A Hitman's Guide to Codenames and Ill-Gotten Gains, A Hitman's Guide #5 by Alice Winters

Leland is back in another action adventure, A Hitman's Guide to Codenames and Ill-Gotten Gains, the 5th book in the A Hitman's Guide series.

From the blurb:


Stopping a robbery was only the beginning—to fun, action-filled mayhem. Jackson’s afraid that I’m
running headfirst into trouble (again), but I’m not… I’m running gun-first into it. When one of the robbers who’s really just a kid comes begging for my help, I definitely have no choice but to help him.

The kid is convinced his brother has been wrongly accused, and while Jackson My Love might be over there going, “You were hired to look into it, not to go undercover, sink a boat, and hunt down a gang,” I feel like he’s simply confused… because I’m gonna hunt down TWO gangs (and is that a car chase I see?).


A simple “Whodunnit” turns into us being targeted by multiple bad guys as we run after them instead of away from them, dragging Cassel and Henry—and some others—along for the ride. I really can’t be the only one who sees the issue here, but… as I watch them race into danger, I’m starting to think I am.

Loving Leland comes easy, but keeping him safe doesn’t because there’s someone trailing Leland who might want to hurt him. The problem is that as Lucas strings us along and tales begin to become tangled, it’s hard to tell who is right and who is wrong.

Contains: Lifejackets used to protect all the wrong things (Leland: all the RIGHT things), the greatest tragedy of ALL TIME (involving The Fence)(even if Jackson doesn’t think so), and the kind of friends that make you realize you don’t need enemies.

Jacquie's Review:

A Leland book is an automatic read for me, and I absolutely loved A Hitman's Guide to Codenames and Ill-Gotten Gains.

Over the course of the series, Leland has grown as a character. He's become more than just a hitman with a heart. He loves his found family and really takes steps to not only protect them here, but to show them how much he loves them. Leland actually says the words!

Leland and Jackson's relationship is solid with both being able to be vulnerable with each other. They are still fire together (that scene at the end 🔥). I really like how they've grown together as a couple. Jackson just gets Leland and they make a fantastic family.

I really like where the series is going and would absolutely read another 10 Leland books.

Rating: 5 Stars

Janet's Review:

I absolutely adored this book. Leland, Jackson and the whole gang are back for non stop action and laughs, mayhem and drama galore. 

Leland has grown so much in love for his found family, but of course he hides that behind a mask. I love how Jackson just goes with the flow when it comes to Leland. 

Once again, they find themselves on a chaotic adventure. And what an adventure it is. 

Overall, a fantastic read that kept me engaged and flipping the pages and laughing so hard, I had tears rolling! 

Rating: 5 Stars

A Hitman's Guide to Codenames and Ill-Gotten Gains is available to buy as an ebook or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.