Reviewed by Roberta
TITLE: The Two Gentlemen Of Altona
SERIES: Playing the Fool, # 1
AUTHOR: Lisa Henry & JA Rock
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
NARRATOR: Nick J. Russo
LENGTH: 5 hrs & 11 mins
RELEASE DATE: November 2nd, 2016
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.
I have to say that this book had me smiling more often than not!!
Henry…golly…I really liked this character. The way in which he charms people…that’s a gift!! I love how Henry…who technically isn’t a good guy, however, nor is he a horrible bad guy. Henry is that grifter that wants to survive and take care of his friends. I give Henry props…he’s a wonderful mixed bag and I swear…he really made this book for me. I love his chatty, smooth and he’s really good at flying under the radar. People should know better…but they really don’t. He’s so good.
Ryan “Mac” Mcguinness, I really liked him as well. I loved that he truly believes in the job that he does. That he still wants to make the world a better place. I liked that even though he wanted Henry…he tried to do the right thing and not blur the lines. I really loved Mac’s dedication to his work. His belief that what he does is important and it matters a great deal. I really love a man with such heart and morals.
I have to say that this is just the first part in a series and that I’m really looking forward to the next installments. This book was funny, light-hearted and very entertaining. I giggles out loud while listening on my commute, causing others to look at me a bit funny, but…it was well worth it.
I have to say that figuring out the mole in the FBI was kinda fun. I thought I knew who it was and then…I was right…but it really bothered me about who it was. But it added a bit of suspense to the story that kept us moving. I didn’t want to be right and hated the fact that I was, but the authors did a great job of not really giving away too many clues
So this book ends on a cliffhanger, which I really hate, but…it just makes way for the other books in the series. I actually liked that the story didn’t really end and that there is something to look forward to.
Nick J. Russo did an excellent job with his narration. I love that each character truly had their own voice and that the way he portrayed each character really blended well with the character’s actions and thoughts. I really loved the depth of character that his narration gave each character.
This was a really wonderful story that kept me entertained the entire time I was listening. I have to say that I’m not a big fan of the slow burn, but in this case…it was actually nice. I liked that they wanted each other, but something always got in the way and pulled them away from each other. I can’t wait until the first time they get it on…it’s gonna be magical, I hope.