Gun Moll by Bethany-Kris, Erin Ashley Tanner
Series: Gun Moll #1
Also in this series: Gangster Moll, Madame Moll
Published by Self-published on May 23, 2016
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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 …
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
My mind was spinning and blown away by the thought that there may not be sufficient stars to rate this story. I remained hooked from the beginning until the end although the story swayed from the direction I hoped it would take. At the point when the direction changed, I was prompted to google exactly what a Gun Moll was. I smirked because all of a sudden the penny dropped. The reason the story needed to take the direction it did was staring me in the face.
Melina started off as a fascinating character but I wanted to see her continue in her early role a bit longer than it did. I was on edge wondering how she could fit into a mafia based story. I was anxious for none of her talents to be diminished or brushed aside for the sake of romance. Relief was there when her natural talents came into play and she smoothly transitioned into a person she never imagined she would be. I was far from disappointed but I did miss the early version of Melina and thankful she continued to be portrayed as a strong heroine.
Melina’s first encounter with Mac was a scene-stealing moment. I pictured every expression generated by their words and gestures. Their chemistry was tangible and their destiny as a couple was evident from their first encounter.
The fight scenes were vivid. They were neither dragged out nor brushed over. It showed Mac’s physical strengths and his ability to assess a situation. Each step he took proved to be a calculated, well thought out maneuver. The revelations from the the fight scenes demonstrated Mac’s determination to be the man he emulated to be.
There were aspects of the story that felt out of kilter with other books in this genre. For example, Mac was an outsider who was trying to fit in and Melina’s exposure to his work was unusual. All that aside, the plot had suspense and drama I was expecting to find.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series. There’s plenty of scope for Melina to shine again and Mac’s newly found respect will provide a new platform for him to impress on a whole new level.
Lily’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
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