Days before a potential mission Aaron Collins is pulled off his job and replaced by a less than qualified candidate. The fact that his husband Jordan is to go on that mission also has Aaron pushing hard to stay on but no matter how much he argues there is nothing to be done so he has to live with it. Someone high up was pulling strings and playing with lives and the couple is done with it. After this mission Jordan will retire his commission and they will happily move on to something else.
When Jordan finds out it is Major General Troy Hart that pulled Aaron off he is suspicious. Troy was responsible for almost killing Aaron’s men in another mission and he doesn’t trust his motives. His suspicion becomes reality when he is taken captive and is told that someone high up in his military ranks is the one responsible for him not being rescued. He is also told that his family and Angel think he is dead because his dog tags were found in the rubble of a building. Jordan must find a way to escape and get back to Aaron but the only way to do it might be one that will be seen as treasonous activity.
Back home, even though being told Jordan is dead, Aaron doesn’t believe it. Too many things are not adding up. He has hacked into a secure server and found more questions than answers and the only person willing to humor him is Troy Hart. Aaron knows Troy wants more from him but it has only been a few weeks since Jordan has been missing and he feels like he needs to focus on that. When Troy show Aaron a picture of the supposed body of Jordan, Aaron world falls apart and he doesn’t know were to go from there.
The biggest thing that bothered me about Angel’s Hero was how fast Aaron contemplated moving on from Jordan. These two men had been together for over a decade and Aaron was never fully convinced Jordan was dead but he is all of the sudden going out on what I would call dates with the man who Jordan clearly didn’t like?
“I’m not ready for anything to happen between us,” Aaron told him.
“I understand. I’ll wait,” Troy promised.
Aaron knew without any doubt that Troy would be waiting for a very long time, but he couldn’t face the silence, so he stepped through.
Troy never came off as a person Aaron would want to be with. Even from their first meeting something about Troy seemed off to Aaron and yet I am supposed to believe Aaron felt comfortable enough with him to just jump right in it? We are talking mere months after his husband “died” and Aaron is moving on. It wasn’t believable in the slightest way.
Even up to the point where Jordan comes home, Aaron has let Troy into the house and they were likely to take their relationship to the next level. That night! Aaron obviously didn’t want anything to happen and being a seven-foot tall man he had the ability to fend someone off however, he was just going to give in. It felt wrong, uncomfortable and like he was stomping on the real love he had with his husband.
I also had smaller issues with being able to follow the military vs CIA connections. There was so much jumping around and talk about people retiring and moving from the military to the agency that I wasn’t sure who was in what and how they reported to each other. I thought at one point Troy talked about how he had retired and moved to the CIA but that can’t be right because he was the one who pulled Aaron off the Army mission? The blurb refers to him as Major General Troy Hart. I don’t know.
Overall, I had some issues with Angel’s Hero. I might have been able to get past the confusion of the CIA/Army however this was a romance novel and the romance wasn’t strong enough to last a month after on of the partners was out of the picture. That part left me unhappy and not really on good terms with Aaron. We’ll see where Angel’s Truth, the conclusion of Aaron and Jordan’s story, takes us. Final grade- C-