Knight in the Shadows (Elm Street Mafia Book 1) by Ali Lyda and Alexa May #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MMContemporary

Erryn reviews ‘Knight in the Shadows (Elm Street Mafia Book 1)’ by Ali Lyda and Alexa May. The ebook was published October 29, 2020 and is 379 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Mike Peterman.  It was released January 19, 2021 and is 9 hrs and 6 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I have enjoyed Ali Lyda’s Get Ink’d series.

Serve the Family at all costs. That’s my purpose in life. No one asked me if I wanted it. Now there’s no way out. 

And there’s definitely no place for Jake, a do-gooder military vet who sticks his nose in where it doesn’t belong.

He thinks he saw darkness in the Army? He hasn’t looked at the depths inside me. He’d run screaming if he knew. But he’s made something in our crumbling neighborhood I thought couldn’t exist. Something I want to be a part of. Just like I want him. But I have to walk away. No one betrays the Family and lives.

Knight in the Shadows is a full length m/m mafia romance featuring a wounded army vet trying to make the best of his neighborhood and the mafia enforcer with a dark past who never expected to fall in love!

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My Review:

I’m not a huge mafia fan but I’ve enjoyed Ali Lyda’s Get Ink’d series, so I figured I would give this one I try.  I did enjoy it.

Jake is an injured warrior.  He lost his guys in an IED attack – as well as his leg – and he suffers from physical and emotional pain.  He’s come back to The Elm to take over his uncle’s gym to teach.  He’s even got a kid’s program where the kids learn math, English, and boxing.  He’s got a good set-up going but when one of his guys goes missing, his search for the man brings him into contact with Max Russo, a ‘good’ mob boss.

Mafia books are always ambiguous at best with violence sprinkled in and questionable men eventually taking the high road and changing their ways.  Except does Max really change all that much?  Like I said, morally ambiguous.  Although when push comes to shove, he does in at least one case, choose the less violent route.

Mike Peterman narrated the book and I have to say his voice is perfect for the rough and tumble guys who make up this crew, and I have the second book cued up.

My Rating:

7.5/10 Pots of Gold (75% Recommended) – Compares to 3.75/5 Stars

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