It’s Gun’s n’ Boys release time again, and I believe it’s high time to tackle a question we get all the time 🙂 Throughout the series, the nationality of the main characters is quite important, as they heavily identify with their country, particularly Domenico, who has a good Christian name. Seth’s on the other hand… is of either Biblical (son of Adam and Eve) or mythological (ancient Egyptian deity) origin. Not very popular in Italy, which some readers point out in their reviews.
I suppose there is an expectation that a foreign character should have a name that is associated with his ethnicity or nationality. People experience cognitive dissonance when something isn’t what they expect, for example when they meet a Japanese person, and he introduces himself as Hans or Adam instead of Yuuta or Ren. In some countries, there are vast lists of acceptable names, and giving a name that’s not on the list requires a special permit. In other places, people can name their kid after a fantasy character, or even a popular brand. Among celebrities, names of places and cities seem to be popular, while some parents in my home country call their children anglo-saxon names, like ‘Brian’, which sound very strange in combination with the Polish language. Even my own sister has a very unusual name that people generally don’t know how to spell.
My point is that parents choose names that are atypical usually for reasons that go beyond simple appreciation of a name. Those fascinated with the culture of another country sometimes use a foreign name, some kids are named after philosophical concepts that are important for their parents, and other times, the parent believes that an unusual name will benefit the child in the future.
In case of Seth, it is a mixture of many factors. As shown in book one, he shared a very close bond with his mother. By the time the story starts, she had already died, but we sprinkled information about her, and the fact that she gave her son a foreign name is yet another clue about her. In the context of the whole book, especially with the background of names like Dino, Santo, or Domenico, Seth’s name immediately identifies him as an outsider. It was a conscious choice we made to further stress just how out of place he is in his mafia family, and to enforce that impression on the readers from the start.
But that is the subtext. On a more human level, Seth’s name is a form of his mother’s rebellion against her husband. She never felt comfortable as a mafia wife and felt trapped in an environment where she was mostly seen as an extension of her husband rather than a person. By the time she was pregnant with Seth, the presumed heir of the business, Vincente, had already been born. At this point, her relationship with Dino was growing more resentful (it was then that Dino Villani had an affair with Domenico’s mother), and he consented that she names their second son however she pleases. She chose the name Seth as a form of claim over the younger son, to express that she believed he belonged to her rather than Dino. Secondly, it was a way of separating Seth from the traditional mafia culture. She wanted for him to leave and start a new life somewhere else, with a name that would let him easily fit in outside of Italy.
Of course, Seth doesn’t know all this, but we might touch upon this topic again in future books. Incidentally, in Swamp Blood, there is a white, blond character called Raj, named so by the Indian-American family that adopted him. Real world is frequently not what we expect, and we as authors believe that such elements add realism to the story instead of taking away from it.
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— Faking their own death was the easy part. —
After months of recovering from his injuries, Seth struggles with who he has become. Afloat in a reality he never planned, he tries to find the lost pieces of himself again. Find the purpose, motivation, and strength to get back into shape. He is sick and tired of being a burden for Domenico, who seems to have it all together. When Domenico’s jealousy pushes them into the spotlight of a biker gang with connections to their former mafia family, Seth decides to step up, and make his own decisions, no matter what risks they might entail.
Domenico Acerbi can’t trust anyone. Nightmares of Seth’s torture are still haunting his dreams, and if he and Seth are to leave the country quietly and disappear off the mafia’s radar, he needs to stay in charge and keep everyone under control. What he doesn’t need is Seth giving him attitude, keeping secrets, and distancing himself for no reason. And as if Domenico didn’t have enough on his plate already, Seth forces him to help some hooker. Being stuck in the swamp with a kid hunted by a bunch of bikers is not Domenico’s idea of laying low.
Themes: mafia, homophobia, assassin, organized crime, outlaw bikers, human trafficking, runaway, trust issues
Genre: Dark, twisted erotic romance / crime thriller
Erotic content: Explicit gay sex
Length: ~117,000 words
WARNING: Adult content. If you are easily offended, this book is not for you.
‘Guns n’ Boys’ is a gritty story of extreme violence, offensive language, abuse, and morally ambiguous protagonists. Behind the morbid facade, there is a splash of inappropriate dark humor, and a love story that will crawl under your skin.
Another perfect installment in this raw, dark and sometimes unforgiving world that Dom and Seth live in. An absolute must read especially if you are looking for something a little different than the hearts and flowers fluffy kind of reads. If you haven’t read the first 3 books to this series then you really need to stop reading this and grab the first book. You won’t be sorry I promise.
With Seth recovering from the trauma he suffered at Vincente’s hands, Dom’s nightmare of that day, tension is high for these men that we have become obsessed with. Their relationship is rocky with insecurities, misunderstandings and trust issues. Add in a 16 year old boy with some pissed off bikers and we get one hell of a ride. As we’ve come to expect from these authors this installment in the Guns n’ Boys series is filled with nonstop action, grit, suspense and so many unbelievable nail biting moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. You just won’t be able to look away.
Throughout their journey no matter how hard things get or how many road blocks they face, Seth and Dom’s love never waivers even when these men face such uncertainty. I love that about this series and with this latest installment you really are going to feel how deeply their love really goes. Dom’s strength and determination to be with the man he loves and to keep him safe is so much stronger in this one. Even when he’s tested personally by his love. I love how these authors create these flawed men that on paper don’t stand a chance at happiness but no matter what they face they face together and their love is what holds them so fiercely together. In each book I’ve always felt how truly made for each other they are. It’s like another layer opening up and I really can feel how deeply it goes.
Seth is so reckless in this one at times. He really runs off his emotions and doesn’t really think about what he is doing even though his intentions are good. Constantly getting himself into trouble and messing with Dom’s plans. It was really entertaining when Dom would scold him for acting on impulse, not that Dom isn’t impulsive at times as well. When they connect the words on the pages are just so powerful you feel like you are going through the motions with them. Just flawless in every touch and stroke. So sexy and lovable.
These men are such a joy to read about even when there is so much havoc around them. I just can’t get enough of them. Dana really ticked me off in this one and I really wanted to just take my ipad and smack her upside the head with it. I hated how she treated Mark. My heart honestly went out to this young man. I wanted to take him in and tell him everything would be ok. I loved how much Dom really showed us another side to him and how Seth showed Dom he too could be more than just a pretty face and kick ass when he needed to. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these men that I truly adore and love. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of them because with each book there are always new layers to uncover and there is never a dull moment. Ever.
A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.
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