Saturday, July 15, 2017

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: PROMISES PART 3 by A.E. Via

Author A.E. Via
Promises Part 3
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
Release Date: June 30, 2017

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.
The hunt is on… and he’s the prey.

Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – 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. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. 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. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, 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. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable. 

After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did. 

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. 
Beware: When Ford and Dana connect, no fugitive can hide from the hunter and his watchman.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA. 
Disclaimer: This book is about MM romance, albeit there is a very brief MF scene.

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“I hear ya,” Ford answered, drinking from his beer. They were quiet after that, both of them just watching each other. What was he supposed to do now? He couldn’t believe how rusty he was at this. But the more he looked Dana up and down, the more he thought of how he’d moved like a soldier tonight, the more he thought of all the times the man had protected him, the more his body reacted until he was standing there panting like he was going into cardiac arrest. 
Dana’s flushed cheeks and elevated breathing were just as noticeable, as well as the bulge forming in his sweats. Dana was just as turned on as he was, if not more from the way his hooded eyes were fixated on Ford’s chest.  
Please take the lead.
As if he’d been able to silently communicate to his partner, Dana set his empty glass down and walked the few feet until he was standing in front of Ford. Neither one of them touched or moved, they just stood there in each other’s space, accepting the closeness, simply breathing. 
“Ford. Are we really doing this?” Dana whispered. “Are you… are you okay?”
Ford didn’t even realize his eyes were closed until he opened them at the hint of concern in Dana’s hoarse voice. He wasn’t sure if he’d heard that tone before, but he knew he wanted to hear more of it. 
“Yeah.” He couldn’t say any more than that since most of his brain function was restricted at the moment. 
“Okay. Because. I want to… can I... can I just… touch you?” Dana asked breathlessly. He looked like he might pass out. His eyes were heavy and full of desire. That toned chest was moving rapidly behind the tight white t-shirt he had on. Ford fought not to groan and close his eyes. He needed to see that look of unbridled need in his partner’s eyes and know it was for him. No one, and he meant no one, had ever looked at him like that. In all his years, he’d found no woman or man who’d wanted him as badly as Dana was exhibiting at that moment. 
As a young man, Ford had taken responsibility for everything his father placed on him, running the farm and taking care of his younger brother. Then he’d enlisted and had taken on a leadership role from the second he’d left boot camp. He fought and he bled for his country, for his team. Always looking out for the well-being of everyone else and ignoring his most basic human needs. He wasn’t a robot, he was a man, a man that never took any pleasure for himself. That ended right now. 
“Yes.” Touch me, please. 
Ford was surprised that Dana’s hands were shaking too, but he didn’t try to hide it. Slowly, his long fingers clasped the bottom of Ford’s shirt and instead of lifting the shirt up and off him, Dana closed his eyes and inched his hands underneath. Using his sense of touch to not only feel, but to see.

Carra's Review

From the moment Ford and his brother Brian showed up in the first book of this series, my interest was piqued, and I was hoping there would be stories for each of them.  Here in part three we get Ford’s story with Dana, with the added bonus of the attention-grabbing glimpse into Brian’s as well.

First, let me get out of the way my thoughts on Dana’s girlfriend.  I thought Jessica was one of the most pushy, self-centered, uncaring women I’ve had the misfortune of reading about.  Dana frustrated me by not dumping her a lot sooner than he did…although, if he had we would have missed out on some great interaction between him and Ford along with another scene that’s needed in the bounty on which they are working.  Suffice it to say though that if I’d been personally there (how often have we as readers wished this about a book?), I would have unleashed on this self-serving b*tch because yes, she really was that irritating.

As for Dana and Ford, these two have been dancing around each other, pushing and provoking before anything ever becomes physical.  Sexual tension?  Yes, plenty of it thank you very much.  Once Dana's free of Jessica, all bets are off and things between Dana and Ford get HOT…but not only that, there’s also a bit of sweet laced in there as well—something you might not expect from these two very alpha males.

You’ll still get the bounty hunter action, and the intrigue of the hunt with the case on which they are working.  But what’s more prominent in the story is the development of Dana and Ford’s relationship.  The thing I love about this author’s stories is the overwhelming alpha male presence, and the battle of wills between the alpha pairings of the couples.  It’s rough and heated when it needs to be, but it’s also balanced out by the emotions and yes, even tenderness when appropriate.  To me, that makes for a more powerful and intense relationship, and in turn a more satisfying read.

Oh, and the glimpse at Brian’s story I mentioned?  *fans self*  I am so excited for his story—I don’t see how anyone could read this and not be.  Talk about inciting anticipation for a book…

Did you catch the notion that I enjoyed this book?  You’d be right…4.75 stars of right (it’s that damn Jessica who made off with the rest of that last star).  Promises Part 3 is highly recommended by me, and while it could be read as a standalone, I think you’ll enjoy it a even more if you’ve read the first two books of the series first to get the backstory of the other characters.  If you’re a fan of an abundance of alpha males in your stories, you’ve definitely come to the right author.  Oh and let’s not forget this story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content (make sure you read the blurb—you’re going to see both M/M and a bit of M/F in this book).

Now…how long do we have to wait for Brian???  ;-)


A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her 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.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. 
Adrienne has tons of more stories to tell, so be sure to visit her site to learn more! Go to A.E. Via’s official website  for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.


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