Title: The Hit Man Cometh
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: Totally Bound
Pages/Word Count: 178 Pages
At a Glance: All in all, a fun and exciting read. Well worth the experience.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Mick is a hit man sent after Gavin. Can Gavin, an ex-conman and a shifter, convince Mick they should join forces before Mick kills him?
Mick Whalen is a hit man hired to kill Gavin Wilde. However, when he tracks Gavin to a remote mountain cabin, he discovers that killing the coyote shifter is not in the cards. Especially when Gavin offers sex as an incentive to spare his life—an offer Mick does not refuse.
At Gavin’s insistence, they find out who hired Mick before someone else is sent to finish the job. The most probable person is a vampire with an ax to grind because of something Gavin did to him in the past. With the help of Gavin’s bear shifter friend Torben, and Torben’s vampire friend Brynja, they set out to stop the vampire—perhaps permanently.
Mick and Gavin decide to join forces since, as Gavin points out, he can teleport Mick away after a hit. The contracts come, and their rough bouts of sex heat up in the process.
However, they’re almost killed on a job—a job no one knew about except Mick’s friend and handler Johnny. When Johnny is murdered, they team up with the two other hit men who also once worked for Johnny, to find and eliminate his killer as well.
With death and destruction now both men’s way of life, will it draw them closer together—or destroy what has become more than just a friendship?
Review: It’s been a while since I read a book by Edward Kendrick, and I won’t wait too long to read another. This book started out with an exciting hook: talented hit man meets even more talented shifter. Have your gun swiped from your hands before you can pull the trigger and…have incredibly hot sex? Yeah, good start to a book that kept me on my toes for the duration.
This story had a strong plotline to begin with. Gavin, the intended target, partners with Mick to figure out who had ordered the hit. Together they uncover that mystery only to find themselves lodged in a second, and equally intriguing, one. You, that’s right, you basically get two intense stories for the price of one.
There were some elements to the story which forced me to suspend my disbelief beyond the normal paranormal stuff. The main one was the plot twist once the first mystery was solved. I found it hard to imagine that Gavin would make the choice he made and had to say to myself, “The story is awesome so I’m just not going to over analyze that little twist.”
By far, the action and pacing of the story was its greatest strength. I found myself rushing to the next chapter just to find out what would happen. There was ample sex and it was written with a hint of BDSM, although I wouldn’t classify this story in that sub-genre.
What I loved about The Hit Man Cometh was how masculine both men were. There were no overly sentimental moments. One man wasn’t more manly than the other. And both had the same guarded typically guy trait of questioning their own feelings, wary of using the “L” word.
All in all, a fun and exciting read. Well worth the experience.
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