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review 2019-11-16 20:53
Well this one just tickled my fancy...
Nothing Special: His Heart's Desire - A.E. Via,Aiden Snow

I've listened to this series from the first book and honestly for the most part it's been ok not great not bad just ok but with some memorable moments, that is until now...

 

I very much enjoyed the last book "Nothing Special V" which was about Tech and his recon marine Edwin Steele but at the end of that book there were some things that hinted at who this book would be about and while we've met Ivan Hart, the leader of the S.W.A.T. team that backs up God and Days task force in previous books it was only at the end of 'Nothing Special V' that we get a hint of Lennox Freeman hacker extraordinaire and best friend to Tech. 

 

Ivan and Lennox worked for me...they just clicked and I loved these two men together. Ivan in all his alpha male bravado but still seeming so vulnerable when we get a peek at his insecurities when it comes to his relationship with Lennox and his struggles to overcome the insecurities that he was left with as a result of his marriage. I just loved Ivan, he really was a big old teddy bear. 

 

Lennox has a past that speaks to abuse and while he struggles with his fears in certain situations he never stops working to overcome them and not let those fears run his life. He's truly one of the bravest characters in this series and I absolutely loved how much he wanted to give Ivan the type of relationship that he deserved...loving and supportive. It's actually what both men deserve and it was such a positive force for both men to draw on. I also really, really enjoyed Lennox and his snark...seriously no one does snark like a Brit.

 

"His Hart's Command" is by far my favorite story in this series and once again the narration is provided by Aiden Snow giving the listener the continuity of voices for characters and narration that can truly mean the difference between an ok listening experience and a truly enjoyable one.

 

As with previous stories the author has left us with a potential pairing for a possible future story and in this case neither man is a member of God and Days task force but they are every bit as alpha male as the men in previous stories and with names like Fox and Bull how could I not want that story...so, I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed that this is going to be a thing and hopefully it'll be a thing one day soon.

 

While I appreciated having been offered a copy of this book for review I own this one because I was so anxious to listen to this one that I purchased a copy as soon as I saw that it was available...which was basically as soon as I finished listening to 'Nothing Special V'...what can I say 'will power, I has none and I regret nothing!'

 

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review 2019-08-19 06:16
The men of the Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force are backā€¦
Here Comes Trouble - A.E. Via,Aiden Snow

Book one of this series was about God and Day and in book number two we watched Sin and Furi fall in love but here in ‘Here Comes Trouble’ it’s Ruxs and Green the enforcers for the ‘Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force’ they’re the men who hit the streets frequently at considerable expense to the task force budget and gather information for the task force that allows them to do their job. While both of these characters have appeared in previous stories, their presence has been minor, but in this story, they are the central characters and we get to find out a whole lot more about both of these men and their relationship to each other than as work partners.

 

Detective Mark Ruxsberg and Chris Green are partners at work and best friends…Chris is bi and while he’s not in the closet, he’s also not taking out any ads in the local paper. He hasn’t even bothered to tell his partner and best friend…the same partner and best friends who’s starting to wonder about things…things like what it would be like to kiss Ruxs…to maybe  pin him up against a wall and do things…things that definitely take their relationship beyond the strictly platonic. What Ruxs doesn’t realize is that Greens been having those same thoughts about him for a whole lot longer and while it’s slippery slope that these men find themselves on as they go from friends to lovers their equally determined not to lose their friendship along the way.

 

Threaded throughout this budding romance we have plans for a drug bust…because hello! Narcotics Task Force and the drama of Ruxs mother…seriously I’m so with Green about this woman…I have zero compassion for her…sorry…not sorry and last but not least we have Curtis the  young man that we met in the first book when God and Day stopped him from robbing a convenience store. Curtis is definitely more present in this story and while I would have liked to see his character better defined, he’s got potential and hopefully if he continues to appear in future stories we’ll see him gain a more cohesive personality that presents a clearer image of who he is but I definitely enjoyed the interaction between Ruxs and Green both as friends and as lovers as they worked together along with the rest of their team to create a family for Curtis.

 

In spite of the fac that I do think it’s happened a little too quickly, even for people their age…I’m ok with the idea of Curtis and Genesis as a couple. I admit it’s been a few years but I do remember how easy it is to feel like you’re in love when you’re their age but I’m hoping that the future brings more character and relationship growth for both of these young men before we see them actually settled into a committed relationship and truthfully for me this is something that’s ok as a sidebar in future stories but  I’m hoping the stories stay focused on the members of the Atlanta PD Narcotics Task Force.

 

And once again it’s the talented narrations of Aiden Snow that has not only brought this story to life but provided me with the voices that I have come to associate with this group of men. ‘Don’t Judge’ was the first book in this series and my first time listening to this narrator but here we are at ‘Here Comes Trouble’ book number three and with each book I’m enjoying this narrator more and more. While most of his audio books to date are m/f stories I’m certainly going to be keeping an eye out for future audio books in the m/m genre by this narrator. But in the meantime, there’s always ‘Don’t Judge’ the next book in the A.E. Via’s ‘Nothing Special’ series to be enjoyed.

 

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An audio book of ‘Here Comes Trouble’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-08-19 05:59
Sometimes you just need to enjoy the story for the sake of enjoying the story...
Don't Judge - A.E. Via,Aiden Snow

‘Don’t Judge’ is the fourth book in A.E. Via’s ‘Nothing Special’ series and it’s also the fourth book in the series narrated by Aiden Snow, who has once again created an incredibly enjoyable audio experience.

 

Having the same narrator for audio book series is without a doubt one of the things that I enjoy the most and if I’m really lucky that narrator is not only the same person…they also do an awesome job with the narration and for me, Aiden Snow has proven his ability to do this.

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to enjoy this series is by not expecting things to resemble the real world especially when it comes to the legal aspects of this story and having done that I can honestly say that I found this story much easier to enjoy. I’ve also accepted that there are going to be over the top names as we go along…we started with ‘God’ and now we’re adding the bounty hunter ‘Judge’ and his dog, the Great Dane…’Book’em and yes, as someone who’s old enough to remember ‘Hawaii 5-0’ every time I read ‘Book ‘em’ my brain added ‘Danno’…seriously it’s like an auto-reflex reaction…I couldn’t stop so I just kind of rolled. Let me just add I’ve read a lot of other books with strange/weird/giggle worthy names so for me this is just a bit of entertainment and really has no bearing on my rating.

 

So far it’s a bit of a toss up on whether I like this book or the last one better so we’re going to call it a draw. While Judge is a new character for this series, we have met Michaels in previous stories as part of God and Day’s task force. What we didn’t see was that Michaels is a man with serious anger issues…like really serious anger issues and I have to say that was a little worrisome for me because anger issues + weapons = not good…in the real world but here in God & Days world…not a problem it’s nothing that some hot, steamy, hard and fast sex won’t fix…and thankfully Judge is just the man for the task. This probably wouldn’t have worked for me at all…except we also get moments of Michaels and Judge interacting and getting to know each other as people in a work environment, as individuals and yes…in the bedroom…just like a relationship in the real world…well sort of.

 

Just like in previous stories these men are larger than life with personalities that are for want of a better term…blown out of proportion and I may not want this…well, actually I know I don’t want this in every story but sometimes it’s fun and entertaining to read/listen to a story where the real world is only a vague role model…a starting point if you will for what happens on the pages of the story and not something that’s reflective of what’s outside our front door or how we wish the world worked…just some entertaining fun something to distract us from the real world for a few hours.

 

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An audio book of ‘Don’t Judge’ was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2019-08-01 10:01
July 2019 Wrap-Up
The Awakening Aten - Aiden K. Morrissey
Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames - Lara Maiklem
My Time Among the Whites - Jennine Capo Crucet
An Act of Faith - Oliver Sacks
Mustard Seed - Laila Ibrahim
Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim
Tokyo Mindscapes - Misaki Matsui
The Cold - Rich Hawkins

Wow, a new month already? Where does the time go!

 

8 books finished this month. 3 non-fiction.

 

Stand-outs are definitely Yellow Crocus and Mustard Seed by Laila Ibrahim, and The Cold by Rich Hawkins. Anyone else notice there are a gazillion authors named Hawkins?

 

I don't expect to finish many books in August. Halloween Bingo is coming, so the plan is to finish the ones I have in progress and avoid requesting anything non-Horror from Netgalley. I have two Netgalley books in hand at present. One of them is a Horror short story collection so I'm saving that one.

 

I'll fill in any more available reading time with slogging through my backlog of samples. Hopefully I can clear them! Then there's the general slush folder of free books, some of which I got just after my first Kindle so who knows if there's anything worth reading hiding in there.

 

If this year is like last year, we'll get a list of categories sometime in August and I can amuse myself choosing books to fit them. :D

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review 2019-08-01 09:28
The Awakening Aten
The Awakening Aten - Aiden K. Morrissey

by Aidan K. Morrissey

 

I usually don't read character lists at the beginning of a novel because in a totally fiction novel, they're meaningless until they actually do something and I regard it as lazy writing. This one was an exception because the vast majority of the characters are really people from history, even the cat!

 

By the time I got to Part One I already could see that the author had done his research, and that's a big part of what makes a historical fiction novel enjoyable to me. I especially love books set in Ancient Egypt and though I found this one a little slow moving, I enjoyed having that era brought to life for me from a different perspective than I've read before.

 

Part of me wants to give this an extra star for the historical research, but the dialogue is stiff and the story just doesn't flow well. Still, it's worth persevering.

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