Lennox Freeman, Free to his friends, is one of the world’s top hackers. He’s never put down roots because he’s always on the run from people who might take advantage of him. Free’s best friend now works with a major task force in the Atlanta Police Department. Free doesn’t necessarily expect to make this a long-term situation, but he finds himself drawn to Ivan Hart, the captain of the S.W.A.T team that is in charge of protecting the task force.
Ivan’s big, tough, and completely devoted to his job. Newly divorced (from a raging harpy, might I add), Ivan has his own place, and he’s gotten comfortable with being alone. That is, until he meets Free. Ivan has been buried deeply in the closet, but his feelings for Free have made him brave, and he feels like he can come out to his team. They’re supportive, and Ivan and Free begin a relationship and fall pretty hard for each other. There are a lot of obstacles they must negotiate, including the danger of the job (for both men), Ivan’s ex, and Free’s constant need to run. It’s obvious Hart can offer Free love and security, but will that be enough in the long run?
Oh, how I love A.E. Via’s boys. All of them! They’re big and tough, and they get the job done. They’re also sweet and loving to their partners, and their fiercely devoted to their friends/coworkers. I’ve been with the Nothing Special series from the very beginning, and I was absolutely thrilled to be able to read this one. I was not disappointed at all. With typical Via style, I was given two MCs who I completely fell in love with, a lot of action and suspense, and camaraderie. I was so happy with this book, I read it in one sitting until 6:00 am, and it was worth it!
As I said, I fell in love with Free and Ivan. They’re broken in different ways, but they’re tired of being alone. Free never stays in one place because he’s hunted by people who want to force him to work for them. Ivan was married to a mean and critical woman who kept him down and from being the person he was. They were basically opposites, but their attraction was so powerful, there was no denying it. When they finally came together, it was a thing of beauty. Ivan was so sweet and tender with Free, and he was willing to show his vulnerability. He’d never been with a man, and he looked to Free to show him what to do. The first time they made love…and yes, they were making love. It wasn’t a quick and dirty fuck (although there is absolutely nothing wrong with those). The scene was a thing of beauty, and it was perhaps the best first time I’ve ever read.
There were several periods of exciting action in Nothing Special VI, and I was impressed. The scenes were compelling, and I was on the edge of my seat (or mattress because I read this one in bed, heh). The author has a talent for writing these types of situations. She’s definitely done her research into police/S.W.A.T. equipment and procedures. I felt tension as I read, and while I knew things would turn out fine in the end, there was a sense of fear that they wouldn’t.
There are plenty of background characters here. Most of them (with the exception of the bad guys) have been in the previous five books. They themselves are great, and while they play important roles, they do not get in the way of Free and Ivan’s story. I would also say that even though the characters cross over, you could read this one without having read the others. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend that, though, because the others are really great stories that deserve to be read.
The ending was neat and clean, and definitely romantic. Ivan is having a difficult time coming to terms with some nightmares…and what I would consider PTSD…but Free is right there with him to offer comfort and a way for Ivan to get some much needed therapy. Also, there is a bonus chapter that helped to set up the next book in the series, and it sounds like it’s going to be a good one!
I definitely recommend this book. It’s an exciting and romantic read. It sucks you in and doesn’t let go until the very end. I also recommend the previous five books for the very same reasons. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series, and my fondest wish is A.E. Via continues to write these books for a very long time.