Erryn reviews ‘The Pros and Cons of Deception (Pros and Cons Book 2)’ by A.E. Wasp. This book was released on March 1, 2019, and is 348 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Alexandre Steele and Tor Thom. It was released on June 18, 2019, and is 8 hrs and 13 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I loved book 1 and couldn’t wait for book 2.
There’s nothing like being blackmailed by a dead man to really bring a group of cons together. The deal is simple, we do the jobs and Charlie’s lawyer wipes the slate clean for each of us, one at a time.
Job number two lands right in my lap. I’m Bond. Wesley Bond. (I can’t resist saying it that way. Blame my dad, if you can find him.) You could call me a hacker. I redistribute wealth – moving it from rich slimebags to poorer but infinitely more deserving people – and make a tidy profit as I do. My mission, should I choose to accept it, is to bring down some modern-day slave traders.
With the life of the one person in this world I love on the line, I can’t afford any screw-ups or distractions. Unfortunately, my biggest distraction is my biggest asset – Danny Monroe. Danny is a leftover complication from our first job. He’s a smart, funny, gorgeous ex-prostitute, who can’t seem to keep his clothes on. I can’t seem to keep my mouth shut around him. But I need a fake boyfriend, and Danny is the only option.
We don’t know who the bad guy is; we have no idea how to prove anything. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to need all the help I can get. Like it or not, we’re all in this together.
Contains mature themes.
What happens when you gather up a disparate group of men who have all committed crimes, and offer them redemption? Well, some fun times, I have to say. The second book in the Pros and Cons series, Deception, picks up where Vengeance left off. The five men with shady pasts are righting wrongs in the hopes of getting their pasts erased. One job down, four to go.
Picked up from the last job is Danny. He was a prostitute friend of Breck’s, and now that Breck has become part of the gang, Danny is tagging along. The problem? He keeps clashing with Wesley. The men can’t seem to get along until it becomes apparent they have to be fake boyfriends for their next mission. Now, there’s a lot of humor in this book, as evidenced by Steele becoming a child minder and Breck taking on maintenance work. The other guys in the group all take on roles as well, but they need a couple to help infiltrate the target location. Hence Danny and Wes are thrown together.
I like the fake boyfriend trope and when it’s done well, it’s enjoyable. This book is great and I loved both the humor and the tenderness (and the coms that turn on at the most inopportune moments). There’s action, there’s adventure, there is a bad guy, and a group of men turned vigilantes. Although this is the second book in the series and best read after the first, it is also a stand alone. There are quite a few characters but each is written distinctly, and it’s pretty easy to follow along.
The duo narration of Alexandre Steele and Tor Thom works well for this series and I’m enjoying their performances. I can’t wait for the next book.
9.5/10 Pots of Gold (95% Recommended) – Compares to 4.75/5 Stars
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