Saturday, July 22, 2017

Voiceless by E.G. Wilson


Adelaide Te Ngawai was thirteen when Maunga Richards stole her voice.

Addy is plunged into silence when a high school bully inflicts her with an incurable disease that leaves her unable to speak, write, or create. Vox Pox—a man-made malady that’s been terrorizing the city for months. Resilient, Addy fights to survive. To not be silenced. But then her brother, Theo, is infected as well.

Desperate for any information that might help cure Theo, Addy follows Maunga into a newly developed virtual psychoreality simulator and discovers a conspiracy deeper than she’d ever imagined. How far will she go to save her brother?

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Erica☆☆☆☆
E. G. Wilson is a new-to-me author. I'd highly recommend to fans of virtual-reality/gaming/MMORPGs & Dystopian fiction.

At 13, a budding writer, Addie is injected by her bully/older classmate with a virus that silences its victim. Unable to write or speak, Addie loses all of her creativity.

Years later, a virtual reality program is announced, one Addie is desperate to use.

With 500+ silenced victims, Addie uses the program to have a voice and call out the young woman who silenced her.

Voiceless uses a vast virtual reality world, AI, and ghosts imprinted into the program to create a vivid and intriguing story.

All genders, young and young at heart, will enjoy the game-play-esque writing style, mixed with the sense of powerlessness, selflessness, loss, and empowerment, as Addie and her unlikely ally try to stop the one silencing people.

There is an underlying romance thread, but it doesn't involve our narrator.

Thoroughly intrigued, I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment.

Young Adult age-range: 12+



E.G. Wilson cut her authorial teeth writing Sherlock fanfiction at uni when she should really have been studying. She fell into writing science fiction after being inspired by Star Wars, Firefly, and Tolkien's legendarium and has since won NaNoWriMo every year since 2012. She lives in South Canterbury, New Zealand; she loves mountains, hates broad beans, and never wears matching socks.

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Spa Weekend by Tamryn Eradani


Daniel and Ryan take their first trip as a couple, traveling to Daniel's favorite spa resort, a place he's never taken anyone before. The significance isn't lost on Ryan, but it takes longer for Daniel to realize there are feelings encroaching on their arrangement.

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Ruthie☆☆☆☆
This is the sixth installment in the series – and you most definitely need to read these in order. Strangely, if you haven't read them before, I would actually recommend that you space them out a little bit... I cannot believe I am saying that! But, these little morsels of a nascent relationship are absolutely delicious, each in their own right. The storyline is fundamentally very simple, so you don't need to worry about forgetting complex plot lines in between reads. In fact, it feels like a living breathing relationship, and we just get to look in and see how it is progressing.

On this occasion we get a huge move forward, as well as lots of breaking of barriers. It is hugely significant in the tiniest of ways, and in the biggest shows of trust that can be given. I am growing to love these two men and their wonderful foibles and intuition – let alone enjoy the intensely passionate relationship that is punctuated with great pleasure!

Great next step... I shall enjoy mulling it over until the next one finds its way onto my reading list. Thank you, Ms. Erdani, thank you very much.


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Tamryn studied English and Creative Writing in school but has been writing since she could first hold a pencil. Recently, she’s turned her focus towards writing erotica. She enjoys writing stories where sex comes first, then feelings, because doing things out of order can be fun.

Tamryn has spent the past few months writing the Daniel and Ryan series with a lovely view of mountains out her window, and she’s now searching for a new mountain range to serve as her backdrop as she begins her next project.

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Oversight by Santino Hassell


Spoiler Alert! The following blurb contains spoilers for Insight, book one of The Community.

Holden Payne has it all... or so he thinks. As heir to the founder of the Community—an organization that finds, protects, and manages psychics—he’s rich, powerful, and treated like royalty. But after a series of disappearances and murders rock the Community, he’s branded the fall guy for the scandal and saddled with a babysitter.

Sixtus Rossi is a broad-shouldered, tattooed lumbersexual with a man-bun and a steely gaze. He’s also an Invulnerable—supposedly impervious to both psychic abilities and Holden’s charms. It’s a claim Holden takes as a challenge. Especially if sleeping with Six may help him learn whether the Community had more to do with the disappearances than they claimed.

As Holden uncovers the truth, he also finds himself getting in deep with the man sent to watch him. His plan to seduce Six for information leads to a connection so intense that some of Six’s shields come crashing down. And with that comes a frightening realization: Holden has to either stand by the Community that has given him everything, or abandon his old life to protect the people he loves.

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Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
The first book in this series may have introduced a gripping new series, but this second book blew my mind. The characters in the first story were outsiders looking into The Community but in the second book, Holden, the son of The Community’s founder, finds himself questioning everything he has ever known as the unexplained murders and abductions continue.

Holden’s problems escalate when he finds himself attracted to the handler his father has sent to spy on him and ensure he adheres to Community expectations. Unable to feel empathy, Six may be impervious to Holden’s powers but the attraction and chemistry between these two is absolutely glorious.

It is almost impossible to review this story without spoilers. Holden quickly learns more than he ever wanted to about The Community and Ex Comm – the shadowy group determined to take it down. As the tension builds and the threats to Holden and his friends increase, this story becomes properly terrifying.

Like all good urban fantasy, the dystopian Community often reflects our own broken society and the author’s astute observations are eerily relevant. I love the worldbuilding in this series, I love the complicated family secrets, and the complicated relationships between characters with different powers and abilities.

My only reservation about this second story is that it really doesn’t stand alone like the first one did. Here, I was left staring at the last page in shock. I am desperate for the next book and I am thoroughly addicted to this series. I can’t recommend these books highly enough.


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Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twentysomething, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.

Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.

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Hungry for Love by Rick R. Reed in the Feel-Good True Romance Bundle


Nate Tippie and Brandon Wilde are gay, single, and both hoping to meet that special man, even though fate has not yet delivered him to their doorstep. Nate's sister, Hannah, and her kooky best friend, Marilyn, are about to help fate with that task by creating a profile on the gay dating site, OpenHeartOpenMind. The two women are only exploring, but when they need a face and body for the persona they create, they use Nate as the model.

When Brandon comes across the false profile, he falls for the guy he sees online. Keeping up the charade, Hannah begins corresponding with him, posing as Nate. Real complications begin when Brandon wants to meet Nate, but Nate doesn’t even know he’s being used in the online dating ruse. Hannah and Marilyn concoct another story and send Nate out to let the guy down gently. But when Nate and Brandon meet, the two men feel an instant and powerful pull toward each other. Cupid seems to have shot his bow, but how do Nate and Brandon climb out from under a mountain of deceit without letting go of their chance at love?

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Erica☆☆☆
3 Frustrating Stars.

Hannah, who had the better portion of all the narration, is Nate's meddlesome sister. She and her friends use Nate to take a peek into how gay men use online dating/hookup websites. Hannah steals her brother's identity, which leads us to Brandon.

I struggled with this book, and it had nothing to do with Nate or Brandon, and everything to do with Hannah. Maybe it was my mood, but the level of frustration didn't lend well to the 'Feel-Good True Romance' vibe.

I was rubbed wrong on the unethical, sociopathic actions of Nate's sister. No matter how it was explained away, Hannah's actions weren't palatable for my reading enjoyment. With every chapter, even at the ending, all she was doing was digging a bigger hole. And no, the twisty turn that saved the book from being less than 3 stars, is not quantifiable with Hannah's actions, as Nate tried to explain her actions away, comparing it with his own. Nate's was a business decision – Hannah's was a selfish, spiteful, vengeful, jealous decision, toying with everyone's emotions.

This will be the first time I've ever said this, and I will be repeating it for the third book in the Feel-Good True Romance bundle as well. I do not want an F in my MM romance. I've never said that before – I've never even thought it. I don't mind if the entire side cast is made up of females, but they do not get to be 'in' the romance with the males in the book, unless it's ménage, which makes it no longer MM romance. It's a bait and switch. I'm reading a MM romance, which should feature two MALES, with a female taking up the majority of the narration.

The frustrating premise of the story, which did make it a page-turner, and not at all feel-good, had a portion of the book's romance during Hannah catfishing Brandon – this removed the foundation of Nate and Brandon's romance, with little to build off of as Hannah kept encroaching on the story. This is MM romance, right? Yet Hannah was not painted as the villainess of the tale.

I enjoyed Nate and Brandon, even with miscommunication issue. I read every single word of the book, enjoyed the twist I didn't see coming, but I felt the portrayal of Hannah and her friend lessened the reading enjoyment, painted women in a poor light, and made me think badly of my own gender.

I should have written this review prior to reading the entirety of the third book in the bundle, because I fear that tainted my experience after the fact.

I enjoy Rick R Reed's writing style, how inventive the plots are, but reading two books back-to-back featuring a female narrator scene-stealing from both love interests and lessening the impact of the romance... It doesn't matter if it's MM or MF, the sole focus should be on the couple.


Ruthie☆☆☆
This is an interesting take on a modern problem – with a very interfering sister thrown in for good measure. That said, I think she was suffering from a moment (or two) of madness, as nothing else indicated that she would be so foolish! But if I'd had an opportunity to stop her, I would have taken it.

A relationship started on a drunken dating sign up and a continuing evasion of the issue is not the best of starts, but somehow Nate knows he has to turn this around. His time for confessing doesn't rest there, and we get a lovely twist in the tale when he comes completely clean. And it was fun that Brandon discovered a hidden side to himself too – which was super cute and hot at once. An easy story to read, especially if I forgave Hannah and didn't get hung up on her relationship issues.

I do enjoy it when I can feel the author sharing something of themselves, and that felt like the case here.



RICK R. REED is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery, and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation, and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

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Friday, July 21, 2017

You Never Know by Mary Calmes


Hagen Wylie has it all figured out. He’s going to live in his hometown, be everybody’s friend, explore new relationships, and rebuild his life after the horrors of war. No muss, no fuss is the plan. He’s well on his way—until he finds out his first love has come home too. Hagen says it’s no big deal, but a chance encounter with Mitch Thayer’s two cute sons puts him directly in the path of the only guy he’s never gotten out of his head.

Mitch returned for three reasons: to raise his sons where he grew up, to move his furniture business and encourage it to thrive, and to win Hagen back. Years away made it perfectly clear the young man he loved in high school is the only one for him. The problem? He left town and they have not talked since.

If Hagen’s going to trust him again, Mitch needs to show him how he’s grown up and isn’t going to let go. They could have a new chance at love… but Hagen is insistent he’s not reviving a relationship with Mitch. Then again, you never know.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Second Chance Romance

Hagen and Mitch have a history. They were the couple that everyone thought would make it. Young and in love, they thought they had it all.

But young love wasn't meant to last. Mitch goes off to follow his dream and, in the process, he forgets about Hagen.

This is a second chance romance that is somewhat rushed, in my opinion. The breaks where you flash back were also hard to distinguish. It would have been more helpful if there were clear breaks.

Once you really get into the story, you get to see these two characters' lives from before, individually and together. I thought that it was a fairly powerful story about love and sometimes, you have to fight very hard to make sure that love lasts and thrives.

It was sweet and sad all wrapped into a great story.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

An impossibly perfect leading man, an impossibly charming small town, and two impossibly cute kids set the stage for an incredibly sweet second chance romance. Military hero turned whimsical contractor and small town stalwart, Hagen is wonderful. I loved him. I loved his voice, I loved his friends, and I loved the slow and quiet life he leads after his catastrophic military injuries. But I’m not sure that either of the two men in his life actually deserve him.

Mitch was Hagen’s first love. They planned to stay together forever – until Mitch abruptly ditched Hagen to return to the closet in pursuit of a professional football career. The problem with Hagen’s first person narration is that I didn’t get to know Mitch’s reasons for leaving Hagen or for returning to Hagen – I just got to see Hagen’s broken heart. We get to see how Mitch seemed to use Hagen all through high school and I found it difficult to see how anything had changed when Hagen started babysitting for Mitch (for free) two days after his return.

A good romance needs characters who are worthy of each other – who deserve to be happy together. I wanted Hagen happy, but I was never fully convinced that Mitch was at all worthy. The Ash storyline only added another undeserving man vying for Hagen’s attention. I found Mitch and Hagen’s reunion too easy. Hagen just slips into Mitch’s life and Hagen almost immediately slips into a daddy role with Hagen’s kids. I wanted Hagen to make Mitch work for his affection.

There is something almost tragically romantic about Hagen’s inability to walk away from Mitch. He can’t help his feelings for Mitch. He offers his forgiveness too easily. The result is a very sweet happily ever after complete with two cute kids and a very special treehouse, but I found myself crossing my fingers that Hagen wouldn’t get burned again in the future beyond the happily ever after.


Angie☆☆☆☆
I really enjoyed this book. I liked Hagen right off the bat. I wanted to know more about his war injury and what happened with that big mess. There was a lot of story it seemed without Mitch in it in the beginning, which was fine, but I wanted more Mitch. I like how Hagen and Mitch reconnected. I love that Ry and Bran loved Hagen instantly. There wasn't anything I didn't enjoy except that I found myself wanting more. I wanted more Mitch, I wanted to know what happened AFTER. What happened with Ash; what happened when Barb found out about Hagen; what did the boys think of Hagen, yeah they loved him, but how did all adjust? I just found I wanted more. I wasn't unhappy with the ending, I just had more questions that I wanted answered. It was a great love story and had great secondary characters as well.



MARY CALMES lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and believes without question in happily ever afters, and writes those for each and every one of her characters.

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Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace


Charmed, Texas, is as warm and welcoming as it sounds. But even in a small town, when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet...

Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever...

Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give...


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Mary Jo☆☆☆
Carmen Frost is stuck in a rut. And bitter. Bitter about how life in a small town never changes, how everyone knows your business, and most importantly, how the man of her dreams left her without a word.

Fifteen years later, she still hears the whispers about how "that carnie boy" ruined her life, her reputation, and her marriage. No one, it seems, can let it go. Not even her.

Sully is back in town, the owner and major investor in a new boardwalk and attraction in the little town known for its honey. Not that Carmen cares. Except when she spies him with another woman.

This book hit home in a lot of ways, small town, small minds, and everyone seeming to know what’s best for you. What could have been explored more were the reasons why Carmen didn't leave when she had the chance, why she stayed.


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Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs.  She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series.

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Promises: Part 3 by A.E. Via Blog Tour


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.

A bounty hunter’s partners to lovers’ story.

This story is a part of a series but can stand alone.
It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA.


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Ford

He and Dana hadn’t had another opportunity to discuss anything private between them, but the tension hung over their heads like a dreary storm cloud. Both of them figured it was best to leave their personal shit out of the field since it was far too distracting. When they talked, when he looked into Dana’s soft, bedroom brown eyes, everything else around him seemed to fade away. That wasn’t the way a man hunted – by taking his eyes off his targets. But he knew the day was coming, and soon. He’d tell Dana how he felt and hoped he wouldn’t completely embarrass himself.

For now he’d make the best of his one day off. He had a million errands he had to run. Despite the hour, he texted Brian.

Ford: Going to the grocery store and to run errands. You coming?

Brian responded almost immediately. Of course his brother would check his messages, no matter the hour. Sure, bro. I’ll be ready at 9. How’d the surveillance go? Dana isn’t walking on the side of the road again is he?

Ford murmured a few curses under his breath. The guys were never gonna let him forget the day he kicked Dana out of his truck, during another one of their heated arguments, and made him walk all the way from Kirkwoods for almost thirty minutes before Brian got there to pick him up. That wasn’t one of his finer moments. Just another instance of him fighting his wants. He needed to talk to Brian soon about his predicament. He had no one else and his therapist told him it wasn’t good to let everything stay bottled up all the time. Ford trusted his brother completely, so he’d confide in him and seek his advice. Brian didn’t speak out loud, and he had a lot of trauma within his soul, but one thing those fucking Talibans couldn’t fuck with was his brilliance. He’d help Ford get this straightened out.

Stop fighting me. You want me, Ford. Look at me, look at my need for you,” Dana purred, rubbing his talented hands up and down Ford’s hairy chest while he hovered over him. He looked gorgeous. Ford pried his eyes open and feasted on the man’s striking face, he looked like he was glowing, floating above him. Then Ford suddenly felt the weight of Dana’s body on him.

“Unnnh,” Ford moaned loudly. He couldn’t fight it any longer. Yes, he did want him. “Don’t, brat,” Ford whispered painfully.

“Don’t what?” Dana was writhing all over him, his hard body a work of perfection, and Ford didn’t know where to put his hands first. God, he’d been wanting a feel for so long.

“Don’t stop,” Ford hissed when his cock was gripped tightly. “Dana. Oh, you bastard.”

Dana was still radiating that beautiful light and Ford wanted to bask in it forever. This was the first time he’d thought of forever. For the first time, the idea of Dana’s face being there when he thought of his future didn’t give him a stomach ache.

Dana lay beside him staring back at him. His brown eyes the color of a rich, smoky quartz, pleading so sweetly. “Let me in, Ford… let me in… Ford… let me in.”


Ford bolted upright in bed. The pounding on his front door stopped, then he heard a key turning in the knob. His brother letting himself in. Had to be Brian, because he was the only one with a key to his place. Shit, what time was it? Had he overslept? Thinking of what he was just dreaming about, no wonder his dick was making his underwear stick out like a teepee. He was so hard it hurt. He heard Brian making his way down the short hallway to his bedroom. Ford jumped out of the bed and hurried into the bathroom and closed the door. He hollered to his brother to make a pot of coffee and give him ten minutes.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Angie☆☆☆☆
One thing to note right off the bat is that Dana is bi and there is some M/F sex in this book.

Dana and Ford have been in previous books, I think you would get more out of the story if you read the series in order. There is a slow buildup to these two guys getting together. When they get together though, it is on! Ford has never had sex with a man, so things start slow when it comes to them doing penetration. These two are great together and I wanted more of them and less of the bounty stuff this time. I seriously hope Brian's story is next, his scene in the club was H.O.T. and it broke my heart when the guy ran out. We all know what happened later in the book, but still, I NEED his story... and it better include Sway!!! All in all, a great addition to the series; we saw previous couples from the other books, which was good, so I am hoping we see more of Ford and Dana in the future.


Sarah☆☆☆☆
I love a good partners-to-lovers romance! Working together as bounty hunters, the retired SEAL Lieutenant and the expert marksman are a formidable partnership. Outside of work, poor communication and frustrated sexual attraction have made Ford and Dana’s personal relationship almost impossible. I loved both Dana and Ford and I loved the chemistry between these two badass bounty hunters.

In this third book, Duke and Quick’s team of bounty hunters are back with another action packed hunt. I’ve been curious about Ford and his brother since they were first introduced and I loved learning more about their relationship. I also loved the snippets we get of Ford’s time as a SEAL in this story. All of the characters from previous books are back (even Dr. Chancy returns to perform more medical miracles far outside his nephrologist remit). There is an awful lot of suspended disbelief required to enjoy this series, but I can’t help but enjoy the action in each book.

At the start of this book, Dana and Ford are probably the least likeable of all the men we’ve seen so far. Dana can’t stand up to an obnoxious girlfriend. Ford is irritable and growly. But watching these guys work through their issues is as funny as it is hot. I’m not a massive fan of huge age gaps, but it works well between such well-matched partners. I loved the contrast between the confidence Dana and Ford have while working and the self-conscious awkwardness they experience when they try to connect socially and romantically. These two are very hot together but they have to get past a whole lot of anxiety first.

I enjoyed the way Brian’s story starts in this book. I’m assuming we’ll get the rest in the fourth book, but intertwining the two brothers’ stories works well. I was left wanting to know more about Ford and Brian’s time as SEALs – we get just enough to tease us in this book but not enough to fully understand the brothers’ complicated histories.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Promises: Part 3 (Bounty Hunter #3) by A.E. Via to read and review for this tour.