Book Review: Pistol Fanny’s Hank & Delilah by Annie Rose Welch

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Title: Pistol Fanny’s Hank & Delilah
Author: Annie Rose Welch @angelwriter11
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 373 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis
Never fall in love with a bank robber.

Especially if she’s the one who robbed your bank, took you hostage, and dumped you unconscious at the local convenience store. And definitely not if you are the assistant district attorney of Tupelo, Mississippi.

This is the advice Hank Huckleberry Rivers would have given himself, back when he was a man who vowed to always walk on the right side of the law. The same law that had seemed sacrosanct ever since the day he and his friends watched as two men were murdered right below their tree house.

Falling in love with a dangerous criminal can have life-altering consequences, though. And when the past and the present meet head-on, Hank finds himself in more trouble than he ever bargained for. He must run to save his life, daring to find answers to the questions threatening his safety and his heart, as the killer below the tree house comes after Hank—and his pistol-wielding bank robber.

It’s a simple case of love in the first degree.

Grace Review

Going into this book, I had no idea on the genre. I got the sense that their would be a love story, but it wasn’t entirely clear. So why did I request it? Simply on the name alone. It’s quirky and different, just like the book. The author takes us on a wild ride, filled with revenge, crazy characters, and a complex love story.

We first meet Hank as a young boy, who’s life, along with his friends, is forever changed after witnessing 2 murders. Prior to this incident, he actually boasted about wanting to rob a bank someday. After the incident, he’s on the right side of his law as the Assistant District Attorney, with one of his BFFs taking on the job as Sheriff.

Whether it was fate or something else, he finds himself at a bank on the day of the robbery. Does he do the right thing and try to catch the “bad guys?” No, he does something completely unexpected. He falls in love with one of the robbers, who just happen to be an entertaining group of women. Their robbery is filled with balloons, fancy gun tricks, dancing, music, and some explosives.

Hank suffers from insta-love in the first degree. How do you fall in love by just looking into someone’s eyes? I didn’t have a clue, but it happens to him twice, and based on his actions following, I believed he fell deeply in love in both cases.

“Isn’t it funny how you’re the one with the gun to my heart, and I believe you’re the one who needs saving.”

This is the second story I’ve read this week with some mystery about identities. In this one, you have Hank falling in love with 2 women. Is this a love triangle or something else? I wasn’t certain either way. Along with Hank, I often wondered if Pistolette (his nickname for the robbery) and Delilah were the same woman. And what’s strange is he had multiple opportunities to find out the truth but avoided it. While it would be odd to have 2 loves be the same person, even worse would be if they were related, which was my other theory, and obviously be very bad.

Lordy be, not only was he in a love triangle, he was in love with two different sisters?

Given my typical reads, this one is very tame in the sense of the language used. It’s very Southern, good boy talk, with references to God over expletives. While Hank falls in love quickly, the love story takes a long time to develop. The true struggle becomes how holds Hank’s heart more.

Hank could easily have resolved this triangle when given opportunities to find out Pistolette’s true identity, but for some reason, he chooses not to ask, which was incredibly frustrating. His lack of action actually causes a lot of heartbreak for himself and another.

Other than the love triangle, I loved the backstory involving Hank and his odd set of friends. They all grew up thru the story, supported Hank, even though they thought he was crazy, and I loved how their interactions with the robbers changed their lives.

There were parts of this story that were a bit confusing for me, especially with all of the characters and various nicknames. But this story is unique and entertaining, taking two plot lines and cleverly merging them for the final blow out, so to speak. This is one of those stories where the outlaws are the good guys, and you’ll enjoy being part of their justice.

– Grace

*A complementary copy was received for an honest review.

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