Author A.E. Via
Title: Nothing Special V
M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 365
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Reviewed by Erin
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.
Nothing Special V was everything I wanted and more ... and so worth the wait!! And after reading it, I can totally get behind A.E.'s excitement over sharing it with everyone and not being able to wait any longer. I LOVED the addition of Tech and Steele, they were FABULOUS together. And then God and Day, *sigh* no one is like them and my love for them continues to be ridiculously hard. As always, NS5 was high octane fun, full of action and witty banter and super sexy scenes.
It's always great when an established and well-loved series continues to grow by adding new characters while keeping true to the previous books while at the same time, letting us see plenty of the characters we've come to love. In the case of V, the addition of Tech and Steele was fantastic. Steele is great, all growly and with bad-ass attitude to spare, but it was Tech who I loved so much. Talk about your computer genius who's so much more! Gah, he was just such a surprise to me. Super sexy, but hiding an inner strength and some pretty kickass moves, too.
And in case you're worried, oh my God yes, there's plenty of God and Day, too. Like A.E. could keep them quiet for too long. They get almost equal time in the book, which, hell yeah, right? Things are a bit rocky between our two favorite muscly, fierce guys, but they get things figured out before it's too late. I won't spoil anything, because watching these two bumble and stumble their way through was pure fun. As an added bonus--and people this was such a treat--Prescott, Rick, and Blair make an appearance and it's everything you want it to be.
“You’re just screwing up every which way.”
Steele turned around to watch his lieutenant approach. Day hadn’t said much to him since he’d arrived. The guy always seemed to be lost in thought; either that or he was fine with letting God take the lead in everything. Maybe he was experiencing some post-traumatic stress – he was just in a deadly shootout a few weeks ago. So Steele had given the guy a wide berth. But he’d heard good things.
“Not sure what you mean,” Steele said when Day stood in front of him. He watched Steele with pretty hazel eyes like he could read a person on the spot. Looking him up and down, Day reminded Steele of an underdressed Simon Baker.
Day sat on top of the table at the other end, propping one heavy Timberland boot up on the seat. “I think you do know. We’re a family here, Steele. Tech is a brother to all of us.”
Steele looked over and frowned, flicking his ashes in the other direction. “And I’m not?”
“No.” Day balked, throwing his hands up in the air in exasperation. “You’re like a third cousin, twice removed right now. You have to earn that respect, man. But you keep hurting Tech and you’re gonna be downgraded to a redheaded stepchild.”
Steele pulled on his cigar to hide his smile.
“None of us are stupid. We can see there’s some weird power-play-tease-me-love-me-hate-me shit going on between you two, and God and I aren’t exactly against you trying to develop something, but we won’t have it become a disruption. We need Tech focused on his job. We need you one hundred percent out there on the streets. You feel me?”
“Yeah, lieutenant. I feel you.” Steele couldn’t argue.
“Alright. Go home. We’re done for today.”
Day walked away, having put on his boss hat and issued his warning. Steele already knew God wasn’t a man to be trifled with, but behind those sharp eyes of Day’s, he had a feeling he wasn’t either. His lieutenant had a very valid point. Tech was family to them, and blood was thicker than water. There was no way they were gonna all sit around and let Steele call Tech names and hurt him like he’d done. He’d gotten a pass that first day, now it was as if he hadn’t learned his lesson the first time.
Fuck. He had to fix this. All Tech said was he didn’t have time for a relationship… he never said he didn’t want one.
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.
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