Don’t Judge by A.E. Via

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Publisher: Via Star Wings Publishing

About:Detective Austin Michaels didn’t think life could get any better after he was accepted into the most notorious narcotics task force on the East Coast, headed up by two of the baddest Lieutenants with the Atlanta Police Department – Cashel Godfrey and Leonidis Day.

Michaels knew he would fit right in as the team’s sniper, having received his fair share of commendations for marksmanship. He was just as badass as the rest of the twenty brothers that made up their team. But when Michaels lets their prime suspect get away from a huge bust with over a quarter of a million dollars in drugs, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it right.

Left with no other options, God chooses to bring in outside help, calling on his long-time friend and bounty hunter, Judge Josephson.

Judge was considered one of the best trackers during his enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. After retiring, he used those skills to become one of the most sought out fugitive trackers in the country. When Judge gets a call from his old friend needing his help, he quickly tells God, yes.

Still embarrassed, and intent to prove himself, Michaels immediately volunteers to partner up with Judge to get their suspect back quickly and quietly. Neither man wanted or needed a partner. But, after Judge and Michaels get on the road, the hate/lust relationship they quickly develop between them will either make them heroes… Or get them killed.

Review: Well, Mz. Via has done it again with her rough and tumble, tough and tenacious, gorgeous and sexy, crazy detectives. This book features Det. Austin Michaels, badass sniper of God and Day’s task force.

I really love this series. It’s hard to believe that it sprang from one of my favorite books, You Can’t See Me. These characters are robust in the sense that these guys don’t do anything half assed. They are all out, balls to the wall, tough and they take down the bad guys–hard. There are no sweet and smooth, sassy mouthed twinks in her books. No siree. These are grown, hard men. And that’s what I love about her characters. These men are equals in everything.

There are a few things that I picked up while reading Michaels’ character that I thought the author did a great job portraying. Michaels clearly had anger management issues but I couldn’t quite figure out where the anger was coming from. As I continued to read, I thought that his anger management was one of the symptoms of his depression. If you read it carefully, you can pick up that Michaels was battling depression. I also thought that it was great how Via showed exactly how much love and respect these men have for each other. They saw him struggling and stepped in to help when they saw him before he was able to spiral out of control.

I loved Judge. I didn’t dig his character at first. I had to read it a bit more before I warmed up to him but it didn’t take long. I realized that Judge wasn’t an ass at all. His gruff manner and hard shell was his way of not getting attached to anyone. His interaction with his father, his step mom and his dog showed a tender side you wouldn’t expect to come from a big biker looking type, a bad ass bounty hunter.

I noticed that there wasn’t as much macho posturing in this book and hasn’t been as much of it after God and Day’s story was told. Yes, the men were still the hard as nails, kick ass and take names type of men but it seems like they’ve mellowed out a bit and that may have to do with them being in loving relationships.

Another thing I want to mention is that there are not very many sex scenes written in but when there is, it’s totally hot?.

This author strikes the perfect balance in her stories in terms of plot, storyline, action and dialog; you’re not disappointed. The book doesn’t drag or lag anywhere. Two things I didn’t like about the book though: the spitting during sex (that’s a huge turnoff for me) and the one case of police brutality. I hear and see enough of that going on in real life, I really didn’t to read about it in my M/M romance when I’m looking to escape real life for a while. That aside, this is a pretty awesome story, hell, the entire series is faboulous. My favorites in the series so far are You Can’t See Me and Embracing His Syn.

These books are part of a series and can be read as standalone a but I highly recommend that you read the books in order to familiarize yourself with all of the characters.


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Rating: amazing


Wolf’s Honor by Laylah Hunter

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Dear Author,
I almost made it. I wasn’t a mile away from the edge of pack territory, but he managed to catch me. Now I’m pressed against the cold cement walls of this last hiding place. I can feel his heat behind me, his heavy breath on my neck. I absorb the pain as he wrenches my arms high up my back, immobilizing me. I wait for punishment. I’m so tired; I let my body relax into the inevitable. Running had been my last attempt at freedom. It’s been so long since I was free. Most of my life has been spent under the power-mad control of one Alpha or another, the curse of being an Omega. Everyone wants to own you, control you… use you. The image of the man behind me standing over my last Alpha, covered in his blood, eye’s glowing with battle rage; flashes through my head. That was only two days ago. In the chaos that followed, I managed to slip away. I hadn’t been out of the Alpha’s house in two years. I had hoped that no one in the pack would even remember my existence. The hard press of muscle, the scent of blood and power coming from the man behind me smothers my hope. I breathed in the scent of my new reality…

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A young, dark-haired man is pressed up against a concrete wall, face first. He’s held there by a taller man standing behind him, who leans into him possessively and has a hand on his forehead. The young man has his head tipped back and his eyes closed; the man behind him has an ambiguous expression that might be anger.

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Cory is running from Troy, the new alpha of his pack. All Cory has known is abuse as a lowly omega at the hands of the atrocious alphas. Troy is determined to show him that not all Alphas are the same.


This is a very short piece. There is no happy ending, but it’s definitely headed that way. Troy must prove his trustworthiness and Cory finally accepts him. They have a moment of hot sex to cement their bond and it’s left at that moment.

The writing is good, though the tidbit only left me wanting more.

3.5 of 5 hearts



Red Dirt Heart 2 by N. R. Walker

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Up until Travis arrived on his doorstep, Charlie had lived a very solitary life. He had surrounded himself with isolation; a couple million acres of red dirt, scorching sun and loneliness.

Six months on, winter has settled over the desert, and Charlie has the life he never dreamed possible. But living and working together, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, for six months straight starts to take its toll.

Charlie is a stubborn, stubborn man, who tends to have more conversations in his head than what comes out his mouth, whereas Travis has no problem saying what’s on his mind. And even as they both struggle to communicate, struggle to make sense of need versus want, Charlie can see that he’s pushing Travis away – yet seems helpless to stop it.

When it all boils down to whether Travis should stay or go, maybe the decision won’t be theirs to make.

(From Previous Site)

Travis and Charlie have been living and working together for 6 months now and things are mostly on an even keel. The two stubborn boys clash now and again, but mostly, they love one another.

They have some minor/major-ish squabbles over Travis wanting to raise a baby Kangaroo and Charlie worrying incessantly that Travis isn’t happy out in the boonies. But then … real trouble hits when immigration pulls Travis’ visa and Travis faces exportation.

Wow oh wow this was a great book! I had wondered what trouble the boys would get into since the last book ended fairly happily settled and boy do they have trouble.

Charlie really fretted this book. Like constantly. He just can’t get his brain wrapped around Travis being happy out there. The two fight and fight about it and almost split up as a result. But then Charlie digs deep and does some really, really amazing growing and – pull out the tissues – the end result is so sweet, it makes your teeth ache. (The scene at the Cattleman’s meeting and Immigration are the places where the Kleenex will come most in handy!)

I love Charlie and Travis as a couple and was so pleased to see them dealing with real life issues but still retaining the fairy tale romance.

I highly recommend this book and the series. 5 of 5 hearts.