Title: Vice Enforcer (Vice City #2)
Author: SA Stovall
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Page Count: 250 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Holding on to a life worth living can be hard when the nightmares of the past come knocking.
Eight months ago, Nicholas Pierce, ex-mob enforcer, faked his death and assumed a new identity to escape sadistic mob boss Jeremy Vice. With no contacts outside the underworld, Pierce finds work with a washed-up PI. It’s an easy enough gig—until investigating a human trafficking ring drags him back to his old stomping grounds.
Miles Devonport, Pierce’s partner, is top of his class at the police academy while single-handedly holding his family together. But when one lieutenant questions Pierce’s past and his involvement in the investigation, Miles must put his future on the line to keep Pierce’s secrets.
The situation becomes dire when it’s discovered the traffickers have connections to the Vice family. The lives of everyone Pierce cares about are in danger—not least of all his own, if Jeremy Vice learns he’s back from the dead. Pierce and Miles face a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels—one that will gladly destroy them to keep operating. As Pierce uses every dirty trick he learned from organized crime to protect the new life he’s building, he realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he might never escape his past.
This is not your average love story. This is a book that has mystery, danger, a weird sort of love between two men and their family, and it has violence as well. I will be honest in saying I did not read book one in this series but I was able to figure out what was going on without having to. This book could be read as a standalone, for that I am grateful.
Pierce is trying to start his life over as a PI. He is working towards getting his licenses under another PI. This is where this story really begins. Pierce finds himself in the middle of a huge mess when he goes along with the PI he is working for to gather information on a huge job that is going down. Though Pierce has no clue as what they are doing and what information they are gathering, he still backs up his boss when asked. Especially when his boss tells him he will cut down on some of his time in training if he helps him out.
What Pierce does not realize at the time is, he is about to step into a mess that will bring him right back face to face with the past that he has been running from. And this time he will bring the people he is coming to love with him.
When the information gathering missions turns into a gun fight, Pierce knows he is going to have to get help from the man that he loves, Miles. Miles is not happy when he finds out that Pierce has placed himself in danger but when the two end up digging deeper into what is really going on, neither man can walk away.
It seems that even when Pierce ran and faked his death, fate decided that he needed to face his past anyway because the family that is involved in the human trafficking problem that he and Miles is looking into is none other than the Vice Family. The same Vice Family that Pierce has tried to make believe he was dead.
Can Pierce and Miles gather all the evidence to take down this operation without being found out? Or will Pierce finally have to come face to face with the mob family he has tried to avoid all this time? Will Pierce finally have to pay for his past mistakes?
This was a really good book. At first I did not really care for Pierce but as the book went on I came to like the gruff, angry man. I see in the end why these two opposites attract so much. I look forward to the next book in this series.