There was a special offer on this box-set, and since you can’t enter an MM book forum without being drowned by gushes of A.E. Via praise, I decided to take a chance. That’s despite me reading His Hart’s Command (Nothing Special #6) a while back and not being even remotely impressed.
But I’m sad to say this purchase was a complete dud. And the series is – unfortunately – quite aptly named. There’s truly nothing special about these stories. Well, not in the positive sense anyway.
These books each follow a different couple. It’s the guys in a special narcotics task force in Atlanta who all meet their very special someone. And there is supposed to be lots of steamy action, in and out of bed. But… well.
First, the guys in these books are such over the top manly-men it’s just plain silly. All that’s missing is some shirt-less chest pounding and Tarzan-esque jungle-yodeling to complete the ridiculousness that are these characters. All the macho posturing and inane dialogue feels like a comedy of sorts. The kind where you need a pillow to hide behind because of all the second-hand embarrassment.
But tragically enough, the characters aren’t even the worst part. This is supposed to be a detective series. All the guys are in law enforcement, some way or another. And all their interactions, and lives, center around their work and their various cases. However, it’s painfully obvious that Via doesn’t know the first thing about police work. And this is most definitely one of my pet peeves. Authors writing about stuff they don’t know. Thinking they don’t need to do any proper research because they think they can make it credible by being vague and half-assing everything. But their ignorance shines through. Every single time. And what makes it even worse is that it’s not just one book, no, Via has written an entire series this way.
To sum things up, if you enjoy hot, MM, detective reads with great characters, then don’t buy these books. Personally, A.E. Via goes on my hell-no list.