Mob enforcer Ceaton Mercer has killed a lot of people in a lot of different ways – he stashed the last two bodies in a toolshed belonging to a sweetheart marine researcher in an idyllic island community – but he’s really not such a bad guy. Over time he’s found a home of sorts, and he even learns he’s found a place in the hearts of the people he works with…at least enough so that they won’t put a bullet in his head because he’s outlived his usefulness to the boss.
But he never thought he’d find one day could change his life, and he’s about to discover how wrong he is.
Because in a single day, he meets the man who looks to be the one, the love of his life. It’s an improbable idea – a man who deals in death finding love – but it’s like it’s meant to be. That single day gets weirder and troubles pile up, forcing Ceaton to take a hard look at his dreary life and accept that one day can change everything, especially himself. His future might be brighter than he expects – if he can stay alive long enough to find out.
I’m a bit unsure how to review this. It felt less like a romance and more like the first volume in a series were all the world building takes place. The first 40 percent set up Creaton’s life and how he came to be in the Serbian mob. We learn about his life, the people he works with and for, what he is willing to do in the name of loyalty, and how those various people either valued or discarded said loyalty.
The love interest, Brin, was introduced after the first 40 percent. You could say that the relationship developed quickly but in the context of the story it didn’t feel rushed to me. He was quirky and weird, with a strange sense of logic that had me cocking my head along with Creaton. But he knew what he wanted and was persistent, not allowing Creaton to back away. The interaction between the two of them was enjoyable to watch.
I was expecting a little bit more action and danger when Creaton went to protect Brin. And I will admit I was disappointed with the ending. There was such a long buildup to get Creaton and Brin together that I expected an equal amount of story on the backend. I was reading along without tracking my progress and when I flipped the page the story ended abruptly. It felt as if this was only two-thirds of the story.
All in all, this was well written and intriguing. I like to that even though these guys are mobsters, the author still found ways to make them relatable to the reader. I enjoyed all the side characters and their banter. If this is a series, then I would be very interested in knowing what happens next.