Blog Tour (Book Review): The Gun Runner by Scott Hildreth

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Title: The Gun Runner
Author: Scott Hildreth
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance, Military Romance, and Erotic Romance
Release Date: Aug 8, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
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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. 

Tripp

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 one threatens what’s mine.

Terra 

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.

Grace Review

Can two people who shouldn’t be together make it work?

Told from dual POVs, this is the story of a Gun Runner, Michael Tripp, and a Mafia Princess, Terra Agrioli.  They meet under heated circumstances and are not honest with each other from the get go, but the attraction they feel is too much to deny.

I have mixed feelings about this story, so let me try to break it down.

What I liked:

*I really liked the bones of this story.  The gun runner/Mafia theme was the reason I go the book in the first place.  My favorite parts of the story were the interactions between Michael and Cap, and their business missions.

*Michelle – as Terra’s BFF, she is the voice of reason.  She sets Terra straight when she has her head up her ass, and I liked how she clicked with Cap.

What I didn’t like:

*I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something with the flow of the story felt rushed.  Scenes came and went too quickly, I wished they had been fleshed out more.  More details, and if the love story is going to be the major part of the story, I think more angst was needed.

*Given how much I was intrigued by Michael’s business, I would have liked if the author expanded this part of the book, a la Shay Savage’s Evan Arden series.  Then I would have made had the love story play a smaller role.  Also, you have Michael as the ex-military, gun running bad ass, but he was a complete pussy when it came to Terra.  I would have liked him to maintain his Alpha role with her.

*Terra – I didn’t really care for her as a heroine.  She was so upset about Michael’s secret, yet she keeps a pretty major one herself.  The fact that she is waiting so long to reveal the truth, will only make things worse. I also thought that she really needs to stop relying on Daddy’s money.  I would have had more compassion for her if she worked or even volunteered with something.

This story ends with a HFN and given that this is book one of a series, there’s more to come from this unlikely couple.  I’m guessing Terra’s big secret is due to blow up . . .

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Scott
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. A hybrid author who has published more than two-dozen romance and erotica novels, his three book series through Harlequin is due to start release with the first book in summer 2016.
Scott has spent his entire life pushing boundaries, and his writing is no exception. Addicted to riding his Harley-Davidson, tattoos, and drinking coffee, he can generally be found in a tattoo shop, on his Harley, or in a local coffee house when not writing.
Loyal to the fans 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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