Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Gangster Country
Author: Kade Boehme
Heroes: Logan Marshall and Gianni Rodriguez
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Release Date: December 10, 2013
Available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
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Blurb: Logan Marshall moves to New York to be a social worker where he feels he’s needed most. Logan’s always had it good. His Daddy is a preacher, sure, but he preaches a laid back, tolerant congregation who accepted Logan’s sexuality gracefully. He’s from a ranch in nowhere, Texas, which makes him a hot ticket in the clubs with his tight, work strengthened body and his cute accent. He’s out of his element in New York, not looking for Mr. Right Now but Mr. Right.
Gianni Rodriguez grew up in Brooklyn. Nothing could be further from the way he was raised than innocent, good hearted Logan was. Gianni is fascinated that people like Logan even exist. And parents that not only are God-fearing, but also accepting?
As second in command of Los Cuervos, his brother’s not-so-merry band of drug runners and pimps, Gianni’s life would be in serious jeopardy if anyone ever knew the truth. That’s why his growing attachment for Logan is a bad thing.
When Logan’s work collides violently with Gianni’s life, Gianni has to decide if the man is worth risking everything, even his family– the man that may not even want him once he realizes what a monster the man he’s been sleeping with really is. Could Logan be Gianni’s reason to go straight? Or will they both go straight to an unmarked grave?
I tend to like the bad boys, which is typical I guess of a vanilla girl, but I am starting to worry about myself a little bit. How in the world could I possibly justify liking Gianni so much? How can I forgive such heartless acts of violence and a lack of conscience? Well, you just have to read it to find out for yourself, and to understand why Gianni is as much a victim as he is a monster. You have to learn to forgive someone who is so good inside, but who was never given a chance to be anything but a thug.
Logan is just a big ol’ farm boy from Texas. He is a sweetie but not a push-over. He gives as good as he takes and isn’t easily intimidated. But he is from the country…farm country, not gangster country, and New York City is different kind of animal for him. Gianni and Logan are instantly attracted after meeting at a party and have a one night stand, one that lasts for a year. Gianni doesn’t do relationships, he can’t do relationships and he can’t let anyone know about Logan or that he is gay. Both are death warrants from his gang leader, Miguel, his older brother.
Miguel is a monster. Miguel is every parent’s nightmare, and his brother’s downfall. Gianni was never given a chance or a choice; family is always first, the gang is always first. The gang was a one way ticket in and he knows it. There is nothing Gianni can do but convince himself that he is not in love with Logan because that would sign Logan’s death warrant as well.
So what happens when gang business mixes with farm-boys job? Yep, you guessed it…and it’s not pretty. You ache for Logan, you ache for Gianni, and you cringe from the graphic violence and hardcore evilness that surrounds them. You wonder how a family that is all about love could turn on their favored son. You wonder how brother could turn on brother. And you wonder how the hell these two star crossed lovers will ever find a way to live, let alone be together.
It’s not easy, it’s not pretty, and I was totally shocked at the end, freaking out thinking that maybe it wasn’t going to be a happy ending after all. But fortunately, my worst fears were not realized and somehow Gianni and Logan pull of the impossible and the good guys win.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*