Book Reviews

A Breath of Innocence (Guns n' Boys 8) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / New Adult / Erotic Romance / Dark Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-October-2018

Book Blurb

“I would wait a lifetime for this.”
“You don’t have to wait anymore. I want you.”

Mark is done with flings. He is looking for something real, and he knows just where to find it. Years ago, he fell in love with Charlotte Elswood, but after saving her life, he made the difficult choice to stay in a cartel for the sake of his family. 
Now, free of the bloodstained work, he’s ready to rekindle what he’s lost. 

But in England, he meets someone who is also blond, blue-eyed, and irresistible. Problem is, Griffith Elswood is Charlotte’s brother. Should Mark even consider putting his hands all over an innocent who would push him away if he knew what kind of monster Mark is?

After years of homeschooling, Griffith wants nothing more than to finally spread his wings at university. Secretly, he dreams of meeting a man he can fall madly in love with. A man he would have all the firsts with. But it’s hard to trust anyone after witnessing his sister’s heartbreak.

When Mark moves in next door, Griffith reaches out despite his sister’s warnings. Mark is mysterious, experienced, cocky, and just oh-so-dreamy. Alternating between hot and cold, Mark’s presence sends Griffith into a frenzy of passion like he’s never known before. So hot in fact, it might just burn him if he isn’t careful.

WARNING: Adult content. Scorching hot, explicit love scenes. Dark humor.

Book Review

In an interesting shift of focus away from the stars of the series, Seth and Domenico, this volume is all about nineteen-year-old Mark, an interesting young man they picked up a few volumes ago. Mark used to be all about becoming an assassin and being part of Seth and Domenico’s family, but then he fell in love with Charlotte, a kidnapping victim, and has now decided to go find her in England. Based on the blurb I already knew not everything was going to happen as Mark planned, but actually reading about in in greater detail was a lot of fun!

Mark longs for a “normal” life, but he is scared to death that he won’t be able to deal with it. Considering the fact that he never really had it in the first place, his fear makes sense. And once he arrives in England and sets up house next to where Charlotte and her younger brother Griffith live, nothing goes as he planned. Charlotte has moved on and despises him, but her brother turns out to be irresistible – much to Mark’s surprise. But nothing goes according to Mark’s plans, and without Seth and Dom to “help” him deal with life, Mark has to learn to deal with loneliness and isolation and to truly stand up for himself. It’s a very hard lesson!

Griffith is a seventeen-year-old young man whose life could not be any more different from Mark’s. He has always been loved by his family, never wanted for anything, and is part of a very traditionally-minded high society. But, apparently, being cared for and safe is no more a recipe for happiness than being allowed to determine your own fate. Griffith has just gained his freedom from his parents, now that he is at university and lives with his sister. He is much like Mark, yearning for freedom and “having fun”, yet he has been much more sheltered and is utterly naïve.

Mark and Griffith turn out to be quite the pair! Mark initially sees Griffith as an entry point back into Charlotte’s life, and Griffith believes that Mark just might be a ticket to adventures he has only dreamed of so far. As sweet as their initial romance is, complications soon ensue and the difference between Mark’s darkness and Griffith’s innocence are a real threat to their relationship. Their physical compatibility is off the charts – much like Seth and Dom’s. Yet I felt sorry for both of them – Griffith has to deal with violence and darkness he can’t even understand if he wants to stay with Mark, and Mark has to take responsibility for “ruining” the life of someone he has come to love as well as unforeseen consequences of his previous actions.

If you like Mark and want to see how he deals with growing up away from Seth and Dom, if you enjoy watching young men struggle with the shocks of adult life, and if you’re looking for a read that is very different from the other books in the series yet fits perfectly with the theme, then you will probably like this novel. Griffith and Mark may have more adventures ahead of them, but for now, they have plans and things are looking up for them.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 330 pages/125000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-May-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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