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Their Special Agent (Thistle Hearts - Book 1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A murder. Three gorgeous men. One choice – Do your job, or follow your heart?

On the eve of the Thistle Hearts reunion tour, the rock band’s manager is found murdered. When Special Agent Carrie McDonald arrives to assist with the investigation, the band has mixed emotions about the involvement of the FBI. Fifteen years after their heyday, Jay, Lou and Corey have everything
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published October 24th 2019
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Mel Gough and I was not disappointed. I will be looking for more of her books. I was drawn in after the first chapter and couldn’t put it down until the end. The story was well written and the characters were all well developed (even the secondary ones). I enjoyed watching Carrie, Jay, Corey and Lou come together. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this group. I recommend this book if you like rock stars, murder/mystery, an alpha female, and polyamorous relationships.

Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
THEIR SPECIAL AGENT is the first book in the Thistle Hearts series, Thistle Hearts being the name of the band. They were famous 'back in the day' and are now embarking on a tour, not only for their careers but also to showcase new talent. Everything goes well until their manager is killed, and that is where Carrie gets involved.

The story itself was enjoyable, with one-on-one scenes with Carrie and each of the band members in turn. There is only one scene at the end where they are all involved. C
Book #1 Left My Heart Thorny!

Thistle Hearts Book #1

I have thoroughly enjoyed the few books of Gough's that I have read so far, because of their grit and look into the darker side of humanity without over embellishing the details to then becoming an action horror instead of action thriller novel.

Gough's attention to detail is always great in both character and world building. These and other attributes allow the reader to enjoy the book without getting bored or page after page of word fluff.

K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.5 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5

There is so much to this story!! Murder, steam, chemistry and a little thrill.

I was gripped from the start and needed to know what happened next. I love a good mystery and I liked that my every perception/expectation was mostly challenged. I still need to know why the person did what they did, so I'm really hoping that will be explained in the next book, but Mel's got me hooked.

I found the romance elements surprisingly organic. All the characters slept with each
Amber Jones
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderfully well written book. Most are stuffed full of erotica and sex this author actually put a lot of time and effort into the plot and story. It helped to really understand the characters and story-line. It was a great read.

Carrie is one hard ass FBI agent until she meets three boys that will change everything she thinks and does regarding her job and her personal life to boot. She is strong and powerful yet small and mighty in personality.

Corey oh my lordy, he is for sure my fav
Linda Reads
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Compelling, steamy story of one FBI agent discovering another side of herself
Special Agent Carrie McDonald, 36yo, single mother to Trixie a teenager who lives with Carrie’s mother since the FBI keeps her on assignment so much. Her latest was a bust, but not in a good way. The sting op ended badly. A local LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) whom she knows has requested her help in solving a recent murder in his district. It involves The Thistle Hearts band reunion tour and the death of their manager.
Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5/5 Stars.

Ok. I guess I had higher expectations going into this; it seemed up my alley - sexy & suspenseful. But I didn’t like it much. Sexy, it was. Suspenseful, not really.

I found the h (FBI Special Agent Carrie)really annoying. She didn’t seem to care about her teenage daughter that much. She was a grown (36 year old) woman, who seemed to care more about getting dicked down then checking on her child and that didn’t sit well with me. Her priorities just seemed out of whack and the investi
Nov 23, 2019 rated it liked it
For me this book started pretty strong. Liked that Carrie had her head together and presented as a very confident woman. Also liked her relationship with Susan, having two strong women that respected and supported each other was great, hate when they have strong women being nasty to each other.

Carrie’s relationship with her daughter took a while to work through. She seemed to exhibit more fear and hesitancy when dealing with her daughter.

As for the case it seemed to kind of get lost at times and
Margrite Behm
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book contains two of my favourite tropes - rock stars and a juicy murder mystery but no matter the genre of book I’m reading, two things are very important. A believable and engaging plot and characters that are really well developed. This book is extremely successful on both counts. There are points of difference in this story set it aside from other RH books but I have no wish to give spoilers in this review so I will just say that those points of difference give a fresh perspective to RH ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it

This was disappointing. I love a good FBI thriller/mystery and I'm a huge fan of RH so this sounding like a perfect match. Unfortunately, it fell flat on so many levels. This mystery was never really solved. They caught the bad guy but we never got his reasons for doing it and his accomplices weren't brought in either. There's some talk about the possible murder of their old bandmate, but nothing is ever resolved their either. Carrie talks about an ex-husband but we never get the f
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A love story that s set in a murder mystery. Much action and intrigue are strewn throughout, enough the keep the story moving quickly to the conclusion. I suspected about ¾ of the way who the culprit was, but it was still a surprise on the motive. The love story does turn into a sort of reverse harem, but there is some MM action so I would classify it as a Polyamory group, rather than a reverse harem. The love scenes, while moving the relationship of the four ahead, does not detract from the ove ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a Reverse Harem with a suspense/mystery plot,rock stars,an alpha female FBI agent, bisexual scenes and a HFN ending.

This is a hard book to review.I couldn't connect with Carrie for most of the book.As her perspective is the main one and the writing is wordy it made it hard to get into the book.The guys and secondary characters worked for me and the though though it felt rushed the last part of the book came together better. There is a feeling of setting up for the next book,which isn't a
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. When a band manager is murdered, special agent Carrie is called in by local Austin PD.
When lines blur for Carrie as she gets closer to the band, how will going undercover help her case. Will she just be a passing fancy for the Corey, Jay and Lou or will feelings deep farther than anyone one thought.  Jay is haunted by yet another murder victim but can Carrie help with past pains? Can they catch the killer before they str
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I requested an ARC for this book because the premise hooked me. I liked that one of the main characters was an alpha female. I loved the murder-mystery and was hooked with the first chapter. I even got past the lackadaisical naming of one of the members of the band and the main character's boss. I loved the first three-fourths of the book. It is the last one-fourth of the book that I had issues with. It felt like the ending of the book was rushed after the author struggled to find a resolution t ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up
This was a fun MMMF romance plus murder mystery. I loved how strong Carrie was, though I felt bad for her daughter throughout the book. The guys in Thistle Hearts were each special in their own ways, and I fell for them as Carrie did. Corey seemed to be the most grounded, Lou the most vulnerable and brilliant, and Jay the most intense and cynical. The sexy scenes were hot, and the action scenes were thrilling. The characters had great interaction.
I was satisfied with the HFN
Kathryn Manzella
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Their Special Agent is the first book in the Thistle Hearts series by Mel Gough. This story is a reverse harem romance involving three men and one woman and the multiple combinations these lovers can join together. These character are well developed, interesting and captured my interest.

Filled with suspense, steam, and drama, this book delivers a wonderfully well written tale. The heat index is scorching and the connections sweet... but the action, mystery, and crime drama factor also makes thi
Toni L
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As far as I'm aware this is the first book from this author that I've read and for the most part I really enjoyed it.  I don't normally read gay fiction but given that it wasn't just mm but also mf I took a chance.  Glad that I did as it was very much mf in a reverse harem-style, but there was a strong mm emotional link between characters throughout the book.  I enjoyed this book but it did leave me hanging with things not quite resolved.  There's not quite a HEA and the murder is not quite reso ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
These stories (MMMF) are definitely in my wheelhouse. Couple that with a murder mystery/suspense/thriller and I'm definitely a happy camper. I hope there will be more with these characters because I don't feel like we got a conclusion...either to their relationship (which I'd say is HFN) or to the kind of solved mystery. Well written and I have to say...I certainly need to learn more about Jay, Lou and Corey! Yes please and thank you! :)
N.A. Wolf
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the story and it was steamy but it is very wordy. I never thought I'd say a book was too descriptive. I felt there was too much repetition of explanations. I felt the start a but slow but I am happy I kept reading. I do feel like something was left out, as though the author had intended on making the story longer but ended up cutting it short.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
Nikki Edwards
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
This is my first time reading anything by Mel Gough and I can honestly say it will not be my last! I loved Their Special Agent so much I couldn’t put it down! I loved Carrie,Jay, Lou and Corey and I loved their story! Can’t wait to read more!

I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Joy Jacobs
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What a wonderful book! This is my first time reading this author, but I was in no way disappointed. I loved that the romance was part of the book, but not the whole book. Can't wait for the next one!
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked it hope for a book 2 since there was questions left unanswered like who faked there death who is still alive?
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