Title: Promises: The Next Generation
Series: Bounty Hunters 05
Author: A.E. Via
Length: Novel (312 Pages)
Publisher: Via Star Wings Books (August 31, 2018)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts
Blurb: Duke Webb has run the most successful bail recovery agency in Atlanta for over twenty years. That’s because he has a team of trained, competent hunters backing him up to keep his name feared on the streets. But Duke knows that nothing can go on forever. His hunters are in committed relationships and ready to settle down, and so is he. That’s what leads him to start his new training program.
“That’s the new vision for Dukes. Veterans operating and tracking behind the scenes with a new powerhouse apprehension team on the streets.”
Brian and Quick are the first to offer up two new recruits.
Kellam Knight has studied martial arts under his sensei, Quick, since he was eight years old. A tossed-out reject from high-society, Kell has a problem fighting on the right side of the law. If he sees an injustice, he has to correct it. He doesn’t have to run and cower from his enemies anymore, he’s a fighter who can protect himself and others. When Quick offers Kell the opportunity to join Duke’s training program, he’s all in. Except he’s not prepared for the straight, over-confident, extremely disciplined, sexy man Brian has recruited to be his partner.
Tyrell Jenkins’ world was flipped upside down when his father never returned home from his last deployment. He’d been Ty’s teacher, mentor, his guide to living a righteous life as a good man. His father didn’t raise him to be like every other young, stereotypical male in Atlanta. Instead, he’s been taught to be respectful, to speak the language of real men. When Brian King – his father’s most trusted comrade – finally comes to him with the truth, he doesn’t come alone. He comes with trained men hidden in the shadows… and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a brotherhood unlike any other.
Review: Kellam has been raised by a strict hand I guess one would say. His father is a politician who basically is an ass and only thinks of himself. Kellam had been sent to the best schools but he was missing what most children have, love. He had seen violence from not only a father but many others around him. Growing up he was small and cute, but now one would definitely not recognize him. He was a master in four different types of martial arts but he never got his anger in check. He was an avenging angel to many but it could have cost him so much more. His sensi wanted him to work for those he works for. Being a bounty hunter does sound fun but also very dangerous. He was small and many would think the opposite of what he can do. His new partner had that look but damn if his mind is not about to be get changed.
Ty loved his family something fierce. His father had died in service and he didn’t even have a clue how. He took care of his mother and loved her very much. His father didn’t raise him like many young american boys were. He was taught to respect and to give his loyalty. When his fathers best friend and teammate showed up, he had not expected what would happen next.
Two young men whose future was about to change. This story was very long and drawn out so much so that it lost my attention a couple of times. It came off monotone in parts that would have put me to sleep on a good day. There is chemistry between the two but it also felt stilted. I was hoping for a bit more action than what was given. Although I do understand it is a new beginning for the characters, it just felt off. It didn’t give me anything to dance around about. My attention was not caught from the beginning and to me that is never a good sign.
They fell in love to fast and then to get married was not working for me. I did not get the sense of heat and passion from them to fall that fast. I even hate to admit that in the beginning when you first come across them, I didn’t care for either. They came off wrong in most accounts. It doesn’t come off as remarkable or even remotely one that would be remembered in the future.
The guys were written very well and their descriptions were a hit. You have two young men who come off as a badass but they both hold different religious beliefs but they don’t push it on each other. Now that being said I don’t care for a story that even mentions religion so it went down in ranks for me. The guys were well placed with each other as partners, although you see more of Kellam’s force then you see Ty’s.
The slow burn to the story and even the love making was dull and boring to me. I am afraid that even though it has great potential it didn’t sit right with me. I hate to admit that I don’t remember the previous books but if this is to be a new group of bounty hunters it should have been given a different series name.