Monday, 14 November 2016
Gangster Moll by Bethany Kris and Erin Ashley Tanner
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As a newly Made Capo in the Pivetti Crime Family, all eyes are on James “Mac” Maccari, and not for a particularly good reason. The way to his new position in the family was paved with blood, and that left some all too suspicious of where—or who—he might be going after next. Mac isn’t interested in playing to the politics of other Made men or Cosa Nostra. His only goal is to keep his promise and be waiting for his gun moll when she’s finally released from prison.
Until all hell breaks loose … again.
Fresh off her six month sentence, Melina Morgan is all too ready to get back to life, and Mac. The mafia life has been one learning curve after another, but with Mac at her side, there’s nothing that they can throw at her that she can’t handle. Even with a ring on her finger, and a new last name to go with it, Melina won’t be domesticated. But with a man like Mac, he wasn’t exactly looking for that kind of a woman, anyway.
Sometimes, wedding bells bring bloodstains …
When directed attacks start to happen, taking the lives of some of the highest Made men in the Pivetti family, distrust and unrest begins to breed throughout the ranks. Someone is making a move on the boss’s seat, and it seems far too easy to put the blame at Mac’s feet when every single attack is somehow connected to him. All over again, Mac and Melina find they’re fighting an uphill battle to keep each other safe and survive.
But this time, they might not be fighting alone …
Some book series are made to create an intricate world in which the reader can be pulled into. Whilst it can be argued that mafia culture isn't unique to these two authors, it can definitely be stated that they make it their own.
The Gun Moll series has not only brought interracial relationships into the mafia world, but it has brought a woman that hasn't grown up in the mafia world at all and immersed her into both the life and business.
There was quite a long while between the first book and this one compared to other Bethany Kris releases and whilst I don't know the reasons, to get the book that I got, I would have taken a year hiatus if that was what was necessary.
I hate to be this person, but I think I've found some of my favourite characters in Mac and Melina. I don't say this that often so I hope it doesn't sound repetitive but they're just so well fleshed and I can't help but love them with all my heart.
Mac and Melina were adorable together, you can really tell that their characters were meant to be together and any bumps in the road only served to make them even stronger. I loved all the characters and relationships in this book. From what I've read of the authors' other books, they're really good at creating secondary characters that you want to know more about and get to know what makes them tick or even laugh. It's an amazing trait in an author and to find two that work together so well to pull it off seamlessly is amazing.If I had to pick my favourite it would be Melina and Neeya. There's something so uplifting, especially this year, in watching a black woman support and encourage another black woman without caring what others around her have to say.
I'm LOVING the serialised mystery element to these books, it adds an extra something to the books beside just focusing on the crime life. If anything, the mysteries are great at showing us that criminals aren't just criminals, they're humans and sometimes they do things for human reasons. The ending of this book setting off another mystery has me so excited for the next book but perhaps a little less patient because it was just so good!
Rating: 4 stars