Title: Duce (World’s End #2)
Author Name: Kai Tyler
Publication Date & Length: October 17, 2015 – 234 pgs
One mafia boss.
One rival’s son.
One deadly setup.
Parties and orgies… those are the only things Carlos Carmichael wants to do. It’s the only way he knows to deal with his life as the son of a notorious cartel boss. He’ll get whatever he wants by any means necessary.
Until he tangles with a man who plays by totally different rules.
Dante Orsino has been raised in the old ways of honor, loyalty and respect of the business. His role as mafia underboss is more than just a job. It also makes him an heir to one of the biggest families in the Southern Territories.
When Carlos meets Dante and plays a silly game, their weekend tryst sparks a deadly cartel war.
For Dante there’s no other life except—the life. And he wants Carlos in his. But in the New World, a gay man is a dead man. Can he find a way to keep everything he loves and stay alive?
In a new world gone mad, even the good guys are bad. Welcome to the World’s End series.
This was an interesting book. Just like the first book, there was a lot of promise there, but it seemed to just not quite get there.
The first 3/4 of the book was quite good. We got to see a bit of what happened to the couple from the first book too, which was nice. This story was developed more fully than the first one was and still an easy read, however there was a lot of editing errors that really distracted from the story or awkward sentence starts.
Then we get this huge build up to this one scene…. and then… FLOP… I mean really this scene should’ve been HUGE and instead it’s two paragraphs leaving the reading feeling completely let down.
It makes me feel sad that up until that point I’d thought the story was quite good and from that point on it just went downhill for me.
I felt like the whole mystery behind the child testing center thing is an added point that almost distracts from the main part of the story as well. It really only comes up when convient and doesn’t really affect any other part of the story.
I do hope the next book gets better in the leaps and bounds that this one was than the first one because it was much better.
Flexing my fingers, I strode into the alleyway, keeping to the shadows.
“Move away from him.” My steady, low-pitched voice hung in the humid air, arms stilled at my sides.
“This is none of your business, mister,” the man Carl had approached in the club spoke as he straightened to his full height.
A large man, he stood wider than me and built like a wrestler. Same as his friend. They reminded me of an old nursery rhyme I’d read as a kid—Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
“I’ll walk away if you let him come with me.” The negotiator in me held court. In my line of work, this skill had saved my skin more times than I could count. Especially since it distracted the adversary into thinking I lacked the physical strength to back it up.
“Not until we’re done here.”
One look into Carl’s rounded and pleading eyes and I switched tactics, stepping into their space.
Tweedledee growled and charged, swinging his arms.
My reflexes took over. After ducking low, I smashed my fist into Tweedledee’s groin. He gave an agonised grunt and fell with a thud to the ground.
Whoosh. Wham. Tweedledum came at me, fists jabbing in methodical motions like a boxer. Jaw clenched in a snarl, I ducked his punches, biding my time as I was slowly pushed back into a corner. My experience made me keep my composure while adrenaline flooded my veins.
The chance came. I stepped wide with my left foot, swung my right leg behind him and kicked back. Tweedledum tumbled. I pulled him backward with his arms and flipped him over my right hip. As the man crashed onto the ground, I corked my hand, ready to deliver a death blow.
“No!” Carl shouted, a terrified tremor in his voice.
Although I’m new to writing MM Romance, I’ve been a reader and lover of the genre for many years. When I’m not helping other authors promote their works, you might find me in a coffee shop, day dreaming about how the cute couple in the corner fell in love. You can also find me online ogling images of hot men, which I do share btw.