Author: Kai Tyler
Narrator: Darren Homewood
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Love Bites and Silk
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/11/2016
Length: 04 hours 52 minutes
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
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 how 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.
©2015 Kai Tyler (P)2016 Kai Tyler
I will freely admit that I didn’t pick the right time to read this story. It has a lot going on and a depth that my brain just wasn’t ready for when I started the audio. However, I was still able to get lost in Dante and Carlos’ lives and love.
Theirs is a gritty, edgy courtship. It is almost surreal, but inevitable. They shouldn’t work, but they totally do. They also have plenty of hardship to overcome along the way.
For a detailed review of this title PLEASE read Queue’s review. He hit every point on the head for me.
Actually I will include it here for you
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.
Darren Homewood is a new narrator for me. I can’t say that is narration made an impression on me one way or another, to be honest. I guess that is a good thing. His narration fell away and I was just listening to an intriguing story from start to finish. I got lost in the author’s words rather than the presentation.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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