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"Intoxicating" #BookReview Duce by Kai Tyler #MMRomance #Thriller @KaiTylerAuthor

Book: Duce by Kai Tyler
Series: Worlds End, Book 2
Genre: M/M Romance, Suspense/Thriller, Dystopian, Organized Crime
Tag line: One mafia boss, One rival's son. One deadly setup.

Parties and orgies... those are the things Carlos Carmichael wants to do. It's the only way he knows to deal with his life as the son of a notorious cartel boss. He'll get whatever he wants by any means necessary.

Until he tangles with a man who plays by totally different rules.

Dante Orsino has been raised in the old ways of honor, loyalty and respect of the business. His role as mafia underboss is more than just a job. It also makes him an heir to one of the biggest families in the Southern Territories.

When Carlos meets Dante and plays a silly game, their weekend tryst sparks a deadly cartel war.

For Dante there's no other life except—the life. And he wants Carlos in his. But in the New World, a gay man is a dead man. Can he find a way to keep everything he loves and stay alive?

In a new world gone mad, even the good guys are bad. Welcome to the World's End series.

Content warning: This book contains scenes of violence and sex between men.

I've been reading books about gangsters and mafia men for a while. I read Mario Puzo's The Godfather as a teenager and fell in love with the characters. I've gone on to watch several movies of the same genre. So when in the past few years mafia romance/erotica suddenly became all the rage, I knew it was going to be win-win for me as a reader, combining my favourite genres into hot reads.

A few months ago I read Sicario which is a prequel to this series and I was intrigued, not just by the characters but by the physical world the author was creating. It was like nothing I'd read about before.

So when Duce came out, I was glad for the privilege to read it. In this story, Dante is a mob boss on a personal mission to find out what happened to his parents when he was a boy. He's away from his turf on vacation where he meets Carl (Carlos) at a nightclub. It's the only place in the territory where being gay won't get you into trouble.

One thing leads to another and these two get together for a one-night stand. But things get complicated when Dante finds out that Carlos is the son of a rival cartel boss. Neither of them are safe as trouble comes looking for them full throttle in the form of assassins and vendettas.

And with all that going on, the two of them discover they are falling in love with each other. But in a world where any show of affection between them can lead to death, how are they going to stay alive? 

I love what the author did here with the world building. Usually with other books, you get a whole heap of information dumped on you upfront as the authors try to give you a sense of settings. In this book, the information you need about the world is woven into the narrative and the dialogue in a seamless, just-in-time basis, so that you have enough to picture the scene without being overloaded with unnecessary words.

But the best thing about this book for me was the characters. I loved them all, even the secondary ones. Don't get me wrong, these are bad guys, antiheroes to be exact. They do bad things, illegal things and have no qualms about killing or maiming others. And if you're expecting that at the end of the story they go from being bad to being reformed, then you need to adjust your expectations. You won't find any 'road to Damascus' style transformations here as you find in many other romance novels.

This is a well-written book. I got hooked from the opening sentence and didn't put it down until the last. In fact, I've read it twice since the first time. The characters are engaging and you can't help rooting for them. I loved Dante especially and would love to see more of him in future books. #TeamDante.

The action is heart-thumping and well-paced, the smexy scenes are hot. Watching Dante and Carl together left me feeling warm and fuzzy as well as hot and bothered. LOL. The perfect high-stakes blend of power, violence and sex in one book is intoxicating and I can't wait for the next book in the series. If you want books about dark and dangerous men, then you've got to grab this. You won't be disappointed. While you're at it, pick up a copy of Sicario too. It's free to download.

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Sicario (Part One)
World's End, Book 1
A short story prequel to the series
Available now as FREE download

One hit man.
One slave.
One death wish.

Enzo has been ripped apart from his family and everything he knows and sold into slavery. He swears to free himself and mete revenge on all who have wronged him.
First he has to escape from his new owner, Lexan, a man who captivates him and makes him want to act on impulses he's suppressed for a long time. Impulses that can lead to death.

This is the first part of Sicario, a male/male romance set on a dystopian earth and a World End series short story

Kai Tyler: Stories about dangerous men and fierce love.
I love writing stories about forbidden men and relentless love, about gangsters with heart, antiheroes who do what they need to do to survive in a crazy world. These men commit to the lives they lead 100%—with heart, body and soul and when they fall in love you can be sure they bring the same level of passionate devotion to the people they love.
My Worlds End book series is set in an alternative/dystopian near future. Current published titles are Sicario: Part One (free to download), and Duce.
Titles coming soon: Sicario (full novel), Capo, Guerriero.
Reading books will always be my first love but I also love watching good action flicks. I live in good old sunny England, United Kingdom. It isn’t always sunny, but I love this quirky island of ours. *grins*

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