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Monday, 19 October 2015

Release Blitz, REIVEW, & GIVEAWAY: Duce (Worlds' End #2) by Kai Tyler

Title: Duce
Series: Worlds' End #2
Author: Kai Tyler
Genre: MM Romance, Mafia, Suspense, Dystopian
Published: October 19, 2015
One mafia boss.
One rival's son.
One deadly setup.

Parties and orgies... those are the only 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.

4/5 Stars (Very Good)
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books, I was gifted my copy of this book to review.

Dante: Heir to one of the biggest Families in the Southern Territories.
Carlos: Second son to Dante's rival.

One Mafia Boss,
One Rival's Son,
One Deadly Set up.

This is book two in the Worlds End series, but you don't need to have read book one, Sicario, before you read this one. That is Lexan and Enzo's story, and while they do appear here, you don't have to have read it, for this story to make sense.

This was a longer read, than book one, but not by much. It also answers some of those questions I was left with after book one, about the Ne World, and the Old world. About how things came to be so difficult for a gay man in this world.

Its still seemed only short, but it packs a far more powerful punch than Sicario. Its sexier, deadlier, darker and are more dangerous for both Carlos and Dante.

we get more of an insight into the darker part of this world, drug abuse, drug dealing, prostitution, kidnapping, slavery. Some readers may find this a difficult read.

I did, like isn't quite the right word....appreciate, that while Carlos was "trained" by two different people, we don't get that in any detail. Its mentioned, talked about, briefly, but no detail. I think, that if we had, it might have spoilt the read for me.

As I said, book two. Who and what happens next, no idea. Will I read them?? Hopefully. This is, I think, only the second book by this author, and I'd like to see how they develop, grow. Will love to watch how Tyler finds their feet.

But please! A longer book would be awesome!

4 stars

**same worded review will appear on Goodreads,, and**

An Action Scene from Duce © Kai Tyler 2015

Dante's POV
Flexing my fingers, I strode into the alleyway, keeping to the shadows.
"Move away from him." My steady, low-pitched voice hung in the humid air, arms stilled at my sides.
"This is none of your business, mister," the man Carl had approached in the club spoke as he straightened to his full height.
A large man, he stood wider than me and built like a wrestler. Same as his friend. They reminded me of an old nursery rhyme I’d read as a kid—Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
"I'll walk away if you let him come with me." The negotiator in me held court. In my line of work, this skill had saved my skin more times than I could count. Especially since it distracted the adversary into thinking I lacked the physical strength to back it up.
"Not until we're done here."
One look into Carl's rounded and pleading eyes and I switched tactics, stepping into their space.
Tweedledee growled and charged, swinging his arms.
My reflexes took over. After ducking low, I smashed my fist into Tweedledee’s groin. He gave an agonised grunt and fell with a thud to the ground.
Whoosh. Wham. Tweedledum came at me, fists jabbing in methodical motions like a boxer. Jaw clenched in a snarl, I ducked his punches, biding my time as I was slowly pushed back into a corner. My experience made me keep my composure while adrenaline flooded my veins.
The chance came. I stepped wide with my left foot, swung my right leg behind him and kicked back. Tweedledum tumbled. I pulled him backward with his arms and flipped him over my right hip. As the man crashed onto the ground, I corked my hand, ready to deliver a death blow.
"No!" Carl shouted, a terrified tremor in his voice.

A Smexy Scene from Duce © Kai Tyler 2015

Carlos's POV
"Your first time folding clothes."
I'd been admiring him so much I'd forgotten everything else. His words made me look at my handiwork and my cheeks heated. How did he know it was my first time?
"I-I'm sorry if it's not up to your standard." I felt inadequate and silly that I couldn’t fold my own clothes well.
"You did a good job."
"I did?" Warmth spread across my chest at his approving words.
"Yes, you did. Come here."
I didn't need a second invitation. I hurried to him.
Placing both hands on either side of my face, he stared at me for a minute, the expression in his eyes completely unreadable. Then he jammed his hands into my hair, tugged my head back, and lowered his lips to mine.
I melted against him. In contrast to the hardness of his body, his lips were soft. Full and soft. His tongue explored my mouth. Hungry. Seeking. Savouring. I groaned, grabbing onto his bare back and rubbing my cock against him.
He broke the kiss. Nuzzled my chin, my neck. Bristles scoured my skin. Callused hand wrapped around my dick. I gasped for air, leaked pre-cum like a tap. A thumb swiped and he spread the moisture, using it as lubricant as he jacked me.
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3/5 Stars (Good)
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Goods. I was gifted my copy of this book for review.

This book was written as part of the 'Love Is An Open Road' event on Goodreads and is based around a photograph.
Photo description:  A man is bound with coarse, wound rope, hands stretched to the sides and back, body bowed from the waist and head tilted downwards. On the outside he appears beaten. Broken. A man willing to submit to whatever life and his captors have in store for him. But watch his hands. The determined way he grips the ropes. This is a warrior and while the battle may be lost, the war is not over.
Lexan buys Enzo at auction. Enzo's body had been tortured, beaten, broken. But his mind was still his own, and he knew as soon as he was able, he was going to kill Lexan and get his revenge. But Lexan is...unexpected. And Enzo begins to feel for him. When Lexan is faced with having to return to the life he worked so hard to get away from, Enzo decides to stand by Lexan.
Short, so very very short! 36 pages (according to Amazon) about half hour reading time for me.
Its also lacking a great deal. I UNDERSTAND that short stories often are, but this one left me with more questions. It talks of  the New World, but never fully explains what that means.
I didn't connect very well with either character, and I didn't get into either man's mind, emotionally, they were both very distant.
BUT! If you want a quick read, that isn't too taxing on the brain, too complicated, a lunch break/bath tub read, this is just the thing.
I just wish it were longer.
I will be reading Duce, book two shortly, but the blurb has different characters. We shall see if Lexan and Enzo appear.
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, and**

Although I’m new to writing MM Romance, I’ve been a reader and lover of the genre for many years. When I’m not helping other authors promote their works, you might find me in a coffee shop, day dreaming about how the cute couple in the corner fell in love. You can also find me online ogling images of hot men, which I do share btw.
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  1. Thank you, ladies and especially Debbie for reading and reviewing both Sicario Part One and Duce. I totally appreciate your time and support. Your reviews brightened up my day.

    I've taken your feedback on board about making future books longer. Although Duce is actually over 51000 words compared to Sicario Part one that was about 7000 words.

    Have a wonderful week.

  2. I love all genres, but true crime is my favorite. I loved Ann Rule so much and I know I'll miss her work.