Today I am so pleased to welcome A.E. Via to Joyfully Jay. A.E. has come to share an exclusive excerpt from her latest release, Nothing Special V. She has also brought along a tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Thank you all for visiting me here on Joyfully Jay’s. I’m so happy to introduce the next installment of my best-selling Nothing Special series. I can’t be more pleased with the response so far. It’s great to see everyone enjoying my alpha cops as much as I enjoy writing them. Here’s an exclusive excerpt. I hope it grabs you… if so… one-click this one today. Don’t forget to enter the chance to win a $100 Kindle gift card in my giveaway!
“I don’t like this captain. I choose my team, it’s always been that way. My team is built of qualified men I can trust. You’re telling me I gotta take some blacklisted cop from the West Coast, who lost the respect of his entire department. His partner’s killed and he flees. Fuck that. Find him another department. Homicide or robbery.” God was never disrespectful to his captain, but this was going too far. A new member. He didn’t put in a request to recruit. What the hell was this? Was someone trying to sabotage his department… set him up? “I don’t like this… something’s off.”
“Well, he sure looks good as hell on paper,” Syn put in, flipping pages of the thick file that had been forwarded to them. “Came into law enforcement rather late, though – but graduated top of the class after annihilating a few records there. Took the detective’s exam three years later and aced it. But there’s a ton of information back here that’s blacked out.”
It was already after six, a Sunday evening. God had called his team in at the captain’s order for an emergency meeting, only for the older man to tell him this bullshit. He and Day were supposed to be home watching football right now. Enjoying their last evening off.
“It’ll take time for me to get him trained… time I don’t have. And what about all the evaluations and psych screenings, does he really get to bypass all that?” God argued, his fist clenched tight on the armrest.
His captain chuckled. “You mean these two actually passed psych evals?” He pointed at Ruxs and Green.
“Fuck no! But at least we were prepared for them to fail,” God barked.
Green tried to cover his laugh but failed at that, too.
“I’m glad y’all are finding this amusing. But I don’t see the humor.” God glared at them.
“Why’s he coming to us, anyway?” Day finally spoke, standing behind God, massaging his shoulders to keep him from jumping up out of the chair and throwing shit around.
“This is coming from higher up, Day. Not exactly sure who, but higher than the chief. Believe me, I fought this. I’ve been on the phone with every connection I have, but there’s no one that can override this decision. It’s done.” The captain sat up a little straighter and motioned for the file from Syn. “I’m kind of optimistic, Godfrey. This guy was a Marine for twenty years, Special Forces for eleven of them. He had top-level security clearance, has three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and countless commendations and…” the captain scanned some more pages. “Holy shit… this can’t be right. No way. God, am I reading these initials right?”
God took extra notice now, his captain rarely cursed. God looked at what his captain was pointing at. This guy <em>had</em> received a lot of awards, but his captain’s finger was hovering over the initials MH, and it gave him pause.
“What is it?” Green asked. “Damn, now I’m intrigued.”
“What is it, God?” Syn squinted at him.
“He received the Medal of Honor in ‘09 from President Clinton.” God tossed the file back on the table. “Still doesn’t mean I trust him.”
“It means he’s trustworthy. That’s the highest military medal there is. They don’t just give those to anyone, and you know it. The guy’s a certified winner on paper… let’s see if he fits in with you miscreants. You say you only want the best.” The captain stood up and took his jacket off the back of the chair. “I think you just got him.”
God watched the captain leave, his word final. He couldn’t refute this. He’d have to give the guy a shot. If he was a cowboy and refused to take orders, God would go all the way to the mayor if he had to. He wouldn’t put his men in harm’s way.
“The Medal of Honor.” Michaels raised his eyebrows and whistled. “That’s heavy.”
“What’s it awarded for, exactly? I’m not from a military background and I don’t feel like googling it,” Syn asked.
“It’s awarded for valor. Going above and beyond the call of duty. Only given by the President,” God informed his team. “Alright, enough stroking his dick, the guy hasn’t even gotten here yet. Syn, I want you to tell Tech to get in here early tomorrow and see what else he can pull up on this guy before he arrives. Also, tell him to get the simulation programs together; let’s see this guy in action.”
The boys are back and fiercer than ever!
“We were a unit tonight, moving as one. Even apart, we are deadly, but when combined – we are f**kin’ unstoppable.” ~~ God ~~
Atlanta’s notorious narcotics task force is at it again. They are stronger, bigger, and better than ever. Especially when a city councilman sends RECON Marine, Edwin Steele – who’s been blacklisted from his Oakland department – to join the team. God and Day weren’t recruiting. They have a lot on their plates, like the fact they’re supposed to be getting married soon. They don’t have the time or the patience to integrate a decorated war hero with a slight chip on his shoulder into their well-oiled machine.
A hothead that’s uncontrollable and terrible with authority… but wasn’t that their team motto?
Steele was ready to hang up his shield. He was done fighting with bigoted bastards that couldn’t respect the job. He was good at fighting; he just needed the right team to fight with. When his uncle – City Councilman, Rasmus Steele – shows him a video of God’s team in action, he knows right away, it’s where his nephew belongs in order to restore his faith.
Steele pointed to the driver, a behemoth of a man wielding those massive firearms like a true beast… like a soldier. “And him. Who the hell is he?”
“That’s your new boss. Lieutenant Cashel Godfrey… they call him… God.”
Steele was skeptical about his new placement, but when he meets God’s technology specialist/computer genius, “Tech,” he’s willing to give it his all, and he definitely shows and proves.
Tech is stunning. His sweater vest and khakis, a stark contrast to the blue-jeaned roughnecks he works with. A beautiful sheep amongst the wolves. Steel thinks there’s no way the brilliant man would be interested in a hardhead like him, but Tech has a few badass hidden talents of his own and manages to surprise him… surprise all of them.
This story is a part of a series but can stand alone. It does not end on a cliffhanger and has a HEA. There are no multiple pairings in this novel.
A.E. Via is an author in the beautiful gay romance genre and also founder and owner of Via Star Wings Books. Her writing embodies everything from hopelessly romantic to adventure, 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, she devotes herself to her family—a husband and four children. Adrienne Via has tons of more stories to tell, but she really would like to hear yours. Via Star Wings Books is currently accepting submissions for established and aspiring LGBTQ authors.
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