Vice City

Vice City

by S.A. Stovall


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Vice City: Book One

After twenty years as an enforcer for the Vice family mob, Nicholas Pierce shouldn’t bat an eye at seeing a guy get worked over and tossed in the river. But there’s something about the suspected police mole, Miles, that has Pierce second-guessing himself. The kid is just trying to look out for his brother any way he knows how, and the altruistic motive sparks an uncharacteristic act of mercy that involves Pierce taking Miles under his wing.

Miles wants to repay Pierce for saving his life. Pierce shouldn’t see him as anything but a convenient hookup… and he sure as hell shouldn’t get involved in Miles’s doomed quest to get his brother out of a rival street gang. He shouldn’t do a lot of things, but life on the streets isn’t about following the rules. Besides, he’s sick of being abused by the Vice family, especially Mr. Vice and his power-hungry goon of a son, who treats his underlings like playthings.

So Pierce does the absolute last thing he should do if he wants to keep breathing—he leaves the Vice family in the middle of a turf war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635336634
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/20/2017
Series: Vice City , #1
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

S.A. Stovall relies on her BA in History and Juris Doctorate to make her living as an author and criminal law professor in the central valley of California. She writes in a wide range of fiction, from crime thrills to fantasy to science-fiction. Stovall loves reading, playing video games, entertaining others with stories, and writing about herself in the third person.

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Vice City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
heart pounding and sexy! First, I loved the premise of this story, a gay romance right smack in the middle of the mobster life. It's raw and gritty and absolutely thrilling. It grabs the reader from the beginning, and it's a total package of murder and mayhem. There is something about Pierce and Miles, and it is not just an undeniable chemistry. Stovall pens a great and dynamic story. I personally like the inner monologues that help give an insight into the character. Things are not what they seem, but this story will keep you turning the pages.
DiverseReaderMK More than 1 year ago
I had NO idea what to expect when I picked up new-to-me author S.A. Stovall's Vice City. None. The blurb and the cover were enough to grab my attention so when I dived in, boy was I ever surprised. Murder, mayhem, crime galore ... all within the first few pages. Yeah, it might not have been what I was expecting when I started, but it sure did keep me reading. And reading. And reading. If noir fiction with dark and gritty writing, imagery, and undertones are your thing, you definitely do not want to miss Vice City. From the first page you're thrust into a world unlike any you've ever known. Nicholas Pierce is a mob enforcer and has worked for the Vice family for more than twenty years. In that time, he's proven his loyalty more times than he can count ... and seen and inflicted more violence than most men could endure. He's not sure why seeing young Miles Davenport being worked over for supposedly being a police informer gets to him, but get him he does and Pierce steps in, thus saving Miles's life. Pierce's motivation causes no small amount of distress ... his inner monologue is quite entertaining and vivid, that's for sure. His thoughts let the reader know he has his own way of looking at things, his own moral code he lives by in order to keep some part, no matter how small, of his humanity left. As for Miles, he's in quite the mess. He joined the Vice mob to protect his brother, a brother that seems hell bent on disregarding the peril he continually puts himself and Miles in. Relying on Pierce for his safety isn't anything Miles is comfortable doing--he knows the kind of man Pierce is--but he can't help his attraction to the cold, brutal man. There are next to no tender moments between Miles and Pierce, this is by no means a romance, but there are feelings. Intense feelings and emotions that broil between these two the more time they spend together. In the midst of all this, Pierce and Miles have to stay ahead of the guys out to destroy the Vice family and in turn Pierce and Miles. There is a lot of double-cross and betrayal going on as would be typical in this kind of story and it was all so well written and intriguing. Lots of violence, too, but again, it's expected. Vice City is not an easy read--there's not much hope or joy or light, but it IS compelling and the writing and pace are tight and on point. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in the story and couldn't wait to find out what happens next. There is plenty of violence, plenty of dark and heavy, but Pierce and Miles are just that captivating that you keep reading just to make sure they'll be okay. A lot of action, a lot of shooting and blood, it was like watching a movie play out in your head as you read along. The tension never lets up and by the end, you're kind of mesmerized and in a stupor ... which really, isn't that the mark of a great book? I'm really looking forward to what this author does next with this cast of gritty, brash, real characters. I highly recommend you pick up Vice City and see what I'm talking about.
amatate More than 1 year ago
Dark, mafia books aren’t typically my thing by any stretch, yet the blurb and cover of Vice City intrigued me. My only regret was that I started it during my work week; otherwise, this is a book that would have kept me voraciously reading into the wee hours. The suspense and characters were captivating, complete with a dark edge that kept the book raw and left me balanced on the edge of my seat. Vice City was by far one of the more intriguing books I’ve read this year. Every time I thought I had a handle on how elements and players lined up, a new development would have me second guessing everything. Vice City is told entirely from the point-of-view of the antihero Pierce, an enforcer for the Vice family criminal enterprise over the past 20 years. His brusqueness and cold detachment came through immediately, as did his inherent sense of loyalty and a sort of moral code as evidenced by his stepping in to save Miles. While I didn’t quite connect with Pierce, I couldn’t help but root for him. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing his subtle shift towards Miles as he developed feelings for him despite fighting against creating any attachments. Vice City wasn’t a traditional romance by any stretch, in fact even the relationship between Pierce and Miles was atypical. However, the bond and chemistry did come through. The slow way it morphed into an actual, solid relationship was interesting and fit with the characters and plot development. The action scenes in Vice City were very intense and descriptive. Again, it kept with the plot and the reader was able to grasp just how much violence Pierce had seen over the past 20 years through his indifferent descriptions of sometimes macabre scenes. This indifference was even echoed in the writing style, which had a harsh, stilted rhythm at times. It fit with the character and made it easy to understand Pierce’s position even if I didn’t necessarily relate to him on a personal level. A mafia book through and through, Vice City never broke character or let up in the intensity. Though that would typically not interest me, I am a sucker for suspense and this book had that in spades. I honestly couldn’t predict how things would end and I loved it. Add to that an intriguing character who went through a gradual, but massive transformation after rescuing a younger version of himself and I was enthralled. I may not have predicted how much I’d enjoy this book, but I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more from this author and series. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago