Nothing Special (Nothing Special #1) by A.E. Via

 Detective Cashel ‘Cash’ Godfrey is big, tattooed and angry so people typically keep their distance. He’s fresh out of the police academy, however, no one is looking to partner with the six foot four beast with a huge chip on his shoulder and an inability to trust. When Cash scans the orientation room he wasn’t expecting to find sexy hazel eyes locked onto him. Eyes of the handsome Detective Leonidis ‘Leo’ Day.Leo is charming, witty, hilariously sarcastic and the only one that can make Cash smile. He’s proud, out and one bad-ass detective.Together Cash and Leo become the most revered and successful narcotics detectives Atlanta’s ever seen. Able to communicate and understand each other, without even having to voice it, they quickly climb up the promotional  ranks.

When Cash saves Leo’s life in a raid that turns deadly, Leo begins to see something in the big man that no one else does…something special. But Leo fears he’ll never break through the impenetrable wall that protects Cash’s heart.

Nothing Special takes the reader through various emotions throughout the richly fulfilling plot that’s full of erotic gay romance, heartache, passion, trials and tribulations, police action scenes, and an intriguing twist that comes to an amazing ending that’s impossible to see coming.
First of all, let me just say the title is misleading. This is definitely something special. I first read #3 in the series and had some reservations about it. One of the things was, I was intrigued about God and Day, heads of the elite narcotics squad the characters were in. Since I couldn’t resist, I purchased Nothing Special to read their story.
Were there some of the same problems? Yes. But, I absolutely fricking loved this book. You know how you go to an action film and it might not be the best film ever made but you still love it? Yeah, that’s how I feel about Nothing Special.

Cashel ‘Cash’ Godfrey – or as he is better known ‘God’ – is a detective in the Atlanta PD narcotics division. His partner, Leonidis (I so love that name) ‘Leo’ Day, is a jokester, highly intelligent, and the only man who truly gets God.

They are tough, rough, and really good at bringing down drug lords. While they might not play by the rules, they get the job done.
This book doesn’t just introduce us to the characters, but into their world. From God living in an apartment in the worst part of town, leaving his door unlocked, because he has a deal with the lock crooks. “You don’t rob me, and I won’t take you in.”
So it has high marks just for the world building and the wonderful personalities. But it also has romance…in a big, bad boy kind of way. Day and God have been partners for four years, but as God’s personal life is crumbling, it’s his partner who comes to the rescue. And the ending (which I’m not going to tell you about) was so awesome! Made me love them both even more. Especially God. Can I find my own Cashel Godfrey?
If I could give it more than 5 stars, I would. But I can’t. So 5 stars it will have to be.
Were there issues? Yes. Was there head-hopping? Unfortunately yes. But the book, the story, was so good, I’ve already read the book twice. 5 stars all the way.