It’s funny. When I got this one I was all “Yay! We finally get to know more about Nate and hopefully more of Kinsey!!” and while that excited feeling in general stayed, the focus shifted and it morphed into me being all “Yay! Taylor! and what the hell is up with the killer and where is my Kinsey fix?” But despite my shift in focus, I really enjoyed Ace of Spades. It was a fun, sweet, smexy and suspenseful read that kept me turning the pages.
Nate. Oh, Nate. As the eldest of the three he’s shoulder a lot of responsibility from a young age. With an excessively abusive father, he stepped in to take the brunt of the abuse when he could and work hard to keep his brothers from sinking into a dark abyss, something he accomplished even though it scarred him deeply. I loved Nate, I did, but wow did the man have some serious drunk goggles on when it came to the way he saw himself. He didn’t see the compassionate and genuine heart, nor the code of honor that was etched on his soul.
Taylor. I ADORED Taylor. This woman did not have the easiest life, and what she experienced as a young girl could have pushed her on a different path, but instead she fought. She fought for herself, the woman who raised her and then for those who had no one else to fight for them. I know I’ve made her out to be Superwoman, but she really deserves the kudos. She isn’t perfect, there were times I wanted to reach out and shake her, but she really is a good, hardworking woman who deserves the good in life.
The fact that Nate and Taylor are colleagues at the FBI and work cases together, I knew going in there would be some issues to deal with, but I wasn’t expecting what Nate tossed into the mix. Things never got to the OTT angsty realm, or really just the angsty realm in general, but wow. I had to give Taylor credit for how she handled it all, not that I’m totally bashing Nate because I understood why, but still. Thankfully, they had such great chemistry on every level that it eased any irritation I had and made me want to see them overcome it all and get their HEA.
Of the three books, this one may be my favorite when it comes to the mystery/suspense aspect of the story. I was hooked from the start and wanted to know who the killer was and why he was doing all that he was and I thought that the way each piece of the puzzle was presented, woven into the story as a whole and resolved was very well done.
As for the secondary cast of characters, I loved catching up with Alex and Madison & Court & Lauren and seeing how they were all doing. Then there are Rosie and the girls, I adored them and the depth they brought to the story. And there is Kinsey and their mother...honestly, it wasn’t enough, but it did what it was supposed to do, make me need Kinsey’s book right now, so I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her book.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Two FBI agents struggle with desire in the shadow of a killer, in the third installment of Aces & Eights.
Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And getting casual with his partner is a fantasy he can’t shake…
Taylor Collins has feelings for Nate, too—and though they run hot, her best friend on the team is strictly off limits. Until a spark in his eyes says, Go for it. But reaching out could prove to be a bad move now that they’re working closer together than ever, and on the most dangerous case of their careers.
An investigation into a brutal series of murders is stirring up bad memories for Taylor, and neither she nor Nate can imagine how close to home it’s going to hit. When it does, Nate will risk everything—including his heart—to keep Taylor safe.
An award winning author, Sandra Owens lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Her family and friends often question her sanity, but have ceased being surprised by what she might get up to next. She’s jumped out of a plane, flown in an aerobatic plane while the pilot performed thrilling stunts, has flown Air Combat (two fighter planes dogfighting, pretending to shoot at each other with laser guns), and rode a Harley motorcycle for years. She regrets nothing.