Any Means Necessary (Fated Hearts, #7)by Aimee Nicole Walker Published 20 Sep 2016
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I wasn’t proud of the man I’d become – selfish, spoiled, and cynical. Mark Bradley’s reappearance in my life made me want to be a better man. It had been more than two decades since we’d last seen each other and neither of us resembled the kids we used to be. Our lives went in completely different directions and I never thought I’d see him again, let alone hire him as the head of my security team.
The attraction and chemistry between us was immediate and intense, but Mark had built walls around him that I wasn’t able to penetrate. It wasn’t in my nature to accept that I would never have the person I wanted most in life, so I pushed. Mistrust and missteps nearly ruined us before we even had a chance to begin. Then there was the little problem of someone wanting me dead.
Mark “Deacon” Bradley…
Accepting a job working for Mitchell Heston was probably one of the biggest mistakes I’d ever made, but then why did it feel so right? We had nothing in common except a past that neither of us could change. What did I have to offer someone of Mitch’s caliber? He was a wealthy playboy and I was a battle hardened soldier with demons that threatened to ruin any chance of happiness for me. That didn’t stop me from wanting him, regardless of the consequences.
None of my doubts mattered once Mitch’s life was in danger. My sole focus became keeping him safe so that we could explore the feelings that were growing between us. To do that, I would sacrifice anything and protect him by any means necessary.
Any Means Necessary is book 7 in the Fated Hearts series and can be read alone or as part of the series. This book contains sexually explicit material and is intended for adults 18 and older.
"Any Means Necessary (Fated Hearts, #7)" Reviews
*** This is a first class M/M bodyguard romance !
*** A Wonderful story, and book 7 in the Fated Hearts series, which I've loved.
Mark and Mitch knew each other in foster care. Now, 20 years later, Mark must make sure no harm comes to Mitch.
Mark/"Deacon", a Marine, now a security expert,
has never forgotten Mitch, and vice versa.
Mark is having some problems of his own, and also considering a job change, but has now moved on to become Mitch's protector for now, and it's not always a pleasant job. Once the threats begin, things get serious quickly. These two men are totally hot, intense, and mind-blowing in their sizzling sex. Wow !
I loved when Mitch grabbed Mark's dog tags and pulled him ... !
Mark's Marine buddies are brought in to help protect the men after Mitch's dad is shot.
Lots of action, a fire, bulletproof vests, glocks, fear, questions without answers, and deeply amazing characters in the whole cast. The love between the men progresses, magnificent sexy times, and wooing, plus their long talks and declarations, all make this a wonderful romance.
You can't go wrong in this stand alone story, if you like bodyguards, action, romance and a happy ending.
This book had all the potential to be a great love story. Two boys in love, separated by circumstances, meet again as adults. Awesome, right? Not quite so...
There was not a particular something that put me off, it was rather the sum of several things.
The writing was not particularly atrocious (although there were many editing errors) and the sexy times were plenty (including shower sex).
Notwithstanding that, Mitch's assholish attitude (sleeping with escorts so Mark had to hear him in the other room) was childish and completely idiotic.
Then there was the whole plot based on Mitch's murder threats. If they wanted to kill Mitch, what was the point of the threats and warnings? It's not as if they wanted something in exchange of his life... They just wanted him gone, so why warn him? That didn't make any sense. Yeah, I know, there wouldn't be a story without that.
Also, the whole plot turned a little too much Mission Impossible at one point and rather unbelievable.
In my humble opinion, the book extended more than it should have. The secondary love story didn't have any added value. It would have been much better if the author threw some clues about it, and left Dom and Ham's story for another book instead of cramping it on a few chapters of Mitch and Mark's story.
I'm sorry to say this one goes to my mehh shelf and another one bites the dust.
The price was right with Kindle Unlimited.
Any Means Necessary is book 7 in Aimee Nicole Walker’s the Fated Hearts Series. Each book I have loved some more than others. I’ve reveled in the connections, characters, plot, and emotion. It’s a treat when the characters of the current book interact with characters of books past. Not always is it every one of them. In this one we actually only get a glimpse of two characters from the past; Xavier and Ben. That means, yes, Deacon is getting his story.
Mark “Deacon” Bradley, remember him from Xavier’s book (Rhythm of Us book 2) yeah I know it feels like forever ago. Deacon poked at our brains and Aimee has written his story. When we saw him he was mysterious, protective, a little scary lol. Well, he’s still all those things but it takes a boy from his past who is now the man of his dreams to fix all his broken, to unravel all his mystery.
Mitchell Heston… Yeah he sounds familiar too, huh? Well not only is he the other MC in this book but Deacon and Mitch go way back. Back to a time where Deacon was Mark. And that is exactly what Mitchell calls him. As little of a thing as it sounds it’s really huge. Deacon is an ex-marine and Deacon was his name, his crew even still call him that. Sometimes men and women in the military lose themselves; which in a way was something I think Deacon was trying to do for a long time. Mitch calling him Mark reminds him of who he really is.
Mitch and Mark met in Foster care. Mark was so damaged and Mitch was so lost. Now fast forward, they haven’t changed they just hide it a lot better.
I loved the romance. I always do in these books by Aimee. She weaves and balances it all perfectly. From the beginning with Mitch and Mark’s cat and mouse game of angering each other and jealousy. To a somewhat calm, a little bit of yo-yo playing, and then of course the suspense of trying to keep everyone alive from a mad loon!
Through the action and adventure. Through the suspense and near misses, there’s a love story. Mark uncovering his dark past, Mitch making amends with a lot and allowing himself to be who he really is.
Sometimes when a series has ran for a while it starts to stagnate. But not in this case. Each book in the Fates Hearts series is wonderful, fresh and new. We get to visit with old favorites and make new ones.
This is a thriving series I hope to read many more. I always look forward to what Aimee will do next!
This was a sweet installment in the series, just not my favorite. We see the connections but this story happens almost in a bubble. Mitch's & Mark's story was lovely, but I kept confusing the names. Overall, a nice MM romance.
Meh... I finally finished it so that's good I guess. Just couldn't get into it