Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Ramen Assassin: Book One
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.
Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the Black Ops lifestyle he left behind him. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of thugs in the middle of the night, he knows it’s time to pick up his gun again. But it seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either the gun or Trey Bishop.
Trey Bishop never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After a few stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle but not his reputation. The destruction of his acting career and his relationships goes deep, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run and try to murder him, Trey is grateful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner he lusts over—not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.
Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with deep, dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro Jenkins will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.
Review: It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Ford’s work and Ramen Assassin didn’t change my opinion. The way she sucks you in in that first chapter and never lets you go is amazing. I haven’t found another author that can do the same thing to me.
Trey is a recovering addict and actor. Normally I’m really leery about addiction books, because I have first hand experience and I get really upset when it’s portrayed the wrong way. I knew I wouldn’t have to worry about Ford taking on the subject though. To get Trey’s mind back on track he takes up running. When I say running, I mean, he runs til his legs are jelly and he’s about to pass out. One night while out for a run he sees something he shouldn’t and let me just say with family like his who needs enemies? The police know his reputation and think he’s lying about the entire thing.
Kuro is a badass ramen guy. I loved him. He actually took the time to LISTEN to Trey and went with his gut. He didn’t care what anybody else said. Kuro has a lot of guns, a lot of connections, and a lot of skills. Kuro is tired of the police not believing his customer, so before he knows what he’s doing he’s helping Trey out.
Yes, I cried. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I got so mad I wanted to throw my Kindle out the window. Yes, my heart went all melty.
I want more Aoki!!!! I seriously didn’t want this to end.