Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Hit Man Run
AUTHOR: Rob Damon
PUBLISHER: CoolDudes publishing
LENGTH: 244 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 20, 2016
On a chilly March night in central London, hunky escort Toby Colton enters a hotel to meet a wealthy client. Unknown to him, his client is on a hit list, and by the end of the night Toby is on the run, desperate to escape the killer. But no matter where he runs, no matter how carefully he covers his tracks, the only way out is to confront the assassin.
Troubled by the dark eyed witness, but careful to keep the loose end a secret from his boss, hitman Brock embarks on a personal mission to seek Toby out. Uncertain of his own future, and struggling with latent desires, he finds himself torn between lust and duty.
Will Brock be able to escape his brutal life and find peace? Is Toby prepared to meet his death? Or will he become as dangerous as Brock and take matters into his own hands? Together, both men must face their worst fears in order to survive….
As one would expect by the title and the blurb, first and foremost, this story is a thriller. Someone dies very early on, which sets the stage for all the questions of, how, why, and who. I say ‘how’ as the way he died isn’t clear cut and a cover up quickly follows.
Unfortunately, gay for pay Toby was in the bathroom at the time of the crime. Brock soon discovers there’s a loose thread and sets about finding him. There’s an instant attraction between the men, which I got to a degree, but also struggle with given the high stakes.
Sex follows, and they don’t need condoms because Toby has always used them and, well, Brock’s never been with a man. The two enter into a relationship and both end up on the run, and Brock trains Toby in combat. Some of which truly stretched my imagination.
The reader is taken on a journey of both main characters’ childhoods, they were vastly different, yet as tragic at the same time.
The author has descriptive way of storytelling, but for me personally, I found it a little over done and at times slowed the plot down. Not so much as setting the scene, but the abundance of similes. “Brocks stomach clenched like a bag of milk. His stomach inflated like a hippo’s. A patch of moisture, like warm glue…
The ending left me totally unsatisfied. The fact I didn’t become invested in the characters should’ve meant I didn’t care, so maybe I did… just a little.
Readers who enjoy, whodunit type thrillers with a bitter-sweet ending, or is it a cliff-hanger? Will probably enjoy ‘Hit Man Run.’