Author: Miss Merikan
Release Date: September 28 2016
Length: 65,000 words
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
— He was not Prince Charming. He was the dragon to consume me. —
As the daughter of a mafia boss, I knew that keeping my head down meant staying alive.
So when my father arranged my marriage to a Sicilian mafioso, I smiled and nodded, hoping for a kind man.
But then my future husband’s cousin, Santo Villani, appears to pick me up for the wedding, and my life turns upside down, shattered by a kiss that shouldn’t have happened.
Arrogant, cocky, and yet irresistibly charming, he’s exactly the kind of man I shouldn’t be reaching out for. A dangerous mafioso who isn’t afraid to taste forbidden fruit.
I am torn between duty and passion, but my wedding is set in stone, so no matter which one of them wins, I will fall on their battlefield.
Themes: mafia, organized crime, marriage, forbidden love, danger
Genre: Dark, twisted romance / crime thriller
Erotic content: Explicit scenes
(STANDALONE novel, spin-off from the ‘Guns n’ Boys’ series by K.A. Merikan)
WARNING: Adult content. Contains violence, distressing scenes, abuse, offensive language, and morally ambiguous protagonists.
3.5 – 4 Stars!
One of my favorite writing duos! I have read several of the Merikan sisters’ M/M and M/F books and they never disappoint. This book, which could read as a standalone, is a side story to Seth and Dom’s story. But if you have not yet read the other Guns ‘n Boys books, get them!! They are totally addictive!
Lucrezia is promised to Seth in marriage by her father. Even though she is very young and naïve, she dutifully goes along with her father’s plan. Until of course she meets Santo, who is tasked with escorting her safely to meet her future husband.
Santo and Lucrezia are HOT but their relationship is completely forbidden. Each one of their encounters is laced with danger. I definitely want to read more about Santo: he could have an entire book written just from his point of view! Handsome, dominating and smart, Lucrezia can’t resist him.
This is without a doubt a violent mafia romance but yet it is not quite as bloody or strange as some of the books I’ve read by this duo. Lucrezia is almost an old-fashioned woman, from the way she dresses to her speech to her mannerisms. And even though Santo lives in a world of constant violence, he was sexy and romantic and almost tender with the beautiful Lucrezia.
‘Blood & Marriage’ is a super fast-paced and spicy read, with all of the trademark sexual tension and wonderfully descriptive writing I have come to expect from Miss Merikan. A great addition to a wonderful series.
(ARC provided in return for an honest review)
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken 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.