Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Renee’s review)

Title: Guns n’ Boys: Chokehold (Guns n’ Boys #5)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: August 27, 2016
Genre(s): Suspense/Crime thriller/Dark, erotic romance
Page Count: 5,212 Kindle locations
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Seth and Dom are one of my favorite mm couples of all times. They are complete anti-heroes and completely dysfunctional (it’s Merikan, after all), but I love them something fierce.

“When you know you couldn’t live without him, that’s love.”

This was a great addition to the series. Dom and Seth continue their journey to South America, this time passing from US soil into Mexico. Nothing is ever easy, is it? Betrayed by a person they were forced to trust to get them quietly into Mexico, Dom is injured. This has never worked out well for my boys in the past. When Seth tries to show Dom just how much he can provide all they will need, Seth is………well Seth. He’s not made to be hard as stone and get shit done without mercy. And he certainly isn’t slick enough to get one over on many people.

And they have Mark now, whom they’ve unofficially adopted. Mark is quite the eager beaver, ready to show Dom and Seth just how much of a made man he can be now that he is their son. I love Mark to pieces, and he comes through when it counts.

The blurb warns us that the past comes back to haunt them, and this is true in more ways than one. One is tangible, and one is a shadow that brings a lot of pain to Seth and Dom’s relationship. That second one was the one that stung. My heart was hurting a lot as I watched that part unfold.

Dom can’t stand to be less than the top of his game physically, so he says a lot of things in frustration about not providing for his family and how he’s the only one who can do that successfully. You can imagine how well that goes over with Seth, especially since he tries so hard to prove he is as much a force to be reckoned with as any other made man. Both men take many hits to their pride, especially when they fight dirty in their arguments. But Merikan more than makes up for it with the amount of affection and sweetness after they put our hearts back together again.

“I wake up every day, and I breathe for you.”

I will say that Dana’s absence was welcome after my experience with her in the last book, but she will definitely be back in the next.

I loved this installment – probably not my favorite of the series – but this one held my attention as only Seth and Dom can. If you have shied away from this series because you don’t like Merikan’s biker series, please don’t stay away any longer. I’ve read many of those, and they don’t hold a candle to Seth and Dom in my opinion.

I love these boys and can’t wait to see what happens next!

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I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.