Book Reviews

Chokehold (Guns n' Boys 5) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Assassins/Mercenaries / Erotic Romance / Dark Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 03-September-2016

Book Blurb

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.



Author 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.

Book Review

It is hard to believe that Seth and Dom have been together for only one year – with everything that they have been through it certainly feels longer! The action has been pretty much nonstop, with only the occasional break for licking their wounds or healing some serious injuries. Now that they have reached the Mexican border, their loyal new “apprentice” Mark in tow, sandy beaches, colorful cocktails, and peaceful retirement seem well within reach. Don’t relax too soon – this wouldn’t be a Seth and Dom book if all they were worried about were sunscreen and their next sexual encounter. As with previous reviews in this series, please consider anything that follows here a potential spoiler for earlier books.

Seth can admit that he is deeply in love with Domenico, but the misunderstandings, fights, and sulking have not gotten any less. On the contrary – now that Seth’s feelings can grow unhindered, the disappointment is all the worse when Dom wants things so different from Seth’s ideas about how their life is going to develop. Between Dom’s unreasonable expectation of a wedding despite Seth still being married in the eyes of the church, getting across the border without getting shot or worse, and the disaster that strikes when they are deep in the tunnel leading to what they expect to be safety, Seth is more challenged than ever. He desperately wants to provide for Dom and Mark, but has no marketable skills. He can’t even speak Spanish. And when he pushes his head through the wall, as usual, and does what he wants anyway, the disaster that is their life only gets worse. Much, much worse.
Domenico almost dies in the tunnel to freedom, and his patience gets severely tested while he has to lie low. He lost their money, he can’t work, Seth is being stubborn and doesn’t listen to Dom’s warnings about being careful around the drug lords, and above all, Seth is resisting the idea of getting married. Dom is still a man of faith – according to his own definition, at least – and he has principles. One of them is that he wants to marry the man he loves so they can be together not just now but after death. And if they’re not married, that’s not going to happen. Dom likes to be in control – strike that, he needs to be in control – but when he pushes too hard and Seth explodes in anger, the underlying emotions about the early days of their relationship surge to the surface and Dom has no idea how to fix what he broke so long ago.

This is a great installment where the external fights and crisis mirrors what goes on in Seth and Dom’s relationship. They have come far as a couple, but they also have some serious issues they never dealt with. Respect for each other and understanding what is important going forward is part of the focus of this book, and I was excited to see them dealing with long-buried resentment. The story line around the drug lord, the local Mexican gangsters, and Seth trying to hold his own among the sharks was fantastic. Seth doesn’t have a clue what to do, missed all the hints as to what’s going on, and I kept wondering how it’s even possible for him to be a Mafia don’s son. The addition of Mark, who has now become their “adopted son”, at least in Dom’s mind, continues to provide amusement and lots of opportunities for Seth and Dom to be “parental”.

If you want to know how Seth and Domenico deal with reaching the safety of Mexico only to be disappointed yet again, if you don’t mind some brutality and rough fights as they defend themselves, and if you think you can deal with the suspense of figuring out who has betrayed them and what is really going on, then you will probably like this fifth book in the series. It’s wonderfully funny in places, aggravating when Seth and Dom just don’t get each other – still, and very, very hot when Seth and Dom manage to focus on themselves rather than everything else that is going on.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 336 pages/110000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-August-2016
Price $4.99 ebook
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