Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Two Gentlemen of Altona
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Series: Playing the Fool #1
Heroes: Ryan “Mac” McGuinness/Henry Page
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 215 Pages
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Available at: Riptide Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Mischief, thou art afoot.
Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he’s also been tasked with keeping Henry Page—the world’s most irritating witness—alive. Which is tough when Mac’s a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically-challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn’t really what Mac wants to do to him.
Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn’t mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry’s a valuable asset to the FBI. But he’s got his own agenda, and it doesn’t involve testifying.
When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they’re surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he’s willing to go to keep Henry by his side.
Review: What fun and rather refreshing characters these were! Mac is a big bald guy, not in the totally buff sense either, though he is working on that at the insistence of his doctor. He’s pretty good at his job, until he meets Henry, his witness whom he must protect until trial, if he can keep track of him long enough to do so.
Henry is adorable. I loved him and his constant chatter. He is a total conman, making up identities as he goes, though when it comes down to it, he ends up doing the right thing, most of the time. He has a bad habit of running and hiding, which has basically been his main survival tool up to this point. Old habits are hard to break, and even though he wants and tries to do the right thing, he just can’t seem to help himself.
The two have a sort of love/hate relationship to start. They are forced together to keep safe until the trial where Henry will testify, but there are other factors at play that get in their way. Over time, they grow on each other to the point where there could actually be some feelings growing. They keep things professional (not for lack of trying on Henry’s part) for the most part. This felt perfect to me, as I got the feeling anything from Henry at this point would be somewhat superficial. He has been having feelings of wanting to settle down, let someone know the real him, but he isn’t quite there yet.
This was cute at times, funny at others, and I really enjoyed the slow growth to their relationship/friendship/whatever is brewing. It moves along at a pretty good pace throughout and has a few twists and turns to keep things interesting. We got some glimpses of Henry’s background, but I cannot wait to learn more. Just when things start to go in the right direction for these two, circumstances change, and we are left hanging, right there with Mac. I can’t wait for the next installment of this new series.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*