Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Don’t Judge
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Nothing Special #4
Heroes: Judge Josephson/Austin Michaels
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 335 Pages
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books
Release Date: June 26, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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: This is book 4 of the series, but could probably be read on its own. However, I totally recommend you read the previous books to really get to know the characters involved here.
Michaels is a new addition to God and Day’s team. He made previous appearances as the officer who was longing for a spot on the team. He has now been there for a few years as the team sniper. He loves his job, but he is lonely and having a hard time watching the various relationships in place on the team. After a bust goes bad and he feels responsible, Michaels convinces God to let him prove himself when God calls in a bounty hunter favor.
Judge is a bad ass bounty hunter who is an old Army buddy of God. He works alone, his only partner is his Great Dane, Bookem. They get in, get the job done, and move on. He doesn’t do romance or relationships, especially after his last partner was killed. He is coming to a bit of a crossroads though, realizing he and Bookem are getting older and each job is taking more of a toll.
Unfortunately, he is unable to turn down God’s call for help and extremely reluctantly accepts Michaels tagging along. It doesn’t take long for these guys to start feeling the effects of the sexual tension between them. Michaels has some anger issues, and Judge has just the outlet. As with all the other books in this series, Ms. Via delivers crazy hot alpha males and scorching scenes with enough of an enjoyable plot to keep things interesting.
There were a few things in this one that prevented this from a higher rating. I didn’t quite feel like I knew the characters from the guys I knew before. It was still them, but they just felt a little different. I know it has been a few years, but Michaels seemed to have made quite a transformation, even if not all of it was negative. I don’t usually mention or allow editing errors to sway my feelings, but there were some pretty obvious examples throughout that kept pulling me out of the story.
That said, this was another solid story in an equally solid and very enjoyable series. Learning there is more in the works with these guys, even bringing some of the others back again, made me very happy at the end. I definitely recommend this, as well as the entire series, especially if you are a fan of bad ass alphas.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*