#Review — Promises 3 (The Bounty Hunters) A.E. Via — Available Now!
Title: Promises 3
Series: The Bounty Hunters
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing
Publication Date: June 23, 2017
Page Count: 260
Genre: Contemporary, MC, Suspense
Blurb: 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. So why did Ford constantly give him hell?
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: If Ford and Dana connect completely, god help the fugitive who’s in the sights of 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.
Promises 3 is Dana and Ford's story and true to A.E. Via's writing style we get the sexy and gruff partnership turned relationship that will sizzle the hair on your arms.
Dana has the respect of his team, he's earned his place and the title of the best marksman there is, but for some reason, he can't seem to get the same from his partner, Ford. The same man he has fantasized about for years but holds back—for fear of scaring off—he assumes, straight partner.
However, for reasons known only to him, Dana craves companionship, closeness, and even though he knew he shouldn't have, he takes his girlfriend, Jessica, back and tries to make their relationship work.
It doesn't though and Jessica is mean and conniving and is only out for herself. She constantly belittles Dana, puts down his self-worth and overlooks the value of his job.
Ford is furious at Dana when he realizes there is a girlfriend. Mostly, due to his pent up desires and his own insecurities to tell Dana that he wants him. He watches from afar and never passes up an opportunity to growl in Dana's ear... pushing all of his buttons.
When it becomes too much—when the need and the desire to touch and feel overtake Ford's brain—all it takes is one simple command for Dana to get on board.
When Ford was done inhaling him, he grazed Dana's ear with his lips. Not a kiss... a caress. Dana felt Ford turn his face into the crook of his neck and he fought not to whimper like a love-sick girl.
"Get rid of her. Now," Ford ordered, making Dana almost come in his pants.
It takes almost halfway for Ford and Dana to get their act together, but once they do, it's smooth sailing for both of them.
A.E. Via knows how to write tough, alpha, in your face, take-no-prisoners, crime-fighting men who love their job with their whole heart, but outside of that, they are even more so romantic and hardcore lovers-at-heart and 'God help you if you threaten what's theirs.'
Promises 3 can be read as a standalone but I think it would be more enjoyable reading the series in order as the other characters definitely have page time.
We get to see a glimpse of Brian's life, Ford's brother, and truthfully, he stole the show for me. I found his level of honesty and understanding, knowing what he wants and not afraid to go after it...refreshing. So different from his, gruff and older, brother.
I missed the connection, the talks, the intimacy of getting to know each other that Ford and Dana missed due to Jess taking up page time that I wish had been devoted to them. Plus, they are bounty hunters with a mission that doesn't leave much down time but I feel like Brian's story will be on a deeper level.
Still, highly recommended for the high octane adrenaline rush and the sexy times between two alpha men who, despite their hiccups, love passionately and wholeheartedly.
* My thanks to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review *
Meet the author
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 http://authoraevia.com 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.