Friday, August 26, 2016

ARC Review: Guns n' Boys: Chokehold (Guns n' Boys, #5) by K.A. Merikan

--- The ugliest truths blossom into the prettiest lies. ---

A year into the relationship with Domenico, Seth still wants him as desperately as ever. Nothing is better than being intoxicated with lust for his deadly man and feeling his steady hands all over. No matter the misunderstandings, the fights... The crash. The burn.

Crossing the Mexican border has been a goal for Seth and Domenico for a few months, but the trip couldn’t have ended in more of a disaster. While Domenico is stuck at home, for Seth each passing day becomes more difficult. Desperate to keep his family afloat, he accepts a job offer from Los Sepultureros. The Gravediggers.

When Domenico’s need for control starts eroding their trust, Seth is sure their love can conquer all. But when Domenico rips open the wound left after the violence at the beginning of their relationship, it gushes blood all over their cozy lies and this time, there may be no way to seal it.


Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, trust issues, religion, love

Genre: Dark, twisted romance / crime thriller

Erotic content: Explicit scenes

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

Jewel's rating:

"I wake up every day, and I breathe for you."

Oh, Dom & Seth, it has been too long and I have missed you, so. Dom & Seth are undoubtedly my favorite pair of anti-heroes and they did not disappoint at all, in Guns n' Boys: Chokehold. Though Guns n' Boys: Swamp Blood still holds the title of "my favorite Merikan novel', Chokehold was and is definitely worthy of the series.

You might recall, if you've read the previous books in the Guns n' Boys series, that Dom & Seth are on the run after being betrayed by the family, and they've picked up a teenage boy, whom they've pretty much adopted as their son and Dom's protege. They cross into Mexico, here, to regroup and try to find more info on Mr. Tropico. But, of course, nothing ever really goes to plan.

Dom still has his overly macho tendencies and needs to be the protector and the provider. But circumstances dictate that he can't be either, for a time. And Seth decides to step up and be that man. But Dom is not exactly cooperative and his insistence on being the only one that can provide cause a fair amount of strife between he and Seth, and no small amount of heartbreak.

Seth is a capable man. Is he Dom? Nope, and I am thankful for that. Seth is Dom's heart. His soul. But Seth needs to feel useful, too, especially after everything that has happened in the last year. And though he doesn't always think things through, Seth wants, for once, to be the hero and come through for the man he loves above all.

There was some good to come from the actions that nearly broke them, though -- they talked. Really talked about things much past due. And the sexing that happened after that set my Kindle (and me) aflame. Dom & Seth deserve some happiness and I want to see them through to finding it.

And Mark, the seventeen year old boy that Dom & Seth rescue in Louisiana is so eager for Dom to teach him how to be a made man. He looks up to Dom and wants to prove himself. He's not reckless about it, though, thankfully. But seeing him be so eager just shows his naivete. He'll grow and learn, though, and with Dom and Seth as mentors, maybe he'll even come through it with his humanity in tact.

Wow, what a ride that was! And when the plot finally came to a head, I was at the edge of my seat! I needed my guys to come though it ok. They've been through so much, already! And they do. And I loved it. Blood, violence and all. Go team!

One notable (and welcome) absence in Chokehold was Dana. I was so happy she was elsewhere, because I do not like her. At all. Looks like she will be back in the next book, though, so I'll have to brace myself for that. I can't imagine she will be anything other than the snake in the grass she has always been. Maybe my dreams will come true and Dom (or Seth) will end her. A girl can dream, right?


ARC of Guns n' Boys: Chokehold was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.

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