, shaking her head. “What is all this?”
“It was a security measure. We’re running from the CIA,” Ty told her, not even attempting to spare her. “They’re trying to kill us.”
“Well, kill him, specifically,” Zane added as he pointed at Julian.
“I sell antiques,” Julian said, monotone.
She narrowed her eyes, looking amongst them and then at Deuce. “Is this some sort of boys’ weekend that I’m not supposed to intrude on? Because I can totally leave before they hurt themselves trying to lie convincingly.”

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Armed & Dangerous - Abigail Roux, Sean Crisden

Deuce glanced at him before turning his attention back to Zane and Julian. "Dare I ask what you've done to deserve protective custody?" he asked Julian.
"I deal antiques," Julian answered in a soft voice.
Deuce nodded, looking Julian up and down. He turned his head to look at Ty speculatively. "That's a euphemism for 'I kill things', isn't it?"
Ty closed his eyes and nodded.

Reading progress update: I've read 3%.

Secrets of You - Skylar M. Cates

“Forget it,“ Marc had said, snorting, when he caught Morgan staring. “River won’t ever go for you because River won’t go for anybody.” He dug into his lunch. “Have a cookie instead.”

“Like that will help. What am I? In fucking kindergarten?”

“They’re homemade.”

Morgan paused. “Maybe just one.”

Inherit the Sky - Ariel Tachna, William James

Just as good the second around. I have no idea if William James is Australian, but the accent in this narration sounds absolutely perfect to me. I love listening to the audiobooks in this series.

Feat of Clay - Susan Mac Nicol

I've read four books in this series so far and they are quite different even though many characters appear regularly throughout the books.


The first two were fairly angst free with a touch of paranormal, Suit Yourself was pure fluff - I adored Leslie.


Feat of Clay was a surprise after the first three; it was so much darker and at times almost difficult to read when we got descriptions of and insight into the things Tate had gone through in the course of his last case as an undercover cop.
But even so, this book is my favorite of the series so far. Now, as I mentioned already, I have no problems with bouncy, colorful twinks - Leslie is amazing - but I do like myself a pair of not quite that young, big, strong alpha guys going all soft and vulnerable with each other. And I got that in spades with Tate and Clay.
They had known each other for many years and where already together as lovers at the start of the book, so the drama of the story didn't come from within the relationship. Another plus in my book as that can get rather exhausting at times.

 

I am looking forward to the next ones in the series - although I do wish they didn't have quite so many editorial/textual issues. It's not typos, but there are quite a few cases of missing prepositions or words swapped around in a sentence.

Sight and Sinners - Susan Mac Nicol

This one is difficult for me to rate. The fact that I did enjoy reading a story with a psychic as one of the MCs certainly speaks in its favor – that’s not usually my thing. But I really liked Taylor and even Draven grew on me after a while. There were, however, also a few things I had some problems with.

 

Taylor and Draven had first met a while back on a murder case and Draven, who at that point did not believe in Taylor’s abilities, had been rather nasty to him. Now they meet again in connection with the death of a mutual friend and nothing has changed. There’s some serious animosity here, folks. And plenty of sexual tension...

Both men feel the attraction but for various reasons both are reluctant to let anyone come close. When they finally do, it’s explosive. The relationship quickly progresses from there until Draven lets out his inner douchebag again. I had little sympathy for him at this point and when I then had to read through one of my number one peeves, I had quite an inner rant going on;

Draven needed to apologize. Instead he lets out a few words of regrets and kisses Taylor before even using the word ‘sorry’. No f.... way, man. You were nowhere near done groveling as far as I am concerned. The forgiveness came way too easily. Not like it was the first time either that he was a douche!

(show spoiler)

 

 

Thet last part of the book is focused on Draven and a very personal issue he has to deal with. It took up so much page time I was torn between wondering what happened to my romance story and being amazed at how well this part was done (not that I can claim to have any knowledge of what it must be like to be in that situation). Very heavy on the emotions and bittersweet.

The ending is short but so very sweet. Just the way I like it.

Reading progress update: I've read 8%.

Defiance - Sloane Kennedy

“I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what the hell is going on!”

Figured the guy would be an ungrateful asshole. I shoved him back against the wall and said, “In case you missed it, you stupid fuck, you almost got your ass blown off. When that happens, you typically don’t want to stick around to give them a SECOND FUCKING CHANCE!”

 

Makes sense, I guess...

 

 

Divide & Conquer  - Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban, Sean Crisden

Ty and Zane, sigh. Amazing as always. But damn - the ending of this book...

 


 

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