by KA Merikan
Release Date: August 27 2016
Genre: M/M, Mafia
The ugliest truths blossom into the prettiest lies.
A year into the relationship with Domenico, Seth still wants him as desperately as ever. Nothing is better than being intoxicated with lust for his deadly man and feeling his steady hands all over.
No matter the misunderstandings, the fights... The crash. The burn.
Crossing the Mexican border has been a goal for Seth and Domenico for a few months, but the trip couldn’t have ended in more of a disaster. While Domenico is stuck at home, for Seth each passing day becomes more difficult. Desperate to keep his family afloat, he accepts a job offer from Los Sepultureros. The Gravediggers.
When Domenico’s need for control starts eroding their trust, Seth is sure their love can conquer all. But when Domenico rips open the wound left after the violence at the beginning of their relationship, it gushes blood all over their cozy lies and this time, there may be no way to seal it.
5 stars for Dom and Seth
Domenico and Seth can do no wrong. Dom can just sit his sexy ass at home and just stare at a housefly and I'm entertained. Seth can pout all day about his own inadequacy and I just want to hug him. Of course, when it comes to them, things won't stay peaceful for long. Anyway, something is seriously wrong for how much I like to read about them whether they are doingextremely mundane things or extremely dangerous things.
In Chokehold, Dom and Seth together with their new charge, Mark is trying to flee the country to Mexico. Dom plan to pamper Seth with all the luxury, a nice apartment complete with high end kitchen and sipping some cocktail by the pool. Plenty of great sex with the love of his life. But as usual, things turn to shit for them all when they finally cross the border.
When Dom is out of commission, is now up to Seth to provide for his family. Drama unfolds when Seth gets into trouble, as usual, and Dom need to protect Seth might just push him too far.
Seth constant need to prove himself is an ongoing issue. His argument with Dom regarding his ability is a recurring theme. Seth wants to be independent and badass, while Dom want to wrap him up in a bubble. Although there are angst, we can see how much they love each other. This time around though, Dom might just take his obsession on protecting Seth abit too far. Is interesting to see them trying to make things work despite things turning ugly between them.
"Even when it hurts, I'd rather become charred than not burn with you."
My favorite part of the story is when they finally dig out their past, the things that happen in Book 1 and talk about it. When I read the first book of this series, I can imagine not everyone can stomach the kind of toxic relationship that Dom and Seth have, but I still love it and I'm rooting for them. To actually see their relationship grow so much throughout the series, is simply beautiful and heartwarming. I enjoy seeing Dom's character changing before my eyes, but at the same time I don't want him to change too much. I love his crazy obsession, killer instinct and air of superiority.
Mark, oh Mark. The little brat is going to turn into a fine mafiya once Dom is done with him. I'm delighted to see him finally having a family and a father figure that not only care for him, but want the best for him. Can't wait to see him actually finding a man of his own.
Overall, KA Merikan continue to deliver a masterpiece with Chokehold. The humor is spot on, there are moments that Dom and Seth simply make me laugh so hard and their drama make me teary eye. They are definitely my ultimate favorite m/m couple to date. Not many author can actually write about the same characters for an ongoing series and still make me go gaga over their romance. Usually the sexual tension just fizzle out, but not for Dom and Seth. They just keep getting stronger and stronger.
"I love that you make me feel normal. Like I'm just a guy."
"You're not just a guy. You're Domenico Acerbi."
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.