The Two Gentlemen of Altona by JA Rock and Lisa Henry ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

Two Gentlemen of Altona Title: The Two Gentlemen of Altona

Author: JA Rock and Lisa Henry

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: L.C. CHASE

Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars


Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Mac “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.

Josie Goodreads’s View:

The Two Gentlemen of Altona is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s funny and entertaining, lighthearted and exciting. I loved everything about it, and the ending, and how could they do that!

FBI agent Ryan ‘Mac’ McGuinness is called to the shooting of Pete O’Flannery. The suspected shooter is the one and only Dean Maxfield, a mobster Mac has been after for months. Pete was shot in the kitchen of Dean’s granny Gloria Maxfield. The shooting was accidently witnessed by Henry Page, a conman who was wheedling his way into Gloria’s affections. Henry found himself in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

After phoning the cops Henry suddenly realizes he has a target on his back, and he does a runner, literally passing Mac on his way out. Mac needs to find his witness. He needs Henry to testify, it’s the only way he’ll get Maxfield to stay behind bars, so Mac goes after his errant witness.

The fun really starts when Mac tracks down Henry, holed up in a rundown motel, saving him from a hitman at the same time. Henry winds up Mac, Mac gets annoyed, Henry does a runner, Mac chases him, catches him, and then it starts all over again. Initially Henry spends a lot of time in cuffs as Mac is desperate to keep him contained. I have to say the toilet scene in the FBI building is hilarious, only these two authors could pull off something like that. It was so good I had to read it out loud to hubby!

They soon realize that there is a leak in the FBI and Henry’s position is compromised so the two men go off the grid, hiding out in a cabin while colleagues of Mac hunt for the mole. Gradually Henry begins to get underneath Mac’s skin and vice versa. Mac doesn’t know whether to sleep with Henry or kill him himself but obviously he can’t make a move (sleeping that is, not killing) while Henry is a witness but it doesn’t stop the two men getting close.

I adored this book, every single word. I adored all the main characters, the plot, the writing, everything about it. Mac with his slight paunch, his diet and his black moods without sugar and caffeine, I think we can all relate to that, and Henry, with his love of donuts and Shakespeare, and his constant chatter. Henry plays a role as he’s running away from his past, he came over as vulnerable, but also a bit sad, he was funny but that just hides the fact that he’s also very insecure. The pacing is fast and exciting with the mystery of the FBI mole upping the tension. I couldn’t put the book down.

There’s no sex in this book, Mac and Henry get to cuddle but as its book one in a trilogy it’s much more setting the scene between these two, but the story doesn’t suffer for that. Mac and Henry are fleshed out enough to not need sex to fill the pages. Henry in particular has a past that we are only just glimpsing so I look forward to seeing more of what makes him tick in the next book, The Merchant of Death, due out February 2nd. Oh and it has a cliff hanger to make you scream in frustration.

If you hate cliffhangers wait until all three books are released then buy them all together but whatever you do buy them, don’t miss this, you’ll regret it if you do.

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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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10 thoughts on “The Two Gentlemen of Altona by JA Rock and Lisa Henry ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

  1. Thank you for the cliffhanger warning! I was about to buy this one, but now I think I’ll wait until all three books are out. Cliffhangers are hell for me!

  2. Lol, thanks for the warning about the cliffhanger. I hate those, so I may let the others come out before I start reading, but I’m pretty much already sold on this book. It looks like such fun!

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