I received this book for free from the Kismet Book Touring in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth
Series: Mafia Made #1
Published by Carina Press, Harlequin on August 8, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Crime, Mafia, Romantic Suspense
Source: Kismet Book Touring
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The first book in a seductive new series from Scott Hildreth, the #1 Amazon bestselling author of BRAWLER and HARD CORPS.
Once, I took down terrorists on the front lines as a marine.
Now I'm in the business of bad.
I've sold guns to people others might not approve of.
I've eliminated the criminals, the lowlifes and the thugs who've tread on my turf.
And I looked the Sicilian Mafia boss in the eye and told him to f*** off.
No one tells me no, unless it's their last word.
I didn't just act the part of bad—I lived it. Then she stumbled into my life.
I tried to stay away from her. Tried focusing on moving my merchandise. But one smile from Terra was like a shot to the heart.
She's mine now. And no onethreatens what's mine.
I've seen a lot of terrible things in my life.
I grew up around lies and deception, and I ran away from all of them.
Until I met him.
I knew he was corrupt. I knew he was dangerous.
I should have stayed away, but my attraction to him, my needfor him, overrode my logic.
Now I love him.
If he finds out who I am, we're done and I'll be nothing.
I never wanted to be the Mafia princess they tried to make me, but mia familia had other plans. And what mia familia wants…it gets.
Only Michael Tripp can save me.
Tripp and Terra's story continues in Book Two of Mafia Made, The Game Changer.
Terra Agrioli is a trust fund baby, pampered and sheltered as only a mafia princess can be. Her father runs the Kansas City mafia with an iron fist, and she’s never been sure if people want to be her friend or lover because of who she is or her father is. When her abusive ex-boyfriend drags her out of a coffee shop, full of onlookers who do nothing to intervene, a gorgeous man in a crisp suit bristling with danger dares step in to stop the fight between ex-lovers. Once Michael Tripp has made sure that Terra’s ex won’t bother her again, their love story begins.
And their story is one of attraction, sex, lies, guilt, and danger.
Michael is an ex-marine who left the service only to work in a field just as dangerous as the one that he’d left behind: supplying guns to those he thought deserved them to rise up against their oppressors. But he and the fellow veterans he employs walk a grey area of the law, sometimes stepping over that line, and he certainly doesn’t want to involve anyone innocent in that life. And that’s how he sees Terra—spunky, beautiful, smart, and utterly separate from his dangerous life in the arms business. Michael just can’t get enough of her, but he’ll be damned if she’s scared away by knowing the truth about what he does for a living. He’s a savvy businessman, a very loyal friend to his second in command Cap, and he sticks to his morals. All in all, he’s a good guy who’s never got to live a real life for himself until Terra comes along.
Terra keeps her lineage a secret from Michael because she knows what his reaction will be. When men find out her last name, and they either run away or want to get closer to her father—to be a made man. She falls hard and fast for Michael, and she knows that he’s falling for her too. Even though he’s not Italian or Catholic and her father will certainly disapprove, she can’t stay away. But will their secrets be the end of the only good thing in her life that isn’t touched by her father and his dark empire, or will he find a way to taint this too?
I give The Gun Runner a 4.5 out of 5. I couldn’t put this one down and I read it all in one day. The steamy scenes, the banter, the fights—it all captured my attention and grasped hard. Michael was easy to like and love, while Terra was a little harder to get into since she’s so reluctant to give up her secrets and come clean to Michael. The storytelling and setting were vivid and told at a great pace, and I couldn’t believe how quickly the book flew by for me. While the book did end on a bit of a cliffhanger, we won’t have to wait very long for the next book, The Game Changer.
Guest Post: Cap’s Top Five Netflix Picks
When you read The Gun Runner, you’ll meet Michael’s right-hand man Cap. He’s big and bad, but he sure loves to unwind with some surprising shows on Netflix. I asked Scott what Cap’s top five picks are to fill your Netflix list.
New Girl, Gilmore Girls, Silver Linings Playbook, Jane the Virgin, Notting Hill.
They provide him with an escape from his day-to-day life of walking on the edge. A good laugh and a heart filled with emotion are his only real escape from the reality of his life, which is an extension of war.
About Scott Hildreth
Born In San Diego California, Scott now calls Wichita, Kansas home. Residing in Kansas with his wife, Jessica, and six children, he somehow finds twelve hours a day to work on his writing.
Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, Scott can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
Scott is a hybrid author who both self-publishes and conventionally publishes. Look for a three book (mafia erotic romance) series releasing in 2016 through Harlequin Romance.
Loyal to the fans, fan girls, and faithful followers who allowed him to make writing a full-time career, Scott communicates with his followers on Facebook almost daily. He encourages his readers to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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