Gun Moll by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner
Gun Moll, #1
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Genres: Interracial Romance, Erotic Romance, Organized Crime
Purchase: Amazon (#FREE with #KindleUnlimited)
James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.
Until she shows up and all eyes are on them … Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly. A man is nothing without his woman … When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed. Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …
IT CAN'T BE OVER YET. Nooooooooo!
Okay. Now that I got that off my chest...
This was excellent. Beyond excellent, really. The first book in a 3 book series, Mac and Melina's story is told in dual pov. Mac is one of the best soldier's in his Capo's crew and working toward becoming a Made Man. That is if his Capo allows him to be noticed which doesn't seem to be happening. Mac quietly does his job, works his way out from the shadows cast by his family and The Family, waiting for his time. Then he meets Melina and all his best laid plans kind of go out the window.
Melina has spent most of her life working to keep her family afloat. Losing her mother at a young age and then working to keep her father from sinking further into oblivion, she does everything she can to guard her heart and her family. When her father passes away, her life takes a series of twists and turns she could never have anticipated. Meeting Mac included. Mac could very well be the best thing that ever happened to her or the very worst.
As Mac's ties to the Mafia and Melina's increasingly interconnected ties to both the cops and the Mafia mount, these two have to play happy families or both could lose more than their jobs. As Melina tries to guard her heart, Mac sneaks in leaving her vulnerable in more ways than one.
This story started off right out of the gate and never let up. I went in completely blind to the story line and loved every twisty-turny minute of it. I started reading and thought I knew what was to come but I was so wrong. I love being shocked and I was shocked over and over again. Plus I loved Melina's strong character and her take-no-shit attitude (at least until Mac came along). I could see a lot of myself in her and could sympathize with her. Mac was the perfect hero. Strong and determined. Loyal and dedicated. Their sexual tension was smoking hot and when they finally gave into temptation, my Kindle caught fire. Then as the story unfolded, my mouth hung ajar and by the end I couldn't believe the path the story took. And now I die a little waiting for book 2. (Yes, there is a bit of a cliffy but nothing Kindle chucking worthy, just enough to make me delirious for more.)
Bethany-Kris writes some of the best Mafia romances out there and has become one of my favorite authors. Now it's safe to say that Erin Ashely Tanner is up there with her because together these two were phenomenal. And I can't wait for more.
Reviewed by Paige
★★☆ 5 "Mafia" Stars ☆★★
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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time. To keep up-to-date with new releases from Bethany-Kris, sign up to her New Release Newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bf9lzD
ABOUT ERIN ASHLEY TANNER
Erin Ashley Tanner is the creator of stories featuring fierce females and the men who love them. Erin is the author of Goddess of Legend, the first in her Demi-God Daughters paranormal romance series. The follow up, Goddess by Chance was released in November 2014. Dirty Little Secrets, a light organized crime romance was released in June 2015. Her next release, an Organized Crime Romance, Devious Little Lies is scheduled for release in June 2016.