Author ~ K.A. Merikan
Published ~ 11th September 2014
Genre ~ M/M Dark Erotic Romance
The Family is always right.
The Family doesn’t forget.
The Family pays for blood in blood.
Domenico Acerbi grew up in the shade of Sicilian lemon trees ready to give his life for the Family. Ready to follow orders and exceed expectations. A proud man of honor.
When Seth, the younger son of the Don is kidnapped, it’s Domenico who is sent to get him back. The man he finds though, is not the boy he knew all those years ago. Lazy, annoying, spoiled, and as hot as a Sicilian summer.
Seth Villani wants nothing to do with the mafia. Unfortunately, he doesn’t get a say when the Family pulls him right back into its fold after his mother’s death. Thrown into a den of serpents otherwise known as the Villani Family, Seth has to find a way to navigate in the maze of lies. But when Domenico Acerbi, the most vicious snake of them all, sinks his fangs into Seth, the venom changes into an aphrodisiac that courses through Seth’s veins.
Domenico knows his life is about to change when he gets the order to train Seth up to the role of future Don. Seth isn’t made for it. He isn’t even made. But a man Domenico knows he would never have to fear might just be someone he’s always needed.
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.
This is a violent story and the author makes no apologies for that. In the first few pages we are introduced to Seth as he loses a finger for simply being his father's son. It didn't matter that he hadn't seen his father for more than five years - sometimes having the wrong last name can be enough to get you into trouble. Or as the author put it...
"You shouldn't have tried to get a hen house on Craigslist."
The contrast between Seth and Domenico is huge. Domenico knows his place in the family. He is tall with movie star good looks and a confidence that can't be shaken. When Seth is rescued, or ransomed back to his father, it is Domenico that is sent to escort him home. Seth and Domenico knew each other as children but have been apart for fifteen years.
...Domenico wasn't a trap, you could avoid those. It was like being locked in a cage with a cobra. A part of Seth screamed for him to just open the door and jump.
If you are into rugged stories then this book will definitely be for you. There are some triggers that some people won't enjoy - the suggestion that Seth and Domenico are half-brothers, the casual lack of use of condoms, the fact that both men seem to have no problems cheating (although in this episode they don't cheat on each other once they have had sex) and the violence. Neither men appear to like each other, although there is a tantalizing suggestion that the past has a lot to do with how both men turned out.
Seth unfortunately came across as a real whinge bag and there was nothing in the story that suggested he could become who he is supposed to be. Domenico appears to be nothing but a player, with the scruples of a rat, or the cobra Seth compared him too. While I can't say I enjoyed this story, I find myself curious to see what is in the next episode. It could be because I want to see some redeeming features in both men, but I am guessing it might take a while for the author to reveal those aspects. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes things real - harsh, uncompromising, violent and erotic. The story itself is well written and apart from an influx of "D" names at the funeral which was a little confusing, it was easy to follow.