Bethany reviews ‘Blue Moon II’ by A.E. Via. (Published by Via Star Wings Books on September 24th, 2014)
Why I read this book: We were provided a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Story of: HAWK, PIERCE, SHOT & FOX ALONG WITH THE OTHER BEASTMASTERS
Pierce aka Strategic Intelligence Specialist, Backhander is back to flush out some of the DEA’s most notorious criminals, and he has one helluva’ team backing him up. The country’s most decorated Navy Seals…the Beastmasters.
Pierce is more than capable of doing his job, but he has one insanely hot distraction that continuously causes him to second guess his hidden orientation.
Dane Aramis, call-sign, Hawk. Hawk can see what most people can’t, and whether his sexy Pierce wants to admit it or not, he can see the brilliant man’s desire runs deep for him.
However, when Pierce and the Beastmasters are on their final assignment, the last person they expect to encounter with the opposition is rogue assassin…Omega. The man is unstoppable, and when he comes too close to what Hawk holds dear, the Beastmasters call on the only man that can control the lethal assassin. Omega’s faster, deadlier brother, Alpha.
Bringing Alpha back into society may be disastrous for everyone involved. But, Hawk is willing to take that risk to keep Pierce safe.
“Something on your mind, Backhander?” Hawk’s eyes stayed on him, locking him in place.
“Yes. I commanded you to stand down. I wanted those men alive for interrogation. Dead suspects can’t help me,” Pierce said while staring at Hawk’s forehead.
Hawk raised one corner of his sexy mouth and stepped in closer to him. “I follow no one’s commands. My allegiance is to the Beastmasters, not the DEA, not the FBI, not the CIA, and for damn sure, not you.” Hawk accented each statement with a step closer to Pierce. “You’re fooling yourself if you think by running off a few high-ranking smugglers and traffickers that you’re making a difference. When you cut off the snake’s tail, he grows another one.”
After repeatedly backing up from Hawk’s advances, Pierce’s back was up against the side of the eighteen-wheeler. It was just him and Hawk, the dark stillness of the night, and one massive-ass gun at his side. The rifle was over half the length of the man wielding it.
Pierce looked down at the weapon and back up into Hawk’s eyes. “Do you have the safety switched on on that thing?”
Hawk snorted at Pierce’s comment. “Safety? No. Why? Are you afraid of my weapon, Backhander?”
Damn this man has no respect for personal space.
“You need to back the fuck up.” Pierce tried to inject some venom into his voice. Hawk had his entire body pressed up against him, his six-foot four inch height making his shoulder length brownish-blond hair fall down onto Pierce’s face, cocooning him from the cool breeze coming off the mountains of Roanoke, Virginia.
“First, I want to clarify a couple of things, Backhander. This sexy beauty beside me is my weapon, and don’t you worry, it would never be used to harm one hair on that pretty little head of yours. Now this is my gun.” Hawk thrust his cock hard into Pierce’s front, making him grunt at the pain and holy fuck, the pleasure.
“You keep accusing me of ‘liking to get my gun off’, right?” Hawk smiled down on him. He lowered his plush lips to Pierce’s ear and groaned against it.
Pierce closed his eyes. God help me.
“You keep shooting of that sexy mouth of yours Backhander, and I’m going to show you just how I get my motherfuckin’ gun off,” Hawk hissed.
Pierce pushed at Hawk’s much larger frame but of course he didn’t budge – he never did. “Back-off damnit. I told you I’m not interested,” Pierce argued weakly.
“I see differently, beautiful. But that’s okay.” Hawk backed up. “I’ll leave you to it, and watch you come around.”
Hawk made his way to the back of the eighteen-wheeler and hoisted himself and his weapon into the trailer. Pierce tried not to look at Hawk’s ass in the loose army fatigues, or the way his back muscles rippled underneath his army green t-shirt. Pierce didn’t look away fast enough and he knew he’d been caught ogling. Hawk flashed him a shit-eating grin, and winked at Pierce right before he slammed the metal doors.
I had previously read Blue Moon so when I saw that A.E. would be bringing back the Beastmasters for book two well I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I adored the Beastmasters in book one and couldn’t wait to see what was in store for them. Let me tell you I was not disappointed. A.E. writes a story that is very different from other books I have read. She takes not just one set of mcs, she writes a story for two sets of mcs. Let me explain, you don’t just get to see what happens between Hawk and Pierce, we also get to see what happens between Shot and Fox.
She also did this in book one and I was really excited when I saw that she would do it for this one also. To me it felt like I was getting two books for the price of one. Now to our players, Hawk and Pierce….oh Hawk how I lurve you so much. He reminds me of that stoic, strong, silent type. The type that he doesn’t let anyone get under his skin…well unless that person is Pierce. Pierce wants nothing to do with the big, hulking alpha of a man, yet he can’t stop himself from being really turned on by him. I enjoyed watching Pierce fight his attraction to Hawk very much. Cause the more you fight the harder you fall.
Shot and Fox, well, there was no fighting the attraction here, they had it in spades. What they did have was a scared Shot, scared of letting himself love, letting him be in a relationship, trusting that Fox could take care of himself and Shot. These two together were smoking hot and I couldn’t get enough of them. Though there were times I wanted to smack Shot and tell him to get his shit together before he loses the best thing to happen to him.
Now while I loved that I got two different relationship view points, sometimes it made it difficult to follow. Let me explain, when you have two sets of mcs AND you throw in the other Beastmasters, plus a few FBI and DEA agents that makes for a lot of characters. Sometimes I would have to go back and try to keep everyone in order in my mind. But that in NO way takes away from the story, it was awesome. Just the right amount of action, adventure and angst.
As I mentioned, this is book two, but as A.E. told me it can be read as a stand alone, BUT in my honest opinion if you have not yet read the first one, I suggest doing that. You wont miss anything but you will have a better understanding of some of the characters. Plus book one was REALLY good as well. All in all this is a really good read, one that I would suggest if you are looking for some action and hot men in your book.
A.E. Via is still a fairly new 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, 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 she has just released her fifth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that – because the male on male action is just heating up!
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