Embracing His Syn – Nothing Special, Book 2
Author: A.E. Via
Narrator: Aiden Snow
Themes and genres: Contemporary LGBT Romance, crime, gay
WARNING: Mature Content
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.
What I think of the book:
Embracing His Syn is the second book in A.E. Via’s Nothing Special series, but you don’t have to read to – or listen to – the first in order to understand what is going on in this one. The series centers around a group of cops and while they are all a team, each book follows a new couple so they can be read independently.
Now let’s address the elephant in the room: what’s with the names?
I don’t know. They’re really odd for a book that’s set in “the real world”, that’s to say a world like ours, without anything paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi going on. However, I quickly grew accustomed to them, probably because the characters who have them are awesome.
And there are a lot of characters.
While each book has two main ones, the author doesn’t neglect their co-workers and makes sure to give each a personality. Granted, most of them are testosterone-filled Alpha males, but she gives each a little quirk or habit to set them apart and makes me want to read – or in my case: listen to – more of the books.
Embracing His Syn is not a comedy, but it’s written with some humor in it, while keeping the focus on romance and crime, with the romance taking the lead and the crime happening around it. But even though I really enjoyed this book, there were a few parts that threw me off, in particular a couple of phrases in the first sex scenes (“received a sexy response” just sounds… weird) and the fact that one character had broken ribs, but was up and running soon after. The sex scenes are generally pretty hot though and the thing about the ribs is something I didn’t even notice while I was listening to the audiobook and instead realized later, while I was thinking about the book, because it’s a good book and I’ll be thinking about it for a while.
As for the narration: Aiden Snow has the perfect voice for this type of characters… But they do sound similar. With so many males, all with deep, rough voices, I can’t really expect a lot of variety – a single narrator can only do so much – and I only got confused a couple of times about who is saying what.
Lastly, I feel I should warn you that about three hours in, there’s a slight problem with the recording; it pauses, and I think a line or two are missing.
My rating for the book: (4.5/5 pairs of handcuffs)
My rating for the narration: (4.5/5 pairs of handcuffs)
Would I re-listen to this book? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes.
Am I interested in other books by this narrator? Yes.
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Other books by this author and narrator that I’ve already reviewed:
- Here Comes Trouble – Nothing Special, Book 3 by A.E. Via (This book can be read/listened to as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, crime, gay, bisexual, friends to lovers | Mature Content)
- Don’t Judge – Nothing Special, Book 4 by A.E. Via (This book can be read/listened to as a standalone | Contemporary LGBT Romance, crime, detective, bounty hunter, gay | Mature Content)
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