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Duce: A Novel (World's End Book 1) by [Tyler, Kai]
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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hold me 19 October 2015
By 2kasmom - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Dante and Carl meet at an exclusive club. Carl knows right away he wants Dante. He sees him as the 3D's. Dark, Dangerous & Domineering. Perfect for what he has in mind.

Dante saved Carl's life, so he feels responsible for the kid. He does not think he is big enough or old enough to handle what he would give to him. Turns out that is not quite true...

When push comes to shove, all that matters is that Carl is willing to do what it takes to be where Dante is. Can Dante make a place in his carefully ordered life for him? All Carl wants is to be his.

There is more going on here, and Dante is right to be worried. It is a case of opposites attract. This is a great book of suspense and good banter. Sexy times, and dark and dangerous times. I loved how they could not deny one another even when they want to

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My Thoughts on Duce 16 May 2016
By Shy G. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 of 5 stars

Duce is a mafia M/M romance set in a futuristic, dystoptian type setting. The main characters Dante and Carlos meet in a night club when they are both out for a night of relaxation and interested in finding someone to have good time with. While they are both attracted to each other, Dante doesn't originally think its such a good idea to take Carlos home. A dangerous situation and a rescue lead to the two of them leaving the club together after all. That decision though sets off a chain of events that neither of them see coming. Dante soon discovers that the man he now can't stop thinking about is the son of a rival cartel boss. Carlos discovers that man he wanted from first sight is just like the men he has grown up around and despised. And in a new world that is against the two of them being together at all, it seems like their love is doomed before even really having a chance to begin.

Starting off, I'll mention the things that I liked about this book. Dante would be the main thing. Despite being this badass cartel guy, he was still honorable. If he made a promise, he kept it. If he saw someone in trouble, he helped. Of course he wasn't perfect, but that's what makes him even better. He has issues with things from his past. He also had moments where he did what he felt he had to do, even if it wasn't what he wanted to do, and even though it hurt Carlos. He still ended up being a great character for me and my favorite of the story. I liked the depth of the story-line. There were a lot of different things at play here but it was laid out in such a way that it flowed very well. There was no confusion as to what was going on in the moment, and there were no slow, boring moments for me. There were some supporting characters that I loved, and then there were some that I hated. But the ones that I hated were the bad guys that I was supposed to hate anyway so it was OK. And even Carlos, while I did not like him as much as his other half Dante, because he sometimes had some juvenile moments that weren't so endearing, I still liked him overall.

The only dislikes for me about this story were first, I felt like the two were "in love" without a whole lot there to base that love on at the time that they were throwing the word out there. Toward the end, I totally got it and felt that after everything that they had been through it absolutely made sense that they had fallen in love, but when they first mentioned it I kind of felt like they barely knew each other and I didn't get what the basis of their love was built on. And then second, there was the rushed ending. I felt like everything was flowing so steady and smooth and then bam, everything is getting wrapped up and finished out of no where. I felt like some of the things that happened could have been extended either into making the book longer, or could have been put into another book about these two characters and I would have happily read it.

Overall this was a very enjoyable story that I would definitely recommend and I look forward to the upcoming books about some of the secondary characters that I liked in this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Excellent and Well-written 3 December 2015
By Tdaulton. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Review originally posted on Prism Book Alliance.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dystopian mafia thriller with a pinch of BDSM 29 October 2015
By Hans Hirschi - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
An ARC copy was provided to me in order to facilitate this review:

I rarely know what I get myself into when I accept requests for reviews, never really knowing (or caring) what sort of book it is. I like a good surprise. And somewhere I must’ve missed the last sentence in the blurb. I don’t like violence, and I certainly don’t care for BDSM. But from all the conferences I attend and all the conversations I have with people, I understand there is a huge market for it and that lots of readers like it. I took the first sex scenes with dominance in a stride and pressed on.

Duce is a very well written story and I devoured it in one go. The thriller like qualities of the story make you want to keep reading, want you to find out what happens next, how the story evolves and resolves. Dante, the main character, isn’t the easiest person to get to know, but over the course of the book we’re awarded with many insights into this complex man, from his youth to what shapes him into the mafioso he is today. The same can be said for Carlos, although I have to say I’m amazed when I noticed in the press material for the blog tour that the author imagines Alex Pettyfer in the role as Carlos. I didn’t see that coming. I saw a very different Carlos. Oh well. To each hir own.

Dystopian setting, in a near future where the northern Hemisphere is pretty much gone, Dante plays out in Latin America, a land subdivided by different mafia organizations. I certainly think this to be an interesting twist. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that anywhere. The book is well researched and very credible. I may not be an expert on mafia stories nor the dystopian setup, but it’s easy to accept things for the way they are. I never once doubted the setup, which is always tricky when you get into “imaginary” worlds. I really liked this story and credit is due to Kai for creating this world, where sadly gay people have to struggle once again for being who they are and finding happiness. No more marriage equality.

I have only one thing, which may be trivial to any, but is excruciatingly painful and very important to a gay man. About a third into he book, homosexuality is referred to as a lifestyle, not by some evangelical nutcase or a homophobe, but by one of the gay characters in the novel, twice. That someone who writes about gay men and who I presume to be supportive of who and what we are, reducing being gay to a lifestyle feels wrong and is hurtful. Being a punker, a hippie or hipster may be considered a lifestyle, but being gay is NOT, as little as being born blind or seeing is. The word lifestyle is diminishing who we are, assuming we have a choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. I never thought I’d read this in gay fiction, never. I needed to say that. It clouds my impression of an otherwise extraordinarily well crafted and interesting book. I hope the author learns this lesson and avoids using such hurtful and degrading terminology in the future.

If you like to read an M/M story set in a dystopian setting, with lots of violence and a couple in a BDSM relationship, then you should definitely check out Duce! Four stars would’ve been five, had it not been for the lifestyle.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book 20 October 2015
By steamy book momma - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked this book. It has action, romance, mystery and more. I haven't read the first book in the series however I wasn't confused at all. In this new world homosexuality is once again not accepted by the general population. Organized crime rules this new rule and being a gay man is a definite no and will get you killed. Dante is on a person mission to find out what happened to his parents. Since his mission is personal and not business he is a little more relaxed than usual and decides to visit the only gay club. There he meets Carl; there is just something about the boy. Dante is easily 10 years older than Carl but when he thinks Carl is in trouble he doesn't hesitate to rush to help him. Carl is just as taken with Dante as Dante is with him. They form a bond very quickly and a one night stand could turn into more. While out the next day Dante notices someone following them and sends Carl into cafe ahead of him so that he can talk to the man following them. He learns that Carl set him up the night before and can't believe he let someone in and fell for a trap. Carl is the son of Dante's enemy. He is mad at himself and at Carl; he doesn't stay for any kind of explanation just leaves and doesn't look back. However this isn't the last time these two will see each other. Did Carl trick Dante to set him up to help his father or just to get Dante's attention for himself? What will happen when Carl's father finds out? The mafia world has strict rules and traditions. Dante has to be careful of everything he does. There are lots of people who would like his job and kill to get it. Being gay on top of that would make him a bigger target if certain people found out. Carl has grown up never having to really work for anything. He is about to find out what it is like to have nothing. His father is a ruthless man and everyone does want he wants or he makes them pay. Carl is the disposable son and his father has always seen him as a disappointment. Carl hates everything about his father and older brother. He doesn't know that Dante is in the same line of work as his father. What will he do when he finds out? This book was a great read and I have picked up the first one to read it. The story was well written and the characters draw you in. I look forward to reading more books in this series in the future.
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