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Duce: A Novel (World's End Book 1) by [Tyler, Kai]
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Such a riveting read. I was hooked on this story from the teasers Kai had posted on her blog, and I finally had some time to read this story. I could not put it down, and I'm looking forward to the rest in this series.

Suspenseful and emotional with well fleshed out characters.
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This is my first read from this author, but from what I read, it certainly won't be the first. It's not a perfect read, as the writing style tries rather hard to be too hip in some places, which simply makes some sentences...senseless. Still, I liked the pace, the tale and the leads enough to race through it and be impatient for book 2.

If you like the GnB series by KAMerikan, you'll enjoy this - mafioso with a heart, who's not ashamed of his needs, his desires and his attraction to his 'softer' lover, but who needs to live by the Code. Add in that this is set in a dystopian world where gifted children used to be experimented on/enhanced (this guy has enhanced hearing) and where homosexuality is punishable by death or via 'treatment' at mental institutions and all combine to make a decent read.

I can't wait to read the second book in the series, where there's a bit of an alpha/dom and slave/submissive role reversal. This is a good first read.

Ebook courtesy of the author and NetGalley, in return for an honest review.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x988ac5c4) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By 2kasmom - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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HASH(0x9884ac18) out of 5 stars My Thoughts on Duce 16 May 2016
By Shy G. - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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HASH(0xa3430a68) out of 5 stars Engaging, Excellent and Well-written 2 Dec. 2015
By Tdaulton. - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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HASH(0x9a4e7bb8) out of 5 stars I really liked this book 19 Oct. 2015
By steamy book momma - Published on Amazon.com
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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HASH(0xa3552564) out of 5 stars Mobsters, cartels, vengeance, love and men.......score! 20 April 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars
From the moment I read the synopsis of Duce by Kai Tyler, I was extremely curious.... Mobsters, cartels, vengeance, love and men... All my favorite subjects to read. I'm a huge fan of m/m books and this is the first one I've read that is dark and mysterious. I found this nonconformist plot refreshing.

Two men who were never supposed to be brought together...
Dante Orsino is a mob underboss for the Vincenzo family. Carlos Carmichael is the son of a rival cartel boss. These boys are eccentric and fascinating. Extreme opposites that seem to balance each other. Dante is domineering and controlled. He is well respected and his presents demands submission. A true alpha male and sexy as hell.While Carl runs around acting like a bratty whore. Just partying and sleeping around. He is flamboyant, but his boyish charm makes him so loveable. Put them together and sparks fly. They have an undeniable connection. Even with knowing they should not be together, they can not stay away. As the story proceeded, I got glimpses into who they really are behind their facade... It was exciting getting to know them. The description says, Duce is book 2 and a stand alone. So I didn't feel the need to read the first... needless to say, I was tad confused in understanding the dystopian background and the "New Earth." Therefore, I suggest reading book one first. For an m/m book, I found the storyline to be so strong and different on it's own. Add the dystopian aspects and it certainly puts a very unique spin on it. There were a couple of scenes that had such powerful potential, but fell a little short for me. Also, the story ended rather abruptly. I wanted more! But over all I really enjoyed Duce. For a new author, I think Kai has some great ideas. I'm very intrigued to see what comes next....
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