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Due Diligence

(Takeover #3)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  819 ratings  ·  159 reviews
A business trip leads to a surprise encounter with an old flame in this sexy romance from the author of Just Business.
After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S.R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is in
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by InterMix
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
I'm a huge fan of the Takeover series and Anna Zabo's writing. Her stories are angsty enough to be interesting but also romantic and so damn SEXY.

Due Diligence is a reunited-lovers story. I vaguely remember Fazil (pronounced like this per Anna) from the second book, Just Business. It turns out Fazil, who recently broke up with his girlfriend, is bisexual. When Fazil travels to Seattle with his boss Eli to consult with a struggling company, he is floored to see his former best friend and lover.
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.5 Stars!

It's a close race between this book and the last as to which was my favorite.

This series is one of my favorite MM series. Each book features a different couple and I've honestly really liked all three books and couples.

This one was off the charts hot. That Mr. Dragon scene was hands down one of the hottest I've ever read.

Yeah I thought their original break-up was dumb. They were both idiots - Fazil more so. But they were also teenagers. Some of that is expected.

Plus we didn't have t
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***3.5 Stars***

Two words, people. Two words. DRAGON SCENE.

Image result for fanning self gif

I may or may not have fallen down the research rabbit hole after reading that. I admit nothing. Don't check my Google search history.

Fazil and Todd dated in HS and a whole bunch of misunderstandings/miscommunication ended their relationship with Fazil running away. Now, 15 years later, Fazil happens to come in to do consulting work at Todd's company. And right from the beginning, it's easy to see that the feelings and the attraction neve
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-love
Wow.. My least favorite so far. No doubt Todd and Fazil were smoking hot together but Fazil was a bit of a downer. He kept bringing up the past and so sensitive.
Oct 26, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: stuff-i-wrote
To be released June 2016. :)

This is another Takeover book, focusing on Fazil, who is not nearly as straight as Eli thought (in Just Business) and Todd, the high school boyfriend he never did get over.

Much much less kink in this one, FYI. A little playing with toys. No s/m or pain play. Rough sex? Yes.
4.5 Stars

Due Diligence is the third book in Anna Zabo's Takeover series. This book has a bit of a different feel to it, than Takeover and Just Business. One, this is a second chance story (and oh how I do love those!) and two, it isn't a BDSM themed story. Oh, it's kinky, and deliciously so, just not in that way.

Also, while you probably could read Due Diligence as a stand alone novel, I do feel you will get more out of it by reading the previous two novels first. Eli, one of the MC's of Just Bus
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Dec 12, 2015 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me
DNF at 22%.

This book is very different than the first two. Part of my love of the other books was the sexual tension and the men discovering what made the other tick. This book is two high school sweethearts reconnecting after 15 years apart. The reason for their breakup, which wasn't really a breakup, is 100% misunderstanding and miscommunication. I'm not going to rate since I didn't finish and hope there will be another book in the series. The first two are outstanding, but this one just isn't
5 Stars - This is a sexy and fun book --
This is book three in Anna Zabo's Takeover Series and I loved it!

Fazil works with Sam & Eli at S.R. Anderson Consulting. When Sam needs someone to go to Seattle to help Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save, it's Fazil and Eli who are sent to The Emerald City. The last person Fazil expects to see is his high school boyfriend, Todd Douglas. Against all his better judgements the pull between Todd and Fazil is just too strong and the two tak
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
~3 Stars~
This was the third book in the Takeover series, I think I may have made a mistake reading them back to back, but for some reason I really found myself struggling to finish this one. I had to force myself to read and overall I was pretty bored. I was even in Seattle while I tried to get into this book, I kept glancing out the window at Mt. Rainer, still didn't help. I think for me the struggle was silly, I didn't get why Fazil didn't just explain himself to Todd and ask him for what he w
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
4 *Dragon Dildo for the Win* Stars


But ponder for a moment if you will.....

3,5 stars

"No one’s good with love, Z. It’s messy, horrifying, and wonderful. You leave pieces of yourself all over whenever you open your heart. It’s a fight, a struggle, and so much work. It’s also the best goddamn thing in the entire universe. Love is bigger than everyone and harder than anything."

It's the third book in the Takeover series but the first one I read and my first by this author. I had it for a while and was pretty curious about this new to me author. It can be read as a stand al
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Well, first and foremost, Iggy Toma did an outstanding job bringing these characters to life.

But, I don't know if I would have finished this if I was reading in e-book format. Why? Because this is a reunited story between Fazil, who works for Sam's consulting company, and Todd, his high school lover, who now works in Seattle for the company Fazil is assigned to consult with.

It was quite boring for quite some time. The men were both to blame for the breakup and both carried a lot of baggage. Th
Debbie McGowan
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a mixed reading experience. The first 30% I didn’t care much for the characters, although I think that was probably a book hangover. Once I was over it, it was a compelling read, and the last 20% was couldn’t-put-down. I connected with Fazil, who is bisexual and not a stereotype. Hurrah!

I had a hard time liking Todd – I’m not sure I do even now. I must admit, I skimmed most of the sex – not the author’s fault. It’s well-written, but I’m sick of reading sex. (view spoiler)
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite of the series. I couldn't really buy the reasons for the break-up fifteen years earlier and while I quite liked the romance, it dragged in places and Fazil's beating himself up for what happened before went on a bit too long.

Also - (view spoiler)
That was good although I have to admit I was getting a bit worried that Todd was never going to come to his senses but it was all good in the end and I have to say I think my favorite character so far is definitely Eli...he's hilarious and I'm on to the next and final book in this's Brian and he owns the coffee you know I like him already.
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Anna Zabo has quickly become an author that I know will write a book that is fantastic on so many levels. Each story in this series has been better than the last, and I eagerly await more from this amazing author.

In Due Diligence, we follow the story of Fazil Kurt as he travels to Seattle on a work assignment and runs into his first boyfriend, Todd Douglas. Many years, misunderstandings, and a lifetime of experiences have happened since the l
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this third installment of the Takeover series. Fazil has recently gone through a break up and he's excited to get away on a business trip. He and a co-worker head to Seattle to audit another company and Fazil is shocked to learn his high school boyfriend Todd works there. Todd and Fazil were best friends and first loves but circumstances separated the two young men and they haven't been in touch in years. Both men realize they have unresolved feelings towards each other

Not my favourite of this series I have to admit. Too much sex [shock, that even possible??] and not enough storyline. Todd and Fazil, reunited lovers and second chances, homophobia, racism... all neatly intertwined, but it just sort of fell flat for me, hence why it took me 3 weeks to finish it. Won't stop me reading the next in the series (if there is one), and if it features that self-hating 'homophobe' Nathan, I may not be able to contain my comments in the review, but hey, all's f
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
I actually really did like this for the most part. The various rep was great and I like the way the two main characters worked together sexually. It was fun to read and made me smile a lot, but also managed to address some serious topics like workplace discrimination.
What I did not like was how Fazil and Todd handled their own and each other's faults. I can't really pin it down, it was weird and didn't make any sense to me.
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May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm struggling with the rating for this one. I enjoyed the book, but there were a few niggles. The reason I'm struggling is that I'm not sure it's fair to rate a book based on my feelings about one of the mcs, lol. After all, it takes an enormous skill to write a character that I can despise with a passion. So, I feel I'm doing the author a disservice by rating low, as that could seem to reflect on their skill. Yet, the story telling is great. The characters multi-dimensional and real. So real i ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book couldn’t shake that pall of lower-end airport reading. Everything seemed a bit forced, a bit too formulaic, a bit too contrived. Even the humor was mostly stiff and out of rhythm with sophomoric jokes like “you’re a horny slutty twink...I’m not a twink...oh, I notice you didn’t deny being horny and slutty...(insert dumb laugh track)” and several different variations. You would have thought air travel had not been invented the way these guys talk about living in different cities. Also, ...more
~ 3.5 stars ~

It had some really good moments but also some that felt off and didn't make much sense to me. The miscommunication was killing me.
Christi Snow
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Review:
*gah* I have loved this series so much from the very beginning and I go into each book expecting it to let me down, because it's hard to maintain that level of quality throughout a series. But once again, I was not disappointed.

A second chance at love story...I really do love those.

Fazil is part of a two person team in Seattle to help prep a company for being sold off. This is never an easy job, but this time it's even harder when he finds Todd, his first boyfriend and only true love
Mar 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m
Bad tropes used here!

Right off, I'll say that some of the subject matter really hit home for me as it reflected some of the causes of recent events in Orlando. There was racism, Islamaphobia and homophobia that had truly awful effects on the characters. Fazil and Todd were boyfriends in high school, with a very turbulent past. After 15 years without any contact, they're thrown together through work. Fazil, from Pittsburgh, is consulting at Todd's place if work in Seattle.

I was very torn about no
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
Not even Iggy Toma could save this for me.

I just don’t understand the logic in this book at all. I don’t even know where to start on the wtfery.

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Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well another great book in the Takeover series. I got this one and went back and read the 1st and 2nd book again just for the hell of it.
Fazil is not a memorable character from Just Business (Takeover#2), at least he wasn't for me so my re-read of the series helped a little.
Fazil is Bi-sexual and just broken up with a girlfriend when he gets assigned to a work trip with Eli from book #2.
On day 1 Fazil sees Todd, his high school boyfriend, who is an engineer at the company they are trying to s
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this... I like a story about rekindled love. While at times this was particularly long, it had a lot of heart.
3.5 stars
The third book of the series and things were a bit different, which I loved because it kept the story fresh. Due Diligence featured a second chance romance between two high school boyfriends that reconnect when the S.R. Anderson team goes to help a failing company. Once again, I liked both main characters (though I was a teensy bit more thrilled to get snippets of Eli). The emotional chemistry worked, but I didn't find it as palpable as the last books, perhaps because it was a reignited
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Anna Zabo (they/them) writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow. They live and work in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns and prefers Mx. Zabo as an honorific.

Anna grew up in the wilds of suburban Philadelphia before returning to their ancestral homelands in Western Pennsylvania.

Other books in the series

Takeover (4 books)
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