For those of you who enjoyed my review of The Last Straw, you will be happy to know there is a sequel available to get your claws into.
Rico Stays by Ed Duncan
After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose.
When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished, but three goons who had tried to help him lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting for his life, Rico was alive but gravely wounded.
Out of the hospital but not fully recovered, he needed a place to crash – a place where he wouldn’t be found by men who surely would be looking. A place like the cabin owned by lawyer Paul Elliott, whose life Rico had saved more than once. Trouble was, Paul’s girlfriend hadn’t forgotten Rico’s dark history. Or Paul’s fascination with him.
Using Rico’s girlfriend as bait, vengeful killers soon would be coming for him. The only question was whether he would face them alone or with help from Paul.
As usual with any of the Rico books, there is plenty of action from the offset. However, in the case of Rico Stays, I did find the action scenes a bit rushed. I guess it depends on your own personal liking though as it made the book a quick read and fast paced. Also, I think I was more interested in other elements of the book more this time round.
For one, it was good to get to know more about Rico and his past. I already appreciate that his is different to other hitman characters (Rico has many morals and rules) but this insight into his past made him even more complex and interesting. We also get information on Paul’s past. Not enough to make him as complex as Rico but I do feel I know him a bit more now. What I liked most about Paul’s presence in this book is the strengthening of his friendship with Rico. Friendship is a big theme in Rico Stays and it was also good to see a bond forming between Jean and Evelyn.
I have to admit that I didn’t connect with this book as I did the last. However, if you are a fan of this series, then Rico Stays in a must-read.
Rico Stays by Ed Duncan is available to buy now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.