Linchpin (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Linchpin
Author: Jodi Payne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Genre(s): Gay romance, short story, mob, danger, backstabbing
Page Count: 100 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5

A cleaner for the mob should know better than to make his own mess.

Randall Quinn has been a cleaner for the mob for over ten years, but a particularly violent scene sets him to drinking alone and contemplating his options. At thirty-nine, it’s possible this is just a mid-life crisis so he tries buying himself a flashy car to satisfy the itch, and agrees to take another job to test his conviction. He’s expecting easy money when he arrives at a seedy motel to clean up after what the Boss told him was supposed to have been a simple execution. But what he discovers in that motel room is anything but simple, and from that moment on, every decision he makes for himself makes his life more and more complicated.

Talk about a book that will get your blood pumping!!!! This book may have been a short story, but there is a lot of adrenaline increasing moments that will leave you wondering what the hell!!!!

Randy has worked for the mob for ten years and never once has he went into a situation where the body he was supposed to cleaning up was not dead after all. To make matters worse, he has no choice but to take the man with him and flee the hotel since the man that was supposed to be dead had a cell phone and called 911.

To say that Randy is not happy about this situation is like saying the sky is pink. But something unexpected happens in the few days he is housing the dead man standing. He finds that he is attracted to him and he has no way out for either of them.

This was such an exciting read. It really gets your heart rate up and blood pumping with all the danger, testosterone between these two alpha men, and of course all of the hot sexy scenes between these two that leave the sheets smoldering once they are done.

I believe that this is the first book that I have read by Jodi Payne but it will definitely not be tinge last. This book was a quick read but at the same time it was a fulfilling read also that checks off a lot of my like to read about boxes. Definitely a book I will recommend to others.

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Galley copy of Linchpin provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time.

I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books.

Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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