Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Tour, Excerpt, eARC Review : Embracing His Syn by A.E. Via

A.E. Via is still a fairly new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories 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. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business, and in her spare time, she 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.While this is only her fourth novel, she has plenty more to come. So sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up!
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Author A.E. Via
Cover Artist – Princess SO 
WORD COUNT – 107,160
Release Date: July 30, 2014

Sergeant Corbin 'Syn' Sydney had dedicated his life to becoming the best detective. So when he heard there was an opening on the notorious Atlanta Narcotics Task Force, he jumped at the chance. But, what he wasn't ready for was realizing just how lonely he’d made himself, when he observed the loving and dedicated relationship between the two men he served under: Lieutenant Cashel ‘God’ Godfrey and Lieutenant Leonidis Day. 
Syn prepared himself to accept his lonely fate until he walked into a small pub and met the long-haired, tattooed bartender, Furious Barkley. Before Syn can even understand why, he’s overcome with feelings he barely recognizes: passion, yearning, craving. And if the dark, lustful gazes are anything to go by, Furious might be feeling the same things for him.
Just two thing needs to happen before Syn and Furi can give each other what’s been missing from their lives for so long... Syn needs to find the evidence that proves Furi’s innocence of murder, as well as protect him from a past that refuses to let go.
God, Day, Ronowski, and Johnson are still as entertaining as ever...
You'll swoon over God's massive take-charge attitude...
You'll laugh hysterically at Day's never-ending wit...
You'll fall in love with Furious' mysterious, sexy demeanor...
You'll embrace Syn... 
Disclaimer: This book DOES NOT contain polygamous sexual pairings.

My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Alright, I'll say it: This has got to be A.E. Via's SWEEEEEEEETEST book!

Syn Corbin gets the hazing he deserves. Well, the sort of hazing a group headed by none other than the amazing duo, God and Night. After that horrifying ordeal, Syn is integrated into the task force and made Sergeant. Surprising? Not really. 

Syn had worked hard to be the detective of his calibre and wanting to join the special narcotics task force which unbeatable record remains credible and clean had been his dream ever since he found out about it. He never thought that his applying for the job would mean having to remain vigilant over its members who loved to play tricks on him nor that he'd also gain a family. A family made up of the members from Nothing Special like God, Night, Ro and Johnson. Each man demanded R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Yeah, that song hooked!)

As Syn gets used to his new team he also gets used to Atlanta and the bars around. One such place particularly held his attention for the bar tender was sexy, had tats that spoke to Syn and hair he wanted to just touch. The man who catches his eye is Furious Barkley, a man who could command Syn.

Furious, or Furi, does not want any special attention from anyone. He was trying to get over a past relationship and he was focused on finishing his degree and then opening his shop with his best friend. When Syn starts to strike up conversations with him, he just flirts and teases. Soon the flirting and teasing turn into something else, something neither man really wanted to accept as real for Furi has secrets he does not wish known. How will Syn react when he finally finds out?

This was a really HOT! read and the investigative processes were peppered with comedy, no thanks to Day and Night playing around the way they do. Though Syn does have his own special brand of humor and I especially loved it when he finally got his turn and yes! Pay back's A Bitch! That was simply delicious. 

The action packed scenes legitimized (at least in my head) the hotness and toughness of these men who prove once and for all that they are hot and deadly! Even when going down the stairs using an SUV - makes it faster I think? - made them adorable. As for the drama and the angst? Yes, definitely there but it was not screaming dramatic! It was more like a suspense drama that escalated to more action. 

The romance that develops between Syn and Furi is not what I am used to reading from author A.E. Via. Yes, this is still as HOT! and erotic as ever and the sizzling chemistry between the men is just as thick as could be imagined without panting but the romance itself? The relationship that develops? It was kinda sweet!

Yes! Believe it or not, I say Via Sweet!

But none of the mushy sweetness that taste like cheese. Nope. More like jalapeňo sweet!

Note: This story connects the books written by this author. There was special mention of the guys from You Can See Me, too, although they did not play any active role in the romance that played out here, they did participate in their own way.
Now go read the excerpt! (Have you seen the Trailer?)

Excerpt from Chapter Two

 “I was exactly the man for this job Captain Myers, but I refuse to work for these two thieves.”
God moved into Syn’s personal space quickly, damn near putting his nose on Syn’s forehead. He snarled, "Shut up," but Syn didn’t budge. He kept talking, refusing to be intimidated.
“The bust went exactly according to their plan. You might want to check some of your detectives' bank accounts, Captain. It seems they aren’t satisfied with their pay grade and have resorted to robbing dealers.”
“Are you referring to yourself, Sydney?” God pfftd.
Syn saw red. His hand moved quickly, too fast for God to stop it as he bunched God’s jacket up in his fists. Syn didn’t anticipate God’s anger escalating as quickly as it did. A huge hand locked on to his throat, the other massive hand gripping his bulletproof vest. God propelled him backwards until Syn slammed against the wall.
“Calm down, Sydney!” God roared.
Syn tried to unsuccessfully take a breath.
“God, back off, now!” Syn could hear the Captain yelling, but his head was pounding from the impact with the wall.
Syn knew he only had a few more seconds before he would pass out. He brought his right arm all the way up and slammed it back down onto God’s forearm, dislodging the punishing grip. Syn gulped a quick breath, crouched low and slammed his right fist into God’s ribs. He saw God’s right fist coming and he had to use both arms to block the hit. Fuck, God was strong and fucking huge. God grabbed both of Syn’s shoulders and no matter how Syn twisted, he couldn’t pry himself free. He stopped trying to remove God’s fingers and instead braced both hands on God’s thick shoulders, reared his head back and slammed his forehead into the bridge of God’s nose, finally making him release his grip. God staggered back and although Syn was dazed, he moved in, determined to keep the upper hand. In a split second he registered his legs being taken out from under him. Day had moved like a panther, dropped and spin-kicked his legs, sending Syn to the floor back first, hard.
Damn that fucker is fast. Syn didn’t let the pain radiating down his back stall him. He kicked back up onto his feet and prepared to take them both on. How? He had no idea, but he damn sure was going to give it his best try.
“Enough,” Day said easily, not even out of breath.
Syn saw God over against the Captain’s desk moving his nose back and forth checking to see if it was broken. Syn didn’t dare let his guard down. “I’ll say when it’s enough and I won’t stop until I’ve gone to IA and your whole goddamn task force is under investigation. It won’t be enough until they’re probing up your asses with microscopes for dirty money,” Syn gasped the words between breaths.
“A microscope is not what I prefer up my ass Detective Sydney … or haven’t you heard?” Day retorted.
Syn couldn’t stop his startled reaction, Day’s crass remark catching him off guard. “You sonofabitch.” Syn moved toward Day again, his resolve long gone.
Captain Myers moved in and put a thick hand against the front of Syn’s chest. “Actually, I say when it’s enough. Detective Sydney, unless you want to wait down in lockup until you calm down, I suggest you get a hold of yourself. You are all highly trained professionals and you’re acting like goddamn animals.”
Syn’s chest heaved up and down with adrenaline. He’d just taken on God and Day. What the hell am I doing?
Captain Myers turned and pointed a long finger at Day. “Day, if you ever refer to anything you want in your ass around me again, I’ll have your inappropriate, cocky ass back in a uniform policing school zone traffic.”
Syn heard Day snort at the Captain and walk over to God, squinting to look at his nose. “Is it broken?” Day asked.
God shook his head no, while glaring at Syn.
Day smiled at Syn with what looked like pride. He clapped his hands together once and whooped before speaking. “Damn, the man can rumble. Never seen anyone not back down from you, God. I like him already. I say we make him third in command. I told you he’d fit right in. Man, when I’m right, I’m right. Sometimes I stun my damn self with how great a judge of character I am!” Day did some weird happy dance.
“Yeah, I’m a great judge of character too, that’s why I don’t like anyone,” God snapped.

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