Hi! Miki here.
We are happy to be part of the Series Recap Tour and Giveaway for the Guns n´ Boys Series. As you might deduce by now, we don´t usually do this kind of thing. So, what´s different this time? The books and the authors. I´m a fan, I admire them both for many reasons, so it´s a pleasure to jump on this tour with all the other bloggers. So, let´s start with some important info:
Author: KA Merikan
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a twisted, dark erotic romance mixed with a crime thriller. It’s a long, turbulent journey of one couple deeply entrenched in the dealings of their mafia family. Behind the morbid humor and extreme violence hides the intense love affair of Domenico Acerbi, the mafia’s best hitman, and Seth Villani, the Don’s son.
Together, they have to deal with their blooming affection for each other, their family’s homophobia, their own prejudice, lust, jealousy, and violence. In true anti-hero fashion, they do so in most morally ambiguous ways.
Personal review about the saga:
The thing that I admire the most about K.A. Merikan’s books is how risky, original and brave they are in their narratives. They never repeat themselves, even when they use some of the classic tropes in the m/m genre in particular, and literature in general. They are the living proof that you can use any typical topic and write original and entertaining books, which have nothing to do with competing for attention (and market share) with any other exponent in the genre. Moreover K.A. Merikan always has the ability to go a little beyond the comfortable limits of any reader; they tend to provide raw, elegant, uncomfortable stories.
Guns n´Boys manages to raise strong characters, in very specific and complicated circumstances, without many halftones. The plot relieves us from suffering again and again with the classic, easy and repeated structure in the literature in general, but that is particularly present in this genre: the use of very specific literary categories, 2 or 3 maybe, combined almost always in the same order.
Something I value greatly in this saga, but it seems not very easy to perform for many authors, is the ability to convey a credible homosexual relationship. Also, the book includes certain taboos and violence, but without getting the feeling that the author just threw a brick from the fifth floor only to make noise. You end up feeling the relationship between Dom and Seth, with the endless but essential power struggle that exists between them and only fail to resolve with sex.
So, I recommend that you try anything by this duo. They have a very large variety of books, and themes to choose from. Guns n´ Boys is a wonderful example of how to be honest with yourself as an author, without loosing quality or sales. Just go, buy it. Book #5 is out. It´s time to give Dom and Seth a chance.
K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.