Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: The Hit Man Cometh
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
PUBLISHER: Totally Bound
LENGTH: 178 pages
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 axe 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 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?
When I read the blurb for this story I was struck by how unique it sounded. A hit man and a coyote shifter…? The hit man doesn’t complete the hit because the coyote shifter offered him sex?? REALLY? I was so intrigued and I had to find out what it was all about. It seemed so farfetched but at the same time I wanted to read it to know the story. Let’s just say I probably should have passed this one up. It was so fragmented that I couldn’t really get into it.
Mick Whalen is a hit man and he’s damn good at his job. Gavin Wilde is a coyote shifter/actor and very arrogant. Mick’s handlers send Mick on a job to eliminate Gavin, his next hit. As Mick is pointing the gun at Gavin he wakes up and offers Mick a counteroffer, sex in return for his life. Mick agrees.
I think what I got caught up on in the story was the lack of emotion at the beginning. I don’t know, I just really wanted them to feel something and I didn’t get that emotion. As the story progressed the sex got hotter but their feelings towards each other was very lukewarm. I just couldn’t connect with the characters and that brought this whole story down for me.
On top of all that there were these mysteries that popped up and usually when there are twists and turns you want to keep reading to find out what happens. I found myself not really caring either way.
The story contained mysteries on who contracted Mick to kill Gavin, someone was trying to kill Mick and his other hit man friends so they had to figure out who it was, and a friendship betrayal. It was very convoluted to the point where it seemed forced. The ending was also very unsatisfying. There was no mention of love, and it ended not like they were a couple but more like friends with benefits which was disappointing.
Overall, the writing wasn’t bad this author is talented. I just think this book suffered from too much going on in the story to really get a feel for the characters. Also the lack of emotion between the characters bothered me throughout the story. This was a definite disappointment considering how much I wanted to read it.