Friday, October 10, 2014

This is Reality by A.E. Via: Review, Carly's One Question, & More

This is Reality
(Blue Moon, Book 2)
by A.E. Via
Genre: Contemporary M/M Erotic Romance

Pierce aka Strategic Intelligence Specialist, Backhander is back to flush out some of the DEA’s most notorious criminals, and he has one helluva’ team backing him up. The country’s most decorated Navy Seals…the Beastmasters. 

Pierce is more than capable of doing his job, but he has one insanely hot distraction that continuously causes him to second guess his hidden orientation– Dane Aramis, call-sign, Hawk. Hawk can see what most people can’t, and whether his sexy Pierce wants to admit it or not, he can see the brilliant man’s desire runs deep for him. 

However, when Pierce and the Beastmasters are on their final assignment, the last person they expect to encounter with the opposition is rogue assassin…Omega. The man is unstoppable, and when he comes too close to what Hawk holds dear, the Beastmasters call on the only man that can control the lethal assassin. Omega’s faster, deadlier brother, Alpha.

Bringing Alpha back into society may be disastrous for everyone involved. But, Hawk is willing to take that risk to keep Pierce safe.

Carly: I love that your characters are a mixture of mature adults as well as young lovers. What inspires you to write such varied ages? 
A.E.: I love to keep my work fresh for the readers. I don't want to be an author that's known for writing in only one style with similar characters. But, I do prefer to write men - whether younger or older - that are more alpha than effeminate. It's always what I enjoyed to read, so naturally it's what I enjoy to write.
“Something on your mind, Backhander?” Hawk’s eyes stayed on him, locking him in place. 
Stay cool. 
“Yes. I commanded you to stand down. I wanted those men alive for interrogation. Dead suspects can’t help me,” Pierce said while staring at Hawk’s forehead. 
Hawk raised one corner of his sexy mouth and stepped in closer to him. “I follow no one’s commands. My allegiance is to the Beastmasters, not the DEA, not the FBI, not the CIA, and for damn sure, not you.” Hawk accented each statement with a step closer to Pierce. “You’re fooling yourself if you think by running off a few high-ranking smugglers and traffickers that you’re making a difference. When you cut off the snake’s tail, he grows another one.” 
After repeatedly backing up from Hawk’s advances, Pierce’s back was up against the side of the eighteen-wheeler. It was just him and Hawk, the dark stillness of the night, and one massive-ass gun at his side. The rifle was over half the length of the man wielding it. 
Pierce looked down at the weapon and back up into Hawk’s eyes. “Do you have the safety switched on on that thing?” 
Hawk snorted at Pierce’s comment. “Safety? No. Why? Are you afraid of my weapon, Backhander?” 
Damn this man has no respect for personal space. 
“You need to back the fuck up.” Pierce tried to inject some venom into his voice. Hawk had his entire body pressed up against him, his six-foot four inch height making his shoulder length brownish-blond hair fall down onto Pierce’s face, cocooning him from the cool breeze coming off the mountains of Roanoke, Virginia. 
“First, I want to clarify a couple of things, Backhander. This sexy beauty beside me is my weapon, and don’t you worry, it would never be used to harm one hair on that pretty little head of yours. Now this is my gun.” Hawk thrust his cock hard into Pierce’s front, making him grunt at the pain and holy fuck, the pleasure. 
“You keep accusing me of ‘liking to get my gun off’, right?” Hawk smiled down on him. He lowered his plush lips to Pierce’s ear and groaned against it. 
Pierce closed his eyes. God help me. 
“You keep shooting of that sexy mouth of yours Backhander, and I’m going to show you just how I get my motherfuckin’ gun off,” Hawk hissed.Pierce pushed at Hawk’s much larger frame but of course he didn’t budge – he never did. “Back-off damnit. I told you I’m not interested,” Pierce argued weakly. 
“I see differently, beautiful. But that’s okay.” Hawk backed up. “I’ll leave you to it, and watch you come around.” 
Hawk made his way to the back of the eighteen-wheeler and hoisted himself and his weapon into the trailer. Pierce tried not to look at Hawk’s ass in the loose army fatigues, or the way his back muscles rippled underneath his army green t-shirt. Pierce didn’t look away fast enough and he knew he’d been caught ogling. Hawk flashed him a shit-eating grin, and winked at Pierce right before he slammed the metal doors. 
Cocky bastard.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's never to early, or to late, to let love in.

The Beastmasters are back in a blaze of glory! Tackling one of their most difficult cases yet, new threats are revealed and old enemies come back to haunt the legendary team of men.

Pierce (Backhander) is a non-combatant surrounded by alpha military men. Known for his strategic strength, the physicality of the men on his team can be intimidating at times, since he doesn't have the build to fight back. Dane (Hawk) is gifted with the ability to see into the future, but the intent of his visions are not always clear. All he knows is that he and Pierce are destined to find love, if only he could find a way to get the smaller man to let him in.
THIS IS REALITY is a well written and fast paced adventure that captured my imagination from the very beginning. Essentially two stories in one, A.E. captures the emotional relationship between Pierce and Hawk. She also details the complexities that challenge Shot and Fox as they contemplate moving their co-workers with benefits relationship to the next level.

With drama, action, adventure, emotional depth and phenomenal character building, THIS IS REALITY is a gripping story about learning to let go of the past and finding love.  The sensual bedroom scenes, dramatic villains and exceptional story building, this is my favorite of A.E. Via's books to date!
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A.E. Via is still a fairly new author in the beautiful gay erotic genre. Her writing embodies everything from spicy 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, her two pets, a Maltese dog and her white Siamese cat, ELynn, named after the late, great gay romance author E. Lynn Harris.

While this is only her fifth novel, she has plenty more to come. So stalk her – she loves that - because the male on male action is just heating up!

Go to A.E. Via’s Official Website  for more detailed information on how to contact her, follow her, or a sneak peak on upcoming work, free reads, and where she’ll appear next.



  1. Nice review! I'm looking forward to this one.

  2. Congrats on your new release AE! I need to check out the first one too. Thanks for this chance

  3. Excellent review and loved the excerpt. Very eager to read, loved the first book.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Steph. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!