Vice City by S. A. Stovall focuses on Nicholas Pierce, an enforcer for the Vice family mob, who isn’t exactly the sort of enforcer you would expect. We’re introduced to him at an interrogation where he oversees two men beating a young man for information. This one night will change things for Pierce in a way he never planned.
This is the first book in the Vice City series from DSP Publications and is a surprisingly romantic crime novel. Pierce refuses to make connections because of his line of work, but when he makes the decision to help Miles, after the young boy has been beat up for being considered a mole by the head of the Vice family, he begins to develop feelings. As he goes about his work as an enforcer he begins to groom Miles to be like him as a way to protect him from further harm. He has to try and balance this new romance with a brewing turf war between the Cobras and the Vice family that has a family connection for Miles.
While the description for Vice City mentions that Pierce and Miles hookup, the fact that Pierce is an out gay man within the mob is something surprising. This genre is typically focused on heterosexual men and their conquests, but instead Pierce is given the same room to discuss his exploits while doing his deadly and dangerous enforcer work. I will say that some of the scenes between Miles and Pierce do get very descriptive and this book is definitely for mature readers, not only because of the violence. Stovall does build a strong relationship between these two men and their connection grows throughout the story. If you are looking for a new take on a crime novel and are interested in reading something with a gay male protagonist you should check out Vice City.
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