Title: Ramen Assassin
Author: Rhys Ford
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 25th 2019
Genre(s): Romance, Multicultural
Page Count: 216
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When life gives Kuro Jenkins lemons, he wants to make ponzu to serve at his Los Angeles ramen shop.
Instead he’s dodging bullets and wondering how the hell he ended up back in the black ops lifestyle he left behind. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of murderous thugs, he reluctantly picks his guns up again. It seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go… of either danger or Trey.
Trey never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle, but not his reputation. The destruction of his career and relationships was epic, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run, then try to murder him, Trey is thankful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner not just for rescuing him, but also for believing him.
Now caught in a web of murders and lies, Trey knows someone wants him dead, and the only one on his side is a man with dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro will stick around to see what the future holds for them once the dust settles, but from the looks of things, neither of them may survive to find out.
I always enjoy a fast paced suspense with lots of action and a side of romance.
Trey Bishop was a former child actor from a very affluent home. Both his mother and father were married to each other, but had other relationships and he had older siblings that looked down on him because of former wild child days. But he’s turned a new leaf and is sober. Unfortunately, when he sees a couple of guys hauling a dead body to a van he’s caught in the middle of a shootout, then caught up in a tangled web of lies and deceit.
Kuro Jenkins owns a ramen restaurant in K-town since retiring as an assassin. He’s happy to be serving others and takes his new job seriously. But he’s forced out of retirement when Trey is almost gunned down in the alley behind his place. Bringing his friends and allies into the drama, he’s got to rely on them to keep Trey safe.
I really enjoyed the start of this story. There was a lot of great world building and description and the action started immediately. I was completely drawn in.
I really enjoyed the friendship and trust that blossomed between Kuro and Trey and how much open communication they had in their relationship. It felt genuine and organic and I loved their dialogue.
As much as I loved the suspense, it all sort of went off the rails for me by the end with the suspect list. I also ended up only really liking a handful of players in the book. The rest of the supporting characters were just not very likeable at all.
The writing was engaging and quick and the story was original. I enjoyed the read, just wished for a bit more from Trey’s family in the end.