— 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.
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.
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.