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Review: Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft

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Three the Hard Way
Author:
Sydney Croft
Reviewer:
Jen Twimom
Rating: B-

What I’m Talking About:

Taggart and Justice were childhood friends and more. On the run together with their mothers, the pair had to hide their unusual abilities out of fear they will be taken and killed just like their fathers. However, that all changed a few years back when both Tag and Justice’s moms were killed. Justice made the decision to join ACRO, a black-ops organization friendly to those with paranormal powers, whereas Tag went off the grid. The once inseparable lovers and best friends were no more.

Tag spent the past year on the run from ITOR, and evil organization who kidnapped and used his powers for murder. Betrayed to ITOR by Ian, the only man Tag thought he could love after leaving Justice, Tag must turn to Justice for help.

Three the Hard Way is a quick story set in the wonderful ACRO universe. This is one of my favorite series of all time, so I jumped at the chance to read and review the book. Generally, I enjoyed my return to ACRO; however, I felt the shorter-length story was missing some character development and relationship growth.

Tag has some major baggage, and he comes across extremely needy and selfish. He has two men who are willing to take care of and love him, yet the chip on his shoulder weighs heavily. Once he is able to lift his burdens, the flow of the book moved more smoothly.

Making three work as more than sex and as a true romance can be tough because of the odd man out, but the authors make this work. Two men both love the same man and are willing to try, especially because they are attracted to one another. But it works because they both love Tag so much.

Overall, I enjoyed the story, but the shortness of the novella made for some easy fixes, and I would have preferred more in-depth development as the trio went from enemies to lovers. However, the authors do a pretty good job of tackling the backstory of three men and allowing some healing. Per usual for the ACRO series, there are some hot and heavy erotic sex scenes. Generally, the scenes are used to display and convey the characters’ emotional states and well being. Three the Hard Way is a fun, sexy novella, I just wanted more between the explosive beginning and the HEA.

My Rating:  B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues

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About the Book:

Lovers Taggart Brody and Justice McKinney possess special abilities that make them valuable to agencies who employ—or enslave—people with extraordinary talents. When tragedy tears them apart, Justice finds purpose working for the good guys: ACRO, the super-secret Agency for Covert Rare Operatives. But he never forgets Taggart or the past they once shared.

Heartbroken, Taggart runs from who he is . . . right into the arms of Ian Bridges. But Ian, battling his own demons, betrays Tag to the terrorist organization Itor. After months of torture, Tag manages to escape, but kills an ACRO agent in the process. 

With nowhere left to turn, Tag disappears into the Alaskan wilderness, but it’s only a matter of time before his enemies track him down. He reaches out to Justice, and somehow Ian finds him too, hoping to right his wrongs. With ACRO and Itor both bearing down, the three men must figure out how to forgive, how to work together, and how to love each other—or the coming battle will destroy them all.

Release Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher:
Riptide Publishing
Series:
ACRO #7
ISBN: #978-1626492332
Genre:
Military Romance, LGBTQ, m/m/m romance, novella
Format(s):
paperback (162 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

Purchase Info:
Three the Hard Way (ACRO #7)

Reviews in the Series:
Riding the Storm by Sydney Croft (ACRO #1)
Unleashing the Storm by Sydney Croft (ACRO #2)
Seduced by the Storm by Sydney Croft (ACRO #3)
Taming the Fire by Sydney Croft (ACRO #4)
Tempting the Fire by Sydney Croft (ACRO #5)
Taken by Fire by Sydney Croft (ACRO #6)
“Code Name: Storm” by Sydney Croft (Deadly Desires)

  • Melanie Simmons

    Novellas for PNR are hard for me. I love them for UF, but PNR it is harder because of the who relationship building. The fact that there are three people in this relationship, would only make that harder, I would think.

    This is the book that peaked my interest in this series. My need to start at the beginning of a series, made me go back to book one, which I enjoyed. I need to read book two, but I’m so deep in review books at the moment. Hopefully, soon. 🙂

    • I was wondering if you made it to book two. I hope you enjoy them – I know the first was a bit of a “shock” with the smex! LOL. Still one of my favorite series.

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    Oh snap! A M/M/M?! I need to get back to this series. LOL

    • Haha! It’s full of steamy menage action!

  • B.

    I have been SO excited to find out what you thought of this one! I’ve loved the ACRO series since book one, but have gotten two books behind as of this one. I have to catch up quickly, because I want to read this story this minute! ACRO plus m/m/m??? Gimmie!

    • It is a pretty decent novella and the smex is hot. Also, it is completely stand alone, so if you want to jump in and read before finishing the series, you are fine! I enjoyed the book, but I wanted more from it. The full-length novels are so good, that this one just didn’t stand up as well. Still, worth the read!

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