Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Nothing Special V
Author: A.E. Via
Series: Nothing Special #5
Heroes: God/Day, Shawn/Steele
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 391 Pages
Publisher: Via Star Wings
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: The boys are back and fiercer than ever!
“We were a unit tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are f**kin’ unstoppable.” ~~ God ~~
Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele – who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the team. God and Day weren’t recruiting. They have a lot on their plates, like the fact they’re supposed to be getting married soon. They don’t have the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine.
A hothead that’s uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team motto?
Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman, Rasmus Steele – shows him a video of God’s team in action, he knows right away, it’s where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.
Steele pointed to the driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast… like a soldier. “And him. Who the hell is he?”
“That’s your new boss. Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”
Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God’s technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech,” he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.
Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there’s no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to fool him… fool all of them.
Review: My thought with the first line of the blurb – Yay, the boys are back! I love when a book like this comes out, and the characters are all there, same as before, reminding you of all the reasons you loved them in the past. It feels like a breath of fresh air to me when this happens and this is one heck of a big crew to love.
Steele is just about finished with law enforcement after he turned in his badge, but his uncle convinces him he just needs the right outlet/environment/team. He pulls some strings and brings him to Atlanta to joint God’s team. As you can imagine, God and the team aren’t real happy about this latest development. Every member of the team has basically been handpicked by God and/or Day, and it is a very close-knit family, in more ways than one. But, Steele looks good enough on paper for them to at least give him a try.
Shawn, or Tech as he is known, is the man behind the team. He’s a technological genius and master hacker who takes care of everything the team needs on that end. He is a bit of a geek in that respect, but he has been working very hard behind the scenes to gain skills needed to become a member in the field. When he and Steele meet, it is lust at first sight, but things don’t happen quite the way you’d expect, which I loved. Steele has quite a bit of work to do to win over the team, convince Tech to give him a chance at more than a fling, and then basically woos Tech as they take their time getting to know one another.
God and Day have quite a bit going on here as well, and the chapters switch between the couples, but it all flows very nicely and is easy to keep up with. Normally this would pull me from the story, but here, when one of the others was up next, I never felt as though I needed to be back with Shawn and Tech, because they are all so connected that it all felt like an important part of the overall story.
While this is all going on, the rest of the team is ever present with fabulous banter and dialog. Each character sounds just the way I remembered from their books, and I had no trouble distinguishing them throughout the story. Prescott and his men show up later on needing some help and they stay for some important events. While I loved seeing them again, I didn’t quite remember them being the way they were in this book. But it didn’t take long before that was forgotten and I was back to turning pages again.
It is stated that this can be read as a stand alone, and while I agree, I think you would really be missing out by skipping the prior books. It is through those that the attachment to each couple really grows and you learn their quirks and mannerisms, etc. This series is full of excitement and humor with plenty of hunky hot manlove to go alongside. I’m happy to say I recommend this series and look forward to reading about these guys again. Oh, and there’s a new member on the team! Free looks like he has a pretty interesting story to tell as well. Will he and Hart become a thing? I can’t wait to find out!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*