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EMBRACING HIS SYN
by A.E. Via
M/M GAY EROTIC CONTEMPORARY
Cover Artist – Princess SO
WORD COUNT – 107,160
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Sergeant Corbin ‘Syn’ Sydney had dedicated his life to becoming the best detective. So when he heard there was an opening on the notorious Atlanta Narcotics Task Force, he jumped at the chance. But, what he wasn’t ready for was realizing just how lonely he’d made himself, when he observed the loving and dedicated relationship between the two men he served under: Lieutenant Cashel ‘God’ Godfrey and Lieutenant Leonidis Day.
Syn prepared himself to accept his lonely fate until he walked into a small pub and met the long-haired, tattooed bartender, Furious Barkley. Before Syn can even understand why, he’s overcome with feelings he barely recognizes: passion, yearning, craving. And if the dark, lustful gazes are anything to go by, Furious might be feeling the same things for him.
Just two thing needs to happen before Syn and Furi can give each other what’s been missing from their lives for so long… Syn needs to find the evidence that proves Furi’s innocence of murder, as well as protect him from a past that refuses to let go.
God, Day, Ronowski, and Johnson are still as entertaining as ever…
You’ll swoon over God’s massive take-charge attitude…
You’ll laugh hysterically at Day’s never-ending wit…
You’ll fall in love with Furious’ mysterious, sexy demeanor…
You’ll embrace Syn…
Disclaimer: This book DOES NOT contain polygamous sexual pairings.
“Uh oh. Stranger danger.”
Syn looked behind him but no one was there.
“I mean you. You just gonna stand there and stare, man?” Furious raised his head and turned slowly, pinning Syn with a hot glance.
“Yeah. I know your name, you told me already.” Furious cut him off. “Your cologne will give you away every time.”
Syn stepped a little closer. “Does it smell that bad?”
“Nope. Smells that good,” he said on an exhale of smoke.
Syn unintentionally let a small smile creep up on him. Now that he had approached Furi, he was at a complete loss as to what to say or do. He had absolutely no idea why he was approaching this man … any man. Furious’ eyes were as dark as night, his eyelashes dark and long, just brushing his cheek when he looked down. Syn looked his fill, while Furious watched him curiously.
“I like your ink,” Syn blurted out, cringing a bit when it came out a little louder than he planned. “The stars are pretty cool.”
Furious took a deep inhale of his cigarette, blew the smoke out through his nose and flicked the butt into the street. He rose up off the back of the bench standing to his full height, perhaps six-one. “You know what people assume about a person when they have star tattoos, don’t you?” Furious held his eye contact.
“I’ve heard some things. Not one to believe everything I hear though.”
“Is that right?”
Syn scrunched his eyebrows not knowing where Furious was going with this – hell, where he was going with this.
“You waiting on the bus?”
“You got it, genius. How’d you ever guess that?”
“You’re a real smart ass … and the name’s Syn. I thought I’d keep you company while you wait … maybe even offer you a ride.” Syn’s face was tight as he spoke. Why the hell did everyone have to be so fucking sarcastic all the time?
“Oh really.” Furious tucked his ear buds inside his jacket and ran his hand through his hair. “Why the hell would you offer me a ride?”
“Why wouldn’t I? You obviously need one. I’m just trying to be friendly.” Syn stepped closer and he heard a slight catch in Furious’ breath.
“I’m good, man. I got a ride.”
Syn turned when he heard the diesel engine of the MARTA bus pulling over to stop.
“I could drop you off, it’s no big deal.” Syn shrugged as if it really didn’t matter. Oh, but it did.
Why the hell am I trying so hard?
“I’m good. Besides, I don’t ride with strangers.”
The bus’s air brakes were loud as it came to a stop and the automatic doors opened.
“Say it,” Syn snapped suddenly.
Furious turned to look at him from the stairs of the bus. “Say what?”
“My name, damnit.”
“Why?” Furious almost whispered.
“Because, I want to hear it from your mouth.” Syn’s voice had gone gravelly. He was being honest. He did want to hear it. Now. Later. And ten octaves higher ricocheting off his bedroom walls. Hell.
“No,” Furious replied, turned, and got on the bus.
For some reason, Syn watched as his new, enigmatic friend paid his fare and settled himself in the back on the far side of the bus. Furious never looked in his direction, but Syn kept hoping he would as the driver pulled the large vehicle back into traffic.
Yep it’s official Ms. A.E. Via is fast becoming an author who’s work I enjoy reading. This was a nice follow up to “Nothing Special”. Embracing His Syn has just the right mix of action along with smexy, and a nice dose of humor…I loved Syn and Furi; damn even their names are hot!
Furi is in the process of rebuilding his life after leaving an abusive marriage. Part of that rebuilding requires some supplemental income in the form of working as an on-line porn star. Which is fine until he meets Sargent Syn and his fellow male porn co-workers start dying.
Syn has just transferred to the elite narco squad in Atlanta. While trying to pin down the dealer distributing X laced with rohypnol he meets that tatted up bartender at his local pub. Not only does things start off shaky for him with his new squad, he can’t seem to catch a break with Furi no matter how hard he tries.
Yeah this story is a little insta-lust/inta-love but with a build up. Our MC’s don’t jump into bed right away and start declaring their undying love within the first couple of chapters; it does take some time but once it starts it’s like BAM!!!
Ok so there is a murder to solve, a drug dealer to stop and a super crazy ex-husband to deal with all while trying to figure out…is this one. I love it; I like action, suspense with a hot smexy love story thrown in the mix.
Some things I loved, the dialogue between the characters and one of my favorite lines, after Day and God continuously “break in” into Syn’s apartment:
“You don’t invite the wind. The wind just -”. “Stop saying that stupid wind bullshit. Because if your door is shut and you weather guard that bitch then the wind stays the fuck out until…You. Open. The. Door.”
The other thing I loved about this story was God and Day were in it just enough to make me happy…why because Day is funny as hell and God…well damn he’s just sexy as all get out. Ro and Johnson are in this story too!
I’m so glad the terms baby, sweetheart, and honey weren’t over used in this story…but I did have some ugh, really moments…Mostly centered around geography; the Missouri River is nowhere near Atlanta (it’s the Chattahoochee River), and Savannah is more than a twenty to thirty minute drive down the road (more like three hours) I’m sure these oversights were done more so for romantic affect but it rubbed by the wrong way.
Over all I loved the story and look forward to more from this writer and this series.
About the author
A.E. Via is still a fairly new best-selling author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy to scandalous. Her stories often include intriguing edges and twists that take readers to new, thought-provoking depths.
When she’s not clicking away at her laptop, A.E. runs a very successful paralegal-for-hire business, and in her spare time, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.
While this is only her fourth novel, she has plenty more to come. So sit back and grab a cool drink, because the male on male action is just heating up!
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