Published 11 September 2014
Published by Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Copy obtained from author for review.
— 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.
I just finished Guns n’ Boys part one and I’m sitting here wondering where this book will go from here. I see several possibilities….. going after the person who set up Seth. Maybe Seth going back to Sicily to meet his arranged bride and start that ball rolling. Maybe even some more of Domenico and Seth as kids so we get a better idea as to WHY the Don would pick Seth to take his place. Because honestly, I’m just not seeing it. The rage is there, but it’s misguided. He’s failed at every task Domenico has tried to teach him. I think his deceased mother knew he was weak or maybe not weak, just a more sensitive soul maybe that’s why she let him leave for the US and spend time goofing around, taking classes. Seth doesn’t fit into the Mafioso lifestyle. He’s squeamish, can’t fight or shoot. He’s always making rash and impossibly stupid choices. It’s a good thing he has Domenico at the task of keeping him safe and training him!
I seriously thought Dom was pretty much messing with Seth throughout most of the book. He screwed Seth to basically mind fuck him. Dom gives him minimal guidance and then watches Seth fail over and over. His punishment, sexual favors. Seth acts like he doesn’t like it but I think he really does. He wants to be a kept man deep down inside. Domenico is the first man to bring that out in him and it scares Seth. He feels inferior and that is causing a mental war within his head.
Domenico is a cold-hearted executioner. Whatever word comes down, he does the task without question. At first Seth is just another task. I think it isn’t until the very end of the book that Domenico starts to really have feelings for Seth. I might even be projecting with that. Maybe I wanted him to breakdown his fierceness and show a little humanity. We get little glimpses of that humanity when Dom is with his mom, when he nuzzled Seth’s neck and when jealous over Silvio.
I just don’t know how Domenico and Seth can/will manage to continue this affair they’re having once back home. How will Domenico keep Seth safe and get him to man up. Right now I just don’t see how their situation will turn out okay. Maybe that’s a good thing?! Not every ‘couple’ deserves a HEA!
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!