Title: Gilded Agony
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: M/M Romance
Type: Book seven in the Guns n’ Boys series
POV: Third person
Published: March 24, 2018
Two years later in the timeline, Domenico and Seth are living in the Amazonian jungle while Dom is the acting cartel boss known as Toro. While surrounded by the luxury of their compound, Dom tries to insulate Seth from all the violence and carnage he must endure. But even though Dom keeps his promise, Seth begins to feel isolated and craves the emotional intimacy he once shared with Dom. Amidst these feelings, Dom is forced to deal with business complications that could affect his long-range goal.
“I understand how it feels to be in that kind of position. Sometimes you can’t say no. You just do what you have to do to survive, and then you leave that behind.”
As a faction is working against Toro’s hold in his territory, the suspense mounts but once Seth begins to take certain actions, the level of tension is off the charts. Knowing how disastrous and dangerous the consequences could be to Domenico, Seth and their family, the authors pushed these emotions all the way to the edge. And what occurs left me reeling and worried about the emotional impact.
“If you tell me right now that you really don’t want me anymore, then you can go. But I need you. There is no me without you.”
Coming into this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of character development, but Dom and Seth continue to grow as a couple despite setbacks getting to that point. Always holding Domenico to a position of strength made his pain so much more compelling. As for Seth, at times I wanted to strangle him for his choices but also empathized with his feelings.
With the overall plot continuing to propel Seth and Dom to a place where they can return home, questions remain about a mysterious character. I’m looking forward to reading Mark’s new book and what he will experience. And, I still want to know about Miguel!
Gilded Agony is a story about how love can be imperfect and volatile at times, but also passionate and loving. I highly recommend!