Guns n' Boys Series Blog Tour
Book #1 He Is Poison
Book #2 He Is Mine
Book #3 Homicidal Instinct
Book #4 Swamp Blood
Book #5 Chokehold
Book #6 Bloodbath
Book #7 Gilded Agony
We're trying something new. Well, not entirely new, but definitely new-ish. In two of our series, Kings of Hell MC and Sex & Mayhem, many characters who start out as part of the background cast find love in subsequent books. Something similar is soon going to happen in Guns n' Boys, which so far has been focused on a single couple.
Mark, a character who joined the cast in book 4, Guns n' Boys: Swamp Blood, has undergone a dramatic change since his first appearance. Readers met him as a teenage runaway who survived through petty crime and prostitution. Four books on, he's transformed into a young adult who's been through way more than most people twice or even thrice his age. Swept into a life of crime yet also finally belonging with a family that cares for him, he is no longer the same person.
From the start of his presence in the series, Mark was featured as a POV character. Back then, we already knew that he would eventually become much more than a side character or a plot device. With this in mind, we took care to show his ups and downs throughout the story, focusing on the coming of age aspect. Mark, a neglected child, found the care and love he needed in the most unlikely of places - with two runaway mafiosi, who in the end offered him a true home.
But being a member of this family comes at a price. Mark had to learn things no child should know and follow the path of his adoptive father, Domenico--a life of violence and threat. He participated in horrible things and lived through many whirlwind romances that were shown in the background of Domenico and Seth's story. He effectively lost his childhood and teenage years, so his coming of age story couldn't be conventional.
In book 7, Guns n' Boys: Gilded Agony, Mark is in that delicate stage in life where he has all the rights of an adult but lacks the kind of self-reflection ability that comes with age. Still emotionally vulnerable and naive, he must face decisions that will change the course of his life yet again, setting in motion the events of book 8, which will focus on him rather than Domenico and Seth.
While I don't want to reveal too much about Mark's love interest or which direction his story will go, I can say that he will have to deal with the fact that he is no longer the person he was, and that most people his age don't share his life experiences. In a way, book 8 will be yet another coming of age story for Mark.
While book 8 is the story of Mark finding The One, it will not be separate from the main Guns n' Boys plotline. We hope that readers who have followed the series from the start and who have met Mark as a silly teenager, will find this book very satisfying. For us, Mark's story is an integral part of this series, because it features a different outcome for someone drawn into the dangerous world of the mafia.
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To begin your journey with Seth and Domenico you should start here, with Book One: He Is Poison.
--- Love like butterfly knives in the stomach. ---
Domenico Acerbi. The Villani Family's best assassin. Ruthless. Vicious. With no patience for weakness.
Seth Villani. The Don's son. Clueless. Stubborn. In dire need of someone to keep him in line.
Domenico Acerbi grew up ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.
The last thing he wants to deal with is training the Don's son for his future role within the organization. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer, Seth Villani is no mafia material. But a man who could never become a threat might just be what Domenico needs.
Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn't get a say when he's pulled back into the fold. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, letting go becomes impossible.
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, forced proximity
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Length: ~110,000 words
WARNING: Adult content. Sizzling hot scenes. 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.
K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.