Author A.E. Via
The Next Generation
Series: Bounty Hunters Series
Edited by: Sue Laybourn
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 315
Release Date: August 31, 2018
Duke Webb has run the most successful bail recovery agency in Atlanta for over twenty years. That’s because he has a team of trained, competent hunters backing him up to keep his name feared on the streets. But Duke knows that nothing can go on forever. His hunters are in committed relationships and ready to settle down, and so is he. That’s what leads him to start his new training program.
“That’s the new vision for Dukes. Veterans operating and tracking behind the scenes with a new powerhouse apprehension team on the streets.”
Brian and Quick are the first to offer up two new recruits.
Kellam Knight has studied martial arts under his sensei, Quick, since he was eight years old. A tossed-out reject from high-society, Kell has a problem fighting on the right side of the law. If he sees an injustice, he has to correct it. He doesn’t have to run and cower from his enemies anymore, he’s a fighter who can protect himself and others. When Quick offers Kell the opportunity to join Duke’s training program, he’s all in. Except he’s not prepared for the straight, over-confident, extremely disciplined, sexy man Brian has recruited to be his partner.
Tyrell Jenkins’ world was flipped upside down when his father never returned home from his last deployment. He’d been Ty’s teacher, mentor, his guide to living a righteous life as a good man. His father didn’t raise him to be like every other young, stereotypical male in Atlanta. Instead, he’s been taught to be respectful, to speak the language of real men. When Brian King – his father’s most trusted comrade – finally comes to him with the truth, he doesn’t come alone. He comes with trained men hidden in the shadows… and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a brotherhood unlike any other.
This novel is a part of a series but can be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers.
Trigger Warning: This story contains mild acts of bond recovery agent violence.
This is truly a love story one that is fueled by a powerful passion these two MC's possess for each other. Each overcoming their own losses, striving to be the best man they can be. Ty is such an outstanding character. His level of focus and calm were brilliant and I was in awe of how structured he was. But his love for Kellum was by far the most gorgeous part of this books.
Kellum had my heart from the very beginning. From his spitfire soul to his commendable control that he worked hard at achieving. Looking at Kellum you'd see a pretty boy, slight, amazing hair, shy. What you wouldn't see was the weapon he molded his body to be. I wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley.
This story isn't one of action like the other Promises books. As a matter of fact there's very little action in this at all. It's a romance plain and simple. While there is an intensity to these men and this plot, it's a simmer. I felt often times it was on the cusp of drama and action but that never happened.
It didn't take anything away from this story but it sets a tone for the coming books, I think, and really makes it stand out from the previous books with Duke and all them.
If you're someone who lives for the love story, aches for the passion, and yearns for the happily ever after this will be a great books for you.
“What did Dana say to you in the parking lot after lunch? At one point he looked in my direction when he spoke; then you had an unreadable expression on your face.”
The ninja in Kell didn’t miss anything. His cover had been low on his forehead but he’d been watching them the entire time. Ty secretly liked that. He felt a pleasant stirring below his waist at the thought of Kell watching him beneath hooded eyes. Mmmm.
Ty ignored his flesh and answered Kell’s question. “He said we need to keep anything personal out of the place of business.”
“Do you think they’ll have a problem with this?” Kell gestured between the two of them.
“The way him and Ford were wrapped around each other earlier, I don’t believe so.” Ty reached for Kell’s hand under the table and pulled it into his lap. He absently fingered the sheathed knives under his cuff, remembering the way Kell nailed a target with two of them in pitch darkness. His cool blood warmed, “And what exactly is ‘this’ between us Kellam?”
“You like everything spelled out don’t you.” Kell’s face flushed light pink again.
“Yes. I like things to be crystal clear,” Ty confirmed.
“Good. Me too. Are you gay? Because I am,” Kell blurted out.
“What I am is feeling the hell ’outta you. If that makes me gay, then sure,” Ty didn’t miss a beat.
Was Kell expecting him to flip out and haul ass at the mention of a sexual preference? Ty squeezed Kell’s hand a little tighter. “And what I’m feeling didn’t only stem from your biology, shorty. I dig your mind, your spirit. More than I’ve ever dug anyone. The moment I saw you step into Duke’s office, loaded down with wood in each arm, fully covered in black garments, as if seeing your beauty was something a man had to earn. My interest was piqued, my imagination soared… and my body lit on fire. I wanted to see you immediately, already knowing that you were not a female underneath that hood.”
Ty brought Kell’s hand up to rest on top of the table. For a few seconds he turned their hands back and forth, flipped them over and back. Then he took their fingers and wove them together. He heard Kell take a deep breath. Yeah. He liked the way they blended together, too. Beautiful.
Ty’s voice was husky, he was losing his cool, his mind was turning to mush, “If I look back on that first moment, I should’ve known then. I asked you to show yourself to me. In front of six other men I asked you that. I should’ve made that request when only my eyes were on you. My weak excuse is that I’d lost my mind for a minute.
“That night, getting into Ford’s truck, I didn’t know where they were bringing me or exactly what they were recruiting me for. After laying eyes on Brian and his brother, I was prepared to see more warriors when I got to Duke’s.” Ty ran the back of his finger down Kell’s arm. The more he touched him, the more addicted he got to the sensation. Kell looked at him so innocently, “But I wasn’t prepared for you.”
“No one’s ever asked to see me before. Not like that.” Kell licked his lips. “Guess I had to oblige.”
“Oblige?” Ty laughed. “Don’t you mean teased?”
“I’m twenty-seven years old, I don’t tease.” Kell gave him some attitude.Such firm words leaving that pretty mouth.
A.E. (Adrienne) Via has been a best-selling author in gay romance for five years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over twenty years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this beautiful genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple of great new up and coming MM authors.
A.E. has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Virginia Wesleyan College that she used to start her own paralegal firm after she graduated in 2008. She spent five years preparing and filing bankruptcy petitions for struggling blue collar workers who couldn’t afford to file with a lawyer. It was a rewarding and satisfying career… but another path called to me. Writing.
A.E.’s 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.
Now that she’s gotten over her 10 books published hump, she’s kind of known now for her play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, I do like to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and explore with different tropes, but I never push myself into a whole other genre. I’m head over heels for gay romance and I have tons of more hot stories to tell.
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