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Duce

(World's End #1)

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3.48  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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
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ebook, 165 pages
Published October 17th 2015 by Silk Publishing / Smashwords Edition (first published October 11th 2015)
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Lisa
I was given a copy of this book free by the author in return for an unbiased review.

Set in a time when homosexuality is illegal and people are either sent to prison or committed into asylums, Dante, head of a crime organization meets Carl, in a gay club. Neither knows who the other is but Carl is the second son of a rival gang.

Ther are brutal parts of this story but I think of it more as a love story between the 2 MCs with the workings of the organizations bbeing the back drop.
An interesting boo
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Queue
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
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Katrin
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Inhalt:

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 hi
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Ana
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very nice book. I enjoyed it so much. It was so much more than I expected. It had everything I want in a book, a good plot, strong characters, crime and love. Just my type of book.

It’s setup in a kind of dystopian world, where the mafia it’s still the mafia. Dante it’s an underboss, very committed to his job, until he meet Carlos, the son of a cartel boss. An interesting turn of events starts a fight not only for their lives, but also for love.

Even when the world created by the author
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2kasmom
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 carefu
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Doris O'Connor
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Skirmish
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Rating: 2 Stars - it’s a struggle to finish the damn book
Love Africa Book Club
I've been reading books about gangsters and mafia men for a while. I read Mario Puzo's The Godfather as a teenager and fell in love with the characters. I've gone on to watch several movies of the same genre. So when in the past few years mafia romance/erotica suddenly became all the rage, I knew it was going to be win-win for me as a reader, combining my favourite genres into hot reads.

A few months ago I read Sicario which is a prequel to this series and I was intrigued, not just by the charact
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Jane
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
DISCLAIMER: A free copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

And to think this one started off quite well... A dystopian 21st century world where the gangs order things around and where slavery is back. A world that has some similarities with our current world but is actually very different from ours. And two men who find themselves falling for each other despite the fact that
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Julie Gustafson-Monk
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books

I really enjoyed this book. Duce has a scenario that I have never read before. Mafia meet gay romance and BDSM scenario. It was very well written and characters written perfectly. The writing just clicked for me.

This book is based on a futuristic life. Let me explain. Each Territory has rules and regulations, so to speak, to live by. One will accept the gay way of living. The other accepts drugs and prostition.. So forth and so on.

Dante is a mob under
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Beebs
This book had real potential but ultimately too many loose ends and contradictions. Sadly, not for me.

*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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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
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Ruth Evans
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic start to a series!

This is the first book I have read from this author but it definitely won't be the last! The book is well written and the characters are captivating.The characters grip the reader and keeps them reading.
Dante has a troubled past but he's moved on, .mostly but the nightmares still come to him. He decides to visit a club to take his mind off those nightmares. When he sees someone who he's attracted to needing help then he steps up. Dante hates to be crossed and so he wa
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Tonileg
Dystopian sci-fi M/M story set in South America after the northern world is destroyed and leaves the world fun by mafia groups.
Dante Orsino started life loved and rich but that is all taken away when his parents are murdered and then he finds a new life in the mafia in his hometown where he quickly earns his way up the power structure to be rich and powerful. Dante meets Carlos Carmichael while in vacation and hiding his gayness, but reality hits him at home when there is an assassination attemp
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Cleo
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Stephanie   GooglyEyes
Good start to a series.
I listened to the audio. I thought The narrator was good, but the sound was off. Almost as if it were recorded in a small space, it had a hint an echo to it. Not enough to make me not listen to it though. in fact, I didn't want to stop.

3.5*
**Kaycee**
**2 stars**


This story was a great idea...great trope. However, it was RUSHED. It skimmed over so many aspects, it felt incomplete.
**Kaycee**
**2 stars**

This story was a great idea...great trope. However, it was RUSHED. It skimmed over so many aspects, it felt incomplete.
Lulu
many plot holes, ridiculous events, rushed events. But I enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars.
Kathy Wideman
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mafia, danger, romance, series
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 t ...more
Dawn Nicole Costiera
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 ecce
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Debbie
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books, I was gifted my copy of this book to review.




Dante: Heir to one of the biggest Families in the Southern Territories.

Carlos: Second son to Dante's rival.




One Mafia Boss,

One Rival's Son,

One Deadly Set up.




This is book two in the Worlds End series, but you don't need to have read book one, Sicario, before you read this one. That is Lexan and Enzo's story, and while they do appear here, you don't have to have read it, for this story to make se
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Roger - president of NBR United -
I got this book for free from the author In exchange for an honest review through the DBML program of the M/M Romance group at Goodreads.

Carlos Carmichael is the son of one of remaining Cartel boss and he hate all the cartel stands for so he rebels by being a male slut and not participating in the family business he usually get his way with the men then he meets Dante "D" Orsino and he plays by the old fashioned mafia rules not the current broken society rules. The world has been partially destr
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Set in a dystopian world, where rules and regulations meet the mob, things that we see as normal in this time and place are now forbidden - gay relationships, gambling to name just two. Dante is an under-boss of a cartel with principles. They don't allow drugs on their turf, they also make sure their prostitutes have regular health checks. Carl is a young man looking for fun. You don't know who he is at the beginning, but the attraction between Carl and Dante is immediate. Of course, it turns ou ...more
Rachael Orman
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, erotic, dystopia
ThreeStar
This was an interesting book. Just like the first book, there was a lot of promise there, but it seemed to just not quite get there.

The first 3/4 of the book was quite good. We got to see a bit of what happened to the couple from the first book too, which was nice. This story was developed more fully than the first one was and still an easy read, however there was a lot of editing errors that really distracted from the story or awkward sentence starts.

Then we get this huge build up to t
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Calila
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I really wish I liked this more. But it was nothing like I expected. I expected something dark and complicated, but this was kind of simple and light(kind of, it's in a weird middle ground but closer to fluff than I thought it'd be.) I found Carlos to be super dramatic and with regards to what happened at the end I had a really difficult time feeling any kind of sympathy for him. Part of that is because he
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Curtis
Many people think organized crime is a thing of the past. But what might it look like in the future? For Dante Orsino, a mafia underboss, it doesn't look all that different than one might expect--there are traditions and expectations, and they don't leave much space for a gay man. And when he finds himself entangled with Carlos Carmichael, the son of the head of a rival family, he learns just how deep those traditions run...

A very interesting and intriguing read. In a world where I often feel li
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Addicted2M/M
Great start to a series. A few odd word choices made it 4 for me. But I still really enjoyed it. Narrator was pretty darn good, too.
Stacey Jo
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story features a dystopian world, where society is run by the cartels. It’s a very corrupt world. Carlos Carmichael is the son of one of the crime bosses or heads of one of the cartels. When he sleeps with Dante Orsino, the underboss of one of the biggest families, it causes quite a problem. Dante finds a way to fix it that allows he and Carlos to be together. There is the usual crime aspect that you get in
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Donna
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
*A copy of this book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I didn't realize when I started reading this book that it was set in a dystopian-like world. I am not saying that is a bad thing, just not something I normally would read. I found this story interesting, and yet at times confusing... but, I will say that it was entertaining! Carlos and Dante are both appealed to me as characters... although there was one scene that was hard for me. I understand why Dante m
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Kai loves writing stories about forbidden men and relentless love, about gangsters with heart, antiheroes who do what they need to do to survive in a crazy world. These men commit to the lives they lead 100%—with heart, body and soul and when they fall in love you can be sure they bring the same level of passionate devotion to the people they love.

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