Guns N’ Boys 2 : Homicidal Instinct by K.A. Merikan

Title : Guns N Boys : Homicidal Instinct  Word Count : 268pg Genre : Dark Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : Seth wants is to live free with the man he loves. But escaping death at the hands of the mafia is just the beginning of an uphill struggle. When Domenico wakes up from his impromptu surgery and doesn’t even remember Seth’s name, Seth’s world falls apart. Suddenly it’s him who has to plan an escape from New York City and navigate their way to Mexico. All that without even knowing if the man of his life will ever love him again.

Domenico doesn’t know who to trust and what to believe. The man who introduces himself as his brother seems to hide dark secrets behind a cheerful smile. With the mafia breathing down their necks, there is no time to piece together the puzzle of Domenico’s life, and each time he thinks he’s solved it, a new part appears to be missing. Dom needs to find out who he really is, what he’s capable of… and what is the real story hidden behind Seth’s intense eyes.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, amnesia, road trip, chase

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex

Length: ~88,000 words

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 : The roles were reserved somewhat in this book. Seth became the caretaker and the one doing all the planning, while Dom is recovering from his injuries which brought on amnesia. It was weird to see the self assured Domenico in this position where he wasn’t aware of anything that was going on around him. This was good in a way though, because it brought about a softer side to Dom’s personality, a more human side. Having to rely on Seth for everything was hard on Dom even though he had no idea of the caliber of man he was before. There is so much dominance that is poured into Dom’s DNA , that even when he has amnesia, snippets of his self assurance comes through in the very fiber of his being.
Seth did a great job manning up and keeping them both safe, but it is obvious that he just doesn’t have that killer instinct that is needed when running from the mafia. He is more of a nurterer and a lover. More than one argument was sparked by his feelings of inequality when stacked up against Dom’s virility. It took him awhile to realize that being submissive and being the bottom to Dom’s dominance in their relationship is not a bad thing , it’s just a way of life. He had to relinquish the claims of what it means to be manly in the Italian way of life. Most of all he had to embrace and revel in being Dom’s bottom.
It was great to see these two men living a semi normal life albeit being on the run from the mafia. Dom losing his memory provided a landscape where they were able to be ordinary men falling in love with each other all over again. Their bond was strengthened and the connection they have was thoroughly reinforced with all the things they had to endure. Secrets were revealed and there were many scrapes and hijinks that kept this story incredibly interesting. Seth ended up being hurt by his own brother when they are found. It pains Dom to see his sweet lover hurt and he feels like he failed in his self appointed job as protector. In the end of it all, Dom was able to regain his memories and this made him love and cherish Seth even more. They are hoping to live out the rest of their lives in peace. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

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Guns N’ Boys Part 2 by K.A. Merikan

Title : Guns N’ Boys  Part 2         Word Count : 278 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 SPOILERS:

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

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex

Length: ~110,000 words (part 1), ~90,000 words (part 2)

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 :  The story continues when Dom and Seth goes back to Italy. It’s time for Seth to prove to everyone that he has the makings of a ruthless mafioso Don. His father arranges for him to meet his future bride. Dom has a hard time watching their interaction,but he is forced to hide his true feelings. Seth is called to task to deal with a traitor within their midst. It overwhelms him to be so vicious, but when it comes down to it, he kills the traitor in order to protect Dom from his father’s scrutiny. Dom comforts Seth and helps him clean himself up. This restores some of the previous closeness that they felt for each other in Berlin. The closeness dissipates just as quickly when in a passing conversation Seth finds out that Dom has a girlfriend that he had no knowledge about. In his jealousy he corners a waiter in the pantry and gets him to give him a blowjob.  Dom walks in on the act and becomes enraged. He roughs up Seth sexually, something he promised he would never do again after their time in Berlin. He is disappointed and hurt that Seth would cheat on him. It pains Seth to see what his actions have done to their relationship,  but he is not sure if he wants to forgive Dom for taking him back to that place of humility and inadequacy and feeling stripped of his manhood.

It is clear to see that Dom is a very volatile man with a temper. He is very jealous and crazy in his  possessiveness of Seth. I guess it’s true what they say about Italian men, that they are passionate in all aspects of their life. Dom apologizes to Seth and they make up in the best way possible with irresistible hot sex. Seth bares his soul to his sexy domineering stud expressing how much he loves him by giving Dom his signet ring. It just so happens that the very same day is his wedding day to the beautiful Italian girl his father picked out. It is obvious that their love story is a little bit tainted and definitely doesn’t follow the pattern of traditional romances. This somehow makes it hotter , their illicit affair is intriguing. The very next day Dom and Seth take off to New York to  continue Seth’s training to be head of the crime family. However,  they use this time as an impromptu honeymoon to celebrate their newfound love.

 For two months they enjoy the simplicity of domesticity. Their relationship is definitely not smooth sailing, but they try to live a seemingly normal life with Dom’s overt possessiveness sparking arguments every now and then. Their idyllic bliss is soon interrupted by Seth’s brother Vincente. Vincente’s appearance arouses suspicion in Dom’s mind as he is aware that he covets the title of Don. Dom’s senses is on high alert and it soon becomes apparent that treachery is afoot when Vincente recruits Dom to kill Seth. Dom plays the part of the willing henchman, but decides to  double cross the  mafioso in an attempt to protect and save the life of the man he loves. Dom gets them out safely by killing a few of the mafia, buy he gets severely hurt in the process. Seth has to now step up to the plate and carryout the plans to safety that Dom had set in place. This was definitely a spellbounding, intense read and I can’t wait to see how they will make it out alive now with a target on both of their backs. I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear.

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 .