Thursday, January 4, 2018

[Book Review] Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib is an incredibly suspenseful novel filled with twists and turns that left me flipping the pages as quickly as I could!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib 

A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue…

When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen. 

After Blake’s return from overseas, he receives a tip from a Mexican friend that a drug lord, obsessed with the beautiful actress, is holding her captive in Tijuana. With the help of a reluctant army friend, Blake mounts a daring rescue. What he doesn’t expect is to have feelings for Goldie—or that a killer is hunting them.

My thoughts:
Phew, this book was quite a suspenseful rollercoaster ride! Right from page one of the prologue, which starts with an intense scene, I was totally sucked in. The storyline was paced so wonderfully, and the suspense really made me struggle to set the book down. While reading, I kept thinking that the storyline was going to take a certain path, but then BAM, the plot would take an unexpected turn. 

I really enjoyed the two main characters, Goldie and Blake, after getting to know them! At first I thought Goldie St. Helen was annoying and I thought Blake Deco was a bit of a hot-shot. However, I wasn't very far into the book when I realized that I actually really liked them both! I also really enjoyed the supporting characters; Jack was one of my favorites!

In books similar to this, I usually find that I enjoy the action much more than the slower, more relaxed scenes. But that wasn't the case here. I simply loved each and every scene in this book, even the ones that were a bit tough to read. The action was fast-paced and intense, the violence was sprinkled in wonderfully, and the romance and friendships were really sweet.

The one element that I was a really iffy about at first was the slight insta-love. However, I ended up actually enjoying it (which rarely happens)! Though to prevent spoilers, I won't go any deeper there.

The writing was very easy to read; it's a book that you can really picture in your head as if it were a film. There were a few formatting issues here and there, and some choppy dialogue, but nothing that negatively affected my reading experience.

I really loved that there weren't any loose ends; everything ended up coming together perfectly, for better or for worse. However, while this novel had a perfect conclusion, I would still LOVE to see these characters back in a second novel!

While this was my first read by Khaled Talib, it is very clear to me that this author is very talented. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of his work soon!


And how cute is this message from the author?!


My favorite passage:
"Do me a favor. Tell your men to bury their weapons in the snow. Also, take off that stupid green mask. Jesus, you look like Oscar the Grouch when you smile."

My final thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book! Once I picked it up, I was totally sucked in. If you enjoy action-packed novels with plenty of suspense and some cute semi-insta-love, you have to pick this one up!

Thanks for reading!
This novel was my first read of 2018, and what a great pick it was! What was your first read of 2018? I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.


  1. This sounds really good! I am happy you liked it so much! Thanks for the recommendation E!

  2. It sounds like this one was a perfect kind of action packed, eye catching read that you were addicted to from start to finish! Great review :)

  3. Even the cover pulls me into this story. I just need to get through all these TBR books and I'll grab a copy. A very good review, Erica. Visit my Review Blog

  4. I've not heard of this one but it sounds like an interesting read. Isn't it great when you start of the year with a 5/5 book???

    1. It sure is!! :-D I was so happy!

    2. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts, Barb, if you plan to read it.

  5. So glad you enjoyed this book, Erica. I featured him on my WOYDW feature. ;) Good choice for 1st book of the year x

    1. Oh yeah!! He had the awesome green and white printer!! Super cool!

  6. Wow this one looks fun, from the cover to the title to the synopsis. And I love a good plot twist!

    That is a cute message by the author. :)

  7. This book sounds really good! The one thing that interests me is the insta-love that you seemed to enjoy; I don't usually like that trope but I guess it is well dealt with in this book. Definitely going to my TBR and yes, that A/N at the end is super cute, haha :D

    1. It's a really irritating trope for sure! I'm always so surprised when it is actually done well! And in this case, it was! :)

    2. Love can be fast or it can be slow coming, Fanna. But when it hits, it hits!


  8. Thanks, everyone. I hope you'll enjoy the read.