Saturday, March 24, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Guns n' Boys: Gilded Agony by K. A. Merikan

Guns n' Boys: Gilded Agony 
(Guns n' Boys #7)
by K.A. Merikan
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Release Date: March 24, 2018

“We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”

Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.
Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long.

Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?

Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?

Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.

Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge

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 as well as scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.

The title is spot on, I was in agony. This book didn't start off at a good place for Seth and Dom. It had been two years since we met them last and married life might not be agreeable to them. Not the marriage per se, but their roles and responsibilities. Dom and Mark are out there doing God knows what with the mafia, while Seth is being the best house husband. But there seems to be a lot of miscommunication and resentment between them. It hurts me to read about them this way. I miss the loving couple.

Mark is being such a shit head in this book, okay he is still 20, basically a tween, so I forgive him. Then we have Miguel, which I started to really dig this stoic man. He needs a book of his own. I know Nero is super creepy with his teeth and all, so is it weird that I totally ship him and Miguel? And last but not least, we have Diego, the character that I'm most worried about due to his fascination with Seth. I wanted to wrap Seth up and lock him in a dungeon just to keep him safe from Diego's hand. 

We have been worried about the possible 'betrayal', which readers tend to jump the gun and assume cheating. Wtf?! Diehard fans can be dramatic at times, but I do have faith on my favorite authors. Honestly, with Dom being such an ass, more than usual, I'm happy to let Seth loose and flirt a little. Let Dom worry and be jealous. I know relationship is a two way thing and both of them are responsible for the mess, but I will always always be on Seth side. I am totally not happy with the way Dom treated Seth. What is wrong with him? 

The entirety of the drama is one hot mess that was freaking me out and I glued my eyes to the pages during a busy Saturday morning. I can't rest in peace until I see both my boys work out their bullshit. It goes without saying that both the authors did one heck of a job here. They make me mad and hurt and contemplate writing a hate mail, but then they will work their magic to save the day and make the painful journey so worth it at the end. I used to think that I'm ready for Mark's book because I do love the boy, but now I want to read more of Seth and Dom because I feel that there is still so much more of them that was unexplored. I guess I will just have to wait a little while longer to get back to the daddies. 

Domenico could get drunk on the taste of the shivering body underneath him. Men had given into him before, but none like Seth. None were a challenge to be conquered again and again. Seth’s reflection in the water had its eyes closed, lips open, but noticing them only reminded Domenico of Diego’s audacity to so much as look at Seth in a vulgar manner. He had no right. No one else had that right.

The water cast blue lights on Seth’s face, reaching out to caress him with translucent fingers. Hand squeezed in the hair at the back of Seth’s head, Domenico pushed in so hard Seth fell flat on the tiles, dipping his nose in the water.

“Deep breath,” he whispered into the warm ear.

Seth glanced back at him, red-faced and panting, but understanding finally sank in and he did as told. It was a good thing that Seth was willing to butt heads, because seeing him then comply only made Domenico thrust into that greedy hole harder.

Danger was an aphrodisiac to Seth. He’d proven that much when they’d first fucked on Toro’s property, in the wine cellar below the kitchen floor where there were no cameras to spy on them. It was back then that Domenico tightened his hand around Seth’s throat for pleasure for the first time. Two years on, Dom was still more than eager to give his husband exactly what he needed. The loss of breath. The adrenaline, the rush of blood coming back once arteries were released made Seth’s orgasms earth-crushing.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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