My eyes flashed up to a man running down the mountain, slipping along the way as he tried to reach me.
“Help!” I shouted. “I’m stuck. I can’t get out!”
“Don’t move,” he commanded, his voice low and threatening. For just a moment, I wondered if he was here to kill me instead of save me. As he approached and looked around the car, I noticed his face was ruthless, evil. I swallowed hard around the lump in my throat. It didn’t matter who he was, as long as he got me out of here.
“Do you have anything to break the window?” he shouted.
Break the window? I searched around the car frantically, but everything was laying haphazardly after the tumble down the mountain. I had no clue if there was anything to help me.
“Do you have a window punch?” he asked, his eyes boring into mine.
“It would be under the driver’s seat,” he said calmly. “I need you to check.”
Nodding, I brushed my hair out of my face, only to come away with a sticky hand. I stared down at the red that coated my hand, watching my fingers shake in terror.
“Lady, you need to get moving!”
I nodded, but before I could move, the car shifted backward, dropping down the mountain a good ten feet before hitting another tree. I screamed, grasping onto anything I could. When the car stopped moving again, I closed my eyes and fought the nausea swirling in my stomach.
The man was outside the car again, this time with a gun in his hand. My breath seized in my chest as I stared down the gun. Oh God, he really was going to kill me.
“Calm down,” he said, lowering his gun slightly. He looked through the window, and then back at the car. “I’m going to shoot out the window, but this car isn’t going to hold. Once the window’s broken, I need you to climb out right away. Okay?”
I nodded, but it all felt robotic. All I could focus on was that damn gun.
“Duck down, okay?”
I did as he asked, but inside, I was shaking. I heard the crack of the gun and my head jerked up as I heard more glass breaking. He was using the gun to break out the rest of the glass.
“Move!” he shouted, kicking me into high gear. I scrambled to the other side, but as I climbed across the seat, the car shifted again. I reached out my hand, barely grasping his as the car slid even further. “Give me your other hand,” he shouted. I thrust out my hand, but my body went airborne just as the car broke free from where the tree was holding it. My eyes connected with his just as I lost my grip on his hand.
Dead Man’s Hand: A Small Town Romance by Giulia Lagomarsino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mobster Mountain Man
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌏🌎
Character development: ☺️🥸😎🤩😍
Favorite Quote: “This is going to be so much fun!” Jo said excitedly, bouncing up and down. “Everybody Wang Chung tonight!”
The heroine: Ciara – She is on her way to Denver while on a mission for her father when she is caught in the mountains during a snowstorm and her car crashes over a cliff. After the accident, she doesn’t remember a thing about who she is or what she was doing there.
The Hero(es): Antonio – a made man and former Head of the Scavuzzo crime family. He is now living a solitary existence in the mountains of Colorado. He can’t stop replaying the mistakes of his past over and over in his head. He was played by his uncle, who set up members of his family in order to take control from them. He killed his brother for the crime of killing his sister, not knowing that it was all a set-up performed by a man he trusted.
The story: Antonio is on his way to his home in the mountains from a supply run when he sees Ciara’s car accident. He is able to bring her back to his home, but nothing about her adds up. Despite the fact that he doesn’t want to draw any attention to himself, he can’t ignore the fact that Ciara seems to need his help.
As with all Giulia Lagomarsino books, this had action, suspense, humor and plenty of steam. It was definitely not your typical mountain man book. I liked the story and the characters. There were some great supporting characters as well, including Josh and Carly from the Cortell Brothers series, and Knight from the Reed Security series. He was the absolute best from that series so it is nice to see him again.
Antonio was a great anti-Hero, very broody and grumpy but he was lovable all the same. Especially after the dogs came into the picture. I just love a romance that includes quirky pets.
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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