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Weston doesn’t believe in voodoo but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t believe in him. His life and family were steeped in the stuff and it was fine, until voodoo took everything from him, ripped his life from his grasp. And when it swallowed whole the person he loved most he had to escape.

But there were consequences. His voodoo goddess wasn’t going to let go of him so easily,
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Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published March 28th 2019 by Gray Books
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~Mindy Lynn~
5 Stars!

Enjoyed this one!

This was a fun, crazy, and intense ride. This is a NTMA and I can honestly say I am really happy I took a chance on this book and this author because I really enjoyed the story and the authors humor.

This book seemed to have a little bit of everything. Voodoo, magic, witch doctors, crazy ex's, the mob, hit-men, action, betrayal, and some crazy hot man on man loving.

Weston is a hit-man who can't lie thanks to his soon to be ex wife. She's a voodoo magic willing woman s
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Amanda
This is my first book by JR Gray and holy shit balls, this is incredible and going into my list of top reads of the year. I have a thing for hitman, so there's that, but Weston and Eli really stood out to me.

Weston is a hitman with the worst luck ever since he broke up with his wife. He had been cursed by the scorned ex, who is totally cray cray. I've read some crazy exes, but Ava takes the cake. Weston is having all the bad juju and although I feel bad for him, I also find it hilarious to see
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 Stars

‘It wasn’t easy to find trustworthy people in this line of work anymore, but Weston had always been one of them, even before the curse.’

Speak No Evil by JR Gray is our first book by this Author and now we feel like going on a binge read of all his books. We loved the writing style, the character development and the thrilling and addictive storyline which had such emotion, peppered with bouts of humour. We couldn’t even begin to tell you how enthralled this story had us and we loved that
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Santy
This book had such a fascinating premise: A hitman who could not lie and was being haunted by a devious , evil voodoo ex? I was like "Sign me up!". However, the execution left much to be desired...

First of all, the dialogue between our MCs, was not engaging; it was choppy at some points and plain confusing at other points. It was not that they were both reticent, the dialogue just didn't flow properly. With other characters it did, but between our MCs, something felt off.

Also, for a book with hi
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~Kristin~
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
This started out so awesome, but somewhere along the way I was feeling a bit ho-hum. It was a tad predictable, which makes no sense because for over half of the book I had no idea what the hell was going on, but I still knew what was coming. Then it started to get good, and I do mean good, and BAM, the worst word...END.
Lisazj1
This story had a great, unique premise but the execution fell flat for me. That was a huge disappointment because I really wanted to love it.
Joyfully Jay
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: michelle
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars


For a book about voodoo and curses and a hitman, this story was more entertaining and lighter than I thought given the heavier tone of the blurb. Weston is a professional hitman, but he is off his game. His marriage ended and his ex-wife is set on revenge as she placed a voodoo curse on him and Weston finds himself unable to lie.

This book really captured my attention and held it all of the way through the book as I found myself reading it quickly to see what woul
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JenMcJ
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting premise but I struggled at times to get through it. The blurb is amazing but it took me a long time to finish this. I don't know why I didn't connect with the MC's together. I like them both but I don't get them together.

This also ended in a weird place with a Together For Now. While these guys are willing to sacrifice for each other, their relationship is not solid at all since Ava has such an unhealthy/paranatural hold on Weston. Eli has a few weird relationships of hi
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iam
Mar 20, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc
Against my expectations, pretty much nothing in this book ended up working for me.

Content warnings include: violence, graphic describtions of injury, character is given medication against his will, strong reaction to medication, sex on-page, internalized homophobia/biphobia/misogyny and toxic masculinity (only partly challenged on-page).

The first and foremost part of what didn't work for me was the writing. This is the first book I read by this author and I read an unproofed advanced copy, so
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
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4.5 Stars

‘It wasn’t easy to find trustworthy people in this line of work anymore, but Weston had always been one of them, even before the curse.’

Speak No Evil by JR Gray is our first book by this Author and now we feel like going on a binge read of all his books. We loved the writing style, the character development and the thrilling and addictive storyline which had such emotion, peppered with bouts of humour. We couldn’t even begin to tell you how enthralled this story had us and we loved that
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Tolk
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The book and I didn't really connect on a deeper level. I quite enjoyed the story, especially Eli. But something was missing. And because I didn't get really deep into it, I noticed some things in the writing style that annoyed me, especially the switching of perspective within a chapter, paragraph or even sentence. Maybe that wasn't intentional but simply a not-correct use of pronouns but that drove me crazy!
Also, I would have loved to hear more about Weston and Eli's background, especially El
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K.R. Phoenix
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3.5

A gripping start…

I enjoyed the thrilling start of this book and the cat and mouse game between Eli and Weston. Weston was a dynamic character and I enjoyed his wit and humor. He was cursed by his now psychotic ex (who seriously needed some karmic leveling!) and now cannot lie. I enjoyed his inability to lie and his brash nature.

Eli was an endearing closeted soul and the chemistry between him and West was hot. I loved the ‘fights’ for power/control. There are elemen
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Kirstin
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story was really enjoyable. It was easy going and fun and the characters totally grew on me.

Weston is a contract killer who is trying to dissolve his marriage. A native of NOLA, he's shied away from Voodoo all his life, but his ex has cursed him and vows that she will never let him leave her.

Eli is a military man who's seen too much. He is a closeted gay man with a thing for a guy he doesn't know has a contract to watch him. And once they meet, everything erupts and all they can do is stic
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Cee Brown
♥.•🌟)☆♡.•🌟)☆♡.•♥🌟)☆♡♥
♡🌟(.•♥🌟Murder and Curses and Voodoo, Oh My!
Add Drama and Mystery and Romance, I sigh.


"A hit man who cannot lie! What a joke!"

From the day I first caught wind of this book, I was on edge. I had read JR Gray's books and they have all kept my interest. But this story, infused with drama, mystery and curses, hinting at all things southern, read like a John Grisham murder mystery, set in a Hollywood movie, dosed with a seasoning of the paranormal. Any southerner, or person blesse
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Cecilia Rodriguez
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-hitmen

3.5 stars
Becca
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Man, I really hope there's going to be another book to go with this. Or that this turns into a series. If not, I may seriously ugly cry. This book was so good and the way it leaves off screams of another. I really don't want to ugly cry lol. Hint hint.
I can think of a lot of things in life I could do without, but really stop and think what you're love would be like if you could NEVER lie. Especially if you are in a job where it's really needed. Like being a Hitman. Weston knew his life was going
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Taylor
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What to say about Weston and Eli... what to say... except WOW!
J.R. Gray has once again shown why he is a master storyteller. I have never read a book that touches on voodoo in such a manner that seemed so well researched, but also so well twisted into the story. I have found a love for the "darker" side of romance, that touches on taboo subjects, in the way that Gray weaves his tales.

What happens when a hitman falls for his newest target? Steamy goodness is what! Weston is working through leavi
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Kelly
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqa
Speak no Evil
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All reviews are my voluntary and honest opinion.

Well, I have a thing for assassins in love, and we've got two alpha guys who enjoy fighting for the top spot. Sarcasm, banter. Yum!

I'm not sure how successful a 6'7 hitman who presumably leaves blood all over the place would be, even with disguises, but it's fiction and totally hot, so I'll roll with it.

Some paranormal elements with voodoo, curses, and a vindictive ex-wife.

Big guy/smaller guy, dominance fights
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caroline wilson
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good

I received this book by the author and This is my honest opinion.
This was anew to me author but the book description had me hook, line and sinker so I was eager to start this book. I loved the concept of a curse and all the repercussions from this. An assassin who can't lie, and a target which arouses his interest but waiting in the wings is someone biding there time. This was a good read which flowed nicely and kept me on my toes . It was interesting and held intrigue though I would of love
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Joscelyn Smith
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Talk about a woman scorned

Weston and Eli meet under less than auspicious circumstances to say the least, theirs is a relationship than happened as they actively tried to not have one. They just couldn't stay away from each other. The next thing they know they're dodging bullets and that's on top over the s#@t storm that is Weston's ex, Ava. She was an absolute bi@#h but I have to admit her revenge was positively diabolical.

Weston and Eli were great characters and I know that this is not labele
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Jess Gabriel
DNF at 53%

I really, really wanted to love this one, but I could never seem to connect to the story. I felt like the tone was inconsistent and the POV switches were abrupt, often leaving me confused and re-reading passages. I also found some continuity issues that will hopefully be fixed in the final edit. For example, a hospital gown became a tee and then a hospital gown again.

I liked Weston and Eli and the sex was certainly hot, but it wasn't enough to keep me invested. Based on the previous r
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The Smutbrarians
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Feels 1
Steam 5
Storyline 5
Overall Rating 4.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Robin

Weston grew up in New Orleans and voodoo surrounded him but he never really believed in it. Until the woman closest to him dove into voodoo and Weston had to escape. After she curses him, his profession as a hitman takes a hit. While on a job for surveillance, he finds himself growing more obsessed with his target. After getting way too close, Eli is all he can think about but will their relationship end up
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Natosha Wilson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I gave this book a rating of five but I can be honest and say that I really debated this rating. I debated this rating because even though this was an extremely good read, the ending kind of left me blowingnin the wind instead of grounding me. The ending was abrupt and I feel that there is more that was not resolved. So I am giving this a five rating but I am giving that rating With he hope that there will be another book to finish this story out. Because let’s be honest, Ava is not done w ...more
Jaymie
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

Weston had a pretty good life. He was lucky enough to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He had a great career, as a contract killer, money and family. But when Ava’s obsession to have a baby and her disturbing devotion to voodoo begins to overtake their lives, the physical and mental repercussions consume the once beautiful and loving Ava leaving only a repulsive shell. Weston has no choice other than to walk away. But Ava isn’t ready to let him go. Whether Weston believes in Voodoo or
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Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨
This was my first experience with J.R. Gray’s. I was so attracted to the teasers and the small snippets of the story that I didn’t even read the blurb. Well, imagine my surprise when I realized that this is a MM story. I don’t normally read MM romance but I have read a couple of them. With that being said, I love Speak No Evil. I really enjoyed Weston and Eli. They are both very strong in personality. I really thought it was fun (for me anyway, perhaps not for Weston) to have a cursed situation ...more
Meg
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. It has the mystical aspects of voodoo and bad juju, suspense, action, and a grudgingly budding romance.

Weston married the girl of his dreams, or so he thought. When her obsession with the local religion, voodoo, starts to take over their lives, and physically mentally change Ava, he has to walk away. The only problem with this is, she is not willing to let him go. Her first act of revenge is to curse Weston so that he can never tell a lie.

Weston has been shunned by fa
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Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars!

Speak No Evil was unexpected and fun and just what I needed to read atm.

The story was told from Weston's POV, with a few chapters from Eli's perspective. Weston was definitely my favorite, he was a handsome giant hitman who, after being cursed by his ex-wife, can't lie. I can't say he's a good man, but he's really good at what he does and man, if he doesn't love his guns, LOL! There's a scene where he's high on pain killers that had me in stitches. Hahahaha. Anyway, he was charismatic
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Mary Mary
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
* I was gifted an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review *

This book was INTRIGUING first of all, the story about a killer who can't lie is one of the most unique books I've ever read! It is also unpredictable and full of plot twist.

I got sucked into West's world right from the start, I love books about killers/bodyguards and I was not disappointed :) All characters are likable and I kept my fingers crossed for their HEA. The story features not only a professional hitman but also a lot of
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Rachwithheadinabook
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started this book thinking hitmen, voodoo curses, cute guys, lots of action, vengeful ex, betrayal what more do you need, but then it ended with a WTF that’s it!!
This is the first book that I have read by this author, I found it to be fun and entertaining for the most part, I love the almost married couple style of bickering that it Weston and Eli had going on. Weston is the type of character that is an anti-hero with a vulnerable heart, he grew on me like fungus. Eli I found to be a sweetie,
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Linda Reads
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NOLO, HOT Gay-for-Him hitman, Voodoo…BAM! With a gripping start…
A Novel Take PR offered me an ARC and I volunteered to review it. I am sooo glad I did. This book was phenomenal. It has everything: older man, younger man, HOT scenes between the two, action, intrigue, bad guys masquerading as good guys, humor, voodoo curses and a mysterious ex-wife!
Weston is a hitman for a “family business” who is interrupted during the abduction of a cheating judge by his handler to start a new assignment. This i
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