Detective Cashel ‘Cash’ Godfrey is big, tattooed and angry so people typically keep their distance. He’s fresh out of the police academy, however, no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast with a huge chip on his shoulder and an inability to trust. When Cash scans the orientation room he wasn’t expecting to find sexy hazel eyes locked onto him. Eyes of the handsome Detective Leonidis ‘Leo’ Day.
Leo is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic and the only one that can make Cash smile. He’s proud, out and one bad-ass detective.
Together Cash and Leo become the most revered and successful narcotics detectives Atlanta’s ever seen. Able to communicate and understand each other, without even having to voice it, they quickly climb up the promotional ranks.
When Cash saves Leo’s life in a raid that turns deadly, Leo begins to see something in the big man that no one else does…something special. But Leo fears he’ll never break through the impenetrable wall that protects Cash’s heart.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.
I totally admit to binging this series and coming back and writing the reviews after listening to books 1-6 in just a few weeks. I apologize if anything gets mixed up between books as many of the characters are in all of them to differing degrees.
This is a little bit of a slow burn as Via introduces us to the characters, their histories, the department, and the time before Officers Cashel “God” Godfrey & Leonidas Day transition from friends to lovers. While I was a little impatient to get to the relationship – I definitely enjoyed the world building.
Honestly, Day steals the show with his wit and vulnerable emotions. In some respects it’s true to Cashel’s reserved personality that he’s somewhat in the background – but I also think the anticlimactic resolution of his family conflict contributed to this as well. Overall, I loved their friendship and blossoming romantic relationship.
I struggled a little bit with God almost always being called God. I know it’s his nickname – but it was awkward in a lot of places and sometimes just felt like set-up for jokes. I felt like Day calling him Cash or Cashel seemed more personal to their relationship.
You can’t help but adore all the characters who are each intriguing in their own way. I was especially fond of Ro & Johnson, so much so that I kind of wish that they got their own book or novella. However, they get a lot of “page time” over the series, so it works out.
Slightly Spoiler-ish FYI: There’s a scene, really it takes up at least a whole chapter, that details a foursome involving God, Day, Ro, & Johnson. It didn’t really bother me other than it sort of came out of nowhere and was at the very beginning of both individual couples’ relationships which made me question where Via was going with things. However, it’s something they do as an “addition” to their couple-relationships – it’s not a foursome/poly/open relationship. (sorry if that’s muddier rather than helpful)
Up next, Embracing His Syn.
Aiden Snow definitely brings this book (and the whole series) to the next level. He does an amazing job of giving all the characters their own unique voice, tone, & personality. Eargasms galore!
About the author:
A.E. Via is a best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. She’s been reading gay romance exclusively for ten years before she decided to submit one of her own stories for publication. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her novels often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths. When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
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My Favorite Quotes
I felt like I was nothing special… but you believed I was someone worthy of your love. – Nothing Special by @AuthorAEVia #Audiobook narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #MMRomance #Police #FriendsToLoversTweet
It takes way more muscles to frown than to smile. I’m just conserving energy. – Nothing Special by @AuthorAEVia #Audiobook narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #MMRomance #Police #FriendsToLoversTweet
If you didn’t drink twenty cups of coffee a day, then maybe you could sleep. – Nothing Special by @AuthorAEVia #Audiobook narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #MMRomance #Police #FriendsToLoversTweet
If you kill that man, I swear on everything that is holy, I will track you to the ends of the earth, killing and destroying everything you hold dear. – Nothing Special by @AuthorAEVia #Audiobook narrated by @AidenSnowVoice #MMRomance #Police #FriendsToLoversTweet