TITLE: The Runaway and the Enforcer
Author: Edward Kendrick
Publisher: JMS Books
Characters: Beau and Rick
POV: 3rd POV
Beau, thirty-five, is a gangland enforcer who has gone into hiding rather than following the orders of his boss, Mercer, to harm a rival’s kid. Now, all Beau wants to do is eliminate Mercer before getting out of town.
When Rick, an eighteen-year-old denizen of the streets, witnesses Beau killing one of Mercer’s men who has found him, Beau takes Rick under his wing instead of killing him, as well. He offers Rick a place to stay while he figures out how to put his plan to take Mercer out into action — without ending up dead himself.
Befriending Rick is an act Beau may come to regret. Rick convinces Beau to take him along when he leaves town — thus working his way into Beau’s dangerous life on the run — and perhaps, into his heart, if Beau can come to grips with the fact that Rick is half his age.
The Runaway and The Enforcer is a recent release by author Edward Kendrick. This is a May/December romance that edges on the gritty side. Beau is an enforcer for the mob but he finds himself on the wrong side of the family when he refuses to follow through on his boss’s orders. Now that he has a hit on his head, Beau needs to stay in the shadows. Before he heads out of town he has one more thing to do, take care of his boss.
Rick is in his late teens and finds himself on the streets. He does what he has to to stay alive, so when the guy he sees killing someone offers him a place to stay he takes it. Staying together is beneficial for both of them but Rick is a little worried, even if he finds it interesting that someone in Beau’s line of work has a moral compass. Soon the two find themselves working together in order to finish things with Mercer but things go a little crazy and the two soon hit the road.
Mr. Kendrick’s, The Runaway and The Enforcer, is an action packed story that will keep the readers attention from the start. While this story may sound familiar it is very well done and sure to become a fan favorite. I loved the characters. Whether on their own or together they pulled me into their world. I loved watching them interact and grow as a couple once Beau overcame his issues with their age difference. Then there is the action part of this story. The author really makes this part come alive. From Beau and Rick’s first meeting, to Mercer being taken down, and later to the death of Whalen the author keeps things hopping. The action in this story will have you turning the pages to see how things will turn out. The little twists and turns were great and one really surprised me. I loved how the author wraps things up at the end especially since it had me a little worried.
The Runaway and The Enforcer is a great new addition by this author. Fans will love it, while those who have not yet tried anything be Edward Kendrick should really give it a try.
Reviewed By: Lydia