The Hit Man Cometh by Edward Kendrick ~ Book Review by Leisa

The Hit Man Cometh Title: The Hit Man Cometh

Author: Edward Kendrick

Publisher: Totally Bound

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Mick is a hit man sent after Gavin. Can Gavin, an ex-conman and a shifter, convince Mick they should join forces before Mick kills him?

Mick Whalen is a hit man hired to kill Gavin Wilde. However, when he tracks Gavin to a remote mountain cabin, he discovers that killing the coyote shifter is not in the cards. Especially when Gavin offers sex as an incentive to spare his life—an offer Mick does not refuse.
At Gavin’s insistence, they find out who hired Mick before someone else is sent to finish the job. The most probable person is a vampire with an ax to grind because of something Gavin did to him in the past. With the help of Gavin’s bear shifter friend Torben, and Torben’s vampire friend Brynja, they set out to stop the vampire—perhaps permanently.

Mick and Gavin decide to join forces since, as Gavin points out, he can teleport Mick away after a hit. The contracts come, and their rough bouts of sex heat up in the process.
However, they’re almost killed on a job—a job no one knew about except Mick’s friend and handler Johnny. When Johnny is murdered, they team up with the two other hit men who also once worked for Johnny, to find and eliminate his killer as well.

With death and destruction now both men’s way of life, will it draw them closer together—or destroy what has become more than just a friendship?

Leisa’s View:

I really like the concept of The Hit Man Cometh – a hit man who’s hired to kill a man, but for some reason can’t bring himself to do the deed, and the two end up in a complicated and unexpectedly hot relationship. (This is why one of my all time favorite stories is Jane Seville’s Zero at the Bone). So, I was anxious to read The Hit Man Cometh.

I just can’t seem to really like a story when I don’t like the characters involved, and I simply don’t like either man in this story. Mick, the hit man, is crass and unsympathetic, and Gavin, the intended shifter victim, is lacking that “special something” that makes a character. Their first meeting results in one of the least sexy, mechanical sexual encounters I’ve read. Their relationship never feels sincere or caring. The author also includes both man’s internal dialog about their relationship, which is a bit awkward while reading, and ultimately only serves to solidify that Mick and Gavin are wary of “real” feelings and emotions.

I do admire this author’s willingness to write a story that is original and that doesn’t rely heavily upon tired tropes. This story is certainly action packed, and offers an unexpected resolution with a mostly “happy for now” ending that hints that Mick and Gavin’s relationship may grow.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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