Title: Crooks & Kings
Series: The Wild Bunch #1
Author: London Miller
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Organized Crime
Release Date: March 20, 2017
In a game of crooks and kings, only the cunning survive …
She was a girl with secrets.
He was a man with demons.
For her, it was supposed to be a way out from beneath the hands of a man who wanted her dead.
For him, it was supposed to be a job to make amends for a past wrong.
They were never meant to fall in love.
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Reviewed by Donna ~4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“If they want to play a game of crooks and kings, I’ll happily show them how it’s done.”
I do love a Mafia romance and while our hero in this book is not Mafia, the heroine definitely is. London Miller creates a world where black meets black, while our hero is not Mafia he and his brothers are considerably worse, a Robin Hood of sorts who are hired to give retribution where it is warranted. No innocents are harmed, this was the bad getting their just desserts.
Mariya has run from her past and is now in hiding, if found she will be killed…by her husband. An arranged marriage that she never wanted, ordered by her grandfather who was the head of the Russian Bratva in Chicago. A vile husband who would do anything to get ahead, even if that meant hurting his wife, both physically and emotionally, a man with no scruples whatsoever, you get in his way, you die, even if you are family. Mariya saw her escape and took it, along with vital information for insurance, would this be an insurance she needed to cash in?
“…is that supposed to matter to me? Husbands die every day.”
Christophe is a man drowning in grief and the bottom of a bottle. Our Romanian orphan is a man that you cannot help but fall in love with even if he is a man of few words, his actions more than make up for them. When not inebriated the real Christophe tries in vain to break through, but being in his line of work, he keeps his cards close to his chest. Two neighbours, a barwoman and patron, a confidante. Their two paths keep crossing and sometimes a shoulder is all you need, a friendship is born, a romance ignited, but at what cost?
“You don’t celebrate what you lost, you celebrate what they left behind.”
This book has something for everyone, tragic back stories that gave rise to two characters that you cannot help but get attached to. Strangers, to friends, to more, and while this was no hearts and flowers romance, this was the kind of romance I would expect from two people from their walks of life. The steam factor was fabulous and the action was where this book excelled. Brooding mercenaries, a band of brothers, where no man is ever left behind. A bond so strong it could never be broken.
“We met here Russian…he was a c**t.”
With some fantastic, intriguing side characters I am hoping that this is the first of many instalments for “The Wild Bunch.” I understand that Nix, their handler is in the “Den of Mercenaries” series, this has now been added to my TBR too. Bring it on London Miller.
“I don’t want you to only want me because you lost her…I want you to want me because it’s me.”
About the Author:
With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.
She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.
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