Book Review and Excerpt: Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold by K.A. Merikan

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blurb

— 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.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, trust issues, religion, love

Genre: Dark, twisted romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit scenes

Length: ~110,000 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.

review

Dear Kat and Agnes Merikan

You are both well-educated ladies of sophistication and great imagination. You are in the business of weaving the written word into spells of lust and wonderment so I thought it only appropriate to write to you this missive in hopes of conveying my feelings in the most eloquent way possible…

Fuck you.

Seriously, how very dare you?!

I am used to the two of you playing your cruel games on my libido but not on my emotions. And yet, here I am, writing this letter as a mere shell of the person I used to be. A broken down, desperate and wanting, heaving hot mess of a shell. The rational person I have grown into in my 33 years on earth only but a distant memory in the wake of the devastation that is Dom and Seth. Am I being overly dramatic? Maybe. Is it deserving? Absolutely!

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You two should be ashamed of yourselves! You should be using your powers for the greater good. To cure cancer or bring about world peace. Instead you use it to slay the hearts and minds of unsuspecting readers. Instead you hawk your Dom and Seth contraband on street corners and digital retailers  and turn us all into junkies jonesing for our next hit.

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To say that I loved this book is simply not enough. Adore, worship, revere, venerate and devote are also words that don’t seem to quite hit the mark. How do you put into words a book that put you through the ringer? A rollercoaster of extreme highs and extreme lows?  I could go on and on about this book. How the power between Dom and Seth has been shifted. How they broke my heart at times, how they made my heart palpitate at other but how they burned so hot together through it all regardless. I could say how much Mark creeped into my heart, or how adorable Seth still is or how watching Dom be vulnerable made me ache. I could talk about the suspense. I could talk about how I couldn’t put this down. I could talk about how this is the fifth book in the series and I still don’t have enough of them!

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But you’ll just have to use your imagination. Like I have to use mine to imagine that the world isn’t a terrible place right now while I wait for book six!

Regards

Kitty

 

EXCERPT

“I’m not wearing a baseball cap.”
Domenico pushed at Seth’s arm and moved his head away from the disgrace of a hat, knocking it out of Seth’s hand.
Seth took a deep breath as if he was the reasonable one in this relationship. “There’s cameras everywhere in malls as big as this one.”
“What about me? Should I wear a hat?” Mark asked, excitedly shifting in the back of the car. It must have had something to do with the fact that he’d been promised he could buy whatever he wanted, within reason. He barely had any decent clothes, and Dom didn’t want his protégé walking around in cheap clothes and shoes that would fall apart within a few months.
Domenico leaned back in the seat and glanced at Mark’s rosy cheeks, still smooth like a girl’s. Domenico would make a real man out of him soon. Taking the boy in has been a spur-of-the-moment decision, but he already knew Seth had been right when he talked him into it. Even before Mark had been kidnapped, Domenico had felt uneasy about letting go of him. It would have been like selling someone a dog after already teaching it some tricks.
“None of us are wearing baseball caps. They’re a disgrace to hats.”
Seth groaned and stepped out of the car, letting in the smell of gas and motor oil, which clung to every single surface in the vast multi-storey parking lot. “Fine. Let’s just hope our faces aren’t plastered all over the darknet, and we can do this stupid shopping in peace.”
“Shopping!” Mark yelped in excitement and burst out of the vehicle, eager as if he was a puppy going on its first walk in days. He brushed some imaginary dust off his stinky T-shirt. “I for one, don’t want to look like a hobo when we go to a restaurant. We will go to a restaurant, right?” he asked, glancing at Dom like the said puppy begging for scraps.
Seth rolled his eyes. “We’re all hobos. We have no home.”

 

author

K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken 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.

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