Series Review: Angel’s Hero & Angel’s Truth by Liz Borino

Reviewed by Susan65

20760761Title: Angel’s Hero
Author: Liz Borino
Series: Angel #1
Heroes: Aaron “Angel” Collins and Jordan Collins
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 79 pages
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
Release Date: February 26, 2014
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: CIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.

Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel.

Review:

No big secret that I love established couples and I don’t think there are enough in MM romance. Yes, it is nice to see how a couple meets initially, but for some reason I am partial to those who are already in it for life and then run into adversity. Here we have Jordan and Aaron, whom Jordan calls Angel, who are married and have been together for eleven years. Aaron is CIA and Jordan is an Army officer.

These two have always deployed together and so they are shocked and extremely nervous when Aaron is replaced at the eleventh hour with a man with less than half his experience and knowledge. And thus begins the drama that ensues when Jordan becomes a POW and then considered a KIA. Aaron doesn’t believe it. There is too much unknown and unless he has solid proof he will not accept that his husband is dead.

There is intrigue, secrets, lies, manipulation and treason entwined with love, hope and adoration between Jordan and Aaron. There is also quite a bit of family drama on Aaron’s side and the supportive father on Jordan’s. But then you have Troy, a friend who jumps at the chance at Aaron now that Jordan is dead and out of the picture. He doesn’t take no as an answer very well but promises to use his military status to help Aaron find the proof he needs to accept Jordan’s death. I saw Troy as a snake from the get-go and Aaron’s family was way out of line in trying to force him to morn their way.

I really liked this story, even though it ends with a slight but exciting cliffhanger, but I can’t help feeling it would have been a solid five star read if it were a full length novel. There is so much going on that is just glossed over and I found myself wanting to know more. I wanted more detail and more emotion. I wanted to feel a deeper connection to Aaron and Jordan but it was weakened by the fast pace.

All that aside, in addition to established couples I also have a love affair with military men too so there was no doubt that I was going to read this story, and even less doubt that I would like it. I just wanted a little more.

Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!

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20760835Title: Angel’s Truth
Author: Liz Borino
Series: Angel #2
Heroes: Aaron “Angel” Collins and Jordan Collins
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 64 pages
Publisher: Lazy Day Publishing
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Available at: Amazon (coming soon)
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: “Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”

So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero. Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?

Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.

Review: 

Wow, what a great beginning to book two. The last novella ended at the most inopportune time and I could not wait to open the sequel to see how it played out.

Jordan has made it home. It was totally unlikely that it was ever going to happen, but no matter what the government says about accepting help from the enemy there was no way Jordan would live otherwise. What else is a POW scheduled for execution supposed to do? He is not a traitor, but the victim of a traitor…now he has to prove it.

Aaron is a solid, unflappable rock for Jordan…and he should be at over seven feet tall (which was really hard for me picture, quite honestly, so in my head he was closer to six feet six). These two men have each other’s back in all things and it’s not a surprise that they have lasted for eleven years, and I foresee many more years in their future. But coming home was the easy part for these guys and now they have to fight to keep Jordan out of prison at home. Seriously, how fair is it to survive as a POW in the desert, forgotten and forsaken by your country, only to be considered a risk to your homeland when you are forced to save yourself? Jordan and Aaron are both very smart, very capable men and together they find that information to prove his innocence…and the guilt of a supposed friend.

The timeline and continuity of all aspects of this story is spot on. You could easily read both books back to back and feel as if it were one novel. I still was left wanting more, but was vested in both Jordan and Aaron and genuinely liked them both. Match that with the mystery and family issues, it turned out to be a really good read.

Overall Impression: I Really Liked It!

*I received a copy of these books from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Published in 2014, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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