Three the Hard Way (ACRO World Series Novella)

Three the Hard Way (ACRO World Series Novella)

by Sydney Croft


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An ACRO Story

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626492349
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2014
Series: ACRO World Series
Pages: 162
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

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Three the Hard Way 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Francesca and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog It feels good to be back in the ACRO world.  Why does it ever have to be put on hold?  I could read this series forever!  I love the X-Men premise, the super powers, the battles and the hot sex.  What more can we ask for!?  I pleasantly surprised to see this book pop up when I least expected.  By now it’s been a while since I read the last one and I honestly can’t remember if any of these characters were featured in the previous books.  With that in mind, I still managed to enjoy this book a lot. Tag and Justice have been friends since childhood.  Both born from mothers that were experimented on, and both with powers they didn’t know exactly how to control.  As they grew up, they grew apart in the paths they chose to lead.  Justice went to ACRO and Tag decided to continue solo.  This was the wedge in, not only their friendship, but their love affair.  However, they’ve never fully gotten over one another.  When Tag finds himself in a bind and needs Justice’s help to get out of it alive, deep buried feelings also get stirred.  And when that stirring happens, after all the betrayals, it’s simply explosive. There was less action in this book then I expected.  It focuses more on the romantic relationship.  Tag and Justice have a lot of years of heart ache to get past, but they seemed to get over their differences pretty quickly.  Then you throw Ian into the mix, and I didn’t know where to look first.  Ian was the man that picked up the pieces left of Tag after he was broken hearted about Justice going to ACRO and leaving him.  But he was also the man responsible for the danger Tag is in now. The sexual chemistry between these 3 is palpable.  I just wish these would’ve been a full length book.  I think the forgiveness was rushed.  And the setup of this threesome was also rushed.  These 3 men had some serious trust issues to get over and that happened to quick for my taste. It was also nice to revisit with Dev, even if it was for just a second.  I miss him and Creed and Annika and I can only hope that in the future these authors will give us more glimpses of them in action!  I am left anxiously awaiting the next slice of ACRO I can get. *ARC provided by publisher
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a fan of m/m books I just gobble them up, and with the inclusion of paranormal powers, I was ready for one heckuva ride with this read. What I ultimately got was a satisfying story with just a few quibbles to keep it from being great. Justice and Taggart grew up with only each other to count on. Their mothers kept them as hidden as possible when they were young as they have special abilities that had them targeted as medical specimens. They were as close as could be until they had a falling out that left Taggart running. In their years apart Taggart moved on with Ian until Ian sold him out to be tortured by the enemy. Once Taggart escaped he ran back to where he always felt safest....back in Justice's arms. Ian's not far behind though, desperate to make amends. With the enemy looking for Taggart too these three men must work together to fight the enemy off as well as their growing attraction in this story that's full of twists and edge of your seat suspense. Tag and Justice had an unbreakable bond, even with past hurts they would always be there for each other. Their reunion was sweet and teeming with sexual tension and I loved seeing their strong youthful connection morph into endearing and sensual banter in a believable adult relationship. Ian's part in the triad was a bit more unbelievable considering his betrayal of Tag. That's not to say that Ian's not sexy but he should've had to grovel more before he earned a place back in Tag's bed. Each man is appealing in their own way with distinct personalities that work well together. Their sexual connection is hot but as a whole I never felt that their triad was based on love, it was more attraction based on sex and the other's needs to make Tag happy. Though this book can be read on its own I wish more information had been given about ACRO and their purpose. I enjoyed the inclusion of these men's special powers too but would've liked to know more about where they came from. Though this book can be read on its own I think more of my questions would've been answered had I read the rest of the series. Those looking for hot m/m loving with suspenseful storytelling will definitely want to grab this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little far-fetched,    but a good read..  Lots of suspense,  and difficulty in getting the threesome to work,   but it did!   J//////
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
We have three MC’s Justice an ACRO agent, Taggart Justice’s childhood, young adult best friend until their mothers were killed in an Itor raid that tore them apart. And Ian, the hired agent sent to seduce Taggart to become an Itor agent, by any means necessary. Several years later, Taggart managed to escape the compound bombing that ACRO did against its arch enemy Itor. And has been hiding, healing in Alaska. Not knowing what else to do, he has contacted Justice for help. As Justice is at the cabin, Ian shows up and the three make a packed that they will help each other take down the one thing that has torn them apart. Ok, this is billed as an ACRO novella but coming in at over 120 pages it’s a little more than that. Also, you can read it as stand alone. I’ve never heard of this ACRO series before and wasn’t lost at all. It’s written by two authors, one I used to read when I read MF, loved her paranormal stuff, but didn’t realize she branched off in MM. The other I’ve heard of but never had the pleasure of reading. Together they write an amazing action packed book from start to finish. The chemistry between all three, the guilt and torment Taggart feels because the two men he loves are there to rescue him and in return maybe themselves. All the while these two agencies are barreling down on the little cabin in Alaska. I will be going back and finding all about this ACRO series!  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviews
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jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Three the Hard Way Sydney Croft Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Gay & Lesbian, Mystery & Thrillers Well, I hold my hand up - its my fault this book wasn’t quote what I expected. Its book seven in a series and I hadn’t realised bad, I should have researched further. Its easy enough to work out what's gone before and what's happening now, and that sounds a fun and interesting series. This focuses on the three guys meeting up over just a few days and for me I needed more time, this short interval just didn’t give me enough story. It was a hot, sexy interlude in what I suspect is a series I’d really enjoy, about secret agencies and people with extraordinary paranormals abilities. As it was though with them being enemies to lovers over just a few days was a step too far for me, it didn’t feel realistic and though it was a good book, a decent read it wasn’t one I really was taken with or that I’d re read. Stars: Three, a good book if you follow the series. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Sophia-Rose1 More than 1 year ago
A delicious blend of 'enemies to lovers to reunion romance' all while expecting not one, but two hard hitting super secret organizations to descend upon them just made this unique ménage sci-fi romantic suspense unavoidable. For years, I have heard the praises of this series sung and, trust me, it wasn't lack of interest that prevented me from starting it earlier. I saw that this one was shorter, it was a holiday-ish piece and of course all that yumminess that was mentioned above so I leaped into the seventh installment hoping I wouldn't be hopelessly lost. And I wasn't by the way. The only loss that I can see is that I really want to get the rest of the series more than ever. This one did well as a standalone. The story opens with one of those prologues where happy boys make heart-felt promises, but the reader is also aware of the dark clouds building on the horizon behind them and just knows that those promises are getting ready to get shot to Hades. After the prologue, things leap to the future when the happy boys are now hardened men who are far apart and hardened and battered by the lives they have led. Justice works for the secret agency ACRO with the other gifted humans and regular humans with skills set to police the others like them who are set on using their powers for evil and harm to normal humans. He wouldn't be anywhere else, but the past comes rushing back when he gets a desperate call from his one-time best friend and former lover who broke his word and split from Justice right when they needed each other. Both said hateful parting things. Now Tag needs him. ACRO wants Tag brought in because they are afraid that the dreaded Itor will grab up a gifted of his powers and use him. Justice might still be angry and hurt, but Tag sounded scared and desperate in that phone message. Tag never wanted to make that call to Justice and would love to take it back now that things are set in motion, but Itor's on his tail and he never wants to go back there after he escaped. Justice's arrival and the angry greeting they experience is soon followed by the arrival of the man that sold him out by handing him over to Itor after tricking him into believing they were lovers. Tag is now sharing a snowed in cabin deep in the Alaskan wilderness with the two men he most loved and hated. Both have probably led their respective organizations right to him. They all three snap and snarl at each other with little trust and a lot of high emotions that are barely tempered by their strong mutual attraction. Ian has never regretted anything more in his life than the day his actions led to Tag's capture, torture and forced work for Itor. He knows that his betrayal cut deep because everything was real, but Tag needs to understand that it was very real for both of them. He can't change the past, but he sure plans to do his best to be there for Tag now. He will do what it takes to earn back Tag's trust. Only he has arrived to find Tag's first love is already on the scene and wants to kill Ian on sight. Both men have unfinished business with Tag that involves clearing up the past, but both want a chance at a future too. Do they all dare something together? The story is short, but it had a lot of ground to cover. I really liked how the authors used the page count for optimum story and character development. Oh sure, it could have had a few things better teased out if it were longer, but when all was said and done, I was well pleased. A ménage romance is always a tricky thing for me. I like exploring these, but its really hard for one to hit it just right for me to enjoy it. First of all, I'm all about relationship development and secondly, I'm more into it when all involved are involved equally in each other. I'm also pretty picky about how the ménage comes together. Fortunately, this one ticked off all the right boxes for me. I found the ‘enemies to lovers/second chance’ components really worked for me. Their prior history also helped since this was already a shorter story though there was the part of Justice and Ian getting to know each other and accepting each other as lovers and not just sharing Tag. One of the best things about this one was how these three were all scarred by their pasts, where it led them and how they come together to both release the anger, talk through stuff, but also reform as a three way working partnership, friendship, and trio of lovers. Their personalities and what they brought together melded good. The story stopped at a good place, but I could have kept reading about these three. As to the holiday theme being present, its there in the sense that none of the guys have had fond memories since the murders of Justice and Tags' moms and the fact that Ian never had any good holidays, but there was one final scene that was fun and wrapped up this story nicely. I so wanted to see them all make use of Tag's naughty gifts. All in all, my first experience with the ACRO series and my first time in a while with a ménage was a wonderful experience. I imagine series fans would enjoy this, but also those who enjoy m/m/m set against a blend of sci-fi and romantic suspense. My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.