Ace of Spades
Aces & Eights #3
By Sandra Owens
Releasing February 6th, 2018
Releasing February 6th, 2018
Two FBI agents struggle with desire in the shadow of a killer, in the third installment of Aces & Eights.
Nate Gentry has been a rock for his two younger brothers since the day their mom walked out and left them with their abusive father. Now that they’ve grown up, he’s watched Alex and Court fall in love and settle down. But Nate isn’t made for romance. He keeps his relationships casual. And getting casual with his partner is a fantasy he can’t shake…
Taylor Collins has feelings for Nate, too—and though they run hot, her best friend on the team is strictly off limits. Until a spark in his eyes says, Go for it. But reaching out could prove to be a bad move now that they’re working closer together than ever, and on the most dangerous case of their careers.
An investigation into a brutal series of murders is stirring up bad memories for Taylor, and neither she nor Nate can imagine how close to home it’s going to hit. When it does, Nate will risk everything—including his heart—to keep Taylor safe.
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In Ace of Spades (Aces & Eights #3) by Sandra Owens, Nate Gentry has never wanted marriage or a forever relationship because of the way he grew up, but there's something about his best friend and FBI colleague Taylor Collins that he's tempted by. But with the investigation they've been tasked to and a serial killer on the loose, Nate knows now isn't the time for their relationship to be taken the next step. However, Taylor doesn't make things easy for him, and with the danger closing in, Nate finds it impossible not to give into their strong chemistry. Will Nate and Taylor be able to solve their case, or will a killer put a stop to their shot at happy ever after?
Having read the previous books of this series and being absolutely enthralled by them, I was really looking forward to Nate's story, and I've got to say that this book does not disappoint. Indeed, for me, this third story of Ms. Owens Aces & Eights series is the best one yet, as it was everything I'd hoped for and more. With it encompassing the friends to lovers trope; two main characters that have been through so much in their pasts but are fighting the good fight as FBI agents; and compelling dialogue that had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether Nate and Taylor would come out on top against the serial killer they're chasing and what would happen to them the moment they faced off against the bad guy.
Both the main characters were enthralling and this story drew me in from the very beginning, as Nate needs to know what happened to someone he loved and the reasons behind them leaving him and his brothers. Will he get the answers he wants? Moreover, Nate and Taylor have very interesting and heartbreaking stories, but I loved discovering more about them as this story progressed. Nate is set on never having a forever relationship because he fears he may turn out like his father while the heroine has enough on her plate without adding a relationship to the mix. Will they be able to stop themselves from falling in love?
Furthermore, the heroine is resilient, courageous and I liked how she handles everything when it comes to the investigation and how it's linked to her past. I also liked how fired up she gets when things don't go her way. Really, I wouldn't want to get on her bad side. While the hero, he's confident and I liked how determined he was to protect the heroine when it comes to the investigation and how closely it is linked to her past. I also liked that the hero gave their relationship a chance, even if he's afraid he'll end up hurting her. Yet, what I liked most of all about Nate was the tight bond he shares with his brothers. They aren't afraid to offer him advice when they believe he's being stupid when it comes to his relationship with Taylor and his belief that he'll end up like their old man. Will they be able to prove to him how wrong he is about the latter?
Overall, Ms. Owens has delivered an absolutely compelling and well-written read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was strong; the romance full of heat and passion and had me liking these two together; and the ending had me worried for the main characters, but had me liking how things work out for this couple and had me enjoying what Nate discovers about the past. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up nicely, as it sets things in motion for the next book. I would recommend Ace of Spades by Sandra Owens, if you enjoy romantic suspense or books by authors Katie Reus, Jill Sanders, Tamra Baumann and Melody Anne.