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.
Ramen Assassin is a pretty good start to Rhys Ford's new series. Let's see, what do we have here:
MC's I can't help but root for ✅
Cool Cat ✅
Trey Bishop has led a life of privilege, in the public eye. Being thrust into the spotlight as a child actor didn't do him any favors. Addiction, scandals, rehab, Trey has lived life in the fast lane. He's been sober for a couple years, now, but he's still trying to make amends for being such a bad brother and son. He's not close to his family, at all, and his only support system is his best friend Sera, who used to be his father's mistress. Trey is floundering, not knowing what he wants to do with his life, now. Well, life is just about to get real, Trey, so be sure to fasten your seat belt!
Kuro Jenkins is a ramen chef with one hell of a past. A former black-ops operative, he just wants to live his life in peace and make ramen and maybe get to know this cute guy that keeps coming into the restaurant... and so it went until one night Kuro is thrust right in the middle of a couple of goons trying to kill that cute guy.
Ramen Assassin is action, suspense, and romance, all rolled up into one. There are gun fights, explosions, car chases, and it's pretty fast paced. I enjoyed Trey and Kuro's chemistry, but I could have done with just a smidge of relationship angst. Everything was just so perfect between them. A little too perfect. But, I suppose when you're running for your life, priorities are just a little different. Trey and Kuro are just getting started, though, so there is hope yet.
I enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to this new series continuing. I think we're off to a good start!
ARC of Ramen Assassin was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.