The Gangster's Kiss (book review)
The Gangster's Kiss was written by Ginger Ring. It is the first book in the Love is a Dangerous Thing trilogy. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
John 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.
For me, there's just something automatically romantic about the era of gangsters, prohibition, speakeasies, and flappers. In ways it was a more innocent time... while at the same time it was still dark once you got involved in what was off-limits. There was a different danger.
John and Grace don't really fit the gangster world... but have succeeded in getting themselves drawn in, in different ways. John is all about helping people in need, no matter the danger to himself, or the legality of his actions. A damsel in distress is his weakness (although he's just as quick to offer any man or woman). He would never consider himself a hero... which is what really made me fall for his character. He was sometimes selfless to a fault.
I loved being in Grace's head sometimes. I can only imagine what a struggle it was to be a "good girl" in a time of such change. Add in the fact that her brother is a corrupt sheriff, and her father's dealings as a judge are questionable... and it's no wonder she has trouble judging what's right and wrong, and how far you should go. I'd want to run away too.
The teasing and back and forth banter between John and Grace was fun to read. I loved that both of them would be so flirty... and then would both wonder if they had gone too far. The way they went round and round built up the romantic tension in a really sweet way.
I love some of the character twists. There were definitely some unexpected turn-arounds.
About the author:
Ginger Ring is an eclectic, Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn’t tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.