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