4 Stars for Herc’s Mercs: Once A Hero by Ari McKay #MM#Thriller @AriMcKay1 by inkedrainbowreviews
0.2 ... Title: Herc's Mercs: Once A Hero Author Name: Ari McKay Publication Date: August 26, 2015
Ezra Levin spent years as a soldier, just as his father had wished. But after stints in the Israeli military, the Mossad, and finally as a member of Hercules Security, the man once known as “Ghost” decides to retire and pursue his own dreams of being a chef. At forty-five, he knows his yearning to have a partner and a family of his own are probably unattainable, but as a private chef for Judge Mason Whittaker and his young son, Jamie, Ezra finds some measure of fulfillment.
Unfortunately, Mason’s past as a District Attorney has made him a lot of enemies - one of whom seems to be looking for payback. When a series of unsettling events disturbs the Whittaker household, Ezra immediately steps up, wanting to protect Mason and Jamie. He calls upon his old friend, Cade Thornton, for help, as a cunning criminal plays a game of cat and mouse that endangers Mason’s life. Ezra realizes that Mason has come to mean far more to him than just an employer, and that he’s going to have to use all his old skills to stop a killer - or else he just might wind up losing the man he loves.
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This is my first time reading Ari McKay. For the most part, I enjoyed the story.
I LOVED the age’s of the characters in this romance. They were both in their 40’s and sexy and full of life. There was an intensity between Ezra and Mason that sizzled through the pages. I was chanting in my head…”just kiss already.” That, to me, is a great talent by an author, when you can FEEL it from the pages!! Mason’s son was adorable and smart and a very enjoyable addition in the story.
What I found difficult to connect with was the dialogue between any of the characters. It felt so formal. I won’t hold that against it because the rest of the story was captivating and intense.