Review: Three the Hard Way (ACRO #6.5) by Sydney Croft

December 2, 2014 Review 4

Review: Three the Hard Way (ACRO #6.5) by Sydney Croft

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.

Title: Three the Hard Way
Author: Sydney Croft
Series: ACRO
Published by Riptide Publishing
Source: Publisher
Published: December 1, 2014
Genres: Erotic Romance, Male Male Romance, Menage
Pages: 160
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: four-half-flames

A few months ago I as I was cruising through the coming soon title titles on the Riptide Publishing website when I saw Sydney Croft. I took a closer look and saw that it was an ACRO book. I had a moment where I was jumping up and down doing a happy dance. I LOVED the ACRO series. Those were the first books I read where there was any type of guy on guy action.

Justice is called to action by Devlin O’Malley. Dev thus ACRO (Agency for Covert Rare Operations) has received a phone call from Justice’s ex-lover Taggart. Tag has requested Justice’s help, not ARCO. Tag has been on the run from Itor and his other ex-lover, Ian. Tag had no clue who or what Ian was when they got involved, but he knows he can never go back to the evil that is Itor. Justice who has never forgotten Tag does the only thing there is to do, he goes after the man he loves.

With a new assignment in hand Ian also goes after Taggart. Ian cannot let go of the man he loves again. He lost him once and he sees this as a chance to redeem his wrongs and get Tag back in his life. Showing up on Tag’s Alaskan wilderness doorstep and finding him in the arms of another man is not how he saw this rescue going. It doesn’t take long for these three very sexy, genetically gifted, alpha males to start butting heads and fighting over who will be with who.

As with all of the ACRO books Three the Hard Way was full of tension, action, and some very hot and sexy loving. This book does work as a stand-alone. I can honestly say if you have not read any of the ACRO books this will whet your appetite and make you want to read the rest of them. This is an amazing series and I’d love to get my hands on more of them.

Favorite quote, Ian to Taggart: “I don’t want to lose you, Tag. I’ll do anything. I’ll share you with him if I have to. I can learn to like him. He is kinda hot.”

Gay Romance

Each year, Riptide Publishing releases a holiday collection in support of an LGBTQ charity. Twenty percent of all proceeds from the  Share the Love collection  will be donated to the  It Gets Better Project.

This collection would not be possible without the talent and generosity of its authors, who have brought us the following holiday stories:

  • Three of Hearts by Kelly Jamieson (releasing November 17)
  • Lucky Strike by Jane Davitt (releasing November 24)
  • Three the Hard Way by Sydney Croft (releasing December 1)


About Sydney Croft

Sydney Croft is the alter-ego of Larissa Ione and Stephanie Tyler, two  New York Times  bestselling authors who blend their very different writing interests into adventurous tales of erotic paranormal fiction. Together, they developed a world where people with extraordinary abilities, like the power to control storms, could live and work with others like them. The series has been described as “Erotica meets the X-Men,” and is unique in its own “erotic super hero romance” niche.

Larissa and Stephanie live in different states and communicate almost entirely through email, though they often get together for conferences and book signings.



Every year, Riptide Publishing releases a Holiday charity bundle with themed stories by bestselling authors. Twenty percent of the net proceeds of each bundle goes to a charity that serves the LGBTQ population.


Royalties from Riptide’s 2013 Home for the Holidays charity collection have raised over $14,000 in nine months for the Ali Forney Center, and continue to yield several hundred dollars per month in royalties donations. Our 2014 Share the Love charity collection will be raising money for the It Gets Better Project, and we hope to report even better results than in 2013.



Twenty percent of all proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the It Gets Better Project.

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them. Visit their website for more information and to find out how you can get involved.


4 Responses to “Review: Three the Hard Way (ACRO #6.5) by Sydney Croft”

  1. Serena S.

    This is a new author to me but I’m definitely reading this collection. Thanks!

  2. Sophia Rose

    I have the ACRO series on the wish list, but just haven’t gotten around to them. I’m tempted to jump in with this one after reading your review, but I’ll go back and get them in order so I enjoy them even more.