Guns N’ Boys Part 1 by K. A. Merikan

Title : Guns  N’ Boys  Part 1        Word Count : 323 pgs

Genre : Dark Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : — Love is sour like a Sicilian lemon. —

The Family is always right.

The Family doesn’t forget.

The Family pays for blood in blood.

Domenico Acerbi grew up in the shade of Sicilian lemon trees ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.

When Seth, the younger son of the Don is kidnapped, it’s Domenico who is sent to get him back. The man he finds though, is not the boy he knew all those years ago. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer.

Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when the Family pulls him right back into its fold after his mother’s death. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate in the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, the venom changes into an aphrodisiac that courses through Seth’s veins.

Domenico knows his life is about to change when he gets the order to train Seth up to the role of future Don. Seth isn’t made for it. He isn’t even made. But a man Domenico knows he would never have to fear might just be someone he’s always needed.

If Seth is doomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, he might as well enjoy himself—with the most intoxicating man he’s ever met. Maybe he can even fool himself into believing that Domenico isn’t a handsome sociopath who kills for a living.

POSSIBLE SPOILER: Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex, coercion

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.

‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

My Review : Seth Villani and Domenico Acerbi are in a power struggle from the moment they meet each other when they are kids. It seems nothing has changed even though it is years after and they are now adults. Seth is set to inherit the title of Don in his mafioso family and Domenico is his personal bodyguard.  When Dom rescues Seth from the Chinese Triad who kidnapped him, they are both strangers to each other. Dom definitely doesn’t think Seth has what it takes to become a Don, but Seth’s future is cemented by his father. It is a death sentence to be gay in the mafioso, so Seth knows he has to hide his true nature. Seth is giving his last respects in the church at his mother’s funeral when he is alerted to a noise. He is definitely shocked when  he discovers Dom pounding their driver in a hidden corner. Dom is unashamed of his behaviour and continues to completion. Seth is furious,  but is also fiercely attracted to this powerful  dominant  man.

Dom whisks Seth away to Berlin in order to further Seth’s training to become the leader of the mafioso. They are very insulated in their one room attic and things soon heat up between them. Dom forces Seth to submit to his will and bottom for him. This creates all sorts of feelings within Seth, primarily shame,  confusion and inadequacy. However,  this doesn’t diminish the attraction he feels to Dom who he has recently learned is his half brother, his father’s  bastard child. Their relationship is a constant tug of war, it is tumultuous to say the least. 

Seth learns a lot from Dom and they become closer. Even though their relationship cannot be said to be a loving one, Seth sees Dom as a safe haven. It is clear to see that Dom has feelings for Seth and he  makes it clear that he will take a bullet for him as he is loyal to the Villani family. Dom does a lot to protect his lover from as much of the harshness of the mafioso world.  For now, any other proclamations are off the table,   because it is expected that Seth needs to do his duty by marrying a beautiful Italian virgin and begetting an heir. This was an interesting read for me. I like both men and I loved the chemistry between them and I can’t wait to see how it turns out in part 2 of this book. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear .

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