"Whether he was a lawman, a gangster, or an average Joe, he would be her's for the evening and she wasn't letting go."
THE GANGSTER'S WOMAN by Ginger Ring is set amid the economic struggle and sensational danger of the Public Enemy Era in the American 1930s.
Michael Flynn is an FBI agent who has grown tired of the brutality around him. With the end of prohibition, he hopes to concentrate his efforts on locating Eryn, the missing sister of his best friend, John O'Malley. Carrying her picture with him at all times, he has fallen in love with the mysterious woman, whom he thinks of as "his Irish Lass." Fearing that she may be in hiding or worse, Michael has futilely pursued the beautiful woman for six years, until a painting of a gorgeous, and nearly nude, redhead in a mob bar provides him with his first hope of finding the woman he desires alive.
Eryn O'Malley, overprotected by her brother and longing for adventure and independence, pursues a job advertisement that will change her life. Finding herself in the arms of a dangerous man named Scott Killian--the son of the notorious mobster, Edward Killian--she becomes an unwitting accomplice to a violent bank heist. Desperate to protect the unborn child inside her, Eryn flees the scene in their getaway car as Scott is gunned down brutally by police.
Unaware of her pregnancy, Edward Killian blames Scott's death on the woman who left him lying in the street. Forced into hiding, Eryn struggles to survive--doing anything she can in order to create a better life for her daughter, Vivian.
Working as a waitress at The Loon Cafe by day is not enough to provide Vivian with the life she deserves so, by night, Eryn is forced to pursue other means to take care of her family. Luring sleazy, would-be adulterers from a bar in a nearby town, Eryn drugs the men and robs them in their sleep. Though she never takes more money than she needs, she has become a wanted woman for her crimes.
Sought by both Edward Killian and the police, it is only a matter of time before Eryn is apprehended.
Seeking one night of release from her life of fear, Eryn allows herself to give in to the allure of a handsome man she meets at the local fair. Unbeknownst to her, the man is the FBI agent who has sought, and loved, her for years.
As her feelings for Michael Flynn grow, Edward Killian closes in on her trail. The consequences of a terrifying confrontation with Killian will nearly cost Eryn her life and her family, unless Michael Flynn can help her and Vivian escape their dark and frightening past.
An enjoyable read, THE GANGSTER'S WOMAN by Ginger Ring is a well-researched novel that sets its love story against the backdrop of notorious public enemies of the 1930s. Frequently depicted as a decade of brash lawmen, fearless criminals and gangster's molls, Ms. Ring chooses instead to tell the story of a tenderhearted woman who, in spite of her beauty, has been forced into a criminal life that is anything but glamorous.
Though they largely appear on the periphery of the narrative, the presence of historical figures such as Bonnie and Clyde and John Dillinger help to convey a sense of tension throughout the work, representing the fate that may lie in wait for Eryn, should she fail to escape her checkered past.
Complete with compelling imagery and well-written prose, Ms. Ring builds excitement throughout THE GANGSTER'S WOMAN and I would recommend this work to enthusiasts of detective and suspense genres.
That being said, some pacing issues emerge toward the end of the novel. Though the author does explain the process behind the reversal of Killian's position and Eryn's ultimate exoneration, the conclusion of the novel feels hurried. It may seem somewhat implausible to readers that the web Killian has tightly woven could be so quickly unraveled and that Eryn would face no other legal consequences for her activities, regardless of her compassionate motivations.
However, THE GANGSTER'S WOMAN grants the reader a deeply heartwarming resolution that provides Eryn and Vivian with not only the protection that they need, but with the restoration of family ties that they deserve.
While we may suspect that some of these renewed family connections, such as those with Vivian's grandfather, Edward Killian, will re-emerge in the sequel to present conflict, the novel concludes with the knowledge that Eryn finally has the honest life she sought and a loving husband that will strengthen and guide her through what lies ahead.