Training For Revenge (Tosha’s Review)

Title: Training For Revenge (Those Who Dare #2)
Author: Brenda Cothern
Publisher: Wench Publishing
Release Date: June 19th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 209 pages / 73,893 words
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Anthony Mancini, Chicago’s Italian kingpin, has no choice but to bring in outside help to train his niece, Valentina Russo who is hell bent on exacting her revenge on the Irish mob that had her abducted and abused her four months ago.

Mancini hires two assassins to do the job. Gordon Wellington is a hands-on, up close, silent killer. Craig Barlow prefers the distance poisons allow to take out his marks.
Years of beating each other to take out the same marks has built an unrivaled hatred between them. Hatred or not, now they have the same contract: Train Valentina Russo. Working together was never part of their plan. Neither was a relationship.

This book contains M/M sexual situations and is intended for readers of legal age in the country in which they reside. Please store your adult literature responsibly.

I really do not know where to even begin this review at. I can honestly say that I enjoyed book one so much more than this one. I was hoping that I would have liked this book more than I did. I had such high hopes for this book. And being honest, I think Val was the one that put me off this book so much. I will explain more on that in a minute.

This book revolves around mainly Craig and Gordon. Both men were hired by Anthony, the mob boss, to teach Val how to not only protect herself but to also be an asset to the Mancini family instead of the liability that she is. Val is set on revenge where the O’Reilly family is concerned. And at this point even though Hix and Brick have both been trying to train her, Val has not taken to the training. Instead of getting better at protecting herself, she is actually putting Hix and Brick in more danger when she goes goes with them anywhere because they are both worried about making sure she is protected. So Anthony hires to mercenaries with different types of skill sets.

Gordon is more of a hands on mercenary. He knows how to protect himself in many forms. He plans to teach Val hand to hand combat, how to defend herself, and how to become lethal without anyone being the wiser. Anthony is willing to pay very well for this service and Gordon is happy to oblige.

Little does Gordon know but Anthony has another surprise as well in the form of a man named Craig. Craig is lethal in his own way. He knows how to kill someone and not even be in the same room with them. He is an expert in poison. He can either kill someone quickly or slowly. Either way, it is lethal.

The problem is Craig and Gordon know one another and cannot stand each other. Gordon finds Craig’s abilities to kill weak. He believes anyone that can kill and not do it themselves is taking the easy way out. Craig just honestly dislikes Gordon. Or does he? The thing about hate is it is so close to love. Can Gordon and Craig’s actually have more between them than hate?

This was a decent read but I found Val made me not enjoy it as much as I wish I could have. In some ways I understand why she wants revenge but other ways she reminds me of this spoiled brat. Yes learning what she does comes in handy but all the complaining Val does while learning, though not done out loud, really makes me not like her. I feel like even though she learns and can be an asset, I still feel in most ways she is just a child playing a grown ups game. I did enjoy the back and forth between Gordon and Craig. I just felt that Val took away from their story. I look forward to more from Brenda in the future.

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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.