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Quick Fix (The Reluctant Hustler Book 1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Military contractor Kyle Logan’s luck has gone from bad to worse ever since he returned home to Philadelphia following an injury by an IED in Iraq. First, his marriage crumbles, then his career after he’s pushed to the brink and assaults his wife’s lover, who is also her divorce attorney.

When Kyle’s shady best friend turns up and offers him a “once in a lifetime” chance
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published July 16th 2018 by RedAcre Press
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Terry Tyler
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed via an ARC from the author, for Rosie Amber's Review Team. The fact that it was free has not influenced this honest review.

This book has a great opening. Military contractor Kyle Logan messes up his already messed up life by assaulting his wife's divorce lawyer, who also happens to be her lover. He's then offered a role in the theft of some pieces of valuable artwork, by his friend Ryan. Kyle is also suffering from injuries caused by an IED when he was in Iraq.

I warmed to the character
J.M. Reinbold
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast Moving and Addictive!

Kyle Logan is a down on his luck Iraq vet in the midst of an unwanted divorce. He needs more money than he can earn at his job to return his life to a semblance of order. So, when, Ryan, his best friend from high school, who also served with him in the Middle East, offers him a quick way to make some easy money, Kyle, though a bit skeptical, takes on the job. As one might suspect, within 24 hours the whole situation goes sideways and Kyle finds himself up to his ears in
Destiny Bridwell
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book made me think that if anything could go wrong in Kyle's life it did. He just could not seem to caught any breaks. The IED, the divorce, his job, and everything that came after the so-called "Quick Fix." Everything kind of gets worse after this for Kyle and Ryan. There is a lot of reality and true to life description and actions. There were times while I was reading this that my heart was beating so fast. I am even shaking as ...more
Weldon Burge
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Greg Smith does a masterful job in this novel, particularly when handling dialogue--reminded me of Elmore Leonard. The character development is also spot on. The growing tension in the plot kept me flipping pages, and the suspense near the end of the novel was well choreographed. Considering the complexity of the plot and the interplay of the various characters, I suspect Greg had fun writing this. And, considering this is The Reluctant Hustler Book 1, I look forward to reading Greg's next ventu ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
You wouldn't think that someone who put his life in danger for his country would consider walking the rather thin line between right and wrong to help out an old friend in a dodgy scam. Don't worry, it'll be easy, says Ryan, his friend, to our intrepid ex-military man, Kyle. Nothing can go wrong, you don't have to do much and you'll have a bit of spending money at the end of it. Easy peasy.

Ah, but….there's 80% of the book left, which is a smidge of a hint that it might just all go a little Pete
Joy D. Fanning
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a pleasant surprise! It read like an action movie, everytime you thought Kyle was going to have a win something would come up and take him deeper into this world he was so reluctant to get into in the first place.

This is a wonderfully well-written novel, the pace and voice were right on point. Kyle, though maybe rough around the edges, is a very likable and relatable character and you feel for him as bad thing after bad thing happens.

This is a wonderfully woven story of trus
Taylor Watkins
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick Fix is an exciting, blood-pumping heist novel with a variety of twists and turns, and I happily absorbed every page. Author J. Gregory Smith displays his thrilling creativity and his knack for spinning a story in the first novel of the "The Reluctant Hustler" series. When I received Quick Fix as a free .mobi file in exchange for an honest review, I was pleased to discover that I couldn't keep my eyes off of it!

To see my full review of the novel complete with a detailed list of pros and con
Vigilant Reader
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Title – Quick Fix
Author – J. Gregory Smith
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Word Count 70,000
Rating 4 stars out of 5
No. 35- 2018
Posted 9/23/2018

My Impressions: violent, kidnapping, gullible greedy characters.

Main Characters:
Kyle Logan – ex-soldier, divorced, looking for easy money, gullible.
Ryan Buckly – ex-soldier, hustler, gets in over his head.

Kyle Logan is divorced but still loves his wannabe rich ex-wife and hates the scum-bag lawyer she lives with and is engaged to. His childhood buddy,
Rebecca Staunton
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I became an instant fan of J. Gregory Smith's novels after reading Final Price, the first book of Paul Chang Mysteries.

J. Gregory Smith has a unique style of intrigue, wrapping unique story lines and plots around the mystery keeping the reader glued, the endings are not easily predictable. Smith has a knack of creating interesting, colorful characters who weaves the unpredictable intrigue into the story lines. His novels would make great movies, as well!

The last novel: Quick Fix follows suit t
William Bentrim
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick Fix by J. Gregory Smith

I guess I didn’t realize I was a fan until I looked at all of his books I have reviewed. I have never found one any less than four stars and most have been five stars. This new book is a step above even five stars. I really enjoyed the book. Action or adrenaline junkies this book will satisfy your lust!

One of the aspects that added to the enjoyment was the recognition of many of the places as the book is set in the Philadelphia area. The gist of the story is two bud
E.L. Lindley
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quick Fix by J.Gregory Smith is a fast paced adventure set in Fishtown, a small town in Philadelphia. It’s an exciting yarn with an effective combination of humour, action and tension.

The story is told in 1st person narrative from the perspective of military contractor, Kyle Logan. Kyle has lived his whole life in Fishtown and most of the characters are known to him and played a part in his past which helps to make the plot and its denouement believable. The novel begins as Kyle is recovering f
J C Steel
Quick Fix is a thriller whose protagonist showcases just how many ways trying to get rich quick can go wrong. Kyle Logan is down on his luck and trying to drown his sorrows in a bar when he’s served with divorce papers. Assaulting the lawyer who served them was one of those ideas that sounded better than it turned out to be, and Kyle finds himself reliant for income on an old associate running an art forgery con. Unfortunately, to con the South American Mob and the Irish Mob, you have to either ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book for how it was written. It felt as if I were reading a script and I was an extra observing the whole story. Rollie is a favorite for me. He adds spunk and delight to the on going "We have to make a plan to get out of this mess." Three unlikely guys come together to help another friend make some money while trying not to get killed by the Irish mob. This is the 3rd book I've read by J Gregory Smith. I'm looking forward to reading the next book by him. Finding this wond ...more
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I had a really hard time staying engaged with this story.  I only read a few chapters a night. The writing is fine, the characters were well thought out, and the plot is an interesting heist.  The pacing just seemed too slow, and I would get bored with it.  The suspense and action needed to keep my adrenaline up, and that didn’t happen.  

I will have to rate the Quick Fix 3 Boundless stars, and I struggled to finish it.  But once I did, I was glad I got through it because Smith is talented and I
John Karlson
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Worth your time

Good story, lots of twists and turns. Interesting characters and pretty good ending. Different kind of story - recommend it, wonder if a sequel is being considered?
Carole D Hutchison
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Surprising story

This is my first read with this author and liked style and ease in reading. It had some intrigue and surprise.Great job with this story.
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Prior to writing fiction full time, Greg Smith worked in public relations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. He has an MBA from the College of William & Mary and a BA in English from Skidmore College.

His first novel, Final Price, was selected as a Quarterfinalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Just released as a self-published work, it is now available on Am

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