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    A compelling read

    "Valor" tells the love story of two men who get to know each other under very unfavorable conditions. Asher’s nephew was kidnapped and Alec is involved in the investigation, which means that their first meeting happens in an exceptional situation. Despite the circumstances, they are attracted to each other and soon start to get closer, but at the same time the circumstances are far from ideal for starting a relationship. Because of that, it is normal that they question - as does the reader - whether there truly is potential for something more between them or of if they just used each other as some kind of distraction. Both characters are very likeable and I greatly enjoyed that they are 'tough guys' in many ways (after all, Alec was an FBI agent and is now a private investigator, while Asher dives with sharks even though he was attacked by them years ago), but openly show their feelings and their vulnerability. This has made both of them more tangible and I could empathize with them easily, which is why I was anything but indifferent to their fate - something that was especially important because of the danger that Jack's kidnapper posed. I also liked that they made mistakes and that their actions had consequences since that created some conflicts which were realistic obstacles for a potential deepening of their relationship. Roman maintained a good balance between emotional, romantic or even erotic moments and the tension created by the storyline centred on the missing child. Both aspects have been given sufficient spotlight and in my opinion, the extreme emotions the family of the victim was feeling were given enough attention without overshadowing the love story. It was interesting to follow the investigation and of course one hopes all the time that everything will turn out well - especially after the situation gets worse towards the end. The whole book was a compelling read, but the last few chapters were especially gripping and therefore I did not want to put the book down. At the same time, I enjoyed the development of the bond between the protagonists and how it fit into these circumstances. "Valor" is the fourth volume in a series, but I was able to follow the plot along even without previous knowledge. The characters from the first few books play a big role, but there is enough information to get a feel for them and how they are all connected to each other. However, the scenes in which one learns more about them made me curious, so I plan on reading the other installments as well. The story on hand certainly satisfied me; the writing style is very easy to read, I liked the protagonists and the mix of emotional and serious moments was perfect. That's why I rate it 4 stars.
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    Valor

    a missing child case brings former fbi agent alec banner into asher winsome's orbit in valor. as the uncle to the kidnapped child, he's willing to do anything to get his nephew back home safely. the winsome family dynamics are challenging, to say the least, but asher connects instantly with alec, and it's something more than insta-lust. but alec doesn't give them a proper chance. incorrectly assuming that it was just heightened emotions that fueled their connection. and this assumption cuts asher deeply. when concerns about whether or not he is being targeted surface, the winsome family reaches out to alec. and alec soon finds himself jumping into shark-infested waters for another chance at getting closer to asher. he would do anything to keep him safe, and once he realizes that he's not going to stop fighting for asher at every turn. especially since it's a matter of life or death. this is another great installment in the until you series. **valor will publish on january 14, 2019. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/ninestar press in exchange for my honest review.
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    My first book by this author, but not the last one

    This was a really enjoyable read. The author writing flows easily and the story is full of suspense and tension. The characters are interesting and complex, and even as the chemistry between Asher and Alec is evident from the beginning, this is put aside until Asher's nephew is safe and sound. Even then, what Alec perceived as his shortcomings prevent them from getting together and they part ways. But not all was so clean-cut as they had thought, and when Asher's life is in peril, Alec will run to the rescue. The mystery's plot is really well done, and the slow-build romance was, IMHO, perfect. And even as this book is part of a series it can be perfectly read as a standalone. I did :P That said, I'll be reading more from this author pretty soon. I received an ARC from NetGallery, and this is my honest and voluntary review.
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