The Two Gentlemen of Altona

The Two Gentlemen of Altona

by Lisa Henry, J. a. Rock




Mischief, thou art afoot.

Special Agent Ryan "Mac" McGuinness is having a rough week. Not only is he on a new diet, but he's also been tasked with keeping Henry Page-the world's most irritating witness-alive. Which is tough when Mac's a breath away from killing the Shakespeare-quoting, ethically challenged, egg-obsessed Henry himself. Unless killing isn't really what Mac wants to do to him.

Con man Henry Page prefers to keep his distance from the law . . . though he wouldn't mind getting a little closer to uptight, handsome Agent McGuinness. As the sole witness to a mob hit, Henry's a valuable asset to the FBI. But he's got his own agenda, and it doesn't involve testifying.

When evidence surfaces of a mole in the FBI office, Mac and Henry are forced to go into hiding. Holed up in a fishing cabin, they're surprised to discover that their feelings run more than skin deep. But as the mob closes in, Henry has to make his escape. And Mac has to decide how far he's willing to go to keep Henry by his side.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626492196
Publisher: Riptide Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 12/26/2014
Series: Playing the Fool , #1
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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The Two Gentlemen of Altona 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
histgirl More than 1 year ago
Shakespeare and donuts, what more could you ask for in a book series? Henry Page (if that’s his real name) is a con man with a knack for charming people out of their money. In his latest ruse he’s reinvented himself as a talented young college art student named Henry Page. His con is going great until he witnesses a murder. Seems Henry’s elderly female benefactor Gloria Maxfield isn’t just a fan of art and attractive young men.  She’s related to a well-known mob boss named Dean Maxfield who has a penchant for murdering people in her kitchen. Before Henry knows it he’s caught up in a major crime investigation and the FBI need him as a witness. Henry isn’t exactly a fan of cops, feds or anyone on the right side of the law. He’s also not one to stick around when things get complicated.  Special Agent Ryan McGuinness (also known as Mac) has been on the trail of the mob boss Dean Maxfield for some time now and finally he has a witness to help nail the mobster to the ground for murder. Mac is as about as straight-laced good guy FBI agent you could get but his life gets flipped upside down when conman Henry Page walks in or to be exact sneaks out of his crime scene. He’s already in a grumpy enough mood as it is because of his new diet. The poor guy has been forced into cutting caffeine and sugar out of his diet. NO DONUTS AND COFFEE! Now his witness, Henry Page, is giving him nothing but trouble. The guy knows how to push his buttons and all Mac can think about is how much he wants to kiss him. I loved the interactions between Mac and Henry. They were hilarious and it reminded me a bit of a crime caper with Henry using his unusual cleverness to outsmart the staunchly serious Mac. The two are definitely attracted to one another but there is a slow build up toward either of them even going down that road mentally or physically.  I enjoyed the slow build because it allowed for the story to develop and focus on the adventurous and entertaining interactions between the two. You have two men with completely different personalities thrown together in an awkward and nail biting situation so the slow progression under the circumstances made the storytelling feel more realistic and natural. Hats off to Rock and Henry for creating wonderfully entertaining banter.  Also I did buy a box of donuts while reading this book. I’m starting to think the authors maybe working for some underground donut lobbying industry.  Copy provided for review. Reviewed by Joy for Crystal's Many Reviewers
PansyPetal More than 1 year ago
The blurb on this totally caught my attention.  A FBI agent and a con man.  Catch Me If You Can came to mind.  Loved that movie.  To a good extent, it wasn’t a bad comparison.  Con man Henry Page – or whatever his name really is – likes disguises, doesn’t trust the law, and is always running.  FBI Special Agent Ryan “Mac” McGuinness (mmmm – I need a beer) is pretty much “by the book” and on a diet.  A very unlikely pairing.   Having these two guys holed up together in a fishing cabin, fighting their attraction to each other sounded fun.  Some of it was fun but, it fell short.  These guys spent too much time in their heads angsting about it to actually get to it. I mean really!  Mac was like, “I can’t.  He is a witness/prisoner/conman” – which ever came to his head at the moment.  Henry was, “He doesn’t know the real me. I don’t want him to know the real me.  I want him, but I can’t let him too close.”  These two had so many near misses that I got frustrated.  Grrr.  Arg. As for the action – it was there.  It was okay.  Pacing wasn’t very gripping.  I had a hard time staying with it, but it was good enough that I did want to finish it.  I wanted to see if “they got their man.”  I found Henry a fascinating character and had many questions I wanted answered about him.  However, there was a cliffhanger.  Grrr. Arg. Yes.  I will read the next one.  I want to know about Henry.  Maybe more than Mac does.  Hopefully, at least some of my questions, will be answered in the next book.    I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.