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Publisher's Summary

Magdalene is a mob-connected madam. Tommy Flynn is the hitman who loves her. And when they're framed for the murder of a rival crime boss's favorite son, Magdalene fears the sins of her past have come back to haunt her.

After spending half a lifetime in a seamy underworld where love is for sale and men worship at the altar of sex and greed, claiming sanctuary in a cathedral is the last thing she wants to do - and the only chance she has to find out who set her up. With all clues pointing to Magdalene's ex-lover, a working girl called Lola, the legendary madam is reluctant to trust Tommy, a smooth-talking hired gun, and risk being burned again.

But as time grows short and secrets are revealed, Magdalene will have to look into the dark places inside herself if she is to catch a killer and survive with body and soul intact. In the corrupt city of Crawley, Massachusetts, passion, crime, and religion collide in this steamy, neo-noir romantic thriller.

©2016 Nicola R. White (P)2017 Nicola R. White

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Hitman Hero and not so happy Hooker

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes it is different then most books in this genre.

What did you like best about this story?

The slow growing romance between our hero and the reluctant woman he desires.

What three words best describe Carol Ayon’s performance?

Average,untalented,boring

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

N/A

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Intriguing Mafia story

This is my first Nicola R White book, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Not a typical mafia book, this involved Magdalene, the owner of a brothel and Tommy, infamous hit man. A murder took place in the brothel and these two are being framed. White has included a lot in this story, not a typical kill the person, hide the body and find the culprit. Magdalene has a lot of baggage, a secret that can destroy so many lives and has trouble trusting and loving. Tommy does his best to keep her safe, but is his love and skill enough? There are many twists and turns in this book, enough to keep the story fluid, thrilling and interesting.

This is my first narration by Carol Ayon. I commend her for trying to keep the characters in their ethnicity, but I did find her Spanish accent irritating. Her normal narration was wonderful, including the Boston accents for other characters. I would have preferred her to give Magdalene a different voice.

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Hitman and the Madame

I have always been intrigued by mafia stories, and this one has a great premise. I think the narrator tried to hard to have a Hispanic accent for Magdelina, and that took away from her performance. Carol Ayon did great for the other characters in this book. I enjoyed the various twists this book had along with the imagery. The storyline was original and fast moving. The ending surprised me, along with who the killer was and why. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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Old Fashioned Mystery

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is not a book I would refer. As an audible book it does not capture attention.

Did Carol Ayon do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

The narration was a bit too monotone.

Did Man's Ruin inspire you to do anything?

I doubt that I would follow this author. There was nothing that inspired me to read another book.

Any additional comments?

The book was provided free for an honest review.

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This Story Gave Me Mixed Emotions...

There Were Several Emotions That Triggered While Writing The Review For This Story...The First Is Distance..I Didn't Appreciate The Way The Author Had Disrespectful Scenes In The Church.. Being That Religion Is Close To My Heart It Left A Very Sour Taste In My Mouth... The Second Emotion Was Skepticism...I Wanted To Believe In The Main Character But Its Hard To Imagine A 28 Year Old Madame..Most Madames Are Much Older So The Mistakes That Were Made That Ensued The Plot Could Have Made The Story More Believable If She Was More Seasoned... The Last And Final Emotion Was Disappointment..The Ending Could Have Made The Reader Look Forward To The Next Book But All It Did Was Make The Character Look Undeveloped... Better Luck Next Time...

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Meh

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I did not really enjoy this one very much. The story line was just OK and I felt things just moved really slowly. I thought it could have been at least a couple of hours shorter without really losing anything. The narration was fine for characters without an accent, but atrocious for characters with a foreign accent.

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a very hot Mafia story

a very dark and interesting and good story I love dark stories but not always and this story was very good and very steamy the book didn't disappoint me at all I loved every single second of it very enjoyable book
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.