Author: J.C. Long
Publisher: NineStar Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Noah Potter has come to Hong Kong to find his missing sister, Lianne, who disappeared after leaving him a voice mail pleading for his help. Unfortunately the Hong Kong police are unwilling to help him, so Noah has to find her himself.
Noah’s search for his sister brings him across Wei Tseng, leader of the Dragons, a group of dedicated men and women willing to do whatever it takes to keep their district safe from the violence and triads that plague the rest of the city’s underworld. Wei is a man of violence but also one of incredible compassion, and his history is one that resonates with Noah, igniting a passion neither man expects.
Together they search for Lianne, a search that will lead right into a conflict with the Dragons’ greatest rivals in the city.
Review: This book has an amazing prequel. I was hooked from the first page. It certainly sets the tone for how intense and dark the book is going to be. I don’t think it was quite as gritty as it could have been. The playful brotherhood of the gang keeps things from getting too heavy. Their bond is well developed through the writing and promises more stories to come. Both from the larger plot and from some of the Dragons falling in love. The next couple is set up well and the plot thickens so to speak as far as the struggle for power on the streets of Hong Kong. The fight to keep their people safe in this book is just the beginning.
A Matter of Duty takes us to Hong Kong where gangs rule different parts of the city. Not all gangs run things the same way. This book revolves around the Dragons. A group of men who took back their neighborhood by force years before. They fought a brutal war in the streets to save their people from the gang who held them all hostage growing up. So they’re good guys that have done some bad things. Things they had to do. I personally love characters that straddle the line between good and bad. Their leader Wei takes his duty very seriously. He knows that someone is always waiting for a chance to take him out and take the Dragons down. When an American named Noah shows up flashing a picture of his missing sister around Wei takes notice. Noah’s sister left him a desperate message. She’s in real trouble this time and begs her brother to help her. Noah travels to Hong Kong all by himself looking for clues to her disappearance. The cops are no help. Wei thinks Noah’s sister may have met the same fate as some of his neighborhood girls. Bringing Noah into the life of the Dragons.
I really liked this book. There’s a camaraderie between the dragons. One that says you fight for what is right. I really appreciated how when pushed these guys will do what’s necessary. They don’t want to kill or hurt people but they have to maintain their reputation. It also helps that you REALLY hate the bad guys. The only real issue I had with this book is the guys get to the declarations of love pretty quickly. To be fair they go through a lot in the small amount of time they know each other. They have an intense case of insta lust too but that was super sexy. They try to resist it building up the tension. Wei throws out innuendo flustering Noah. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes so falling for each other seems like a bad idea but Noah and Wei can’t seem to help it. The murder mystery was very good. Brutal and hard to read at times but it definitely sets the tone for how volatile the streets of Hong Kong can be in this book. There’s a constant power struggle between the gangs. This is going to be an ongoing story arc that I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Things are going to get worse before they get better. I also appreciate how the author lends an authenticity to the city and characters that doesn’t come off as gimmicky. Sounds like each book is going to feature a new couple but you’ll need to read these in order. This is an addicting and memorable first book to a promising new series. I highly recommend!