Hustle of the Gunman

A.M. Halford
Hustle of the Gunman
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Publisher
Siren Publishing
Release Date
November 2017
ISBN
9781640107397
Series
Book 4 of Galaxia Pirates
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic

SUMMARY
Darrel has been after Toby since he first stepped foot onto the Galaxia. He can see the longing in the communication officer's eyes, and he wants to bring it to the surface. The problem is every time he gets near the other, Toby flees like a scared kitten or shows his claws.
Toby has never told anyone that he likes men. The scars from his upbringing still haunt him and make him reject who he really is. Due to this, he can't accept Darrel, no matter how much he wants to.
When Samuel Jones approaches Sidney with a new job--he wants them to smuggle a couple of crates to Neo-Terra, a planet torn by civil war--it presents a turning point for Darrel and Toby.
Will Toby let Darrel in? Will they even make it off the planet alive?

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Feb 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
47 people found the following review helpful
HUSTLE OF THE GUNMAN is the fourth book in the Galaxia Pirates series. In this instalment, we have the exact opposite of insta-love. Instead, Darrel has been in love with Toby for over eight years, but Toby wants nothing to do with him. Toby finally succeeds in pushing him away, only to have a change of heart and realise Darrel is who he wants after all. There are reasons for him pushing Darrel away, but nothing that is explained in too much detail. In fact, it is just skimmed over, which is a shame when it has impacted his life to such an extent. It is during a job that goes wrong that Toby realises exactly how much Darrel means to him, and is determined to show him, just so long as Darrel survives.

There were parts of this book that I loved - the longing from afar between both Toby and Darrel, and Toby's mastery of knives, for example. Unfortunately for me, it was never explained why he mastered them. What drew his interest to knives and swords, in this space age of laser guns etc? And although his upbringing was rough, why did it impact his life for so long?

This was well written, don't get me wrong. The pacing was smooth, and it was action-packed. There are moments of steam, as well as tenderness. The characters are familiar but I'm still learning new things about them with each book. I would recommend this book as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. However, it just didn't 'push my buttons' like some of the other stories have.
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