Reviewed by Morgan
Title: The Merchant of Death
Authors: Lisa Henry and J.A. Rock
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Series: Playing the Fool #2
Heroes: Henry Page/Ryan “Mac” McGuinness
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 5 Hours, 29 Minutes
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: All’s fair in love and war.
There’s something rotten in the state of Indiana. When con man Henry Page takes it upon himself to investigate the death of an elderly patient at a care facility, he does so in true Shakespearean tradition: dressed as a girl.
FBI Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness has more to worry about than Henry’s latest crazy idea. Someone is trying to send him a message—via a corpse with a couple of bullets in it. He needs to figure out who’s trying to set him up before he gets arrested, and he really doesn’t have time for Henry’s shenanigans. Then again, he’d probably be able to focus better if Henry didn’t look so damn distracting in a babydoll dress and a wig.
But when Mac discovers that Henry has been keeping a secret that connects the cases, he has to find a way to live on the right side of the law when he just might be in love with the wrong sort of man.
Review – Book: Gyn reviewed the book here, and despite a 3 star rating, she really liked it, as did I.
For me, this series just gets better and better. I differ in her opinion in that I think this is not a story you skim. It is fast paced and rich in detail and every line is important.
I love the depth with which the characters are drawn and though my heart bleeds for all the sad life stories in this story, I am also rooting for them wholeheartedly.
Henry’s antics in Viola’s home are hysterical and the racy interactions between Henry and Mac while Henry is dressed as a girl were superb!
The romance moves forward in a very satisfying way (aka super HOT), as does the connection between Mac and Henry (aka super sweet).
I’m really enjoying this series, and I was grateful I could move on to book three when I read the series. (I only wish the audio companion was already available!)
Review – Audio: Nick J. Russo is a fantastic narrator and always does a quality job. He does a wonderful job of giving Viola and Henry as Viola a subtle difference but still feminine. I love this sequel and – as always – love Nick’s interpretation of it.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*