Title: Gun Moll
Author: Bethany-Kris and Erin Ashley Tanner
Page Count: 358
Notable Notables: Can’t think of a single one other than “bad sex”
Recommended Readers: No one, sadly
I don’t know what about this book I’m most insulted by: the fact that it honestly believes it’s a mafia book or that it dares to call itself a romance. I had high hopes for it–I love Italian mafia-related content, and gangster romances are honestly so hard to come by because none of them I’ve read are any good.
And now Gun Moll can be added to that sad little pile of disappointments.
Here’s the quick run-down: Melina’s an escort who gets entangled with the mob. Her life is put in danger basically because Mac, a little mobster soldier, can’t mind his own business. Melina looks suspiciously like an undercover cop as a result, so she and Mac have to pretend to be in a relationship until the heat’s taken off of them. Predictable sex happens, someone tries to kill them, sex happens again (and again and again), and eventually, resolution arrives along with the set-up for the next book, which, no thanks. If the plot sounds vague to you, that’s because there barely is one!
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Title: Priest of Bones
Author: Peter McLean
Genre: Adult Fantasy/Fiction
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 352
Publisher: Ace Books
Notable Notables: Distinctive first-person POV, LGBTQ characters
Recommended Readers: Fans of gangster-esque novels, gritty stories, the Gentleman Bastards series
Thank you to NetGallery and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean promised old-school gangster activity in an adult fantasy setting, and it absolutely delivered. This story was gritty in all the right ways, politically intricate in terms of characters, and a complete romp all around.
Thomas Piety, an army priest, and his band of soldiers have just returned home from the war, only for Thomas to discover that his former businesses have been stolen out from under him. With his lieutenant, Bloody Anne, and his unpredictable younger brother, Jochan, Thomas is determined to reclaim his streets and bring back the prosperity his people lost in the course of the war.
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Author: Sarah Castille
Page Count: 362
Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Notable Notables: Mafia love interest, steamy sex scenes
Recommended Readers: Fans of contemporary romance and mobsters
Listen, I won’t lie. I picked this up because I have a thing for Italian men and the mafia, and dammit, good gangster smut is so hard to find these days!
Luca is the second book of Sarah Castille’s Ruin & Revenge series, the first of which being Nico, which I have not read (yet). While the books follow members of the same crime family and their associates, it’s not necessary to have read Nico to understand what’s going on in Luca. In typical romance series fashion, each book follows a different character and introduces a new relationship.
In this one, we meet Luca Rizzoli, a capo in Nico Toscani’s crime family. After protecting Nico from getting shot, Luca winds up in the hospital and meets Gabrielle Fawkes, also there because of a gunshot wound. The attraction between them is instant, but what Luca doesn’t know is that Gabrielle is a police detective. And she only knows him as the owner of an Italian restaurant, not a mobster. Cue the forbidden romance!
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