The Novel Approach is pleased to welcome A.E. Via on her Nothing Special Blog Tour. Read on for Tina’s review and to see how you can enter to win some great prizes!
“I think it sometimes takes me a while, but I end up making good decisions at some point. Pretty much when I have exhausted all other options.” – Aleksandr Voinov
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Amira Press
Pages/Word Count: 345 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: Cashel Godfrey is big, tattooed, and angry, so people typically keep their distance. Fresh out of the police academy no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast. When Cashel scanned the orientation room, he wasn’t expecting sexy hazel eyes to be locked onto him. Eyes of the gorgeous Leonidis Day.
Leonidis is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic, and the only one that can make Cashel smile. He’s an out and badass detective, but when Cashel saves his life in a raid that turns deadly, he sees something in the big man that no one else does…something special.
Warning: Two sexy narcotics detectives. One with a serious hot spot for big gun-toting men, the other that yields a cannon; so be ready for the obscene sexual bang when these two come together.
Review: We’ll clear up one thing that has been mentioned about Nothing Special; it has editing issues. The author is aware of them and has gone to great lengths to see that anything she releases to the public in the future will be much improved. I am going to review it based solely on the content. That said, this was a good book! A.E. Via writes sex scenes that burn your fingertips. And Cashel “Cash” Godfrey and Leonides “Leo” Day have a whole lot of sex. They are most often referred to as “God and Day”. The best cop/lover pairing since, (insert name of your personal favorite couple here). There are too many really great ones for me to choose from.
God is huge and gorgeous, reserved, quiet and assumed straight. Until he’s not. Day is sarcastic and funny and seems to be the only one who makes God smile. He is also out and proud from the day he graduates the police academy. Together they are the most successful narcotic detectives in Atlanta. Picture personalities like Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys, if they were gay. And white. That’s a movie Hollywood needs to make. I don’t care what color they are, we need some sexy gay detectives who… wait, where was I?
Yeah. God and Day are promoted over and over, their unspoken communication making them a better team than any other. Things all change the day that God saves Day’s life. There is a huge bust scheduled, and things go sideways fast. Then Day thinks he may see God looking at him differently. He realizes that God has never had a girlfriend in the five years they have know each other. Then God makes the drunken phone call to Day in the middle of the night.
The evolution of their relationship from friends and work partners to lovers and life partners is so seamlessly written it feels like nothing changed except the addition of the aforementioned frequent and hot sex. No matter how close they get or how much they care about or love each other, though, God won’t tell Day about his life before they met. All Day know is that God has a mom and brother living in Atlanta for whom he does some home repairs.
Day’s family is an open book to God, and they have met and spent time together over the years. While Day knows that God has a tense relationship with his mom and brother, he has no idea what that really means until God gets deathly ill and can’t be left alone. Day inadvertently triggers a series of events that will tear apart a couple and release the secrets God has been keeping from Day and his own family for over a decade.
It was heart-breaking to see a larger-than-life character brought literally to his knees. I cried and yelled at God’s brother and at God himself. When will men (okay, some women, too) learn that the third most important use of the human mouth is COMMUNICATION???? People don’t have the ability to read minds.
As usually happens in these MM erotic romance novels we can’t seem to stop reading, the MC is forced to confront his secrets and deal with the consequences. This is always painful, but you know, and they eventually realize that it would have been so much less traumatic if they had just done it years ago. But then the read wouldn’t have been so much fun for us, now would it have?
I don’t believe that there’s Nothing Special about this book or these men. I would love to read more about them, and I am happy to recommend that you do the same.
Author Bio: AUTHOR BIO: 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!
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, and where she’ll appear next.
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