Sugar and Shakedowns by Peter Styles

AUTHOR’S BLURB: They say that when you date someone, you date their family. Does that count if it’s one of the biggest crime families in Jersey?

Sonny thinks he has a pretty good life. He gets to live with his best friend, Gaz, and work doing what he loves. There are just two things that aren’t quite perfect: his lack of a love life and his employment as a bookie for the mob.

When Sonny meets the sweet, gentle baker, Luke, he thinks that his luck in the love department has really turned around. The only issue is that he can’t hide who he really is forever. After a disastrous third date turns into a long stay at a safe house, will Luke be able to come to terms with who Sonny is, or will Sonny have to choose between his love for Luke and his love for his family?

This book is a MM Gay Romance not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. It is approximately 50,000 words has a happy ending and does not end in a cliffhanger.

MY REVIEW: This was about an oddly sweet couple of guys. I really liked Sonny and Luke was incidentally cute. But the the bestie, Gaz, was awesome. He was tied for number two with Luke, if not just plain edging him out. The story played semi-seriously, semi-cartoonishly, though only enough to be playful, not insulting. It’s a fine line, and one walked well in this story.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

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