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Oh Hell “Three the Hard Way” isn’t joking

on January 1, 2015

Title: Three the Hard Way.

Author: Sydney Croft

Series: ACRO #7

Hero: Taggart/Justice/Ian

Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

Length: 164 pages

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Release Date: November 29, 2014

Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

*I received a copy of this book from Riptide Publishing in return for a fair and honest review.*



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.



So right at the beginning of the story you are thrust right into the action. I actually think you might want to read the previous books in the series first to get a better understanding for some of the secondary characters but it is not a must. Anyway…. Taggart and Justice have a history that spans over 26 years. First they were simple friends, than like teenagers they became blood brothers, then lovers, until one horrific night 4 years earlier.

You see both boys and their mothers are special. In the world of this series certain humans have different abilities. With great power also comes great evil and wars of good versus bad to gain the power. The boys mothers kept them separate and off the grid for their protection. The mothers met because they were actually captured by the bad guys ITOR. Due to genetic tampering while pregnant both boys were given abilities and when the moms managed to escape they formed a bond that could never be broken or so they thought.

It was always talked about within the boys that when they found a safe place for them they would go TOGETHER. They discovered ACRO while they were teens but Taggart didn’t think of his abilities as a gift unlike Justice, who used them constantly. Taggart just wanted a normal life for the two of them so they could be happy and in love. Justice, though unhappy followed Taggart to college and forward. The boys love was so deep it was worth a little unhappiness. Unfortunately they did argue about their promise to each other about going to the group that was safe when they found it. Taggart just wasn’t ready, and kept Justice by his side still. That selfish decision cost them everything.

Christmas ITOR finally came for them and though the boys escaped the mothers didn’t. Justice blamed Taggart for their mother’s death because Tag wouldn’t go to ACRO so not looking back he not only destroyed his promise he destroyed Taggart and left him alone in the world to finally go join the ranks of the ACRO organization. Taggart devastated turned his back on his ability, and moved south to try to live a normal life. It took years before he could like a semblance of normalcy due to the destruction of his bond with Justice, until one day a beautiful man walks into a bar.

Ian persued Taggart until Taggart had no chance to resist him and they fell in love. There is one, well two huge problems; even though Taggart told him 3/4th truths he never told Ian what he was, but Ian was hiding to. See ITOR knew about Taggart and as Ian was an ITOR Suducer (yes he’s exactly what it sounds like) Taggart was his job. Only things went to far an Ian fell in love, true love with Tag, only he couldn’t stop ITOR from capturing and torturing Tag, making him do horrible things under the guise of killing Justice. No matter how much Tag had hardened his heart and emotions to the boy he once loved with all his soul, he could let him be harmed. So he became ITOR’s tool.During a raid, Tag manages to escape after 4 years of being captured. He knows his time is short so he does the only thing he can he calls Justice.

When justice receives notice of Tags call he knows something is wrong and no matter how much he hates him he has to help trap or not. So he set off to Alaska. Once there fireworks erupt immediately,though there is so much anger and pain between the two, deep down the passion and love never died. But there is someone else who wants to help Tag and wants his chance at the only love he’s ever know. When Ian arrives at Tag’s hideout there is an immediate standoff between the three boys, two men who both hurt and destroyed Taggart in unimaginable ways but in the core of it love him beyond any bounds. Thankfully fate works her magic causing an avalanche and trap the three together until the massive blizzard passes and then Justice swears he’s dragging Tag back to ACRO and Ian to only he’ll be a prisoner. The fates did not like Justice’s plan and made events take place that caused a huge shift within the atmosphere between the three men.

Though they may be working out issues they still are not safe. Both ACRO and ITOR are coming and bloodshed is number one on the list. Also after disabling a tracking device in Ian he starts to suffer symptoms that something isn’t right. The only thing Taggart knows now is he finally has both the men he loves with him and he will stop at nothing to keep them, he just has to get them both on board with that plan and make it out alive and free after the coming battle. Don’t even ask you know I am not going to give you any more, it’s better to read and be surprised.


Overall Impression:

3.75 * – I liked it alot – So first let’s talk about the rating, the only reason it is not a 4 is because I have not read any other book in the series. I definitely think a better background knowledge on alot of different things that happened would have been extremely beneficial. That being said, right from the start your dropped into the action. Sydney Croft does not beat around the bush and I have to say I loved that. Even though this was obviously a fantasy Croft was able to write a story that was so realistic you forgot that the things happening weren’t possible. The way she wrote the relationships of the boys separately and then together was smooth. Writing a trio relationship is a hard thing to do and to have it flow in a way you can imagine it happening in the real world. I have to give her an applause for her using the characters insecurities and strengths and combining them into making a powerfully strong relationship. They each complement the other two so well it makes a complete circle. Well this is getting long-winded, obviously I enjoyed the book immensely and could keep writing, but I’m not. I will leave you with this: if you haven’t checked out one of her books yet you are missing out and I suggested you rectify that immediately, I know I will.


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