Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Three the Hard Way (ACRO #7)

 Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.
Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process.
With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.


**** Riptide Publishing, via NetGalley, provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review****
Three men who should probably hate each other by now for various reasons. Past lovers scorned. Betrayed. Heartbroken. Men who thought they could always depend on the other ripped apart. Justice grew up loving Taggart like the best friend he'd always known, and then the lover he thought he'd never live without. The feeling was mutual until the Christmas night that took both of their mothers away and tore them apart. Still, when Taggart needs help he reaches out to the man who he's always loved, even if he feels he left him for ACRO. Then, Ian, the second man Tag ever loved even when he thought himself incapable, and seemingly the enemy, comes crashing into both of their lives. This novella is about giving passion free reign and second chances to make it all right.
Three the Hard Way has passion, steam, and storyline. Even if you haven't followed the ACRO series you can enjoy this one. Of course, the selfish part of me wishes it was full length and we could have had more details and depth about the three of them and their relationship, complete with all the struggles. Ian, Tag and Justice are all charming characters in their own way that attach the reader to them instantly. The pain and passion is tangible and you catch yourself cheering them on even if in black & white they probably shouldn't be in the beginning. Overall, either a great addition to the well written ACRO series or a fun and naughty quick read for someone who's never heard of the series. 

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