A wedding should be a joyful affair, but it is far from that for Seth Villani. Thrust into an arranged marriage, back under the same roof with serpents and wolves who are his family, Seth has to watch his back if he is to survive until the despised event. Though with his love affair with Domenico Acerbi slipping out of his grasp, and his father forcing blood on his hands, sometimes Seth wishes the dark waves of the sea nearby could swallow him whole.
Coming back home to Italy is full of bitterness and regret for Domenico. He knows he will have to see Seth, the first man who’s found a way to his heart in years, walk down the aisle and marry. Seth belongs with Domenico, and having him ripped out of his arms is an offense he cannot bear. Yet despite the tension between them, and the growing resentment, Domenico still needs to watch Seth’s back, because there’s a target on it, and no matter how much Domenico doesn’t want Seth to marry, he will not have him dead.
Themes: Enemies to lovers, mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime
Genre: Dark, twisted M/M romance / crime thriller
Erotic content: Explicit steamy scenes, coercion
Length: ~90,000 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.
Domenico stepped back, watching the slouched, defeated figure of his lover. “It’s not your world,” he said and pulled Seth even closer, sliding an arm around his waist. The musky aroma at the base of Seth’s head was better than Xanax. “I wouldn’t be a good ballerina, for example.”
That seemed to cheer Seth up, even if only slightly. “Are you saying I’d be a good ballerina?” He leaned in for a hug. With his bulky body, he was to a ballerina what a bull was to a swan.
“We could try,” chuckled Dom, pushing his nose under Seth’s neck. He pulled on one of Seth’s hands and raised it along with his own, starting a gentle turn in the middle of the barn.
Seth’s smile melted, and he parted his lips in surprise but followed Domenico’s lead. His thick fingers were slightly sweaty in Dom’s hand but curled around it as their eyes locked. There was no music but the rhythm pulsing in Dom’s temples.
“Ever danced the waltz?” he asked, suddenly lighthearted.
Seth chuckled. “No. I’m more of a Placebo fan, you know.”
“How do you dance that?” muttered Domenico, squeezing his hand and leading him through the barn. Dancing had always relaxed him, and this old barn was perfect for a love scene of their own, where no one could see them.
Seth wasn’t the best dancing partner. He was clueless about the waltz, but he did follow well. “This could work,” he said, working hard not to stumble in the dirt.
“What do you mean?” Domenico smiled at him. “What are the steps?”
Seth never tore his gaze away. “There are no particular steps, so… this could work.” He followed Dom’s lead. It was clumsy, but Dom’s skill made up for both of them.
Domenico chuckled and rose to his toes, kissing Seth’s soft mouth. He loved the ever-present stubble that never failed to scratch him. “Trust me, and do what I ask you to. Understood?”
Seth gently kissed him back, calm and collected again. “I will. Don’t betray my trust.” It was more of a plea than a threat. “I’d have to exchange you for someone else then.” He smiled, never letting Dom’s hand go.
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