I'm sure that a lot of readers enjoy listening to some music while they read I know I do and sometimes the music just happens. That's what occurred for me this time around. 'Chokehold' is the 5th book in K.A. Merikan's Boys 'n Guns series and I have to admit this one started off a little slow for me. I'm not sure why but when I first started reading this book I was worried because I just didn't seem to be feeling that connection that I felt in the previous books...it was actually kind of scary because I really, really like Seth and Dom. These two men are hot and sexy, they're fierce and intense and so far I've found it fairly easy to get wrapped up in their story so just for a bit there at the beginning I was worried that maybe for whatever reason I'd fallen out of love with them. I mean honestly I couldn't imagine it but hey, sometimes these things happen...sometimes...but thankfully, not this time...
It may have taken me a bit to get back into the feel of things but sure enough I did and right about the time that I fell back into this story I realized that my brain was on a continuous loop of an old song by Don Henley and Patty Smyth called 'Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough' and after listening to it a few times I realized that for this book for me this was Dom and Seth's song.
'Chokehold' definitely delivers all of the action and suspense of the previous books in this series but unlike those books the real threat to Domenico and Seth's relationship is them. Dom and Seth have left the dangers of biker gangs and swamps behind and with Mark, the recent addition to their family in tow they're heading for Mexico and as with any trip nothing ever goes according to plan.
When Dom gets hurt during their border crossing. Things get complicated when Seth tries to take on Dom's role of provider and protector and Dom is unable to do anything to stop him while his injuries heal. Out of desperation Seth takes a job that places him in the cross-hairs of 'The Gravediggers' and at homes things go from bad to worse Dom begins to heal and tempers run short and begin to flair.
Their love may be as strong as ever but the question becomes is it enough. What happens when harsh words are spoken, feelings are hurt, faith is betrayed and trust is broken...things are said and done that can't be undone or taken back, old wounds are re-opened. How do you come back from that? Neither Seth nor Dom can imagine a life without each other so they're left with the question of how to make a life with each other.
Seth is Dom's light. He's all that is good and right in Dom's world. He's sunshine and innocence and there's nothing that Dom won't do to keep it that way. Dom is Seth's darkness. He's what keeps the ugly side of life at bay. If it will keep Seth safe, if it will keep that light of innocence burning in his eyes and keep the darkness away from his soul then Dom will go there he will do what needs to be done without hesitation.
"I'm honest. I wake up everyday, and I breathe for you." whispered Domenico without shame, because nothing that he said was for anyone else's ears but Seth's. "And without you my life is losing all of it's color. I'm stuck in a black and white perfume commercial," he said shaking his head.
The growth that we see from these men as a couple and as individuals was so beautifully done. I freely admit a few tissues were drowned during the reading of this book. Like the song says "sometimes love just ain't enough" but it doesn't mean that it's not a good place to start to find what is.
'Chokehold may have been a slow start for me but once the pace picked up there was no turning back and while it may not have a title or a release date yet, book #6 is already on my TBR list. If you haven't read the previous books in this series I strongly encourage doing so before reading this one.
An ARC of 'Chokehold' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.