3.5 Stars for Guns N’ Boys: Book 1, Part 1 by K.A. Merikan – #MM Romance #Erotic #MafiaRead @KA_Merikan


Title: Guns N’ Boys: Book 1, Part 1 (Guns n’ Boys #1.1)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: September 11, 2014 – 323 pgs


— 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 evenmade. 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.


Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime

Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit gay sex, coercion

Length: ~110,000 words

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.

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This is actually a hard review to write for me… I’m on the fence as to what to rate the book. Here is why…
Seth (our main character) is supposed to be the next Don. I had such a hard time with this because the kid is such a puss that I don’t understand why his father chose him.. But I suppose we’ll find out as the story progresses.
Domenico (our other primary character) was hot. I loved him and his bad ass attitude. In a way I felt sorry for him for being stuck with Seth. Their relationship only worked for me because Seth was SO a bottom (even though he swore up and down that he was a top).
Then there is the Mafia side of things. The book fit in the category for me as Dom is prepping Seth for his ascension. I really hope we get some clarity about Seth’s fathers choices in part 2 because that was one of the hardest parts for me to understand (and get through).
Lastly, the length. Good gosh did it take me forever to get through this book. While I absolutely loved the writing style and the scenes were good too, it just felt like there was so much time spent in each scene that the story stood still and I had to keep putting it down because I’d get tired of seeming like we weren’t really getting anywhere.
All in all, not a bad read and I’ll read the follow up so I can find out what happens to these two. I really did feel like the synopsis over shot quite a bit as I didn’t think the story was all that gritty or violent or even really enemies to lovers. Sure, Seth wasn’t always besties with Domenico, but I wouldn’t say they were even close to enemies.


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K.A. Merikan is a joint project of Kat and Agnes Merikan, who jokingly claim to share one mind. They finish each other’s sentences and simultaneously come up with the same ideas. Kat and Agnes enjoy writing various kinds of stories, from light-hearted romance to thrillers. They love creating characters that are not easy to classify as good or evil, and firmly believe that even some villains deserve their happy endings. It is easiest to find them in galleries, good restaurants and historical sites, always with a computer or notebook, because for Kat and Agnes, every day is writing day. Future plans include lots of travel and a villa on the coast of Italy or a flat in Paris where they could retire after yet another crazy venture, only to write more hot homoerotic stories.

Kat and Agnes started as popular authors of online serials written in their native language, but are now focused on reaching a wider readership by writing in English. As K.A. Merikan, they have published a number of books, which cross genres while always staying homoerotic.

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