Title: Promises Part 3
M/M GAY CONTEMPORARY/ACTION
Edited by: Tina Adamski
Cover Artist – Jay Aheer
PAGE COUNT – 222
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.
Dana tossed his napkin into his empty plate. He waved to the server for the check since Jessica appeared to be finished with her food.
“Oh, wait. I wanted another glass of wine. It’s been a day, sweetie.”
“I’m ready to go, Jess. It’s been a fucked-up day for me too, ya know.” Not that you asked. “I wrestled with a three-hundred-pound man today. I’m really tired.” Dana turned his mug up to down his last gulp when he was hit hard in the center of his back by a hand heavy enough to leave a bruise. Most of his beer flew out his mouth from the surprise impact, jerking him forward so hard the table rattled. Jessica gasped, her eyes lurching upwards at the hulking figure behind him. Dana knew who the fuck it was.
“My fault. Just wanted to say bye,” Ford grumbled. He clamped his thick hand down on Dana’s shoulder and squeezed, but Dana didn’t give him the satisfaction of the pained grunt that threatened to escape his clenched mouth. “You two have a good night.”
Ford walked away, Brian right behind him. Brian gave Dana a quick nod and kept moving. The few people gathered near the door hurried out of their path. One guy even stopped to hold open the door for them.
“Well that was childish and uncalled for,” Jessica said, looking repulsed and offended. “Are you okay, sweetie?”
“Of course, I’m fine.” Dana kept his growl low. He wiped the beer off his chin with the back of his hand, glaring at Ford’s broad back. Motherfucker.
Promises part 3, Featuring Dana and Ford with a little side of Brian (Ford's brother)
This series has a lot of similarities between each book. You can expect the same tone, adrenaline rush level, alpha-ness and an HEA. But what makes each book unique is the set of characters it features.
Whats unique about Dana and Ford is their partnership and habit of antagonizing each other. Ford more on the gruff side because he's a bit disappointed in Dana, and Dana on the teasing side, just trying to get a rise (and mostly a smile) out of Ford. What starts off as jibes to get under each others skin, Dana calling Ford "old man" and Ford calling Dana "brat", turns into something more intimate and flirty endearments for each other. I thought it was incredibly adorable (don't tell Ford i said that)
Dana, it seems, doesn't like to be "alone", so he ends up back with his girlfriend, Jessica.
Jessica is a snooty rich b*tch who just seems to be silently getting back at her father for dating a "bad boy". She is only using Dana and doesn't really seem to care about the guy underneath.
This is what frustrates Ford. He knows Dana can do so much better and doesn't understand why he's wasting time with this girl. Jessica is going to be someone you guys will absolutely LOVE to HATE. She's a snotty user and i think she gets off pretty easy, considering. Though I also like how Dana doesn't care enough about her anymore to make a big deal out of things. She isn't worth his ire, and it shows a maturity to him.
Another difference in this book is Brian, Ford's little brother. He's the one with mute-ism caused by a stint in the war. He gets a bit of a side story in here, which leads me to believe he may get his story next. What I love about stories like this is actually being in the actions in their heads. What they feel about not being able to talk, what they would like to say, and how it makes them feel to not be able to, and the ways they do actually communicate with others. There's an intimacy there between you and the character, getting an inside view of their struggle. You become a part of them and the story, and I really, really hope Brian gets his story!!
I give PP3 a 4.5 Bratty Stars
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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.
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