The Two Gentlemen of Altona

Playing the Fool, #1

This is another really good story from this writing duo. Ryan "Mac" McGuinness is a cranky FBI agent whose career is not going as planned. He can't crack the case he's working without his very annoying witness Henry Page. Henry is a con man who never stops talking, never stops stealing, and never stops getting on Mac's nerves. Unfortunately for Mac, Henry's also really hot. And sexy. And funny. And vulnerable. The two men end up on a wild adventure trying to stay one step ahead of the bad guys and keep Henry alive.

This story is lighter than these author's usual stories. It was not as dark and gritty as much of their stuff is. If you haven't read them before this is a great starter book. The characters were both charming in their own ways and there were some really funny moments. While it was a lighter story they stuck to the one strong MC and one vulnerable, abused MC that works so very well for them. (No one does vulnerable, abused boys like these two.)

This story ends in a way that leaves you yelling "I want more right now!" I can't wait for the next two installments of the series. They can't come fast enough.


Book Blurb for The Two Gentlemen of Altona

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.


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 4.50