Review: Guns n’ Boys (Guns n’ Boys #1.1) by K. A. Merikan #Erotica #MM

TITLE: Guns n’ Boys Guns n' Boys: Book 1, Part 1 (Guns n' Boys, #1.1)

SERIES:  Guns n’ Boys #1.1

AUTHOR:  K. A. Merikan

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 323 Pages

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— 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, 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.

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REVIEW:

This book started out when Seth, the son of a Sicilian mafia don, is kidnapped, held prisoner and mutilated. When he’s rescued by the handsome Dominico, he instantly falls under the beautiful Sicilian’s spell. Seth leaves his boyfriend in the States and follows Dominico to meet Seth’s father, but on the way, things between the two become heated. When Seth discovers his father has named him to be his successor, Seth doesn’t know what to do. However, with Dominico by his side, he might just make it.

This book threw me for a loop. I was intrigued with how the story began. Then I was reading with a crinkled nose, but by the end I liked it again. My main objection was with Seth. I was interested in Seth up until the point when he came into contact with Dominico. At that point, Seth, the self-proclaimed top, became the biggest baby ever. He seemed like the furthest thing possible from what I’d imagine for a future mafia don. I was sure he was going to annoy the crap out of me for the entire book, but instead, his sexual encounters with Dominico just got better and better. Seth turned out to be the hottest reluctant virgin bottom I could imagine. No matter how much he protested, he couldn’t deny how much he loved it. Then he was all sulky about liking it afterword. In addition to finding it hot, I also found a bit of humor to it as well. This book was part 1 of 3, so I expected a cliffhanger. Even though the first part of the book was mostly sex and banter between the two, I was entertained by Dominco’s gradual breakdown of Seth which turned into something sweet by the end. I look forward to seeing how their relationship progresses in the next parts of this book.

RATING:  I liked it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Blood & Gore, Body Modifications, Bondage, Captive, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Enemies to Lovers, Humiliation, Incest, M/M Dark Erotica, M/M Erotic Romance, M/M/M Erotica,Murder, POV of Victim, Rough Sex, Taboo, Torture

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Spotlight: Mute Witness by Rick R. Reed #MM

TITLE:   Mute WitnessMute Witness

AUTHOR:   Rick R. Reed

PUBLISHER:   DSP Publications

LENGTH:    290 Pages

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2nd Edition

The abuse of a little boy turns a community against a loving gay couple, and nobody comes out of it unscathed.

Sean and Austin have the perfect life: new love, a riverfront home, security. Their love for one another is only multiplied when Sean’s eight-year-old son, Jason, visits on the weekends.

And then their perfect world shatters.

Jason goes missing.

When the boy turns up days later, he’s been so horribly abused he’s lost the power to speak. Immediately small town minds turn to the boy’s gay father and his lover as the likely culprits. What was a warm, welcoming community becomes a lynching party out for blood.

As Sean and Austin struggle to stay together amidst innuendo, the very real threat of Sean losing the son he loves emerges. Yet the true villain is much closer to home, intent on ensuring the boy’s muteness is permanent.

1st Edition published by ManLove Romance Press, 2009.

RATING:  Absolutely loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Blood & Gore, Child Abuse, Child Abuse (off page), Graphic Violence, Kidnapping, Murder, POV of Aggressor,POV of Victim, Psychological Trauma, Rape, Underage

BUY LINKS: 

DSP Publications  | Amazon  

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

Visit him on the web at http://www.rickrreed.com or athttp://rickrreedreality.blogspot.com/

Book Review: Every Good Thing by M Jules Aedin

TITLE:     Every Good ThingEvery Good Thing

AUTHOR:     M Jules Aedin

PUBLISHER:     MLR Press LLC

LENGTH:     246 Pages

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Raised in a strict religion that forbids association with foreigners as well as love between men, Arieh Sef’ea cannot imagine a worse fate than to be sold as a love-slave to a Keshen soldier. Both men must learn that bodies may be purchased, but hearts must be won.

REVIEW:

This book begins with Arieh being auctioned off as a slave. Enitan is a Keshan soldier, but when he sees Arieh, he knows he’s the perfect one to be his lover and he buys him. Though Enitan has other slaves, Arieh is special and a challenge. Arieh holds a firm belief that two men together is wrong, but Enitan cannot be with him until Arieh falls in love with him.

First of all, book was recommended to me by someone in the Goodreads GLBT Fantasy group. I’m definitely glad I read it, but it was very hard for me to swallow the beginning. I felt so bad for Arieh and I really disliked his master; not because he was cruel, but just for his impatience and for the simple fact that he owned slaves. However, over time I grew to respect his choices and began to like him. This situation is very similar to many arranged marriages in the Middle East where the woman often has no choice about her husband. The man must pay a bride price for her, and then she is delivered to him on their wedding night. The difference between those marriages and this story is that the men in arranged marriages rarely have patience with the girl. They take her to their bed the first night. So in the world M. Jules has created, Enitan is following the rules of society and is so very kind to his beloved (although purchased) spouse Arieh. Aside from the love affair, the intrigue in this story built and kept me interested until the end.

RATING: I liked it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Captive, Dark Erotica, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dub-con, Kidnapping, Slave

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon