Speak No Evil (Kirstin’s Review)

Title: Speak No Evil
Author: J.R. Gray
Publisher: Gray Books
Release Date: March 28, 2019
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 275 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


Weston doesn’t believe in voodoo but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t believe in him. His life and family were steeped in the stuff and it was fine, until voodoo took everything from him, ripped his life from his grasp. And when it swallowed whole the person he loved most he had to escape.

But there were consequences. His voodoo goddess wasn’t going to let go of him so easily, and her revenge was the pinnacle of evil. He could have dealt with something like impotence or boils, but this was purely depraved. She came for him and hit him where it hurts. She might as well have taken his guns.

Weston found himself unable to lie. A hitman who can’t lie. What a joke.

When his handler throws him a bone, a job that requires no interaction only observation, Weston takes it. He should be able to do this in his sleep, but he’s off his game. He gets way too close. Nothing is as it seems, and someone else, maybe someone worse than him, is stalking his mark. But he can’t leave the kid high and dry. Not when Eli is all he can think about.

This story was really enjoyable. It was easy going and fun and the characters totally grew on me.

Weston is a contract killer who is trying to dissolve his marriage. A native of NOLA, he’s shied away from Voodoo all his life, but his ex has cursed him and vows that she will never let him leave her.

Eli is a military man who’s seen too much. He is a closeted gay man with a thing for a guy he doesn’t know has a contract to watch him. And once they meet, everything erupts and all they can do is stick together.

There isn’t a cliffhanger at the end, but not all of the strings are tied off, so I’m hoping there will be a sequel in the works. And honestly, I got really invested in Eli and Weston as their story progressed.

It took me a while to get into this, first because I didn’t care much for Weston. He told his story with the use of flashbacks, which aren’t my favorite. He just seemed like kind of a jerk, honestly. But things changed once he got caught up with Eli and did a little dance in the hospital whilst drugged. Things changed between them and Weston seemed to soften at his edges.

From there the action never stopped. There were guns and chases and black magic. It was thrilling and funny and sweet. I quite enjoyed the story, the characters and the craziness of the voodoo goddess. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in their story.

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Galley copy of Speak No Evil provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


Reading has become such a huge part of my life as an adult. I love the escape, but I also try to take something from each story for myself. I am a lover of words. I love dialogue. I love a slow burn and a happy ever after.

Favorite Authors: Garrett Leigh, Amy Lane, Mary Calmes, Lane Hayes, T.J. Klune, Roan Parrish, N.R. Walker, Cara Dee, Anyta Sunday

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