Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Hired Muscle
Author: Hank Edwards
Heroes: Barry & Vinnie
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 58 pages
Publisher: Hank Edwards Books
Release Date: July 9th, 2014 (2nd edition)
Available at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In October 1941, the violence of Baltimore’s warring mob families is escalating. The danger has decimated many of the businesses around DuMochelle’s restaurant where Barry waits tables. When a mob boss and his family begin to frequent the restaurant, a romantic relationship develops between Barry and Vinnie, a bodyguard. Vinnie resists, fearing for Barry’s safety and concerned that Barry will want nothing to do with him if he discovers his role in the family. But their passion cannot be denied, and Vinnie is trapped between the love he wants and the only life he’s known. As the rival mob family moves in for the kill, Vinnie and Barry find themselves caught in the crossfire.
This was a very sweet story!
I’ve read a few stories by Hank Edwards and Hired Muscle mixes the perfect amount of eroticism, danger and sweetness.
Working in a Baltimore restaurant in 1941, Barry meets the mob boss’s hired muscle, Vinnie, as he escorts the boss and the family to dinner. Over the months, the attraction and sexual tension between Barry and Vinnie grow until Vinnie starts frequenting the restaurant alone just to see Barry. But Vinnie’s job is dangerous and he is determined to keep Barry safe and out of harms way.
I will say it again…this was a very sweet story that put a huge smile on my face. There wasn’t much to it and it was a bit predictable…something bad was bound to go down. The characters were VERY memorable and there was just something about Barry and Vinnie that touched me: the tenderness in Vinnie, the bear of a body guard, and how he was so gentle with Barry. And I loved how Barry was never judgmental of Vinnie’s job and reading skills.
There is a little bit of drama and tragedy that occurs, but I wouldn’t say there was much real angst. Overall…a sweet little romance between two unlikely lovers.
Yes, this is a historical but it really didn’t feel much like one. There are a few references to the time period, but I think this story could also be enjoyed by readers even if they aren’t a big fan of historicals.
I’m not giving it 5 stars because I wanted all the story in between that I didn’t get to see. But as a short story, this is totally worth reading.
Overall Impression: I Really Liked It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*