Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Bradford (Ford) King was sure he had the rest of his life mapped out. Though he was no longer a SEAL Lieutenant, his brother was home safe and he had a job that still allowed him to satisfy his hunger for hunting bad guys. Life was simple, no distractions or complications – at age forty-six – that’s all Ford wanted. What he didn’t want was his work partner, sniper/watchman, Dana, giving him s**t all the time.
Dana Cadby had grown up labeled a roughneck from the wrong side of the tracks. He’d fought, scrounged, and survived despite a father that constantly told him he couldn’t. Dana pulled himself up by his own boot straps and made a name for himself in the marksman community. He’d been Duke’s bounty watchman for five years. It was his job to ensure their safety, watch their backs. At thirty-three, he was trusted, well respected by his peers, his bosses, his friends… so why couldn’t he earn the same respect from his partner?
Dana knew he was bisexual before he graduated high school. He also knew he was attracted to the huge, 6’3”, SEAL from the moment he and his brother came to join their team. It wasn’t easy for him to tamp down his immediate reaction to Ford’s thick muscles, full beard, and dark eyes. Still, Dana exhibited nothing but professionalism towards him, not wanting to make his ‘straight’ partner uncomfortable. So why did Ford constantly give him hell?
After Dana took back his ex-girlfriend, he’d noticed an intensification in Ford’s bad attitude. One that turned aggressive and downright antagonistic, and Dana was damned if he’d just lay down and take it. He was gonna make that man respect him if it was the last thing he did.
When Duke sends Dana and Ford out to track down their most dangerous bounty yet, they both embrace the fact that they make one hell of a team… but they fight tooth and nail against the powerful intimacy brewing between them.
Beware: If Ford and Dana connect completely, god help the fugitive who’s in the sights of the hunter and his watchman.
I am a big AE Via fan and this book definitely didn’t disappoint. We have seen Ford and Dana in the previous books in this series and it’s great to see them get their own story. Ford is having trouble processing his feelings and reactions to Dana and ends up reacting in anger more often than not. Dana is for the most part lonely and really only wants someone around that actually cares for him and this causes him to stay with his uppity girlfriend even when he is unhappy.
Dana needs to step up and get rid of his girlfriend before they can do anything while they are investigating and trying to locate two bountys. Dana and Ford have to bump heads a few times and learn to trust even more before they can really begin to have a relationship. Both of them have to accept what their relationship means while still being able to do their jobs at each other’s sides no matter the risk.
This book is told through both characters’ eyes so we get the chance to understand both of them well. We also get the opportunity to see a bit through Ford’s brother’s, Brian’s, eyes which gives me hope that the next book will be his opportunity to find the partner he needs. I could just feel how betrayed Dana felt by his girlfriend and then when Ford pushes him away at first. Seeing Ford finally accept that he can have the relationship he wants to with Dana was wonderful. These two build a strong relationship that will only get stronger as they are together and I can’t wait to read Brian’s story.
Cover art is great and follows the pattern for this series.
ebook, 260 pages
Published: June 23, 2017
Edition Language: English
Series: Bounty Hunters #3