Reviewed By: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Before I even began this book the author wrote “no cliffhanger” that was all I needed to realize I would love this book, two magic words “no cliffhanger” which like so many other readers means a lot.
Snow, no last name, not his real name but a nickname, a boy alone living on the streets, not big but brave and he proved it when he decided to stop a little boy from being hassled by bullies with every intention of doing harm. Of course Snow knew that a price would have to be paid and that price was him and it was a price he was willing to pay to save this little boy who had no business being where he was.
Simon would only admit to being eight and so that was the nickname that Snow gave him. He stayed with him at the police station until someone came for him but Snow was looked on as the bad guy until Simon revealed what Snow. Simon lives with his uncle who took over caring for him when his mother died. Uncle Christopher is none other than Christopher Manos a well known and dangerous mobster whose love for Simon is unconditional and who is ready, willing and able to reward the person who saved him.
Christopher has no intention of letting Snow leave when Simon tells him that Snow will be hurt by the man who grabbed him and that his uncle had to help him. Simon made Snow pinkie swear that he would ask for help even trying to convince Snow that if he broke the promise Santa would not visit him, very serious business to eight year old Simon, not so much for Snow.
The man who tried to hurt Simon and Snow is Roy Sokolov the son of the Head of the Russian mafia and a man not so easily dealt with. Christopher insists on a meeting and when Roy’s father is convinced of what his son did he was angry but his anger went overboard when he learned his son was gay. There was never any doubt as to what Roy wanted with Snow and it would not have been pretty. Roy was a danger to anyone he chose to be with.
Christopher offered Snow a job looking out for Simon, money, ID and a place to live, things that Snow hadn’t had in years ever since he ran from his father. After his mother’s death his father buried his pain in a bottle and gambling and his son became an asset to use when needed. It didn’t matter what was asked of Snow his father never protected him and at the age of seventeen he ran and never looked back. There is more to Snow’s story but I won’t reveal anything more.
It doesn’t take long before a relationship forms between Christopher and Snow but that relationship makes Christopher vulnerable. Two people who mean the world to him Snow and Simon are ways anyone with a grudge can get to him, and Roy is out there with hatred for Christopher and Snow and a huge desire for vengeance.
There is explicit sex and violence in this book but there is also romance, loyalty and devotion and wonderful characters. Snow and Simon are characters you can’t help but love I even loved Christopher the big bad gangster. I loved this book so much I read it in one sitting. There is no cliffhanger but the other books in the series are available and I am going to happily get the next one in the series and the one after and so on.