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GUNS n BOYS : PARIS – GUNS n BOYS #1.3 by K A MERIKAN

guns n boys paris

SYNOPSIS

This is a short story special accompanying Book 1 of ‘Guns n’ Boys’. It doesn’t pick up after the end of Book 1, but is a story of what happened to Dom and Seth on Christmas Eve in Paris.

— Midnight Mass might have to wait —

All Seth wants is a Christmas Eve to remember, with the man he loves. When Dom invites him to Paris, his dreams are about to come true. But the man waiting in the apartment they are to stay at changes the course of the trip. To Seth’s surprise, religion is a bigger issue for Dom than he’d thought, and it’s on a collision course with Seth’s atheism.

Their first Christmas together might end up memorable for all the wrong reasons.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Religion, blasphemy, complicated relationships, Paris, Christmas

Genre: contemporary gay erotic romance

Length: ~ 12,000 words

Guns N Boys - Paris

Jointly Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
✯✯✯✯  Fiery, Romantic and Christmassy Stars

Who doesn’t swoon at the thought of a cold and snowy Christmas in Paris with the one you love?! The smell and feel of the Parisian Christmas markets. Well, we could definitely smell the mulled wine and feel the romance of Paris at Christmas as KA Merikan once again wowed us with their brilliant atmospheric writing.

We love Seth and Dom, so to spend some time with them no matter how short is always special; they make us swoon, laugh and give us the shivers. Seth our lovable sweetheart whose childlike excitement melted our hearts in this novella. Once more he showing his petulant side borne from jealousy and a religious clash with Dom. And Dom, our arrogant and wicked lovable rogue whose strong beliefs and tactless action caused such friction and despair.

‘Seth never felt this lonely in his life.’

‘How would he live his life after experiencing that soul-ripping storm?’

Christmas is almost ruined as a result of a thoughtless decision, possessiveness and stroppy jealousy. But Christmas has a magical touch and our lads have huge lovable hearts. So Christmas in Paris was passionate, emotional and sexy. What a treat!

“Open your jacket.”

“What for? You wanna carve my heart out? Too late anyway.”

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the authors, with thanks**

THE GUNS n BOYS SERIES purchase Links

Guns N Boys

  GUNS N BOYS BOOK ONE PART ONE
Our Review
AMAZON US || AMAZON UK || AMAZON AU

❈ GUNS N BOYS BOOK ONE PART TWO
Our Review
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 GUNS N BOYS : PARIS – PART #1.3
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RUSH (Pandemic Sorrow #2) by STEVIE J COLE

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SYNOPSIS

It’s my job to play music, to make girls wet, and then to screw a select few of them. I’m a professional rocker. I’m rich, I’m famous, I’m one lucky son-of-a-bitch. I have everything – except control.

The industry owns me. And the only thing I have a minuscule grain of control with is women, but not that dominate, tie you up and gag you kind of control. No, I want to govern how I make them feel. I need them to feel like a goddess while I’m in them, and I love being able to control the fact that they’ll never really have me.

Love is complicated. It is bullshit. And even if I thought I needed it, the rules of being a rocker won’t allow it.

Sex is all I need.

I don’t need love.

But for some reason I want her. For some reason I can’t get her out of my mind. And lately, every time I’m with any girl besides her it feels wrong.
I can practically have any woman I want, but I can’t have her. She’s off limits because she’s part of that industry that owns my ass.

Sex was all I had.

And sometimes I thought maybe love was all I needed…with her.

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RUSH

Jointly Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

✯✯✯  Stars

 ‘Sex is just part of life; it’s an ingrained physical need that you don’t have to understand. Love-that’s what people should be saving. Love is what can rip you to pieces, or make you complete. It’s what connects you on a whole new level to a person, not sex.’

We first met Rush, the dirty mouthed, sex crazed bassist for Pandemic Sorrow in Jag. On the surface he came across as a bit dense though gifted musically, possessing a sexual prowess that left us exhausted and needing a cigarette!!  He’s a demon between the sheets and is only too happy to share the love!  Rush has no filter and no shame! He’s out to enjoy the trappings of Rock and Roll anyway he can. Women, booze and drugs, it’s all on offer and he’s not one to knock it back.

‘Was I a whore? Yes. Did I use more drugs than the Mexican cartel? Probably.’

Told through Rush’s voice and covering the same timelines as Jag, this was a funny, sexy, uncomfortable and crazy read and one where we really came to know Rush on a whole new level and we loved him. There is a lot more to this guy than we originally presumed. Following the same timeline allowed us to experience how the other band members coped during the tumultuous events of Jag and it was enlightening.

‘I was still the same guy I’d always been. Loud, annoying, and uncertain about most things. I was just a fucking person. I bled, I cried, I got sick, and rejection feels the same whether you’re a rock star or a clerk at a Chevron.’

Rush (the story) explores the love/hate relationship between Jules and Rush. Jules is employed by the record label to keep these boys in check and boy does she have her work cut out for her with these guys!  It’s as though they’ve pressed the self-destruct button and Jules can only sit back and wait for it to detonate.

‘She hurt me, I needed to hurt her.’

Jules has known Rush for six years and in that time she has seen him bed a bevy of women. Jules feels a disgust towards Rush for his wild ways but can’t help the attraction she feels towards him.

‘The passion I felt for her made me forget that I was even famous.’

But Jules is off limits due to the no fraternizing with employees rule set out by the record company, but that only serves to make Rush even more eager to get between her thighs!  They do share a heated session, which leaves Rush wanting more and Jules wanting to forget! And that folks is where the game of cat and mouse begins!

“Don’t take this the wrong way, Rush, but you’re disgusting.”

Whereby Jag’s story was gritty, raw and unrelenting, Rush’s is more on the humorous side though there was no shortage of emotion in this story and we have to say we actually teared up at the end. Is there really a heart of gold underneath that unfiltered exterior? You’ll have to find out for yourselves!

“I want a reason to be done with my past.”

The early banter between Rush and Jules was priceless and was something we enjoyed immensely. There was an early scene that was so vividly and humorously told it had us giggling down the phone lines like crazy when we were discussing it. Stevie J Cole, you have QUITE the imagination.

If you had asked us to relay our feeling about the story and on Jules’s character halfway through the book, we would have waxed lyrical about what a fantastic heroine she was, how she was gutsy, witty and how we admired her for the way she kept Rush in check. She was so well written and we adored her. The story was moving in a believable and entertaining direction and we were invested up until a certain point.

Then…something happened. The story took a different tack and it was as though Jules became a whole other character and it gutted us. The girl we had come to love started to come across as selfish and uncaring woman and dare we say, she became a somewhat heartless bitch – so different to the Jules in the first half of the story,  it had us scratching our heads. Her actions caused us great sadness and there was no coming back after a certain turn of events.

From that point on we ceased to believe in Jules and we no longer believed or felt their relationship had any validity in all aspects of love from her side.  There was a void in their relationship we couldn’t move on from and it saddened us greatly because we were invested and enjoying the story up until that point.

We were unsure what this particular storyline was meant to make us feel. If it was to have us believe their relationship was solid because of this, sadly it failed in our eyes and only made us feel as though this couple wouldn’t withstand any difficulties thrust in their path from Jules perspective.

‘The only difference when it came to me and Jag and drugs was that his was an addiction, mine was a habit.’

There were certainly parts of this story we loved and early on we were certain it was going to be another 4.5/5.0 star read, however, we’re sad to say the events that unfolded disconnected us from the story and from Jules and Rush as a couple. Our feelings for Rush never altered. We loved him. This guy would have us laughing one minute, wanting to slap him stupid and then hug him the next. He could certainly be infuriating, but he had a heart of gold that always won us over.

There’s no doubt about it, Stevie J Cole writes a kick arse male POV! She’s does it brilliantly. We did like this installment, but sadly we didn’t love it.

**Reviewed from an ARC Copy provided by the author with thanks**

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THE PANDEMIC SORROW SERIES by STEVIE J COLE

Stevie J Cole

 JAG – BOOK ONE
Our 5 Star Review
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU

RUSH – BOOK TWO
Our Review
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU

ROXY – BOOK THREE
Amazon US || Amazon UK || Amazon AU

 

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