This meme was created by Reading Marie. It’s a great meme because it’s nice and easy to do.
Here are the rules:
Take your current read and compare it to what you reading this exact time last year. Which one do you like better? What is different about the books? Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to
This Year I Am Reading…
A bratty mobster and the man who wants to take him in hand…
Everyone says I need discipline, but no one’s willing to give it to me until I meet my match.
I can’t stand the arrogant man who refuses to cower at the mention of my family’s name.
But my hate isn’t strong enough to keep me from wanting everything his hungry look promises.
Just finished this second book of The Theriot Family series. It’s the usual Silvia Violet offering of high-steam romance with a side of family drama and mafia politics. Will do a series review after I’m done with the 3rd book.
Last Year I Was Reading…
Police Lieutenants, God and Day are under intense pressure from the chief to take back control of Atlanta’s streets.The last thing their task force needs is a pair of trained killers in town with a personal score to settle.
Take a man and strip him of his ability to feel compassion, empathy, remorse, or any of the emotions that make him human, but leave the ones that ignite rage and aggression and you have the perfect killing machine—now imagine two of them.
Code names Ex and Meridian are synonymous for ‘guaranteed death’ to international terrorists. Two broken men from the same crooked streets, recruited into an unsanctioned government program that few know about. Trained to operate most efficiently—lethally—together.
When Ex returns from an op in Bolivia to learn his little brother has been accidentally killed in a feud between drug gangs, he’s stateside before he can consider the rules he’ll be breaking, and of course Meridian is right beside him. There’s mayhem on the streets of Atlanta and the police are losing control. If Godfrey and his elite team of detectives can’t get the job done then they’d be happy to lighten their caseloads for them. And Ex nor Meridian care about doing it quietly.
“I know who you are.”The man grunted when Ex turned to leave.“You’re the fucking devil.”
Meridian walked past, glaring one final time.“Say that loud enough… maybe God will save you.”
But after their first run-in with the big lieutenant and his protective husband, Day, Ex and Meridian start to reevaluate their own relationship. Wondering if they could be even deadlier if they let loose the feelings for each other that they’ve been forced to suppress for years.
Meridian’s dark eyes stayed locked on his, “A man who can fight beside the one he loves doesn’t make him weaker, Ex—it makes him more dangerous.”
My favorite A.E. Via to date. This one has the perfect mix of romance, action and suspense. All of the author’s signature ‘moves’ came together wonderfully.
My 5-star review here.
Today we have two contemporaries that run on a similar vein. Both books are dominated by larger than life alpha males with dangerous jobs. Brotherhood is also a major theme with both books featuring blood brothers and brothers in arms. They touch upon crime and family bonds. There’s also action and suspense albeit in varying degrees
Corbin is about the youngest son of a prominent New Orleans mafia family, The Theriots. He is desperate to prove himself to his two oldest brothers. One day he was forced to approached Bo, the mechanic he hated, because he scratched his oldest brother’s beloved Ferrari. In exchange for the repairs and keeping it quiet, Bo asked him, what is he willing to give in return?
The Theriots are a close knit family. While Corbin loved both his brothers, he was annoyed at being treated like a child. His relationship with Bo quickly turned sexual with Corbin receiving the discipline he so badly crave. This is a very romance heavy story with BDSM elements. Most of the action scenes were relegated to the end.
Ex Meridian is the seventh book of Nothing Special, a series about a special drug task force headed by the notoriously badass husbands, God and Day. This installment stars two very dangerous covert operatives, Ex and Meridian. They are the government’s super secret, super elite assassins who were in the city because Ex’s brother was killed by some very slippery gangster. The two snooped around to see if the police handling the crime are dirty cops who let the bad guys get away. And that’s when they met the infamous couple and their band of troublemakers.
The book touches upon being in the closet and secretly pining for one’s friend. The plot is tightly written with four POVs alternating to keep things moving fast and suspenseful. One of the biggest draws is the super fun group dynamics of God and Day’s team. That these guys were a solid unit was quite obvious but what surprised the two operatives was that most of these guys actually work together with their other halves. This made the two realize their own relationship could be so much more than just partners in the field. How they came to terms with their feelings and and finally made things personal between them was a beautiful thing to witness.
The Theriot brothers may rule New Orleans but Ex and Meridian own the country.
I’m ending the post with a book I’m looking forward to reading.
It was just one moment.
It was just one mistake.
For years, men have been disappearing. A father in North Carolina. A boater in California. A hiker in Arkansas. And more, scattered across the United States. The FBI knows who’s responsible: a serial killer they caught, a man they sent young profiler Cole Kennedy to interrogate. But then the killer escaped, leaving the FBI in chaos and Cole’s psyche in tatters.
Eight years later, Cole’s life has changed. He’s found the man of his dreams, and he’s moved to Iowa to be with Special Agent Noah Downing, leaving the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit and the murderers behind.
Or so he thought.
An attack on the backroads of Iowa shatters the FBI, and in the aftermath, they uncover the signature of the last man they expect: the killer who got away. Now he’s hunting Noah, and the BAU descends on Des Moines, sending Cole back on the psychological chase.
To catch the only man who has ever beaten him, Cole will have to delve inside the killer’s mind. It’s a place he barely survived before, and the deeper he goes, the more horrors await. And though Noah is ordered to back off the investigation, he won’t leave Cole to face this darkness alone.
If Cole has any hope of saving the man he loves, he must unravel the killer’s twisted profile and follow his trail of death… even when it leads him into the marrow of his worst nightmares.
What were you reading this time last year?
(I hope it’s as riveting as Morticia’s book)
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