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.
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This turned out to not only be my first Sydney Croft book but it also took me totally by surprise. Since I’m familiar with one of the writers in the Sydney Croft duo, I was expecting to enjoy it. I just wasn’t expecting these guys to pull me in the way that they did.
Basically, Three the Hard Way was a book centered on misunderstandings. Taggart, Justice and Ian each had reasons for what they had done. Taggart felt betrayed by both Justice and Ian. One had deserted him and the other had betrayed him. Honestly, when the characters were introduced I wondered how I was going to be able to wrap my head around them being together. They had so much to overcome to even be civil toward one another, much less become lovers. Once I got to know them, I fell in love.
Justice worked for one agency. Ian worked for the opposing agency and Tag was the common thread that brought this trio together. They all had reasons for the choices they had made. They all had regrets and they all had doubts. Watching them come together as both allies and lovers wasn’t forced. It was inevitable and I loved every minute of it.
The authors did an amazing job of changing my initial opinion of each of these characters in a very short amount of time. This book also convinced me that I need to start reading the ACRO series. There are characters that were introduced that I really want to get to know better.