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Romantic Suspense Release Day Review: Non-Stop Till Tokyo by K.J. Charles

Non-Stop Till Tokyo by K.J. Charles


Egalley thanks to Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Synopsis from Goodreads
A man with a past is her only hope for the future.

Kerry Ekdahl’s mixed heritage and linguistics skills could have made her a corporate star. Instead, she’s a hostess in a high-end Tokyo bar, catering to businessmen who want conversation, translation and flirtation. Easy money, no stress. Life is good—until she’s framed for the murder of a yakuza boss.

Trapped in rural Japan with the gangsters closing in, Kerry doesn’t stand a chance. Then help arrives in the menacing form of Chanko, a Samoan-American ex-sumo wrestler with a bad attitude, a lot of secrets, and a mission she doesn’t understand.

Kerry doesn’t get involved with dangerous men. Then again, she’s never had one on her side before. And the big, taciturn fighter seems determined to save her life, even if they rub each other the wrong way.

Then her friends are threatened, and Kerry has no choice but to return to Tokyo and face the yakuza. Where she learns, too late, that the muscle man who’s got her back could be poised to stab it.

Warning: Contains graphic violence, swearing, and implied sexual abuse.


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8.5/10

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 I did not expect that from K.J. Charles, that's for sure! This is an adrenaline-fueled, gloriously action-packed thriller in the best tradition of Hardboiled, and you can be sure I was in heaven reading it!



Kerry Ekdahl is an odd girl. Half Chinese, half Swedish, she lives in Tokyo and works as a hostess, because she is bored and wants easy money. She is a talented, clever polyglot, but she doesn't know what to do with her life, and her only family are her friends - Noriko, Yoshi, Taka and a few girls from her bar.

All that easy life ends when a fellow hostess frames Kerry for an attack which ends in death of her patron who happens to be the head of one of Yakuza families.

Kerry must run, and her crazy friend Taka sends her a sumo wrestler for help to make sure she survives in the process.

Chanko is a big Samoan guy, and he is angry and fed up with Japanese extreme prejudice to foreigners, but he also expresses same prejudice when he first meets Kerry, thinking that she is a manipulative hooker. They clash, they snap and their dialogues are sheer pleasure to read.

When Yakuza break the rules and severely injure Kerry's closest friend, she is forced to come back to Tokyo and she only has 72 hours to find the item Yakuza desperately wants back or just turn herself in and die.

Peeps, there are so many layers or awesomeness here, I don't know where to start!

First of all, Kerry is great at thinking on her feet, and she surprises the reader at every turn. Secondly, her friends are equally amazing, and they pull their resources together to vanquish the enemy.

Chanko is a delight in his own way. Cynical, taciturn, with an unspoken criminal past, he is mostly silent and imposing, while Kerry stays a driving force behind the whole operation.

Tokyo is wonderfully described. All the craziness, the sheer crash of humanity, the myriad different ways for Japanese to express themselves... K.J. definitely did her homework well.

 At last, the plot is clever and twisted in the best tradition of good action movies. I loved this book even if it's very different from anything else I read from this author. It was awesome and crazy, hugely recommended for the fans of Taylor Stevens.

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 К. Дж. Чарльз очень меня удивила, так как эта книга отличается от её обычных жанров в лучших традициях Крутосваренных.


Керри Экхдал - птичка странная. Полушведка, полукитаянка, она живёт в Токио и работает хостессой в одном из баров. В какой-то мере она напомнила мне героиню Тэйлор Стивенс. Керри - полиглот и может менять свою внешность как хамелеон, принимая различные акценты и маннеризмы. Несмотря на блестящее образование она комфортабельна в своей профессии и наслаждается жизнью, порхая по вечеринках и магазинам с ближайшими подругами.

Однако её жизнь рушится в одно мгновение когда коллега-американка  подставляет Керри, чтобы ту обвинили в убийстве патрона, который оказывается главой одного из кланов якудзы.

 Керри едва удаётся сбежать из города, и один из её сумасшедших друзей - Така, посылает ей в помощь бывшего борца сумо, Чинко, чтобы тот помог ей выжить.

Чанко - гаваец, уставший бороться с расизмом японцев и фальшивым фасадом японок, которые косят под маленьких девочек. С самого начала он предубежден против Керри, считая что она глупая шлюха, попавшая в неприятности по собственной вине... Однако её острый язык быстро ставит Чанко на место, и диалоги между ними читать одно удовольствие, настолько они саркастичны и молниеносны.

Когда подруга Керри подвергается жестокому нападению бойцов якуцдзы вопреки их кодексу, у неё не остаётся другого выбора как вернуться в Токио и попытаться найти чемодан, исчезнувший с места убийства их босса, из-за которого на неё началась полномасштабная охота. На всё-про всё у неё 72 часа, и только нестандартные решения Керри вкупе с объединёнными усилиями её друзей помогает ей не только найти исчезнувшую сумку, но и перехитрить громоздкий криминальный синдикат.

 Фантастический триллер, очень напряженный, полный экшна, и если вы любитель Аферы Томаса Крауна или Оушен Элевэн с острым азиатским привкусом, вам сюда! Жутко рекомендую.


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