Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blue Moon III: Call of the Alpha by A.E. Via Blog Tour

The Story of Alpha, Call, Omega & Lion, along with a couple other favorites.

It’s been a couple years since Commander John Marion – the US Navy’s most decorated SEAL – hung up his dog tags, choosing his cherished Alpha over war.

Call and Alpha have settled comfortably into their carefree lives nestled in the mountains of South Carolina. No more combat for the Commander and no more ordered killings for the deadliest assassin in the world.

However, nothing stays peaceful forever.

When Alpha’s brother Omega comes to their secluded home with a distressing message from their Order, Alpha has to answer the call. But what neither of them expect is for the Order to send them a new assassin, one just as deadly as both of them, to seek their counsel and bring them back Persia.

Lion’s commanding presence was not at all what any of them anticipated. Especially Omega. Lion realizes what Omega is to him right away, but the stubborn man fights his every advance. Lion knows he and Omega have to connect if they’re going to be victorious. He was sent to bring back an army but if he can’t get his cherished to yield to him, they are sure to fail.

Call refuses to let Alpha fight a gang of rebel assassins without him. Omega will fight by his brother’s side, no matter what… and Hawk saw them coming for his help before anyone else. Together they’ll fight the toughest opponents they’ve ever faced. As always… these badass warriors are up for the challenge.

This is the third installment in the series and can stand alone.
This book ends in an HEA and does not end in a cliffhanger.
This book contains graphic violence.

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“What do you want to eat for dinner?”

“Meat,” Alpha answered while putting away their gear. Call turned and watched the meticulous way Alpha situated their belongings in the large closet. He wondered if the man had a touch of OCD. Things had to be done a certain way each time, but it was limited to their artillery and tactical equipment, so Call didn’t overthink it. Their house was a fairly decent size, but not a monstrosity. He could be in the bedroom, and if Alpha was in the kitchen he’d hear him yell his name. The place came fully furnished and had been an easy transaction between them and another naval officer.

Alpha still wasn’t used to being out among civilization. He’d only been discharged from the Order for a year and a half. His brother Omega was taking it pretty well. He’d check in with Alpha by satellite phone once a month and swear that he was staying out of trouble. Omega was just as deadly as his older brother, but he’d sworn an allegiance to him, so when Alpha retired, so did Omega.

“Do you want me to cook?” Alpha walked slowly up to Call, who was leaning in the doorway between the kitchen and living room, stopping when their chests touched. “Or do you want me to take you in to town to a nice dinner?”

Call studied Alpha. He knew what he was doing. Going into town meant people staring at him. He shoved his hands in his pants to keep from clinching his fists. He hated some of those bigoted assholes in the small town. Out of the entire one hundred fifty-person population of Salem, it seemed that whenever they went into town, only the assholes were out. “You’re still getting used to large crowds, Shaun. I think we should stay in,” Call said with very little conviction, turning to take the few steps up to their bedroom.

“You should know by now you can’t bullshit me, John.” Alpha’s dark voice was close on his heels but Call didn’t bother turning around. He went into their room and began shedding his muddy clothes, craving a scalding hot shower.

“I’m not bullshitting.”

Alpha stood at the bathroom door, his eyes never leaving Call’s body as he peeled away each layer. “You know I’m fine in public… for the most part. And as far as my discomfort. When has three couples in a mom and pop diner been a crowd?”

“You know what I mean.” Call’s voice carried through the glass shower doors. He really hoped Alpha would let this drop, but after a few moments of silence and then the sound of the door sliding open, he realized that wasn’t going to happen.

He didn’t want to be around anyone. That’s why they lived here. Secluded. Isolated. So he didn’t have to see the fucked up stares and hear the loud gasps. Alpha ignored it, but Call had a hard time. If they only knew how he got those scars and burns – defending them and their freedoms – then people wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

Alpha wrapped his lean arms around Call’s torso from behind, placing warm kisses between his shoulder blades. “You have to stop doing this to yourself.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved the action sequences in this book and I enjoyed the uneasy relationships between the Assassins and the Beastmasters.

The last third of this story contains some of the best action sequences I’ve read recently. Omega and Lion are great warrior characters and when teamed with Alpha and the Beastmasters, this is fabulous action writing. Unfortunately, there was an incredibly long and angst filled buildup to the action and I found that the pace earlier in the book dragged at times.

I am a big fan of the author’s Nothing Special books and I found this story to be a huge departure from the style of writing I usually enjoy from AE Via. While the easy banter between Call’s team is familiar and thoroughly enjoyable, the relationships between the Order’s Assassins is much more formal and it took me a while to warm to both Lion and Omega, the central characters in this story.

Both Lion and Omega are very serious, traditional characters and I found myself missing the humour and idiocy I’ve come to expect from AE Via’s men. I found both Lion and Omega far too intense and serious. I think the Alpha/Call pairing was easier because Call was able to balance some of Alpha’s dour intensity. With two intense, formal leading men, this pairing is just too heavy for me.

The sex between these two is...interesting. There is one central sex scene (which seems to go on forever) where the reverent formality between the two main characters makes for some incredibly cheesy and inadvertently comical dirty talk between Lion and Omega.

I am fully aware that this is just my personal reaction to the scene and the characters. What I read as cheesy, I’m sure another reader will enjoy as passionate intimacy. I usually love the author’s sex scenes but I’ve come to expect the sex in her books to be a little more crude and a lot more fun. Ultimately, I really enjoyed the action adventure in this story but I failed to engage with the romantic pairing.

Love this series and hate that there will be no more. This book is a few years after the second book, you really do need to read all the books in order to get the full effect of the characters and story. Call and Alpha are so flipping hot together it isn’t even funny; man to be in a room and just watch all that hotness. Then you have Lion and Omega, another smoking hot couple. The majority of this book was a buildup to the fight with the rebel assassins but that was okay, it meant more time with the hotties. This book was so good I found myself wanting to stay up and finish it in one sitting. Hot men, great chemistry, and a good story line.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M Romance
Would I read more by this author: Yes

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 Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors.

Go to A.E. Via’s official website for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peek on upcoming work, free reads, VSWB submissions, and where she’ll appear next.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Blue Moon III: Call of the Alpha by A.E. Via to read and review for this tour.

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