Guest Review: Ex Meridian (Nothing Special #7) by A.E. Via

Police Lieutenants, God and Day are under intense pressure from the chief to take back control of Atlanta’s streets. The last thing their task force needs is a pair of trained killers in town with a personal score to settle.

Take a man and strip him of his ability to feel compassion, empathy, remorse, or any of the emotions that make him human, but leave the ones that ignite rage and aggression and you have the perfect killing machine—now imagine two of them.

Code names Ex and Meridian are synonymous for ‘guaranteed death’ to international terrorists. Two broken men from the same crooked streets, recruited into an unsanctioned government program that few know about. Trained to operate most efficiently—lethally—together.

When Ex returns from an op in Bolivia to learn his little brother has been accidentally killed in a feud between drug gangs, he’s stateside before he can consider the rules he’ll be breaking, and of course Meridian is right beside him. There’s mayhem on the streets of Atlanta and the police are losing control. If Godfrey and his elite team of detectives can’t get the job done then they’d be happy to lighten their caseloads for them. And Ex nor Meridian care about doing it quietly.

“I know who you are.” The man grunted when Ex turned to leave. “You’re the fucking devil.”
Meridian walked past, glaring one final time. “Say that loud enough… maybe God will save you.”

But after their first run-in with the big lieutenant and his protective husband, Day, Ex and Meridian start to reevaluate their own relationship. Wondering if they could be even deadlier if they let loose the feelings for each other that they’ve been forced to suppress for years.

Meridian’s dark eyes stayed locked on his, “A man who can fight beside the one he loves doesn’t make him weaker, Ex—it makes him more dangerous.”

No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a HEA.

Reviewer: Shee Reader

This is a super delicious return to the drug gangs and elite police officers of Atlanta with two brand new characters. Ex and Meridian are both so detached from real life even their own families believe them to be dead. They are back in Ex’s home city to find and exact revenge on whoever killed Ex’s only brother and leaving his momma with no family left.

The characters felt difficult to relate to at first, as they are so far removed from societal norms, but I did really like their connection, and it was an easy step to rooting for them to move their relationship forward in a more personal way. Seeing our old friends God and Day be the catalyst for these two trained killers to embrace each other was sweet as could be! It was a shame to only get the most fleeting visits with Atlanta’s finest, but these two new men were a lovely addition to the super hot law enforcement alpha fest that AE’s books are.

The book was a lovely, often emotional read, and the sexy times are, of course, scorching, but it threw up a lot of questions for me that I really do not want the answers for! Does the CIA really have operatives like Ex and Meridian that have been ‘reprogrammed’ to remove any trace of humanity? These are dark times we are living in, so a little less thought might have been better for me.

I really did enjoy the cameo appearance from God and Days’ squad and it did prompt me to re-read all the Nothing Special Novels, so that was a rather lovely side effect of reading this super absorbing book.

Highly recommended.

I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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