Tarnished Souls : Frankie and Gent
Title : Tarnished Souls : Frankie and Gent
Series : Tarnished, Book #2
Author : Brita Addams
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Historical
Length : 92 pages (e-book)
Published : November 18, 2013
Rating : ★★★★1/2
Hollywood’s Golden Age is not all glitz and glamour. Mob boss Frankie Monetti controls the unions and the studios, which makes him and the syndicate very rich. But after five years, Frankie runs afoul of the law and those who put him in power.
Primo hit man, and Frankie’s lifelong friend, Arvin “Gent” Vitali, goes west with orders to clean up the mess and then bring Frankie back to New York to answer for his double cross. But as the noose closes tighter around Frankie’s neck, Gent questions where his loyalty truly lies. Is business just business or is freedom worth the risk?
Another excellent installment in this series. Again we’re transported back to the 30s. This time however we’re dealing with mobsters.
Frankie and Gent grew up in a neighborhood with only so much room to grow beyond their stations. Frankie is charismatic, opportunistic and fearless. So, when he sees a chance to make something more of himself, even if it’s not exactly legal, he jumps on it. He soon catches the eye of a powerful mobster who sees Frankie as an asset to his crew. Frankie brings his good friend Gent along. As the years go buy Frankie rises in the family and Gent stays a grunt. Frankie and Gent learn they share a sexual preference for men and are attracted to each other. They’ve been friends for so long the passion and familiarity of each other proves too much to resist. Their boss learns of their sexual relationship. He beats them and separates them. Then sends them to opposite sides of the country. Grunt has to stay on the east coast. While Frankie is sent to the west coast to get in with the Hollywood crowd for business purposes.
Years later Frankie has become more successful than he ever thought running a club for the elite. He’s away from his old boss and somewhat free to do as he pleases. Frankie has his own crew now and runs things in his area. One night he finds a man in his private rooms. Not just any man. Gent. Gent informs Frankie he’s there to bring him in. Frankie knows that means his death. His boss sending Gent is just a way to twist the knife. Frankie still harbors guilt over leaving Gent there to suffer the day to day life with his homophobic boss and his minions. Gent makes it clear he’s not letting Frankie out of his site or it’s his head. Though he’s there to take Frankie in and take him out if needed, he still yearns for Frankie. What they had all those years ago still lingers despite the distance and betrayal.
This book was great. The lingo was fun. The tension was high. The love story engaging and sexy. The characters were bad guys you couldn’t help but love. Gent was probably my favorite. His character was looked at as good for only muscle and killing but he proved to be so much more. I like that he persevered. He may say “what else was he going to do”, but he’s the one who had to face the guys after being caught naked in bed with his boss’s pride and joy boy. He’s the one who was left behind. He had to more from that point. He went willingly to face the man who ran off on him even though he knew it would hurt. I just really respected him. As much as you can respect a hired killer. Kudos for that Mrs. Addams! He’s was just so matter of fact about his life. That changed when he came back into contact with Frankie.
Frankie was more what you’d think of as the flashy and smooth talking mobster. The thing about him was, over the years, he’s tried to do things his way. Still questionable on his scruples but not willing to kill people for any little thing. He’s respected by his men. You can tell Frankie has strong feeling for Gent that’s he’s never really let go. Even after leaving Gent behind, Gent still has a strong sense to protect Frankie. AND….I’m talking about Gent again. 😀
Really good read. You get such a rich story in a shorter package than Tarnished Gold. Love the characters! I can’t wait to read more about a these guys. Hopefully we get more! Please?!
Rated 4.5 stars by Whit