Erryn reviews ‘Nothing Special V (Nothing Special Book 5)’ by A.E. Via. This book was released on December 12, 2016, and is 393 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Aiden Snow. It was released on October 20, 2019 and is 12 hrs and 29 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I had heard good things about this series.
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Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine Edwin Steele – who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the team.
Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman Rasmus Steele – shows him a video of God’s team in action, he knows right away it’s where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.
Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God’s technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech”, he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.
Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there’s no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to surprise him…surprise all of them.
I’m new to this series but had heard good things. When presented with the opportunity, I leapt at the chance to get aboard. I’m glad I did.
Now, this is the fifth book in the series so a lot had come before it. There were plenty of other couples, characters, and backstory. Was I ever lost? Not really. The book began with action and that pulled me into the story right away. There are also several point of view characters, not just the main love interest characters. That also proved interesting as several subplots came to the fore. If you’re invested in the series, there are a few surprises for you. Even if you’re new, no worries, you quickly fall in love with this group. They are alpha men who work in Atlanta’s Narcotics division and they are rough. Some are very law abiding while others are more laissez fair about that pesky law thing. Those dichotomies prove interesting.
Edwin Steele left the Oakland PD in disgrace. He’s a retired marine with some ghosts dogging his time in the military. He’s a man with a chip on his shoulder who wonders if this group of men will accept him – especially because he’s gay. He doesn’t advertise the fact, but he doesn’t hide it other. So, to say he’s surprised when he meets the gang is an understatement. Being gay is the norm in this group, not the outlier. And although most departments frown upon fraternization, it’s allowed in this team.
Shawn Murphy or ‘Tech’ is at the heart of this team. He works in front of nine monitors and considers it his mission to keep his team safe. But he’s tired of living on the outside of the action. He’s a cop and he wants to get into the fray. That might mean leaving the khakis and sweater vests behind. His attraction to Steele is immediate. There’s the whole ‘is he gay’ thing but that’s quickly dispensed of. Neither man wants to mess up their position on the team, so it’s a bit of a slow burn. When they finally do go out on a date, all the guys show up to show their protectiveness of Tech. Steele is definitely on notice.
There’s plenty of action in this book, but there are also sweet and tender moments. There is care and there is violence. The two may be at odds, but that’s what law enforcement often faces. Some of the secondary characters get their happy ending, so that was lovely. There was also plenty of humor in this book, sometimes as a way for the guys to blow off steam. Tech and Steele work as a couple and I can’t wait for more. I was also intrigued by the introduction of a new character and was pleased to see his book is next in the series.
At the end of the audio there is a bonus story involving two secondary characters who are the son of one cop and the brother of another. These men don’t fit into the alpha police force but they have a compelling love story nonetheless. I loved that part of Curtis and Genesis’ story was included in the audio as a ‘bonus’. Another little treasure.
Aiden Snow narrated this book and did a great job. He had plenty of alpha male characters to narrate as well as a Brit and he delivered a solid performance. I enjoyed this one and can’t wait for the next one.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
A.E. Via has been a best-selling author in the beautiful gay romance genre for five years now, but she’s no stranger to MM. She’s been an avid reader of gay lit for over fifteen years before she picked up her laptop to place her own kiss on this genre. She’s also the founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books, having published a couple 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 her. 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 hardcore, play rough and love hard, bad boy, alphas. However, she does like to push herself to step out of her comfort zone, exploring different tropes, but she won’t push herself into a whole other genre. She’s head over heels for gay romance and she has tons of more hot stories to tell.
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