Erryn reviews ‘Promises Part 3 (Bounty Hunters)’ by A.E. Via. This book was released on July 23, 2017, and is 285 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Aiden Snow. It was released on February 11, 2020 and is 7 hrs and 48 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: This series is addictive.
Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age 46, that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman Dana, giving him s–t all the time.
Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. At 33, he was trusted, well-respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends…so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?
Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3″ SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team.
When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team…but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Contains mature themes.
See my review of Promises Part 1 here.
See my review of Promises Part 2 here.
I am loving this series. Burly alpha males in a high-intensity job, taking down bad guys, and plenty of testosterone-filled adventures. It helps the series is being rolled out quickly on audio so I don’t have much wait between books. I mean, I’m a patient woman, but I love digging into a good series and immersing myself in the stories. Getting to know then men. Riding the rollercoaster of emotions.
Promises Part 3 picks up pretty much where the last book left off. Duke and Vaughn are happy in their relationship, while Cayson and Quick are adapting to being a couple. There’s plenty of love going around the office, but there’s also a lot of tension. Sharpshooter Dana and his partner Ford are always griping. Sniper/watchman Dana ALWAYS has Ford’s back, but Ford is also irritated by the much-younger man (thirteen years isn’t that much – see Duke and Vaughn.)
Ford feels the difference and it grates on him. He’s never been carefree, having joined the military at a young age. He’s also been Brian’s protective older brother for their entire relationship. When Brian was kidnapped, Ford led the rescue effort, and it cost him everything. Not that he’d change anything, but he watches his brother feeling powerless. Brian is now a selective mute – he should be physically able to speak, but words aren’t forthcoming. There are reasons for that and they are touched on in the book. Brian’s book is next and I can’t wait.
But I digress.
Dana is in a relationship with a woman who is, frankly, not suited. Dana’s not got the education or breeding to please Jessica, and yet she keeps coming around and he keeps taking her back even though he’s miserable. Now, Jessica came across as selfish and one-dimensional. This often happens in male/male romances where women are relegated to simple plot points without having anything but superficial roles. I get that the author was giving Dana a legitimate reason to be turned off, but giving Jessica some depth wouldn’t have interfered with that story. Just a little (and I mean little) issue I have.
So Dana’s not happy and Ford thinks his partner is an idiot for getting back together with a woman for whom he has no respect. The hostility is mutual as Jessica can’t abide by sweaty men who do honest labor for a living. Why she stays with Dana, I’m not sure. The sex is good?
When Duke (the owner of the bounty hunter company) assigns Dana and Ford to track down the toughest case yet, it’s clear the men are going to have to put aside their animosity and get to work. The truth is that the annoyance has been their way of avoiding the real reason for their issues – their mutual attraction. Attraction that proves explosive.
Nothing is simple, though, and work interferes with the budding relationship. Then things go to shit and it looks like they might not even survive this assignment.
I enjoyed watching the men sort out their shit, but the scenes in Brian’s point of view were what really pulled me in. As I’ve said, his book is next and I can’t wait. Seriously tapping finger on that one.
Aiden Snow is the narrator for this series and he’s a brilliant choice. His deep voice works for these men who believe an honest day’s work involves taking down bad guys with a few scrapes, bruises, and even broken bones thrown in the mix. These books are smart and action-driven. With some hot sex thrown in, they are also enjoyable.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (950% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 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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