Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: NOTHING SPECIAL V by A.E. Via

Author A.E. Via
Nothing Special V

Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
Release Date: December 12, 2016


The boys are back and fiercer than ever!

"We were a unit tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are f**kin’ unstoppable." ~~ God ~~

Atlanta's notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele - who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department - to join the team. God and Day weren't recruiting. They have a lot on their plates, like the fact they're supposed to be getting married soon. They don't have the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine. 

A hothead that's uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team motto?

Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn't respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle - City Councilman, Rasmus Steele - shows him a video of God's team in action, he knows right away, it's where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith. 

Steele pointed to the driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast… like a soldier. “And him. Who the hell is he?”

“That’s your new boss. Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”

Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God's technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech,” he's willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.

Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there's no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to surprise him... surprise all of them. 

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA. There are no multiple pairings in this novel. 


“Finish,” Steele whispered gravely. “What’s not all?”
“It’s not important.” Both their voices were low, as if there were someone else around to hear. 
“I didn’t ask if it was important.”
“This is my job and I do what I’m required.”
“There’s no but. It’s nothing. I’m happy where I am.” Tech looked down at his wrist, which was still in Steele’s grasp, but instead of just holding it, Steele was rubbing his thumb across his pulse, carefully watching him. Tech exhaled slowly. He could feel himself vibrating with hunger for this man. He wished he could stop it. All he could do was pretend he wasn’t fazed by it all. By Steele’s magnificence. Yes, he was just a man. An amazing man who wasn’t afraid to risk his life for a stranger. Who fought for something bigger than himself. That meant something to Tech… it meant a lot. Steele was the exact type of man, soldier, like the ones that’d tried to save his brother in a war he should’ve never been in. Even though that black ops team wasn’t able to save his brother’s whole squadron, they’d saved a lot of them. Steele was that type of man, and it made Tech feel empowered just being near him. Not wanting Steele to see his infatuation, he tried to appear casual. 
“You are lying to me.” Steele stood up and crowded into Tech’s smaller frame, moving him back against the cool brick wall. Trapping him there, Steele’s chest persistent against his own. So close together, Tech could feel the solid planes there. Could smell the scent of the masculine soap Steele washed with this morning. He held the back of Tech’s neck in one hand and pressed the back of his other hand up under his chin, just to the left of his Adam’s apple. Two fingers pushed against the pulse now throbbing just beneath the tender skin. Steele’s touch burned in a delicious way. His head was lowered, that raspy stubble scraping against Tech’s smooth temple, his intense eyes closed in deep concentration while Steele broke apart the lie Tech was trying so desperately to construct. 
“What’s not all, Tech?” Steele spoke. His mouth moving against his temple, his voice coarse and smooth at the same time. 
“I told you. Nothing. I misspoke.” Tech shook against Steele’s proximity, begging his lower body not to react. He felt the back of the two fingers push in deeper, forcing him to lift his head. 
“You’re lying,” Steele hissed. He flipped his hand over and spread it out over Tech’s throat, those two fingers still pressed over his pulse while the others rested over his Adam’s apple. “The way I’m touching you right now. Is it turning you on?”
“What? No.” Tech laughed nervously, his hands lying limp by his side, unsure what to do with them. 
He felt Steele’s lips curve up. Did he know Tech lied about that too? 

Carra's Review

How is it possible that this series still keeps getting even better?  I don't know how A.E. Via does it, but she's continuing to totally knock it out of the ballpark here in Nothing Special V.  This time around, we get one of my favorite match-ups—a tech-type with an all-out macho badass.  But guess what?  Our tech guy is pretty badass himself!  Plus we get to continue going deeper into the Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force family, and I’m personally very happy entrenching myself with these guys again.

Tech is a computer guru—who’s also a closet tough guy in the making.  I love this kind of character, because you know when he finally breaks out it’s going to be awesome—and Tech is definitely awesome!  Incredibly intelligent, strong and ready to prove himself not just in the office, but out of it too.  Enter Steele—a hard-nosed, get-it-done guy who is loyal, honest and fierce, and goes after what he wants.  As soon as he meets the APD guys, what he wants-or rather WHO he wants-is Tech.  They might seem like a mismatch at the beginning, but nothing could be further from the truth.  These two together will positively melt your e-reader.

One thing I loved about this story was that we got to see where the other characters from the previous books were in their lives, and we get lots more of Day and God (you can never have enough of those two!).  While this story does center on Tech and Steele, all of the characters play an equally important part in this big family, and I was thrilled to get more of everyone in this book.  There’s plenty of action as always, and a healthy dose of laughs, tension and just darn good storytelling as well.  I did not want to put this book down, and once I was done I still wanted more.  This is definitely an edge-of-your-seat story—just like the rest of the series.

Nothing Special V was another 5-star read for me, and continues to keep this entire series on my Top Recommendations list.  While this certainly can be read as a standalone, personally I’d recommend reading the books of this series in order as it will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the story.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content (keep those fans and buckets of ice handy—you’re going to need them!).  Nothing would make me happier than to see this series keep going-I don’t think I’m anywhere near having my fill of these guys yet!

About the Author

A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors. 
Visit my site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website http://authoraevia.com  for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next


Check out the first four books in the series!

Nothing Special

Embracing His Syn

Here Comes Trouble

Don't Judge

Read my review on Goodreads!

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