Review: Guns n’ Boys: He Is Poison (Guns n’ Boys #1) by K.A. Merikan

Guns n' Boys: He Is Poison (Guns n' Boys, #1)

 

— 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 even made. 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.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

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.

 

REVIEW

 

It just wasn’t what I was expecting. The book is really good, but I just didn’t liked it as I thought I would. It might have something to do with Seth, who I dislike so much.

It had a good plot, some conflicts a little predictable being a mafia book, but very pleasant nonetheless. The pace also nice, there was some action moments, I would expect a bit more considering the subject, but again it was good enough. There are also some very alluring man on man action. All of that was great, I can’t complain about it. The issue I had were the characters, not all, but Seth Villani.

Domenico was great but I wasn’t entirely buying the attitude, I still think he might have some weakness, yet to discover, and I can’t wait to find out about it. He was an amazing character, and knowing a little about his life was something I really enjoyed. My problem was Seth, I can’t find any bit of sympathy for him. He was extremely annoying, every decision he made was a perfect example of his lack of ability to be what he is expected to be and an obvious lack of reasoning. It was painful to see it, it was like every possible bad decision he could do, he just did it. He just was truly annoying and I just don’t see why someone like Domenico would be interested in him, other than looks, it was so frustrating.

I did enjoyed a lot of things about their relationships, the interactions so dominated by Domenico were wonderful and the first sex scenes were also great, the power play between them and the obvious result of it was something I liked a lot. In general I enjoyed the story, mostly the moments I wasn’t ranting about Seth’s attitude. I can’t wait to read the next ones in the series, I truly hope I change my mind about Seth, I surely plan on keep reading more books from the author.

Review: Voyeur (Depravity #2) by M.J. Ferguson

 

Voyeur (Depravity, #2)

 

There is darkness in all of us even if we choose not to acknowledge it or act on it. What happens when a person not only acknowledges their darkness but revels in exploiting it to the fullest? Join me on a journey and explore the many different ways people choose to express their…Depravity.

In the second installment, we find two brothers Chris and Clint after a night out. Clint brings his latest conquest home much to the chagrin of Chris. He knows the evil his brother is capable of, but is too weak to stop him. Chris may be the older brother, but Clint is the one in complete control. Over the years under the guise of protecting him, Clint has systematically taken control of Chris’ life. Will Chris find the strength to break the hold his brother has over him consequences be damned, or will he forever remain a Voyeur of his own life?

 

REVIEW

 

Amazingly twisted. Just the kind of dark stull I’ve been looking for this days. It did have some parts that made me cringe, and that’s doesn’t happen often, but in general I really enjoyed this disturbing story.

It was very hard to feel any sympathy for the main characters, not even for Chris, who might be more likable for most readers, but that didn’t made me like it any less. I think the characters were well written, especially Clint who was such a disgusting human being, and yet I was very intrigued by his actions.

The plot was interesting, I loved the connection with the first book, but I guess I liked this one better. It had some elements that I really enjoy and where lacking in the previous one or weren’t as important as they were on this one, so it wasn’t a tough competition, this one is the winner for me.

A concern I have about this book is the lack of warnings in the blurb. I think they’re very important, so before reading, consider the warnings from book 1 relevant to this one too. This story contains content some readers may find objectionable like extreme violence, nonconsensual sex, and murder. If you are ok with that, then is definitely a great book.

Review: Delayed Gratification (Daniel and Ryan #1) by Tamryn Eradani

Delayed Gratification (Daniel and Ryan, #1)

 

Daniel Brown is a man of routine. You might even call him a control freak. So when the new Director of Marketing, Ryan Cole, starts shaking up Daniel’s routine, Daniel doesn’t know how to react. He finds Ryan intriguing, infuriating and oh so attractive, but he doesn’t mix business with pleasure. As their games start to grow kinkier, dare Daniel give in to his desire to let Ryan top him?

 

REVIEW

 

When I saw the title under the BDSM tag, I’ll admit I was expecting something a little different. I’m used to rougher ways to show such theme, but this was just amazing.

I loved it. It was so subtle and so much sexier that other representations of DBSM I’d read. I was very skeptical when they talk about dos and don’ts. I was wondering how things might work with so much limitations, but it worked beautifully.

The story had a slow pace that was appropriate while getting to know the main characters. It was so interesting to see how the personalities would connect. They both were really intriguing. What I enjoyed the most was the mind games. It made things so great and it showed how is not necessary to use a lot of instruments to make a great scene.

I also liked how the story didn’t try to force a relationship that clearly wasn’t there. There wasn’t too romantic but, for the time they knew each-other, I was very pleased about how the relationship is starting to develop. I know is only the first book from a series, which brings me joy, I’m so much contented with this characters. I’ll be reading the next books.

* I received copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Review: Punishment (Depravity #1) by M.J. Ferguson

Punishment (Depravity, #1)

 

There is darkness in all of us even if we choose not to acknowledge it or act on it. What happens when a person not only acknowledges their darkness but revels in exploiting it to the fullest? Join me on a journey and explore the many different ways people choose to express their…Depravity.

In book one, we find a master who forces his pet to participate in a demonstration for a large audience of other masters. When he’s pushed too far will the master lose his pet? Or will the trust they have built be enough for the pet to accept his Sir’s darkest side.

Please note: This short erotic horror story is intended for mature audiences only. This story contains content some readers may find objectionable: explicit sex between men, extreme violence, nonconsensual sex, and murder.

REVIEW

 

This was great. This is a new author for me, I read a previous short story, apparently non-published, and I loved it and start looking for her books. I was pleasantly surprise when I realized this one had the same characters I loved from the story I read.

It is a BDSM story, but there are some extreme situations that are far from the consensual aspect of a D/s relationship. I liked the scene they shared, but it was what comes next what really intrigued me and got my attention. Definitely some morally questionable conducts, but since I already knew what I was getting into, it was great.

I would recommend to anyone interested in this short story, to read the warnings. I really liked it, but I’m into really dark book, so beware before reading.

Review: Seven Cuts by Sam Tepes

Seven Cuts

 

When you can’t see through the dark there are no rays of light.

For as long as Adam can remember he has been a cutter.
But the pain isn’t enough.
Is it time to get something more?

Trigger Warnings: Suicide, Self-Harm, Violence

 

REVIEW

 

I don’t know. It was just a no for me.

I’ve read another book from the author and I loved how twisted it was. This time, maybe the subject is just something I’m really not into.

I don’t know if the purpose was to create a sympathetic feeling towards Adam, but it just made the opposite for me. I felt extremely frustrated and enrage. I just couldn’t like him at all. Maybe it was just too real, because is this is not an unknown subject for me. Sure, the author made a great job getting some emotion from me, but maybe not the one that was being intended. Perhaps other readers would relate or care for Adam better than I did.

The book summary had some warnings, so beware before reading.

Review: A Love Like Blood by Victor Yates

A Love Like Blood

Half Somali and Cuban, 17-year old Carsten Tynes, deals with the intricacies of race, Americanism, syncretism, and sexuality under the abusive hand of his father in A Love Like Blood. Carsten’s camera is the thread that slowly unravels his relationship with his father and reveals the unseen world of men who move at night. When death pushes his boyfriend and father together into an abandoned camera store, he makes a dangerous move to save them.

REVIEW

I had a bit of a hard time getting myself into the story. I think it wasn’t the right book for me. I did enjoyed a lot of parts of it.

One of the things I liked the most, was the cultural background. It was something I’ve never read about and it was very interesting getting to know other people’s beliefs. There was a lot of hate against women, not display as physical violence, but the way men were criticized for of having any feature that was consider women-like, felt very relevant and extremely realistic. There was some other parts that showed, in a very subtle way, how important the man was for that culture. I noticed that when Carsten refer to his father, most of the times, the word father was written in capital letter. I don’t know if it was intended that way, but I felt like it was a way to give power to the name, something God-like, opposite to the mother’s figure that was absent for most of the book.

The writing was good, but I find the pace a little slow and that made it a little hard to read for me. One of the biggest problems I have with the book, was the fact that it was very difficult to connect with any emotions. There was a melancholic feeling the whole time, but other than that, I feel like there was an important lack of emotions in the characters.

I didn’t like Brett, I think he was unable to understand Carsten’s situation and I don’t think he even try. I didn’t felt like the romance part was an important part of the book, but I guess it was intended that way. I really didn’t mind, I wasn’t looking for romance here.

In general it was ok, I didn’t liked it that much, but I think a lot of reader would enjoy it. As I mention, the writing is really good.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the DBML program of the M/M Romance group at goodreads.

Review: Ten in the Bin by N.R. Walker

Ten in the Bin

 

A short story, approx. 12.5K words.

Heartbroken, Dean Cartwright leaves Sydney and heads home, to the coastal town of Newcastle. In a bid to make new friends, he signs up for a local rugby league team where he meets a man known as Macca.

Dean and Macca are both front row forwards, meaning they’re the biggest guys on the team. Over six feet tall and over a hundred kilos each, they’re a force to be reckoned with on the field.

But when Dean gets knocked out, Macca gets even by punching the other guy, and both Dean and Macca end up on the sideline.

Dean soon realizes that being knocked unconscious is the best thing to ever happen to him.

Story is set in Australia, and uses Australian English

 

REVIEW

 

It was ok. I enjoyed it, but I don’t think it will be on my mind for a lot of time.
The characters were nice, but I simply didn’t felt too much emotions coming from either of them. It was more like a taking advantage of an opportunity more than real feelings between them and it made it difficult to really care for Dean and Macca as a couple.

I liked the sport part. I love sports but is a bit hard for me to enjoy books with such themes, maybe because I need them to be really accurate or because I don’t think about the players as romance heroes when I’m watching a sport, but this time I really liked it.

The plot wasn’t too complex, it was easy to enjoy. It can be easily like by most reader looking for a free of angst book. I might haven’t enjoyed it as much, but I’m intrigued by the author and I’ll be looking for more books.