Title ~ Nothing Special
Author ~ A.E. Via
Publisher ~ Amira Press
Published ~ 21st March 2014
Genre ~ M/M & M/M/M/M Erotic Romance
Detective Cashel 'Cash' Godfrey is big, tattooed and angry so people typically keep their distance. He's fresh out of the police academy, however, no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast with a huge chip on his shoulder and an inability to trust. When Cash scans the orientation room he wasn't expecting to find sexy hazel eyes locked onto him. Eyes of the handsome Detective Leonidis 'Leo' Day.
Leo is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic and the only one that can make Cash smile. He’s proud, out and one bad-ass detective.
Together Cash and Leo become the most revered and successful narcotics detectives Atlanta’s ever seen. Able to communicate and understand each other, without even having to voice it, they quickly climb up the promotional ranks.
When Cash saves Leo's life in a raid that turns deadly, Leo begins to see something in the big man that no one else does…something special. But Leo fears he'll never break through the impenetrable wall that protects Cash's heart.
Nothing Special takes the reader through various emotions throughout the richly fulfilling plot that’s full of erotic gay romance, heartache, passion, trials and tribulations, police action scenes, and an intriguing twist that comes to an amazing ending that’s impossible to see coming.
Title and Synopsis created by the LaSalle Sister of Man2Mantastic
We all have certain things in books that push our 'NO NO' buttons and Nothing Special has pushed one for some readers because of a certain 'occurrence' in the story that happens towards the end of the book and sadly the ratings have really see-sawed because of it which I think is a damn shame because In my opinion this is a real cracker. If this had been a release day review I would have agonised over telling you but its been out a while now and other reviews have already mentioned it, so I guess its only fair to let you guys know that the plot twist is actually a steamy foursome and its this that's dividing readers. So there you go, the warning is out there, but honestly? I really hope that now you know what's coming, you'll give this engaging, hot, sexy, entertaining cop story a chance because these guys are really something and its such a fun, sexy read. My own thoughts on ménage and multiple partners? Bring it on! The more the merrier! I FREAKIN' LOVE THEM! Okay I think you get what I'm saying now...LOL!
I fell in love with Narcotics Detectives..Cashel 'Cash' Godfrey aka God, and Leonidis 'Leo' Day the moment they arrived on page and by the end of the story I was feeling the love even more and actually, the fourway was a lot to do with why I adored this so much. I won't go deeply into why it happens but the build up to why it happened was one of my favourite parts of the plot! God and Day are way up there in my favourite m/m couples list, and I was doing happy dances all the way through... love it or hate it.. that foursome, which by the way is consensual, was absolutely delish and in my opinion didn't take anything away from the story or the love that both couples involved had for each other ... and there's no doubting just how much in love they all are and how stable both relationships stay outside of it. The whole thing played out perfectly in my eyes, because I just see it as consenting adults exploring another side of sex, playing in the privacy of their own bedroom, their own choice, and if that that works for them then what the hell? I can't stress enough:
***No relationships were harmed in the making of this story!***
Joking apart though, at the end of the day, as a reader and reviewer I totally respect that the subject matter won't be everyone's cup of tea and I wouldn't want to put anyone in the position of picking up a book on my rec, only to find they've spent money on something that really bothers them to the point where it spoils their reading experience, so that's why I think its only fair to put it out there.
Anyway...on to the story! Which I really did love. It reminded me of those big feature 'buddy buddy' cop films or popular TV series' that I think most of us get pleasure from because despite being over the top, they're pure escapism and just....well...enjoyable. The sort of shoot em up, exaggerated plots that you know would probably never really happen in real life but because they're so much fun you don't really question what’s happening. The ones where the 'Bromance' style chemistry between the two main guys is so engaging, you just go with the flow, sit back and enjoy the mayhem! AE Via has used that tried and tested formula in Nothing Special to give it that likeability factor, including a pair of pretty gorgeous wise cracking ace Detectives whose witty, snarky banter has you grinning as they bounce off each other, the annoying work colleagues who provide both tension in the workplace AND some comedy relief, the tough police captain who shouts but lets the gung-ho partners get away with shit because they're the best detectives he has, dramatic police raids involving drug cartels and kingpins that put our heroes in danger but allow them to save the day, some kick ass good cop/bad cop routines, the redeemable dumbass teenage criminal who gives our guys a chance to show their softer sides, a troubled family back story for God, some "officer down" drama, a Desert Eagle .50 AE with an interchangeable .44 Magnum Barrel with a Black Marcata Grip.... "Do you feel lucky Punk, well do ya?" ( okay that's not in the book, but every time I read the word Magnum, I just kept picturing Clint doing his steely eyed bit! Lol) ... and of course the best bit....the background, sexually tense romance that in this case runs alongside the rest of the plot and is the heart of the story. If this wasn't m/m the love interest would normally be a sassy female colleague but DAYUM! ... this is all man on man lovin'!
No lady bits here, and forget the 'bromance' angle. This is a full on, sizzling 'gaymance,' and it happens between two gorgeous, smokin' hot hunks of manhood, who generate some of the smexiest sexual tension I've come across and OMG! It. Is. Electric!!! Ms Via writes some of the hottest love scenes I've had the pleasure to read and yeah, there's plenty sex and some lovey dovey nicknames but there's also a really lovely love story, lots of palpable passion and heaps of fantastic chemistry. Sometimes too many sex scenes can become really annoying and boring but I never felt it was overdone between these two "sexy bastards", and the names and dirty talk had me going weak at the knees!
It wasn't all down and dirty sex though, there were moments of tenderness and true romance in their relationship and that's why as a friends to lovers story it was really successful for me.
"Leo, what are you doing? Falling for a straight man, and your partner at that?"
......"He loves me back. Straight, gay, bi, goddam tranny...whatever he is. That man loves me too. He just hasn't said it yet." Day took another sip, "but he will."
"Stop fighting me." "No," Day snapped. "Stop fighting me Leo. Because I love you too." God said, his lips pressed firmly against Day's ear. " You can't fuck that other guy because you're mine," he whispered.
The more serious background family drama and dark secrets that plague God, simmers in the background, adding another layer to the story and forging even more of a bond between them, making both of them realise that their relationship was meant to be. I'll be honest there's not much in this that hasn't been done before...it is over the top at times...there are plot holes that if you want, you could pick holes in them...and there are some WTF! moments but overall there was just something about this that appealed to me big time and once again I had the best time reading it, so much so I read it twice, pretty much back to back. I do that sometimes when I find a book that just does it for me, and no doubt about it...I'll be picking this one up again in the future. I like AE Via's men, I like her style and I like that she took a chance with a twist that could go either way with her readers but most of all I like...no I love...that I got lost in another book that took me out of the same old, same old reality that I face every day and had me gasping, smiling, sighing and swooning like a loon. Worked for me on every level including THAT FOURSOME and its outcome so that's why it gets 5 hot, Sexaay, Yum! stars. And a thank you to Suzy, my GR buddy for her five star recommendation.
Macky Interviews God & Day
Macky: OMG! Bear with me because I'm just having a major fangirl moment!!... Wow, I can't believe I've got THE God & Day here with me today. When Adrienne told me she couldn't make it but was sending someone in her place, I didn't know who to expect, but it certainly wasn't you guys ... not that I'm complaining! Squeeeing now! Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to come to Sinfully Sexy but shouldn't you be out catching the bad guys?
God: We are the bad guys
Day: Speak for your fucking self. Don’t know about him, but I’m glad to be here and happily took a night off.
Macky: Yay! I've got you in my clutches now so are you guys ready for an in depth interrogation? Any tips on how to get those deep dark secrets out? Lol! And no doing your good cop/bad cop routine on me!
God: I’m a vault sweet cheeks, but you can get whatever you want out of Day, his mouth goes constantly.
Day: You said that last nig –
God: Shut up Leo.
Macky: Easy one to start with. For you both... Pick three words that describe you?
God: Irritated, Pissed, and Annoyed
Day: Uhhh. Only three, huh. Let’s see. Sexy, Brilliant, and Damn Sexy.
Macky: It's obvious you love what you do and you're good at it but if you couldn't be cops anymore, what professions do you think you'd choose?
Day: An escort, yep, definitely an escort. That or either Secretary of Defence.
God: Are you fucking kidding me. What kind of answer is that Leo? Me. I’d own a small tikki bar in Costa Rica, somewhere way off the grid and away from assholes.
Day: And you thought my answer was stupid.
Macky: You're both pretty tough on the outside but who's really the biggest softie? I'm just thinking about a certain "World's dumbest criminal—the high school version!"
God: Leo for sure. One day he’ll learn….the hard way, that you can’t always kill people with kindness.
Day: Oh Macky sweetheart, God has decided to bless you with his all-knowing wisdom. You’re right as always God... we thank you.
God: I’m picking up on your sarcasm, smart ass.
Day: And you should because I’m laying it on pretty thick.
Macky: So...if I mention the name Prescott Vaughan.......... *evil grin*
God: Than this interview is fuckin’ over.
Day: Next question.
Macky: This one’s for you God, but feel free to chip in Leo. You've always supported Day's being openly gay at work, yet for as long as you'd known him up to the change in your relationship you let him, and the rest of your colleagues, assume your straight. Any particular reason why? Did you never think about telling him you'd had experiences with guys, and when did you first realize that you might be attracted to him?
God: And she brings out the big guns, wanting me to talk about my feelings.
Day: Deep breath babe. Just tell her the truth. That you were always in love with me and you eventually came to your senses. It was my charm, and charisma and –
God: Shut up Leo. To answer your question. I never hid anything and people assumed what they wanted about me…no one actually bothering to ask. I was always attracted to him but thought best to keep things professional. We worked well together and I didn’t want a relationship to change that just in case we screwed it up. But then…I realized that it was worth the risk.
Macky: Which brings me onto another question about keeping secrets. You trust each other with your lives, yet for four years you kept Leo out of the loop about what had happened in your past, and your family problems. Why was that? Were you never tempted to get it all off your chest and tell him everything? What were your first thoughts when the shit hit the fan Leo?
God: Um. My past and the shit I went through is not something you discuss over wings and shooting pool. I would’ve told Leo…maybe…I mean.
(Places his hand on God’s shoulder)
Leo: I always knew there was something in him that was not accessible and he’d eventually tell me. The way things came out, I wish could’ve been different. I forced it, and I never meant to. I’m just glad everything worked out. He has his family back and that’s all that matters.
Macky: You find out they're going to make a movie of your story (I would SO watch that!) Who gets to play you? Let’s mix it up a bit, you can't choose for yourselves. Leo you pick an actor for God and Cash, you pick who you think should play Day.
God: Um. Neil Patrick Harris.
Day: Um. Vin Diesel.
God: You suck.
Day: Yes, I do.
Macky: Now that you're lovers and living together, how does knowing the dangers that you face on a daily basis affect your relationship? You've already been through one bad situation, does it interfere now when you're out on the job?
Day: We were kinda raw and ill-prepared for that first raid and our relationship was too fresh. Now…it’s all good. We trust each other to do what needs to be done.
God: I still kill easily. So I don’t worry.
Macky: Which sort of leads me into the next question. What song will be seeing you out at your funeral? Haha!
God: Augh. I hate…no loathe funerals. I don’t want people sitting in some hot church crying and falling out when I croak. There will be no singing. Leo, when I bite it. Just bury me in the backyard and tell everyone I left you.
Day: Dude. You have some serious issues.
Macky: You have to leave your home urgently but you can only pick two items to take with you, what couldn't you live without? And no, you can't pick each other **rolls eyes!**
Gods: Gun and Badge
Day: Gun and Lube
Macky: You've finally got a night off together and you can do anything you want... What are you going to do with it! Graphic details and soundtrack please!! Haha!
God: You give us too much credit hot stuff. We’re boring as shit. We work and f*ck…that’s it.
Day: Geez Cash. Macky, I wouldn’t mind walking around with the big guy on a nice night, maybe take in a movie, have dinner. It’s just trouble finds us when we go out…so we mostly stay in. Some of you may recall God’s night at the bar when I got that text.
Macky: Truth or Dare? Is there anything now you wouldn't tell each other and what dares would you give each other? I've got this great idea, features you two, a lapdance and me watching! *winks*
Day: Macky I knew you were a freak baby doll. But sorry sweets…we don’t twerk.
God: Okay first of all. Leo, I don’t want to ever hear you say the word twerk again….ever.
Next. As far as a dare. Macky, in our line of work we fuck with the most dangerous limits every single day…coming to the edge, before getting pulled back. Our entire life is a dare. As far as truth…no…there’s nothing I wouldn’t or couldn’t tell Leo.
Macky: Okay. Who's the prettiest, who's the sexiest and who's the most jealous? No arguing boys!
God: Is this a serious question?
Day: This is a no brainer. I’m the badest motherfucker there is…that’s why Cash is always so jealous. I’m the sexiest, the prettiest, the smartest.
God: You’re something alright, but my word to describe you only has three letters.
Day: She said no arguing.
Macky: Going for the jugular now about "THAT FOURSOME!" I don't know if you know this, but you naughty boys have caused a bit of a ruckus! Personally I was in my element because I loved the twist but some people out there are a bit miffed. Without giving too much away about the other guys, can you give us the skinny on why you decided to take your relationship in that direction and why AE kept it out of the blurb when she wrote your story for you? That seems to be the stresser that's bothered some readers.
God: Well AE is seriously twisted and loves to catch people off guard and get a rise out of them. Had to be why she left the foursome out of the synopsis…I mean, why else? She’s a conniving little bi—
Day: Uh, uh, easy. Okay pump the brakes. I think I should answer this one, before the next thing I know, we’ve been fired as detectives for soliciting a prostitute and we’re shovelling shit on some ranch in one of Andrew Grey’s series. Just shut up God, I’ll handle this.
God and I were going along just fine and we’d come to a place that we felt secured in our relationship too. The foursome wasn’t planned…no shit…I’m being 100% honest. If you all remember, it was an easy Sunday, we’d had a good time, enjoying our new friendship with Ro and Johnson…next thing you know, we’re in the kitchen and all of a sudden the heat turns up. That’s all. You know what they say don’t you. ‘If you can’t stand the heat then get -’ well you get what I’m saying. We were consenting adults all wanting the same thing. And you all had to know that Ro had been wanting me since the very damn beginning. Read between the lines people.
In AE’s defence, she does like twist and making a person drop their mouth open in shock. Obviously, she’s not adverse to multiple pairings…hence my good friend Prescott Vaughan. But she does truly value all her readers, and has sworn to use a disclaimer informing of multiple pairings from now on.
But no matter what anyone says or how they bitch about the pairing…you can’t convince me that that scene didn’t turn you the fuck on.
Macky: Awww looks like our time is up and I can't tell you how exciting its been for us all, to have you both on the blog today answering some silly, and some serious questions for us. Thanks guys for being such great guests and please give our love to AE and tell her hopefully next time she'll come see us personally, but you two are welcome ANYTIME One last question. Anymore God & Day stories on the horizon? Praying for a yes!
God: Yeah sweetness, there’s way more. I’m in charge of my own special task force with the Atlanta PD, and Day is second in command. We’re still taking down drug scum but this time were doing with a hand-picked team of absolute bad asses…and the rules are…we have none.
Day: You’ll see quite a bit of us in the next book, but it’s all about Syn…I mean Detective Sydney. He’s transferred in from the Philly PD and was picked by me to come and be our third in command…and he’s one bad dude too. As soon as he gets there, he almost breaks God’s nose with a serious head-butt when God pisses him off.
God: He’s a fucker…but he’s got balls.
Day: You guys are gonna love him. He’s a damn good detective and cranky as hell…and I know why. Yep, you got it. I think he’s gay and doesn’t know it. Hmmm. I wonder who can convince him of his preference.
God: Yeah I wonder.
Message from A.E. Via
I’d like to thank Macky and Sinfully Sexy for letting my guys come and be completely inappropriate with you all today. I hope they didn’t offend anyone, but my guys have no filter…sorry. I would’ve loved to have been here but I’m at the RainbowCon in Tampa and was happy Day agreed to do the interview instead…and after a few curses and choice words…God agreed too.
I am just so grateful that the Macky thought it a good idea to set the record straight on a lot of issues that have come up since the release of Nothing Special. I really liked here interview…wonderful job darlin!
I love my readers and any and all that are a fans of erotic romance. I never would deceive or intentionally turn off a reader. I hope Day told everyone that I will use a disclaimer from now on if my book will involve a multiple pairing. I never did like blurbs, especially over-informative ones. However, I do love surprises and will continue to use them. Although the LaSalle Sisters of Man2Mantastic wrote my blurb, I certainly hope no one has had the audacity to place any fault on them. They did a wonderful job! Thanks again ladies.
In a nutshell my guys are smoking hot and erotic. I’m not apologizing for them either. Hopefully, everything is clear now.
So speaking of hot men…hang on. Because in a couple months you’re going to get a delicious taste of Syn.
(Ugh! No he will NOT join God and Day in the bedroom)
Exclusive to Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews:
First Excerpt from Embracing his Syn
They had just walked back into the precinct when the Captain bellowed from his door for them to come to his office. Syn huffed a frustrated breath and felt God drop a heavy palm on his shoulder, moving the grip up to the back of his neck.
Syn jerked out of the grip. “Get your damn hand of me Godfrey.”
“Looks like someone needs a little more fiber in his diet.” Day quipped on his way past them.
“Get your asses up here, now!” Captain came back out and yelled across the bullpen.
Syn and God were in a heated stare-off. “You think I’m scared of your dirty ass, God?”
“You should be,” was the man’s lone response. The toothpick moved around God’s mouth as he spoke like he hadn’t a care in the world.
“Yeah, I heard you were fucking psycho and I was looking forward to working with you.” Syn replied.
“For me…not with me. I’m the Lieutenant, Detective Sydney.”
“You don’t deserve that title and you won’t hear it from my mouth. I’d never work for you or with you. You revealed your card to the wrong fucking cop.” Syn stepped in closer and even though he was six two, he still had to look up into God’s eyes. “I won’t be your bitch, you can’t muscle me and you sure as fuck don’t scare me.”
“Are you sure?”
“Fuck yeah I’m sure.” Syn narrowed his eyes at God’s smugness and he felt the vein in his neck bulge out. He was beyond angry. He’d left his home…his girl, back in Philly, only to get here and work for some cops that were on the take.
About A.E. Via
A.E. Via is the new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy 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, A.E. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business, and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her third novel, she has plenty more to come. So sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up!
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