Author ~ A.E. Via
Published ~ 26th June 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Detective Austin Michaels didn’t think life could get any better after he was accepted into the most notorious narcotics task force on the East Coast, headed up by two of the baddest’ Lieutenants with the Atlanta Police Department - Cashel Godfrey and Leonidis Day.
Michaels knew he would fit right in as the team’s sniper, having received his fair share of commendations for marksmanship. He was just as badass as the rest of the twenty brothers that made up their team. But when Michaels lets their prime suspect get away from a huge bust with over a quarter of a million dollars in drugs, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.
Left with no other options, God chooses to bring in outside help, calling on his long-time friend and bounty hunter, Judge Josephson.
Judge was considered one of the best trackers during his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. After retiring, he used those skills to become one of the most sought out fugitive trackers in the country. When Judge gets a call from his old friend needing his help, he quickly tells God, yes.
Still embarrassed, and intent to prove himself, Michaels immediately volunteers to partner up with Judge to get their suspect back quickly and quietly. Neither man wanted or needed a partner. But, after Judge and Michaels get on the road, the hate/lust relationship they quickly develop between them will either make them heroes… Or get them killed.
This book works as a standalone, but if you’ve been reading the series, you will remember Austin Michaels as the eager, young officer trying to land a spot on God’s task force in the previous book, Here Comes Trouble. Three years later he is a full member of the team, acting as their sniper. Although he’s found happiness in his work life, Michaels is lonely and wants what so many others on the team have found. It’s getting harder for him to be around the men with their significant others and he is becoming increasingly angry and withdrawn. Add to that a difficult relationship with his father and a raid that ends with an informant escaping with a duffle bag full of drugs and Michaels can barely contain his rage. Michaels tries to shoulder the blame for the team and jumps at the chance to track the man down, especially if that means working with sexy as sin bounty hunter God has brought in to do the job.
Judge Josephson is a bounty hunter and old friend of God’s from their Army days. He is a loner, preferring to work on his own with only his Great Dane, Bookem, as a partner. Same goes for his personal life; he gets what he needs when he needs it and doesn’t do love and romance.
“Partners died on you and left you to pick up the pieces of your shattered existence. Never again.”
Judge is aware that his bounty hunting days are coming to a close, Bookem is getting old and at forty-four, Judge is feeling more run down after each job and wants to take time to spend with his dying father. When God calls in a favor asking him to track down the lost informant, he can’t deny the man even when it comes down to being forced to take the sexy Michaels with him.
To say these two start off on the wrong foot is an understatement. Even though they are both completely attracted to each other, they are both bad ass alphas in their own right, so of course they can’t help but test and challenge the other. Judge thinks Michaels is a know-it-all and Michaels thinks Judge is an ass. This works well for the reader as the tension between the two quickly heats up even before either man realizes the other is gay.
A.E. Via knows how to write sexy alphas! When Judge gets Michaels to direct his anger from fighting to sex it’s a rough and explosive. Reading their fight for dominance in the bedroom, it’s a wonder they both come out of it in one piece! It’s not all rough and tumble as Michaels is a romantic at heart and he’s determined to pull some real feelings out of Judge as well. The major stumbling block in all this however is Judge, who is hanging on to old pain and is surprisingly insecure about certain things. Even though he is falling hard for Michaels, he is still not fully ready to trust his heart and let anyone completely own it again. One rash decision by Judge ends up causing Michaels more than just a broken heart.
In addition to the love story there is plenty of action as the manhunt progresses and the danger increases. For fans of the prior books, God and Day, Syn and the rest of the team are back in the mix and the Epilogue is bound to leave you with a huge smile on your face. This is definitely a worthy addition to the series, and happily not the last.
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