Review: “Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony” by K.A. Merikan

TITLE: Guns n’ Boys: Gilded Agony
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
SERIES: Guns n’ Boys
PUBLISHER: Acerbi&Villani ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Thriller
LENGTH: 370 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 24, 2018
PRICE: $4.99 e-book


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.

Almost three years after the bloodbath that allowed Domenico and Seth to take over Toro’s life and property (Guns n’ Boys 6: Bloodbath), Domenico is the new Toro at El Canto. Seth has everything he wishes, a home, money, security, a beautiful family but something is missing in his sanitized life.

When a snake in the form of a beautiful man named Diego comes into their house and tempts him, Seth finds himself in a dangerous path, more dangerous than anything until now.
Sometimes wishes can be dangerous, Seth and Dom will discover that in the worst way, but this time, can they come back from that?
Oh my, my, my, our guys are back. (No, I don’t squeak, nope, I’m just making happy dance noises with tiny sounds coming from my mouth … that are NOT squeaks).

Dom kept his promise to Seth. When Seth had a meltdown 3 years ago, Dom promises him not to have to kill anyone anymore, to not have to live in fear, and not to have to live with danger around each corner. He does this for Seth, but Dom being Dom, he does this to the extreme. I love Dom, always have, this guy is batshit crazy, a sociopath, in the pure medical term, he has a temper and an ego the size of a planet, but I love him, and not because I’m crazy (maybe a little) but because of how Domenico Acerbi loves Seth Villani. That kind of loves is unique, Seth is his world, literally his whole world, and for that, I love him hard.

Seth has what he asks for, but he’s unhappy. Yes, it’s him who asked not to be involved anymore in all the killing, violence, torture, but at the end of the day, he’s alone. He’s cut off from Domenico, and they don’t share anything anymore, they don’t talk like they used to do because Dom wants to keep him safe, like a damsel in distress. So when Diego makes a move on him, Seth sees the opportunity to escape his golden cage. But Seth being Seth, he ended up in the worst situation that he ever had (worse than with Vincenzo in my opinion).

I loved this book; I loved it a lot. It’s different than the six previous books of the series. This one marks a change in the dynamic of the plot but also in Dom and Seth as a couple. For me, the book is written with two tempos. The first part is slow, a little bit calm, almost sanitized, like Seth’s new life actually, and then the second part is fast, dynamic, almost messy, like Seth’s old life, kinda. I liked it a lot. This book is also the one that puts the most to the test them as a couple, I was really scared for them, but the authors succeed brilliantly in connecting them more than ever, really after what they’ve been through together, I thought they couldn’t be more connected than what they were already, but obviously I was wrong.
This book is a good addition to the series, and it was necessary, in my opinion. With this book we reached a new level, and I can’t wait to read how they’ll evolve from here.

I highly recommend this book and the entire series, the book can’t be read as a standalone, but the journey of Domenico and Seth is worth your time. So far, this series, is my top number 1, before all my favorites books, series, movies, foods, and sometimes…. my son.

It’s 5 OptimuMMs… because crossbow

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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