Updated: Dec 9, 2019
I received a copy of this book from the author. I am voluntarily providing an honest review.
Honey and the Hitman by Hannah Murray has been on my TBR list for a little while now, and I finally got around to reading it. Once I started, my only thought was “Why did I ever wait to read this book?” It has a little bit of everything – murder, suspense, romance, and most importantly, humor that had me laughing out loud.
TRIGGER WARNING: violence, graphic sexual scenes
Ethan is a hitman, and he excels at it. But he’s tired of it, and wants to learn how to live a normal life. If only he can figure out what that means.
Honey Foster lives in a small town, and is satisfied with her life … mostly. She has a job she loves, a great group of friends, and an incredibly goofy and devoted dog to keep her company. But her dating options are less than optimal, since all the men seem to be married, and her only recent lover involves batteries. Still, she’s accepted that until Ethan comes around.
He’s drop dead gorgeous and has a great sense of humor, and there’s definitely sexual tension between them, although Ethan seems to go out of his way to avoid her. Ethan has planned to stay uninvolved, because how could he possibly get a happily ever after? He soon realizes that it’s hard to avoid someone in a small town, as he runs into Honey everywhere he goes. He can’t stay away from her, and starts to think that maybe a happily ever after could be in his grasp. But just as this happens, his past comes back to haunt him, and he has to open up to deal with this new threat. Honey has to decide if love is enough, and if this flawed, complicated man is worthy of redemption.
Honey’s character is pretty straightforward. She’s happy the way she is, and doesn’t do a lot of changing throughout the book. Ethan, on the other hand, has a lot of growing to do. As a hitman, his survival depended on his ability to stay anonymous and closed off. One of his skills (aside from killing people and not getting caught) is gathering information while not revealing any information of his own. But that doesn’t really work in a relationship, whether it is between friends or lovers. Ethan quickly realizes how much he has to change. While he had come to terms with his former profession, he worried about how people would feel about him if they were to learn about what he used to do for a living. And he had to become willing to trust other people if he really wanted to live a normal life. It was really enjoyable to see Ethan’s character really flourish throughout the story.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book at first. The prologue is pretty dark, but I was laughing out loud just a few pages into chapter 1. As someone who has never lived in a small town, I absolutely loved the feeling of community that was conveyed in the pages of this story. Sweetwater is the perfect depiction of small town USA, where everyone knows everyone else, people smile and wave, no one locks their doors, and there are few (if any) secrets. I couldn’t help but laugh at how quickly the town played matchmaker. And when I say the town, it’s because slowly but surely, everyone in the town got in on the game.
I’m just getting into reading romances, after having read some particularly heinous ones in my younger days, but I love the way that romances are no longer poor excuses to string together sex scenes between the damsel in distress and the rugged hero. Let’s get this straight – Ethan is a rugged hero, but Honey is no damsel in distress. She’s a smart, tough, independent woman who can hold her own and has a community of people who adore her. But more importantly, the plot wasn’t just about sex. There was suspense, action, and an actual plot. Sure, the sex scenes were hot, but the book itself was astoundingly well written, and the sex was just the frosting on the cookies. (Read the book … you’ll get the reference within the first chapter). This is definitely worth the time to read.
People who have sat around with me while I’m reading, especially when there’s a surprising reveal, a shocking plot twist, or an unexpected event often look up in alarm when I gasp audibly. The gasp factor is directly related to the number of times I audibly gasp during a reading, and there isn't an upper limit.
Gasp Factor: 6
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars