Series: The Gentlemen #1
Genres: Dark Romance
“I need her. Name your price.”
At twenty-three, you would think I could say no to being traded to the enemy, but that’s not how life works when you grow up in an organized crime family. I consider myself lucky to have grown up at all.
Ten years ago, my brother was murdered in the gang war that split the city of St. Adrian down the middle. My family took the South Side, and the North Side went to them. The Gentlemen.
Now the leader of the Gentlemen is asking for my help and my father has been nice enough to agree to his terms. In exchange for my sister’s protection, I need to cross the divide and live with the family that killed my brother.
Too bad I’ve never been great at playing nice.
Nico, Beck and Rush are the enemy. The leaders of the Gentlemen. They’re conceited, lying, murderous assholes and they’re the reason I’ve been trained all my life to cheat, steal, and shoot my way to the top.
I’m ready to take them down from the inside. I just hope they don’t get to me first. After all, a truce between two enemies is a promise waiting to be broken.
Red Handed is an enemies to lovers contemporary mafia romance where the female main character will end up with multiple love interests by the end of the series. All the characters are in their mid-twenties. There are dark themes and graphic violence, but no bullying or violence toward the main character. This is book one of three.
Red Handed is a delightfully dark reverse harem that kept me entertained til the last page! Reagan, the heroine, is tough, scrappy, and full of sass. She is the daughter of one mafia kingpin, so she has always been a part of the life. The rival family lives on the north side of town and is headed by The Gentlemen.
So, you get this rival families trope, add in lots of violence, steamy hot attraction and you have Red Handed! Reagan is rough around the edges, but likable. Her older sister is a pampered princess who has been sheltered from gang life, where Reagan has been working for her father for years. She is jaded for sure, but it’s not a bad thing. Perhaps realistic and skeptical are better ways to describe her.
The Gentlemen are smoking hot. They are the head of the north side gang and agree to a truce with Reagan’s family as long as Reagan works for them. She has mad thieving skills and they need to retrieve something. They are alpha to the core, and I appreciated that each of them has a unique personality that makes them perfect for Reagan.
Red Handed has me excited to read more and I am super glad I gave these new to me authors a shot! Readers looking for hot, sexy, and dangerous will love this!
- POV: 1st (mostly Reagan)
- Tears: no
- Trope: mafia, rival families, enemies to lovers
- Triggers: View Spoiler »there is lots of violence involving bombs and guns « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: series (1st in the series)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »HFN due to cliffhanger « Hide Spoiler
the Kit Davenport series by Tate James, Den of Vipers by KA Knight…then you will probably like Red Handed!