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Release Blitz+Review: Gilded Agony by K.A. Merikan


Length: 92,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Guns n’ Boys Series

“We are two halves of the same rotten apple.”

Deep in the Amazonian jungle, there is a mansion with a rose garden and a hen house where juicy tomatoes are the perfect shade of red, and marble countertops glisten.

Inside, where even the shadows don’t reach, something is rotting, and the perfect facade can only hold the stench for so long.

Domenico promised his husband that he would keep him safe, keep him away from the bloodshed and the brutal world of cartel violence. But when a guest arrives to help retrieve a stolen transport of guns, something sinister sneaks into his home, something more dangerous than his enemies. Or has it been there all along, and he just hasn’t noticed?

Seth’s life is what others dream of. Endless leisure time filled with cocktails, a kitchen stocked with anything he wishes for, and a private pool in the sunshine. What’s missing is the man he shares it with, the man he fell in love with. If being cut off from the mafia business was what he wanted, then why is it so painfully lonely in paradise?

Desperate to be the supportive husband Domenico needs, Seth buries his rage, his violent urges, and the anger that simmers inside of him. But he can only hide in plain sight for so long, and when a guest invites him to play with fire, one misstep, one wrong move, could burn their safe haven to the ground.


Themes: mafia, cartel, assassin, organized crime, family ties, domestic violence, inequality, betrayal, revenge.

WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.

The wait for a K.A. Merikan book is always ridiculously hard, but none more so than another Guns n’ Boys book. Gilded Agony was so well-worth the wait!

All is not well in paradise, and the title is so apt. This journey was absolutely agonizing in the best of ways!

Seth asks for a quiet, peaceful life, one that doesn’t revolve around the cartel lifestyle. Fast forward two years, and Seth can’t explain his restless energy. Or the building tension brewing between himself and Dom.

Damn, the emotion packed into these pages…!!!

I cried my eyes out (as usual), I had my fingertips blistered (as usual), and I had my heart squeezed and put through a blender(as usual). Basically, the sheer epic-ness of a K.A. Merikan book continues here, and if you like dark and dangerous and ambiguous, you’re going to be glued to the page like I was.

But I’m not going to lie. These two made me so angry, and some of their decisions… I did think, however, that a few threads could have been solved (and frustrations averted) with a few conversations (Communication, you two!!!), and that and that alone kept me from rating this five stars as I usually would have.

You’re going to feel and question and rage and cry. Get your tissues ready and dive in!

4.5 stars.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.







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