Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Pros & Cons of Vengeance
Author: A.E. Wasp
Series: Pros & Cons #1
Heroes: Steele and Ridge
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 324 Pages
Publisher: A.E. Wasp
Release Date: January 17, 2019
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: *FIVE JOBS. FIVE JOBS. FIVE CHANCES FOR REDEMPTION.
One thing’s for sure: these men are no angels.
There’s nothing like being blackmailed by a dead man to really bring a group of cons together. And what a group we are: a hacker, a thief, a con artist, a thug, and a Federal agent with an axe to grind.
The deal is simple, we do the jobs and Charlie’s lawyer wipes the slate clean for each of us, one at a time. Since job number one calls for some muscle, it looks like I’m up first. I’m Steele Alvarez, ex-Special Forces Close Protection Specialist (aka, a bodyguard for some not so nice guys).
After learning what the job is — taking down a seemingly untouchable senator with a penchant for beating up young male prostitutes — I’m in. No questions. A bullet ought to do the trick. Then I met Senator Harlan’s latest victim: Breck Pfeiffer, the gorgeous hooker with a heart of gold and the soul of a fighter. One look at him and I’m gone. That kid laid me out harder than any punch ever did.
I’ll do anything to protect Breck, even kill for him. But Breck doesn’t want the senator dead, he wants vengeance. If we’re going to find a way bring down the slimebag and get the blackest mark on my record erased, I’m going to need all the help I can get.
Like it or not, we’re all in this together.
Review: What a great concept for a series. We have a dead conman who gathered intel on other five other criminals and then on his death conned them all into doing one last job, or the intel will be released to the police. What wasn’t expected was that the job would be more Robin Hood-like and not self-serving. So, we have bad guys being good guys turning against really bad guys. Brilliant.
What made this book for me was the snark and the relationship building between all of the guys…and the dead man’s woman lawyer and “housekeeper-but-not-a-housekeeper”. Seriously, this one was written so much better than the cover makes you believe. I was not a fan of that cover, sorry.
But, this was Steeles’ book and his love interest, and the one the guys are conned into saving, is Breck. Now Ridge is one of the criminals, too, and guess what? He is Breck’s identical twin brother…who hates Steele. A little twist to get under Ridge’s goat, to Steele’s delight. Now, if I told you Breck and Ridge were from Colorado, you would groan that their parents were so hippy-ish that they would name their kids after Breckenridge. I know I groaned but laughed at the absurdity, too.
There is a lot of bickering, world building, and sexy times. There is also a chance that these criminals are not such bad guys after all. I love the start of this series and look forward to seeing what’s next with Pros and Cons of Deception. Stay tuned.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*