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Warrior's Way

(Coulter and Woodard #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Hello, tall, dark and handsome.’ Out and proud gay Albuquerque Homicide Detective Eagle Woodard studied Dr. Adam Coulter, criminal profiler, with a clinical eye. ‘Slender build…narrow waist, but nicely muscled underneath that Hugo Boss suit. People think you work out, Kemo, but you don’t.’ Eagle’s dark eyes narrowed. ‘You know I hate that day old beard look, but you were p ...more
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published December 3rd 2019
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Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary
I almost DNFd it 3 times. From the blurb provided and positive reviews I expected intensity, major suspense and strong emotions between MCs. What I got was weird sex/jealousy triangle between two friends and a complete asshat, awkward sexual encounter between MCs, I love yous that shouldn't have even been uttered till the book 4 if that ever came and an identity of the serial killer plainly stated within first part of the book. Lets not forget MF sex scene I so didn't want to read here.

This boo
There's a LOT going on in this book, and underlying it all is the relationship between Eagle and Adam who have been friends since childhood. Eagle, an Albuquerque Detective, is out and proud while four-times married and divorced Doctor of Forensic Sciences and Psychology (read profiler) Adam is straight. Well, let's just say, Eagle is completely convinced Adam is straight, except for:
Sure they'd tease and touch each other sometimes intimately, but this was a byproduct of years of familiarity. C
Let's take stock of the highlights...
on this one before wrestling any of the minutiae...
...if you're not a fan of partners having sex with other people even if they're not actually in a relationship might want to take a pass on this one as well.
...if your tolerance for graphic violence isn't high...again maybe take a pass on this one.
...if you're looking for a happily ever after...then I'm pretty sure this one is not going to work for you.

However...if you're like me and those thin
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was interesting.. it kinda ends a bit of a cliffy..not totally though.. more like its a continuation story haha.. but we are left curious what will happen... i enjoyed the characters.. they were interesting and sexy and their bantar was amusing. lol plus a very good storyline with murder and love and anger and happiness.. so many amazing emotions and it was just fun to read
Dara Nelson
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Strong 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. What started out a bit slow quickly evolved into an exciting thriller wrapped around a strong love story. Both Adam and Eagle captured my attention, while the search for the killer revved up my heart rate. Good, strong story
Adam and Eagle have been friends since they were eight years old. Eagle thinks that he has been in love with Adam that whole time too. Adam has tried to be in love but can’t seem to make it work. When they close in on a serial killer, their bonds are severely tested.

This was an interesting story. Some twists, not all the good guys are particularly good, but the bad guys are really nasty. Graphic depictions of torture abound. I mostly liked the book. It seemed like it was rushed in places to get
Jun 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF a measly 13% in.

A few things really killed it for me:

(1) Almost every time a character is mentioned the author feels the need to use a different descriptor just in case we forgot all of the adjectives she's already introduced. Eagle is referred to as Eagle, Woodard, the Army Ranger, the taller man, the muscular man, the Detective, and memorably, Gay and out Albuquerque Homicide Detective Eagle Woodard, among others. The same goes for Adam - he's called Adam, Coulter, the profiler, the docto
Warrior's Way
MMy Thoughts Confessions and Review:

Get in, Sit down, Shut up, and Hold on! THAT should have been the title of this action-packed, stylized thriller. A serial killer is preying on gay couples and the scenes this killer leaves behind for authorities to untangle are some of the worst experts in the field have ever seen. Because of this, the FBI has recruited the help of a team in New Mexico they hope will flush out the killer. Ex-Army Ranger turned homicide detective, Eagle Woodard an
Anne Barwell
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, m-m
3.5 rounded up.

Warning: this story contains very detailed graphic violence and a lot of triggers.

It took me a while to get into this story as the formatting wasn’t what I’m used to, and I thought it could have done with an edit in a few places. I found the head hopping a little disconcerting too.

However, the characters and plot still pulled me in despite that. I thought it was a very solid plot, and I was seriously worried for the MCs as it went along. I liked the way the author didn’t shy aw
Sharon Cox
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three and a half stars rounded up to four
I was given an ARC of Warrior's Way by M.J. Calabrese in return for an honest review.
I'm very careful in choosing the books that I asked to review and I honestly thought that I had made a mistake with this book. I found the first couple of pages to be very stilted. It didn't flow well and I really thought that the author was trying too hard to impress the readers. This feeling quickly fell by the wayside as I got involved in the story. A killer is targeti
Joyfully Jay
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elizabeth
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Homicide Detective Eagle Woodard has been in love with his very best (and very straight) friend, Adam Coulter, since … well, almost forever. The only problem is that Adam, now on divorce number four, isn’t in love with Eagle as anything other than a friend. As a criminal profiler, Adam often works cases alongside of Eagle’s own, and the two of them have a long history of learning to trust one another’s instincts. They share a house, share a bathroom, and half the
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that I had read the blurb of this story, It still shocked me. From the beginning the readers is thrown into a story of torture, torment, murder, serial killers and extreme hate crimes against gay men, romance, closeted gay, mention of alcohol abuse, and two men who are partners and childhood friends. Dr. coultre is unable to convince Eagle, his partner that things are not what they seemed or was being told. Unable to convince Eagle of the wrongness of some the decisions of an FB ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
a great crime thriller her sees our two heros get involved in a serial killer case and in seem to get out of their depth. loved the way the author built up the characters warts and all, the passion is good. the other side characters who you learnt to with love or hate and the emotional roller coaster that both men go through in the case as well as opening up to each other.

And the ending, was not expecting it but not surprised and it is right taking the plot and their experiences.
Natosha Wilson
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First let me starry by saying that I am sooooo glad there is going to be a second book at least because if not I would have been really disappointed. Now let me explain, this was a truly incredible mysterious read. I was on the edge of my seat through this read because even though you are able to figure out who the bad guy or guys are, you do not see what it coming. But you know that it is something and you just do not know when it is going to happen or the fall out after it does happen.

Eagle i
Ravenclaw Silverstripe
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nah
I wanted to like this one, but there was just so much going on. It was quite difficult to follow along when there were competing focuses throughout the story. It didn’t feel like a even balance between mystery/thriller and romance. I didn’t feel compelled to root for Eagle and Adam as a couple, and I didn’t buy into their romance.

Then there was the addition of Michelle’s hidden life that seemed only for shock purposes. It didn’t really add to the story. The will they won’t they with Rick Kessle
M.J. Calabrese
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Give me more!

Two flawed heroes and bad guys you'll love to hate. Plenty of action and angst as these two friends to lovers work to capture a serial killer. I want to see more from these two. The mystery is solved but the relationship is left open ended. I want them to have a happy ending and I think they will with a second book. Come on, M.J. don't leave me hanging!
Mari  Cardenas
Overall: 3.75 Stars! 

Narration: 5 Stars!

Story: 3.25 Stars

The narration was superb, Nick J. Russo has such a wide range of voices and can convey a lot of emotions with his performance, which really came in handy in a multi-perspective book like this one. My favorite has to be his portrayal of the killer(s), because damn, if he didn't do a fantastic job with them. I got chills on that last scene with them and Adam and Eagle.

The premise of a homicide detective Eagle Woodard and his BFF/roommate and
Shari Sakurai
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this novel for free in exchange for an honest review*

Rating: 3.5 stars

When Detective Eagle Woodard and criminal profiler Dr Adam Coulter pose as a gay couple with an upcoming fake wedding in order to catch a serial killer, it reawakens feelings that they both struggle to leave in the past. Eagle has always been in love with Adam, but Adam’s always insisted that he’s straight. However, as their fake relationship involves into something more real, they must put their feelings
Maryann Kafka
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Eagle Woodard and Adam Coulter, detective and criminal profiler may be a crack team at what they do but their personal lives are a disaster.

Adam Coulter, whose an expert profiler, life is a mess. He’s been divorced just too many times and apparently it’s always his fault. Sure, he has money to burn, being a privileged white man.

Eagle Woodard, not so privileged being Native American and gay. Eagle’s been friends with Adam since their younger years and it didn’t really work out for Eagle. He’s bee
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gaybook-reviews
I went into this with some reservations considering the blurb, but they were blown away during first chapter. And I don’t mean what happened, but the description. It was literally breathtaking. It upped my expectations a notch.

It’s a suspense story, with two men participating in a plan to catch serial killer. They are comfortable in their relationships, being best friends and roommates. Both have secrets from each other, but are willing to ignore them to keep what they have, a lifelong friendshi
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Warrior’s Way by author MJ Coulter is the first book in the Coulter and Woodward series. I am very torn about this book. From a love story standpoint, it is okay. The ending really was not one I liked at all.
From a murder mystery standpoint, this book was really good. I liked the action and adventure. I just feel the romance was very all over the place.
Eagle Woodard is a former army ranger. 38 years old and confident in who he is as a person and what he can do with his abilities. He is an Albuqu
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Very, very serious triggers in this for people. This is all about serial killers and the police and profiler trying to catch them. But in this, there are very detailed accounts of torture, mutilation, and because of homophobia. And a cheating ex. It has some very graphic parts, so if that is a problem for you. Be careful.
If you love a good murder mystery like I do, this is for you. It has some very f***ed up moments, characters I want to throat punch, and two men in rooting hard for but can't
May 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I had a hard time getting into the story in this book. One thing that was a little off for me was the authors change in point of view from random paragraph to paragraph. Most of a chapter would be told from one perspective, then it would shift to another for a couple of paragraphs, then switch back. I was able to follow it, but I didn’t like how it was random. As for the plot, it held a lot of promise, but I don’t think it was fulfilled. . Seems like it took a little while to get started, it I d ...more
Mark Lucas-Taylor
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Janet Hunt
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adam and Eagle have been best friends since early childhood. Eagle has always loved Adam, but Adam is straight or so he thinks. Adam has secrets. They get married as part of an undercover operation to catch a serial killer. This is a best friend to lovers story line and it’s a really good one!! This was my first story by this author, and it will NOT be my last. It was well written and kept my interest thru the whole story. Excellent, highly recommend!!
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Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This is my first time reading this Author. I'm sooo happy I found her. Oh, this book will drag you in and not let go until the last sentence. Adam and Eagle have been life long best friends. They have always loved each other. But Adam is straight. Hawk was there for him through his 4 marriages. And 4 divorces. This is a MAGNIFICENTLY written thriller. I have Book #2 all ready to go. If you are reading this review my advice is to get this book pronto. I HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMEND TH
Carrie Mcpherson
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I borrowed this on kindle unlimited because I was low on reading material and funds to buy. I am so glad that I did. The story kept my attention from beginning to end. Even with the cliffhanger. The love between the two men was noticeable from the beginning. They just had to catch up. I know that on payday i will be buying this book and any others from this author. So worth any cost. I recommend anyone and everyone but it. The best way I can describe it is WOW!
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
I was really excited about this book when I read the blurb and while I enjoyed it for the most part it leans a lot more towards mystery/suspense and less towards romance.

Also the writing style really had me confused on who was talking when but after a couple of chapters I did get used to it and it wasn't as distracting.

Not a bad read, just wasn't what I was looking for.
Christina Brockington
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn’t put this book down!

This book has something for everyone! I spent the whole time cheering for the main characters to end up together and also for them to catch the killers. The cliffhanger at the end of book one leaves me waiting anxiously for the second book. This book is definitely worth the read.
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warrior’s Way

Eagle and Adam a love story like Romeo and Juliet with a few weird twists.
This was a very interesting journey so far. The FBI Agent Kessler really should have been the one tortured and mutilated.
Unfortunately he walked away without a scratch.
I look forward to reading more about these two men, they deserve closure and a HEA.
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