Title: Full Domain (Nice Guys #3)
Author: Kindle Alexander
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 434 Pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Honor, integrity, and loyalty are how Deputy US Marshal Kreed Sinacola lives his life. A former SEAL now employed by the Special Operations Group of the US Marshal Service, Kreed spent most of his life working covert operations and avoiding relationships. Never one to mix business with pleasure, his boundaries blur and his convictions are put to the test when he finally comes face-to-face with the hot computer geek he’s been partnered with. Hell-bent on closing the ongoing case for his longtime friend, he pushes past his own limits and uncovers more than he expects.
Aaron Stuart strives for one thing: justice. Young and full of idealism, his highly sought after computer skills land him a position with the National Security Agency. Aaron’s biggest hazard at his job is cramped fingers, but all that changes when he is drawn into the middle of a dangerous federal investigation. Aaron gets more than he bargained for when the FBI partners him with a handsome and tempting deputy US marshal. His attraction to the inked up, dark-haired man provides another kind of threat altogether. Aaron tries desperately to place a firewall around his heart and fight his developing feelings, knowing one misstep on his part could ultimately destroy him.
The solution isn’t as easy as solving the case, which is treacherous enough as it is. But the growing sexual attraction between them threatens to derail more than just Kreed’s personal convictions as he quickly learns temptation and matters of the heart rarely fit easily into the rules he’s lived by. Will Kreed be able to convince Aaron to open his heart and face the fact that sometimes the answers aren’t always hidden in code?
I have been ridiculously excited about this final installment in the “Nice Guys” series ever since I first read about bad-ass former Navy SEAL turned Deputy US Marshal SOG team member Kreed Sinacola in Full Disclosure. Then, as soon as hackitvist Aaron Stuart appeared on page and shot Kreed down…well, I just knew those two would go together like peanut butter and jelly.
And I was right! Aaron’s a hottie bad boy and totally irresistible to Kreed (AND Aaron’s got ink and nipple rings! Nipple rings, people!! Yum num nummies!). I loved that their relationship wasn’t a slam dunk from the beginning; Aaron definitely makes Kreed work for it. Um Hmm! Though there is definitely some serious UST to get through before we ultimately get our payoff, it’s totally worth it. In spades. The hot times are smoking!
The mystery about who’s killing the high profile gay men is finally brought to a close and Kreed and Aaron are instrumental in the takedown. I love that we get more time to spend with Mitch and Cody and Colt and Jace, as well as getting to see jokester Mitch getting some payback for his constant teasing of Colt for so long. I love that Kreed is the super bad-ass, but loves his spa time and Lush products, and I especially love the romance side to the story.
Aaron’s hacking activities (both legal and shady) are the cornerstone of the story, and Alexander doesn’t disappoint with the little bit of angst that comes from Aaron fighting with who he really is in contrast to who he’s presented to the world, and Kreed.
“I love you, but I’m not who you think I am. I’ve got too many skeletons to make this work. I’m so sorry.”
His heart almost stopped in his chest when Kreed’s eyes opened, and he was suddenly staring into those dark chestnut pools that saw too much. “I already know that. I could tell you’re hiding something. You just don’t understand, Aaron. Your secrets don’t matter to me. I know what’s in here.” Kreed listed a hand to Aaron’s chest, covering his heart. “At some point, you’re gonna realize you can trust me. I’m willing to give you that time.”
There’s definitely a lot to love about this story and I can’t say enough good things about the relationship side of this story and how melty it made me feel!
On the negative side, I thought the pacing was slow and I didn’t find the flow as easy as the first two novels in the series. I also found the constant referral of twenty-nine year old Aaron by thirty-eight year old Kreed as “kid” and “church boy” off-putting. I understand Kreed does it in the beginning to try to create some distance, but it was overused and annoying. The fact that it’s pointed out to Kreed by his boss, Skinner, and Mitch, and Aaron that Aaron’s not a kid at different points in the story and that doesn’t make Kreed stop using the nickname nearly drove me insane.
Other than that though, I thought it’s a good wrap up to the mystery, the romance is solid and my absolute favorite part of the story, and I love there’s potential for the guys to return at a later date!