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But Not for Me by J. S. Cook
Published by Dreamspinner Press on 2013-03-01
Genres: Gay, Historical
Reviewed by Lisa
Gangster Nino Moretti's world is a series of contrasts between extreme wealth and abject poverty, an unstable existence punctuated by booze and bullets. For Nino, the gangster lifestyle is even more dangerous because he is a finnochio-a gay man-in a position of absolute power at the head of his own criminal organization. When Nino rescues beautiful mob accountant Stanley Zadwadzki from a violent assault at the hands of sadistic rival gangster Big Frank O'Hara, both Nino and Stanley become hunted men. Stanley places himself under Nino's protection as Nino's accountant and unofficial companion. As a warning, Frank murders Nino's office boy. In a quest for revenge, Nino tracks Frank to Little Italy, where the resulting confrontation forces him to shoot a bystander to protect Stanley. With a gang war looming, Nino must set aside his feelings and concentrate on asserting his superiority over Big Frank-or lose everything he holds most dear.
Growing up Nino Moretti experienced brutal poverty and knew exactly what he wanted as an adult – respect, power and wealth. Clawing his way up the ladder by any means necessary Nino made good on his wish to control a major piece of the criminal underground in New York.
Leaving Kansas with plans of a bright future as an accountant in the Big Apple, Stanley Zadwadzki unfortunately ends up in the hands of mob boss Big Frank O’Hara. His life becomes a living hell at the hands of Big Frank and his bullying cohorts.
A meeting between mob leaders marks Nino’s first look and instant attraction to Stanley before Big Frank smacks the slim accountant to the ground. Risking it all Nino takes Stanley for his own and strikes the first spark in a mob war that begins to threaten the innocent and the criminals alike. Bullets and blood and an escalating death count won’t stop now until everyone is dead.
The 1920’s Gangster Era comes vividly to life in But Not For Me. A descriptive, detailed feel for the time, their diction and sexual attitudes intensely flavor the tale of a tough guy and a traumatized young man. Nino and Stanley’s romance is a pivotal point in this plotline, but this is not a typical type of love. There are only a few moments of tenderness in the entire story and little enough love. But Not For Me is a fascinating mob story with a hint of romance at best.