Title: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony (Guns n’ Boys #7)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: March 24th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
“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
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Length: ~92,000 words (Book 7 in the series)
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.
Holy relationship angst batman! The BEST kind! Once again, you need to heed the warnings before reading this (although you already know this if you ‘ve followed Dom and Seth’s journey). These protagonists are not your usual cuppa. When Domenico Acerbi and Seth Villani fight, there are guns and dead animals involved. When they reunite, it’s above someone’s grave.
It’s been two years since Domenico overtook Toro’s business and became local royalty in Colombia. On the outside, life was rolling peacefully in the huge Colombian manor. But on the inside…there is so much trouble in paradise. And it will all explode when a “snake” tries to make its way in. Have you seen Domenico Acerbi getting crazy jealous/mad/betrayed? Have you? I have, and it’s not something you can forget easily. I knew it was coming, but still….
Dom and Seth’s love story might have looked like it was taken out of a cult, mafia movie but their relationship dynamics and the problems they ‘re facing are actually a slice of real life.
Domenico feels inadequate. He hasn’t managed to bring his family back to Italy. He has to protect Seth from the ugliness that took place 2 years ago. Seth feels like a trophy husband in the bad sense of the word. Cooking and lounging in the villa is all there is to him now, and he’s excluded from all important decisions.
“I love you. You are the point of my life,” he said in a whisper, completely crushed by the fact that his actions made Seth feel the opposite was true.”
The POV use was quite brilliant here. Reading Seth’s POV you can’t help but feel sorry for him and angry at Dom. Reading Dom’s POV makes you want to smack Seth and spur him into action. Like I said, real problems in a not so common context.
There is still action and bloodshed but the focus is on the couple. After all the agony, there was healing, and the process of talking things out, reuniting, making LOVE was perfectly executed.
“Tonight, no matter how bloody, was bringing him back to the man he’d fallen in love with. Sweet but violent. Capable, but needy. Vulnerable, but so, so strong.”
Mark’s POV is also strategically placed and added a lot. His book is next and I’m more than excited! I love this group of misfits, and I even want Nero to get a story. Preferably with Miguel!
For me, Domenico, Seth, and the little family they gathered around themselves over the years, is home. Gilded Agony follows in its predecessors’ footsteps; crazy-wtf-happened moments, inappropriate humour, intense sex scenes, deep sense of romance, gritty and detailed action scenes. All things that make K.A.Merikan such a strong writing duo. And in a time like this, it’s exactly this kind of authors I choose to support.
I hope more people give this series a chance. Very highly recommended.
Guns n’ Boys Series