Gun Moll, #1
by Bethany-Kris & Erin Ashley Tanner
Publication Date: May 23, 2016
Genres: Interracial Romance, Erotic Romance, Organized Crime
James “Mac” Maccari’s career in the mafia is at a standstill. As the best solider in his Capo’s crew, all he wants is to be noticed enough to get Made in the Pivetti Crime Family. But instead, his Capo’s interests seem more focused on keeping his solider hidden from the boss, and every other Made man he can. Seemingly stuck right where he is with no chance of going up, Mac doesn’t know what will finally get him the attention he needs to earn his button.
Until she shows up and all eyes are on them …
Melina Morgan survives—that’s just what she does. She’s never been able to depend on anyone but herself to keep her safe and get things done. When a chance encounter puts her in a bad situation with the cops and the mafia, Melina has no choice but to put her faith in the hands of a man that not only infuriates her with his cocky arrogance, but catches her interest, too. Playing pretend in a fake relationship with Mac doesn’t seem all that terrible, until pretend turns real and bullets start to fly.
A man is nothing without his woman …
When the attention on Mac and Melina turns from bad to worse, and someone in the Pivetti Crime Family decides the couple needs to go, they know they’re fighting an uphill battle alone. But making it to the end alive means Mac could get what he’s always wanted, and Melina might find what she didn’t even know she needed.
Together, they’ll make waves the mafia has no choice but to notice …
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5 ' My gun moll' stars
I knew I'm gonna love whatever Bethany-Kris had in store for me. But when she teamed up with Erin Tanner and came out with Gun Moll, it totally blew my expectation out of proportion. Mac and Melina have just turned into one of my favorite mafia couple, because they are both totally badass together!
"She's dangerous. She's amazing. She's a mobster's girl, the unsuspecting lady with a gun hidden under her coat, and the only thing a man can trust to follow through. That, doll, is a gun moll."
James 'Mac' Maccari is just a foot soldier, low down in the food chain of the Pivetti Family. He is a hard worker, loyal to a fault, honorable and biding his time to be a made man. He is also one of the rare hero that had an affinity to talk much more than the heroine. Seriously, he can totally be a therapist or a life coach for his ability to always talk about his feelings and voice out his thoughts. I especially love his optimism in life, humor in a shitty situation and his heart that is full of love to give.
Melina Morgan is a ball buster of a heroine, a domineering woman who sneer at men and thought they are pigs. She had been working as an high end escort to support her ailing father. Living a seemingly unassuming life, her fate came an about turn when she visited a mobster owned club one day. From then on, she got harassed by cops and threaten by the mob. The poor woman can't catch a break and help came in the most unlikely circumstances when the cocky, arrogant gangbanger, Mac took her under his wing in order to protect her.
To say Mac and Melina's interaction was entertaining is a seriously understatement. They are like yin and yang. Mac is easy going, flirty and go with the flow kind of man, while Melina is always on the edge, independent and trust no one. Mac is like a dog with a bone, keep pushing her, while she tried her damnest not to succumb to his charm.
"You see, you might like to be the queen bitch in the room, but I get the feeling that somewhere inside you, there's a woman who would die to have an assertive man take control."
The best part of the book is their relationship that started of as a charade to everyone, but later on develop to something real and strong overtime. In fact, what I love most is that Mac is so honest about his feelings from the beginning and they spend about half the book as a real functioning couple, supporting and loving each other. I love that Mac never shy away from loving his woman and to see tough Melina unravel under his hand is a sight to behold.
"You're like ice to me. Crystal-clear, strong, and cold all over."
If wanting you is a flaw, it's one I'm damned-well happy to have."
On the mafia front, things get really heated when all focus was on Mac and Melina and someone out there putting a hit on them. Amidst the danger, Mac is still trying to be on the up and up and stay on the good side with his Capo and Don, with Melina acting as his back up and always looking out for him. Mac seems to keep getting fuck over by people higher in the food chain and I simply can't wait for him to finally get recognize for his talent and hard work.
I'm not sure how many books will there be for this series, but the plot was nicely wrapped up with a resolution. However, there is still an interesting cliffhanger that will keep me hooked and impatient for the next book. I can't wait to see what is in store for Mac and his gun moll, Melina next!
"Tanto. Sempre, Melina."
"I don't know what that means."
"So much. Forever."
“I’m not always cold, thank you.”
“No, you’re certainly not. I had you pretty hot earlier, didn’t I?”
Melina’s cheeks tinted with a light pink. “Hey, now—”
“Keep your bark, Melina.”
“Save the bite for later,” he finished with a wink.
Melina huffed, crossed her arms, and glared at him from the passenger seat. “Does this really seem like the right time for you to go on with your usual cockiness? Do I look like I’m in the mood for any of that?”
“You look like you need a break,” Mac answered honestly.
And she did.
Melina’s eyes were tired, her usual fight was dulled. She wasn’t sitting as straight as she usually would in her seat, and a wariness emanated from me.
“So,” he continued, drawling out his words, “… forgive me if I’m trying to make you relax a little bit, doll.”
“Yes. It seems as though we’re going to be spending a lot of time together in the near future, and not all of it will be fun. Relax. Get comfortable. Right now we’re safe. Chill the fuck out and don’t sweat the rest.”
“Easy for you to say,” Melina muttered. “No one wants to kill you.”
“You do realize that my public statements of being with you puts me on the same platform as you, right?” Mac asked quietly. “Calling you mine, vouching for you, and bringing you into the folds like I did makes me responsible for you, Melina. If Luca decides to pull the trigger on you, then I will quickly follow.”
Melina quieted in her seat. “Oh.”
“I didn’t know it was like that.”
“The mob sees a man for what he is underneath his charming smile and nice clothes. A human, one with a word and blood. If his word can’t be trusted, then his blood can spill. You have my word, Melina. Please let me keep the blood from spilling, too.”
“Okay,” she whispered.
“That all you got?”
Melina sighed. “No, but I’m too tired and confused to come up with something better. I think relaxing sounds pretty damn good right now.”
“I agree. How big is your bathtub?”
“Your bathtub. How big is it?”
“Big enough,” she replied.
Melina glanced away, but Mac had seen the hint of her smile before she did. “I guess we’ll find out.”
“I guess we will, doll.”
Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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Erin Ashley Tanner is the creator of stories featuring fierce females and the men who love them.
Erin is the author of Goddess of Legend, the first in her Demi-God Daughters paranormal romance series. The follow up, Goddess by Chance was released in November 2014.
Dirty Little Secrets, a light organized crime romance was released in June 2015. Her next release, an Organized Crime Romance, Devious Little Lies is scheduled for release in June 2016.