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Ramen Assassin

By: Rhys Ford
Narrated by: Kale Williams
Series: Ramen Assassin, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

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 him. After rescuing former child star Trey Bishop from a pair of thugs in the middle of the night, he knows it’s time to pick up his gun again. But it seems trouble isn’t done with Trey, and Kuro can’t quite let go...of either the gun or Trey Bishop.  

Trey Bishop never denied his life’s downward spiral was his own fault. After a few stints in rehab, he’s finally shaken off his Hollywood bad-boy lifestyle but not his reputation. The destruction of his acting career and his relationships goes deep, and no one trusts anything he says, including the LAPD. When two men dragging a dead body spot him on a late-night run and try to murder him, Trey is grateful for the tall, dark, and deadly ramen shop owner he lusts over - 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 deep, dark secrets. Trey hopes Kuro Jenkins 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.

©2019 Dreamspinner Press (P)2019 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-19

Another excellent story by Rhys Ford and narrating by Kale Williams

Loved the fast paced action in this story, but it's the main characters, Kuro and Trey, who make the story. Both have baggage, Kuro, a former black ops man, now owned of a Ramen shop, and Trey, child actor, whose burned more than a few personal and professional bridges. Loved that each could see past the baggage and especially that Kuro could see the goodness in The and how hard he was working to get control of his life. Kale William's narrating was wonderful as usual! I've yet to listen to anything he's narrated that I haven't loved!

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  • Kari Lee
  • 13-09-19

So Good

I loved the book and the audio version did not disappoint. Kale Williams did a wonderful job narrating. Rhys Ford spins a fabulous tale of intrigue and relationships. One of the things I love about her books is the low angst factor. The storyline is perfect with twists and turns that keep one guessing until the end. I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Kuro and Tre.

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  • Annika
  • 10-10-19

Very entertaining!

First of all suspend all beliefs, because this book is way OTT. It’s entertaining for sure, and if you are a fan of a lot of action – as in flying bullets and an explosion or two – you might want to check this book out. But go into this book wanting to be entertained by a fast paced book and don’t expect it to be anywhere near the world of reality.

For some reason I really liked this book, I shouldn’t have, but I did. The plot was beyond unbelievable and our two main guys made it out of one death trap after the other with barely a scratch to show for it. And when you add in the cliché of disbelieving and unintelligent and bullying cops and some family drama, it should be a no-brainer for me to dislike this book big time. But it wasn’t. It worked for me. I think Rhys Ford might just be magical.

There were a few things that I didn’t like with this book. The first one being the romance between Kuro and Trey. It didn’t feel genuine. It was just suddenly there out of seemingly nowhere. I missed the building tension and getting to know you part, the longing glances and hearts that go pitter-patter. Granted, romance tend to end up in the backseat (not literally) when running for your life. But still, I wanted something more in that department.

Then there was the plot in general. It almost read like a movie. With lots of different things going on, exciting action scenes from one moment to the next. For a movie that works, for a book, you need something more, to have a flow of events that makes sense from start to finish. You need more depth.

Despite all this I really had a great time listening to this story. Kuro and Trey were interesting characters, they both have issues and flaws and I want to see much more of them and this world in general. There is a lot of promise to build on for future stories.

I’ll be honest with you. When I first saw that Kale Williams was narrating this book I was disappointed. He hasn’t been one of my favourite narrators in the past, and I was really looking forward to this book. But I have to say, Williams did it again. I truly loved his narration of this book. With his passion he brought it to life. I love is intensity and how he varies it after the situation. He truly made me enjoy listening to this book. Plus, he has a very nice voice that makes my ears very happy.

Ramen Assassin was a good start to a new series, and I’m eager to know more.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-19

Another great couple

That once again hits it out of the park. Real, raw, funny, sexy... Everything I want in a couple and a romance... And because it's Rhys, some dead bodies thrown in.

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  • Kathie
  • 25-09-19

Over to soon

With all of her books I feel she builds a world with detail . A place that I wouldn’t necessarily want to live at but really like to experience through the eyes and hearts of the characters . But over way to soon!!! An instant buy and listen for me!!!! Thank you for weaving a gritty story !

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  • MelRose@BlueRoseAudiobookReview
  • 23-09-19

assassins and millionaires

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Narrator Kale Williams delivered an action packed and flawless narration that engaged and held my attention in one sitting. Kale has a beautiful voice, I can listen to him for hours. His performance is much more energetic and emotion provoking which made the action scenes come to life.
Author Rhys Ford brought a new series of assassins, with some very funny scenes. Loved this assassins and millionaires.

I recommend this very sexy, mysterious, action packed and very funny audiobook.
It has it all.

Happy Listening

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  • S Wilgus
  • 18-09-19

Excellent Listen

Rhys Ford is a true wordsmith, her grasp of the English language and the subtle ways of twisting it around are masterful. Join that with Kale Williams' great portrayal of the characters and that's what makes this a 5 star read and listen. I read the book before I listened to it because I love Ford's writing, but Kale William's narration truly brought an already great story into another dimension. Truly worth your time and a credit.

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  • Bunty
  • 17-09-19

EXCELLENT. GOOD START TO A NEW SERIES

Most enjoyable. As always Rhys Ford does not disappoint. Kale Williams is a marvellous voice actor. His voices for the individual characters is amazing . He brings the characters to life with his smooth and flawless performance. Kuro Jenkins and Trey Bishop make a great couple. I love the dialogue and the actions throughout the story. The mystery of who is out to kill Trey is so surprising. The villain is only revealed right near the end. Fantastic writing! I hope the next book will come out ASAP.