Monday, 8 August 2016

Blog Tour & Review ~ The Gun Runner (Mafia Made #1) by Scott Hildreth

Title: The Gun Runner
Author: Scott Hildreth
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Mafia Romance, Military Romance, and Erotic Romance
Release Date: Aug 8, 2016

Book Description:

The first book in a seductive new series from Scott Hildreth, the #1 Amazon bestselling author of BRAWLER and HARD CORPS


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.


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.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“…the union of family is a greater bond than any other, with the exception of one. Love.”

This is my first book by Scott Hildreth and colour me impressed. It is no secret I love my mafia books and I have to admit that is what first drew me to this book, along with the cover. The mafia have always been feared, you only read a little about what is said in papers but underneath reporters license I have always been intrigued about the goings on behind closed doors and what drives these men to be the men they choose to be…surely it can’t always be about the money, maybe the notoriety or is just the buzz? Who knows!

“Love has no boundaries, and at that instant, for the first time, I felt that whatever connection anyone on earth might have, we certainly had.”

The Gun Runner is a different spin on the mafia, the main focus of this story is Tripp who desperately tries to stay out of their clutches, but sometimes the promise of good ole “green” is too big an opportunity to miss. Tripp was a marine, well versed in combat and undercover ops and of course guns and their arsenal. Now out of service he is a gun runner, her obtains, builds and sells guns to those causes he feel are worthy. While he is selling illegally he does have his scruples about him. He doesn’t sell to the man on the street, but more to causes to eradicate bad and suffering, his heart was in the right place.

Tripp is alpha through and through, he oozes power, strength and charm. He carries himself like a man in control and a panther ready to strike. He was confident, charismatic and a very filthy talker. He commanded every room he walked in and the attention of anyone within it, he exuded presence and ultimately fear. His brothers in arms were like a family, the only family he had and the scenes when these group of men together were at times intense and well as hilarious.

“She asked me to leave her alone.”

“Yeah. Guess fuckin’ what? My old high school sweetheart asked me not to pole it in her butt, too. And you know what? She fuckin’ liked it. Women don’t always know what they want. What they say and what they want is two different things. Remember that. Words of wisdom from Cap’s vault.”

Tripp and Terra’s paths cross on an innocuous visit to a coffee shop for his morning cup of Joe. Tripp witnesses Terra being manhandled and dragged across a car park by her ex and being the noble man he was; he steps in to help a damsel in distress. These two were instantly attracted to each other and while Terra would have been more than happy to bump uglies with her saviour, Tripp was more reserved. He wasn’t looking, but there was something about Terra that kept him frequenting the same coffee shop day after day in the hope that their paths cross once again.

Terra and Tripp were insanely hot together, holy combustion and Scott Hildreth really hit the nail on the head with the attraction, passion and chemistry between these two. It is not often I gel with a male authors take on romance, but Scott Hildreth did really well in portraying both Terra and Tripp’s thoughts and feelings.

“When I’m with you, nothing else matters. When nothing else matters, the world around me dissolves, leaving only you. And. Nothing. Else. Matters.”

Terra was a spoiled trust fund baby who had probably seen more corruption and bloodshed than Tripp. She was a mafia princess, the daughter of a mob boss and was well and truly under her daddy’s thumb. Despite the family business, Terra wanted no part and was actually truly unhappy in the fact that her surname put many people off even being her friend. She was lonely and for once just wanted to be normal, so it is no surprise she keeps her surname to herself while getting to know Tripp. Terra though was likeable, despite her little lies, she was a smart cookie, perceptive and deceptive but that is no surprise given the blood running through her veins.

“My father would kill me if he found out what I was doing, but Michael was so much more than a novelty to me. He was everything I wanted in a man, but he wasn’t Italian and I didn’t think he was catholic…”

This is a relationship built on lies, deceit and omissions but one where they come to bite you on the bum. How long can Terra keep her true identity a secret and can Tripp’s “investor” job title really keeps Terra from finding out the true line of work he is in. However, this is all about the chemistry, the relationship build from friendship to more and that all-consuming love story. But also, this book has plenty of action to keep you engrossed from page to page. Covert missions, deals and dipping toes all bring this story to an engrossing head and has really whetted the appetite for what is to come.

I read this in one sitting, was glued from page to page and now I am eagerly anticipating the next one…what is on the cards for these two? Will a relationship built on a bed of lies really stand a chance and will the mafia get their grip into Tripp? This man has a cunning head on his shoulders and I feel that the mafia may have just met their match…bring on book 2.

Author Info:

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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