Title: Nothing Special (Nothing Special #1)
Author: A.E. Via
Publisher: Via Star Wings
Release Date: November 28th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Erotic Romance
Page Count: 344 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Nothing Special takes the reader through various emotions throughout the richly fulfilling plot that’s full of erotic gay romance, heartache, passion, trials and tribulations, police action scenes, and an intriguing twist that comes to an amazing ending that’s impossible to see coming.
Have you ever read a book and been rolling your eyes at the plot or certain scenes and been sure that you wouldn’t really like it until a particular scene happens? Then it completely transforms the book from okay to spectacular for you? That’s what happened to me here. Literally, I enjoyed this…It’s totally a rock ’em sock ’em OTT action story. This is basically a M/M Big Action-style Summer Blockbuster.
But what made ‘Nothing Special’ so special to me that I gave it four stars, and makes me willing to keep that rating no matter what else? The answer is one scene.
When Day is taken hostage and God loses his shit completely. This scene was so intense and powerful that it stayed with me long, long after I’d finished the book.
…”In your arms you hold the only thing in this world that means anything to me. The man that you are pointing a gun at is my only purpose for living. You are threating to kill the only person in this world that gives a fuck about me.”
“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 any and everything you hold dear. I will take everything from you and leave you alive to suffer through it. I will bestow upon you the same misery that you have given to me.”
“You kill that man, and you’ll have no idea of the monster you will create. Have you ever met a man with no heart…no conscience…no soul…no purpose?” God rumbled, his voice at least twelve octaves lower than the already deep baritone…
That one scene overrides any other complaints I had of how bad the editing and proofreading was, how cheesy, or contrived, some of the plot was…that one scene elevated the book in my opinion, so much so, that I will still keep the four stars.
Sometimes, for me, there is a scene that is so funny, sexy, powerful, sad, touching, or inspiring that the book itself could be total and complete crap, but I will remember it fondly anyway. Because the key word here is “remember”. You see, I read a lot. I mean – a lot. I’m talking over 400+ books a year on average. Sometimes I read so much the storylines start to blend and bleed together, and I’ll see a book later and think, “Have I read that? I read that? Why don’t I remember reading that?” A great scene always let’s me remember.