Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Ele’s Review)

Title: Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Guns n’ Boys #5)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Release Date: August 26th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 336
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

— 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.


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

Genre: Dark, twisted romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit scenes

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.

It’s back! The love story that has crawled under my skin is back, and the baddest of bad boys are hotter that ever. Yes, that’s right! It’s Dom…

“I’m honest. I wake up every day, and I breathe for you,”[…]

“And without you my life is losing all of its color. I’m stuck in a black and white perfume commercial,”

and Seth…

“If this was what they needed to do, Seth would help however was necessary. He could be a sweet man who liked cooking, but for Domenico, he’d kill, rob, and set fire to the world.”


I loved Chokehold but for completely different reasons than the other books in the series. Yes, there was action and bloodshed, and yes, there was hot sex too. But for me, this story is more character and relationship driven. The blurb is spot on; Dom and Seth’s past is coming back to haunt them. There are things left unsaid, and feelings that got hurt a long time ago, that our boys didn’t deal with. As a reader I got caught up in this crazy journey and missed it too.

But now push came to shove and it broke my heart how the guys and their relationship suffered. And what came after was true catharsis. It was amazing to see these two really talk, getting to the core of the problem, and rebuilding their trust to one another. Talk about real character and relationship development. And the bathtub lovemaking that followed?Amazing and so sensual!

“The two of them belonged together like sin and confession.”

The pacing of the story made me appreciate something else too: the consistent characterization. Seth and Dom’s life is a rollercoaster, but it didn’t change who they are. Dom is still a dangerous bastard, deeply religious with an appreciation for fine clothing. Always in love with Seth. And Seth is still insecure, sweet, but brave and ready to step up when needed. Always in love with Dom.

Despite the above, don’t go thinking that there isn’t enough action in Chokehold, because there is! Crossing the Mexican border didn’t go as planned, there are quite a surprises around the corner, and new allies or enemies make their appearance. I love Mark with al my heart! He really became Dom and Seth’s son. And a new interesting secondary character who will probably have a role in the next installment, Miguel. And, hopefully, his own book someday.

Bottom line, I think this was an amazing and much needed addition to the series. Like the blurb says, there are indeed pretty lies and ugly truths. But most of all, there is a fleeting image about a house filled with loved, bathed in the Italian afternoon sun…

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Galley copy of Chokehold provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


Mother, wife, teacher and READER. I read MM almost exclusively. My kindle is my best friend and the most important thing in my life after my son. My poor husband... I read MM romance almost exclusively. As a reader I don't have any hard limits except incest. I like Contemporary and Historicals and I rarely read Paranormal unless recommended...