The Gangster’s Kiss by Ginger Ring


The Gangster’s Kiss by Ginger Ring
Love is a Dangerous Thing Book 1
Publisher: Beau Coup Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (251 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

ohn O’Malley’s sister is missing. All the clues of her disappearance lead to Hayward County, Wisconsin and the crooks and questionable sheriff that reside there. Pretending to be one of them, John takes a job as bodyguard for the sheriff’s beautiful sister, Grace. It seems like the perfect way to investigate their crimes and corruption, but when someone threatens to kill Grace, the job proves harder than he thought. Is she an innocent witness to a crime, or just as guilty as everyone else?

Grace Sullivan just wanted a normal life: find a good man, get married and have a family. She has had enough of looking the other way while her brother hides behind his sheriff’s badge to conduct shady dealings. Hiring a gangster named John to watch her is the final straw. When a face from the past threatens her life, she is forced to put her life in John’s hands, but as time goes on, all she really wants is to be in the gangster’s arms.

The search for his missing sister leads him to a woman with secrets that will steal his heart.

The Gangster’s Kiss is set in the Roaring 20’s, and it’s an exciting and sometimes lawless era. Gangsters and the mob had their hands in all walks of life. It was sometimes hard to tell who a person could trust. That’s where the book starts, with good guy John O’Malley going around and doing odd jobs to get the information and connect with the people who could give him answers. One of those ‘odd jobs’ puts him in league with local gangsters but also into the life of the Sheriff’s sister, Grace.

Ms. Ring paints John as a man brought up to always help others. He’s a generous and kind person with a wild side that would both endear and make a woman feel comfortable and protected around him.

Grace comes back home to secrets, death and betrayal. There’s an instant connection between them, chemistry, but it’s not love. Let me be clear, this is not a love at first sight story and is perfect for anyone who does not want to read a love at first sight trope. The chemistry between John and Grace is evident and constant throughout the whole book.

John is an honorable man but more than that he is a family man. It would have been nice to read his life before he went on the hunt for his sister. This is the first book in the series however, it feels like the second book or that I started reading from the middle of the book, which isn’t so.

Despite that, the book was very descriptive with surprises for this reader. The climax was eventful and one that I thought about long after the story ended. I am not an expert on the 20’s era but it was smooth going with a couple of hiccups that for me was shrouded by the atmosphere between John and Grace. I am looking forward to the second book of the series.

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