Sicario, Duce (World’s End, Bks 1 & 2) by Kai Tyler ~ Book Review by Queue

TylerTitle: Sicario, Duce (World’s End, Bks 1 & 2)

Author: Kai Tyler

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Love Bites and Silk

Rating: 5.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 10/11/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, M/M Romance, Mystery, Romance

Blurb:

Sicario
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.

Duce
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.

My View:

I read a lot of books but it’s not very often I find something truly unique and original. However, that is exactly what happened with these two stories. The plot and world are totally special and Kai Tyler’s writing voice is completely fresh and distinctive.

The world of World’s End is a futuristic, dystopian one where criminal cartels have taken over and rule their lands with varying degrees of iron fists. Some bosses allow drugs and prostitution, others do not. There isn’t much discussion about the past but the world building of how it currently is is magnificent.

Sicario is a short story and currently free on Amazon. It’s basically an introduction of the World’s End series, but just a primer. It was enough to make me request Duce so I could continue reading more about this fascinating world.

Enzo, a slave, is purchased by Lexan. He expects certain things from his new owner and is confused when Lexan is nothing like he anticipated. He expects to be raped but that isn’t what Lexan is going to do.

“…I would never think about topping you. Not unless it was what you wanted.”

When they do have sex it’s without pressure and completely consensual. It’s also extremely erotic and very hot. It’s not long until both men are bonded in a way that will change them forever. Not even Lexan’s career as a hitman can get in their way.

In Duce we meet mafia underboss Dante Orsini, heir to a large crime family. He’s also gay, something that isn’t widely known. One of the changes in The New World is that being gay is once again frowned on, in fact it can get you killed. He still manages to find lovers such as Carl, a mouthy twink he picks up at a bar.

Dante and Carl engage in some VERY hot sexin’ of the BDSM-lite variety. Dante is dominant and loves giving orders, while Carl is submissive and adores following orders. They have a lot of fun without realizing who the other really is. It’s not spoiling anything to reveal that Carl is really Carlos Carmichael, the playboy son of one of Dante’s rivals.

Carlos is the youngest son of Juan Pablo Carmichael, aka The Baron, a brutal and harsh mob boss. He’s the younger of The Baron’s sons and his brother Marcos is definitely the favored son. The Baron doesn’t care that Carlos is gay, he hates it in fact, and forces Carlos to choose an arranged marriage or be jailed for being homosexual.

Carlos finds himself in the middle of a mob war between his father and Dante and ends up a slave of Dante’s. Dante doesn’t abuse Carlos in anyway, he still cares for him, he just wants The Baron to remove the death warrant he put on Dante’s head. However, Dante and Carlos’ time together brings them even closer.

There are quite a few little surprises sprinkled throughout the book that made for an engaging read. I don’t want to ruin any of them, but I loved each and every one of them.

I adored Dante and Carlos’ relationship even if they seemed to fall in love before I really bought they were there. In lust and even like, but not love. That’s just a tiny niggle though.

The author’s ability to describe a scene is absolutely phenomenal. One scene that stands out is when Dante meets with a man regarding the warrant out for his life. Every last detail is mapped out and I was able to perfectly picture everything.

The world building is similarly amazing. It’s all worked naturally into the story with no large info dumps or boring exposition. That sort of thing normally bores me, but that did not happen here.

I’m a big fan of first person POV and the book alternates between Dante and Carlos, just as the first book did between Lexan and Enzo. We really get deep into these guys’ heads and emotions.

Toward the end of the book there’s a chapter that switches to third person POV. I’d normally bitch about the switch but it worked here perfectly.

There are really no good guys here. Just anti-heroes and bad guys who aren’t as evil as other criminals. It will be interesting what the author does with future stories. She set it up for many more stories down the road with lines such as….

Wait, I don’t want to ruin it for you. Just go read it. You will not regret it.

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Links

Sicario, Duce (World’s End, Bks 1 & 2) on Goodreads
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Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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