Time for guns, boys, mafia and erotica: review of Guns ‘n Boys by K.A. Merikan

Today’s review is by the lovely writer’s duo K.A. Merikan with their lastest book: Guns ‘s Boys. A dark erotica thriller with nothing but bad boys and not in a good way. Are you ready?

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Title: Guns n’ Boys: Book 1, Part 1
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Genre: dark erotica, organised crime, thriller
Story rating: 3.5 out of 5
Smex-o-meter: 4 out of 5

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.

 

Review: you can always count on writer’s duo K.A. Merikan to deliver something different or in this case gruesome, dark, twisted and downright nasty. No sweet lovey dovey romance for these girls. And you know a story is on the nasty side when a finger is cut off right at the start of the story.

Guns ’n Boys is the first instalment of a two part series of what was originally meant to be a serial. It focuses on the mafia and Seth – a reluctant gangster – with his “mentor” Domenico. Seth really doesn’t want anything to do with his family, but you can only run so far before the past catches up with you. He’s brought back kicking and screaming by his rescuer and perfect Mafiosi Domenico. Seth is going to follow in the footsteps of the Don and Domenico is going to make sure he’s ready for it.

The question is will they make it that far?

Guns ’n Boys is a not a story you just read. There is nothing sweet about this story. It is gruesome, dark, twisted and even at times scary. It’s like watching an episode of the walking dead except without the zombies. Okay, so it’s not that bloody. But it’s eerily disturbing.

This is a story you read when you want the bad guys to be your heroes and you want nothing to do with goodie two shoes. Even the romance, well okay it’s not romance more erotica, between Seth and Domenico is eerily disturbing, but it fits the story.

Guns ’n Boys is written to be a dark fantasy. The plot is creative, but uncomplicated. I had some issues with the boys going off to do training and hunting in a different city as it made no real sense to me to take Seth away from the safety of the family and the security they can provide, but I just rolled with it. The focus is more on the characters than on the actual plot, which is good, but it took something away from the balance of the book and made the plot blurry.

The writing is good, creative and very descriptive. It fit the dark element of the story and the feel for the characters, yes, even Seth’s whiny uptight voice. Though there were times it was also bit unfocussed, like the never mentioned again cut of finger.

Seth is not the typical character you’d expect to be chosen of the role of the next Don. I’m not sure if it was me or if he was written that way, but he came across like a whiny teenager at times. The way he is, I can’t see him surviving long as a Don. Did I mention he whines? Really, about everything. And he sure does some stupid things. To me he came across as the weak point in the story. He is supposedly reluctant so that would show in his behaviour, but as he is written he comes across as a sexually repressed Amish girl with a stick up her but who is dropped in a sex club.

Domenico on the other hand, fit his role perfectly and was written exactly like I imagined someone in his position would be. He’s a survivor who has no qualms about doing what needs to be done. He’s gritty and dark and downright nasty sometimes. Him I get.

Speaking of the boys, we arrive at my major hiccup with the story. Something that has me fence sitting. The book comes with a lot of warnings from ‘morally ambiguous protagonists’ to ‘extreme violence.’ Really, when you pick up a book by these girls you know it’s not going to have a Disney plot. While I know warnings and keywords can give a reader the answer to what they are looking for in a story, it can also be considered spoilers. However, I feel that there should have been one more warning and that is the theme of incest as the boys are half brothers. Incest is shady territory, especially in an explicit erotica story. I feel it fit the dark element and the nature of the story, but at the same time I really don’t like to read about it.

Other than that, the authors have done an exquisite job of giving us a story that is a little different from all the other erotica stories out there. Though I am going to watch a Disney movie now!

Why you should read it: Guns ’n Boys is not a story for the faint of heart as can be read in the warning that comes with the blurb. If you do like to read about bad guys as the main characters in a story that is nothing short of dark and twisted, then Guns ’n Boys is definitely for you! It’s a dark thrilling ride!

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