Thursday, March 28, 2019

Release Blitz: Speak No Evil by J.R. Gray (Excerpt+Review+Giveaway)

Speak No Evil by J.R. Gray

Publisher: Gray Books
Release Date (Print & Ebook): March 28th
Length (Print & Ebook): 70,000 words
Subgenre: Contemporary M/M Romance 

Book synopsis:

Weston doesn’t believe in voodoo but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t believe in him. His life and family were steeped in the stuff and it was fine, until voodoo took everything from him, ripped his life from his grasp. And when it swallowed whole the person he loved most he had to escape.

But there were consequences. His voodoo goddess wasn’t going to let go of him so easily, and her revenge was the pinnacle of evil. He could have dealt with something like impotence or boils, but this was purely depraved. She came for him and hit him where it hurts. She might as well have taken his guns.

Weston found himself unable to lie. A hitman who can’t lie. What a joke.

When his handler throws him a bone, a job that requires no interaction only observation, Weston takes it. He should be able to do this in his sleep, but he’s off his game. He gets way too close. Nothing is as it seems, and someone else, maybe someone worse than him, is stalking his mark. But he can’t leave the kid high and dry. Not when Eli is all he can think about.


Weston shook his head. The gleam in Eli's eyes, that slight edge to his voice, made Weston decide to go for broke. Straight military guys seemed to be the most homophobic people he’d met, but Eli seemed to be into this—into him. He would end up getting hit if he was wrong, and his excuse to get close to his mark might blow up in his face, but he couldn’t stop the words that came out of his mouth.

“You liked it.” He had a few inches on him and was thicker all around. He wasn’t worried.

“If I did?” Eli challenged, reaching up and fisting a hand in Weston’s shirt.

“Then I guess you won’t mind this.” Weston grabbed Eli’s neck, using the leverage to press his lips against the mouth that had haunted him for a week and taunted him for the past hour. He fully expected to be shoved into the wall or hit in the face, so he kept his eyes open and his hand near his knife just in case.

4 Stars

A hitman who has lost the ability to lie was what really caught my attention when reading the blurb for Speak No Evil - and the book turned out to be so good! One of the things I loved about it is that it is set in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities ever. Being able to picture where stuff was taking place and where the leads were going to and all, made my reading experience that much better.

Weston was slightly annoying with his ex being brought up on almost every page, and while I can understand why, I wanted a bit more from him and Eli in the way of conversations.

Eli, too, was kinda annoying, slightly more so then Weston, but his interaction with Weston and his friends helped me like him as a character (I hate sounding like I am putting out a bad review, because I’m not. I really loved this story, but just had some little problems with the characters - to me it felt like Eli didn’t get as much development as he should have).

J.R's writing was really great and his description of the city and religion and all made reading this story great, since I could picture everything so much clearer. I loved this book and I can’t wait to be able to read more by J.R. as soon as possible.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

About J.R. Gray: Gray is a cynical Chicago native, who drinks coffee all day, barely sleeps, and is a little too fashion obsessed. He writes realistic and damaged characters because everyone deserves a happily ever after.

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