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Released today! Angel’s Hero by Liz Borino

Angel's Hero

Angel’s Hero is book one in the Angel series and is released today. Book two is Angel’s Truth and is expected to be published on 14th March. Reviews for both books are to follow but in the meantime check out the excerpt for Angel’s Hero below.

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The blurb….

CIA Agent Aaron “Angel” Collins doesn’t take many things on faith. He trusts his gut, his eyes, and his husband, Jordan, an Army Captain. When his commanding officers deliver  news of Jordan’s death, Aaron needs proof. The facts don’t add up, and Aaron must decide if he can trust Major General Troy Hart to assist in his quest to discover the truth.
Captain Jordan Collins is battered and disheartened in an Afghanistan prison, but definitely not dead, though he learns his own government believes he is. His only mission now is to stay alive and make it home to Angel, if he can find an ally among the enemy. But someone in the US government will stop at nothing to make sure he never leaves that prison, And Jordan must reevaluate the lines between friend and foe if he is ever to return to his Angel.
Excerpt:
July 2013 Langley, Virginia
CIA Agent Aaron Collins pushed his shoulders together as he strode through the hallway to his supervisor Mick Keller’s office and rapped on the door. As if waiting for him, Keller swung it open. “Come in, Collins, come in. Have a seat. Can I get you a drink?”
“No, thank you, sir,” Aaron replied, shifting in the hard wooden chair. His boss wrung his hands as he circled his large desk. “Is everything all right?” Clearly not, he answered himself.
Bosses tended not to call emergency meetings on a Friday to discuss the company’s upcoming Keller sat behind his desk and adjusted his glasses.
“I need you to brief Foster on the POW situation in Afghanistan. The two of you are switching cases.”
Aaron blinked. “My team and I have been working with the military on that mission for months. We’re three weeks from deployment.”
“Yes, Foster will assume your leadership role.”
“Foster? He’s a paper pusher!” Aaron exclaimed.
“Collins.” Keller’s voice held a warning.
Yeah, God forbid the agency admits the truth about the competence of their employees.
“Sir, he really is not qualified.”
“He will be once you brief him. We need you here, Collins,” Keller told him.
Aaron tilted his head to the side. “Why do you need a field agent here?”
“You’re one of our best,” Keller said.
“And… you’re afraid to send me because you have reason to doubt safety?” Aaron extrapolated.
“It is a rather volatile situation,” Keller hedged.
Of course it’s volatile! Fucking enemies have our men! “What aren’t you telling me?”
Keller shook his head. “It wasn’t my decision.”
“Well, whose decision was it? Have you thought of calling them an idiot?”
“Not all of us have your finesse,” Keller replied.
“I’ll be there, or you need to give me a reason that I can’t, beyond the stuffed shirt above you said so,” Aaron said.
Keller removed his glasses and massaged his eyes. “No, that’s all the reason either one of us require. Your job is here for the next four months.”
“I have the most information about this mission,” Aaron tried once more, but even as he spoke, he knew the battle was over.
“None of us know very much,” Keller responded with a sigh. “I’m sorry.”
So am I. “Can I still get updates?”
“You know we can’t.” Keller paused, then added, “He’ll be all right, Collins.”
They weren’t talking about Foster’s competence anymore. Now Keller referred to Aaron’s husband, Jordan, an Army Captain also assigned to this mission. “Of course he will. I only wish I could help.”
“You’ll help by training Foster,” Keller replied.
Right. “Is there anything else, sir?” Aaron asked.
“No, you may go home.”
“Thank you.” Aaron stood, shook Keller’s hand, and walked out of the building after grabbing his messenger bag. Ducking into his car, Aaron leaned his head back on the seat. He dialed Jordan’s cell.
“Hey, Angel, you done already?” Jordan asked, the perkiness in his voice signaling that he did not get the same news today.
And like magic, the sound of Jordan’s nickname for him eroded the edges of Aaron’s own bad mood. “Yep, you?”
“Two beers in at home,” Jordan responded. “I’ve got dinner started.”
“See, now I think you’re vying to steal my nickname from me.” Aaron started the ignition and put his foot on the brake.
“Never happen. You okay?” Jordan asked.
“Uh… do we have anything stronger than beer, or should I stop?”
“Oh, boy.” Jordan’s tone grew serious. “We have whiskey, if that will do.”
Best you can get in the US. Aaron released a breath. “That’ll work. Love you.”
“Love you, too.” Jordan ended the call and Aaron began the twenty minute trek home to Maryland.
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To find out more about Liz Borino and her books visit her website.
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You Can See Me by A.E. Via

You Can See MeYou Can See Me by A.E. Via

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The blurb…

Renowned Chef Prescott Vaughan was at the height of his career when a car accident leaves him completely blind. His fiancée leaves him in a state of desperation and depression. Prescott pines for love and happens to find it in his neighbor; male neighbor Dr. Rickson Edwards. Prescott never considered himself gay, but when Ric saves him, Prescott begins to view his rescuer differently. However, when Ric and Prescott have problems, Prescott seeks comfort from an escort but was unprepared for the sexy, southern, hotness that is Blair McKenzie. Prescott now has to choose between his two men…or does he?

Warning: A sexy surgeon, a world renowned Chef, and a smokin, southern escort are as opposite as can be, but when they come together, grab a cold drink cause it’s about to get extra hot!

So what did I think?

A thoroughly enjoyable book featuring three (yes 3!) gorgeous men – I loved the characters and the story with it’s dramatic moments!

On the plus side….

Sexy food critic ✔
Sexy doctor ✔
Sexy chef/escort ✔
Sexy food critic, doctor and chef/escort together ✔
A Texan ✔
A man finally figuring out he’s gay ✔
Hot sex ✔
Men with feelings ✔
Romantic gestures ✔
Dramatic medical scenes ✔
A miracle ✔
Accepting families ✔
Happy endings ✔

On the downside…..there wasn’t really much of a downside. I enjoyed this book for what it was and just immersed myself in some hot, man-on-man-on-man loving. Maybe all three men didn’t seem entirely equal and I would have loved to have got to know Blair in more than a sexual capacity (thank god he stood up for himself in a scene where he said exactly what I was thinking) and yes, the “strawberry” endearment stuck out a bit as being unusual. Plus Pres’s ex-girlfriends were as annoying as hell!

This story deals with blindness and one of the strengths was the impression that the author really knows her stuff as shown in all the little things – the descriptions, the touching and feeling. The strong medical knowledge was also reflected in the story with very realistic scenes (at least they seemed very real to me given I am not a medically trained person!)

“With every storm, there’ll be sunshine after,” Pres responded.
Blair laughed in between them. “Storm and sunshine…..so what does that make me? asked Blair.
“The Rainbow,” Ric and Pres responded in unison.

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A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.

To find out more about A.E. Via and her books visit her website.

Buy You Can See Me from Amazon.