Review: “We met in Death” by K.A Merikan

TITLE: We met in Death
AUTHOR: K.A Merikan
SERIES: –
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Contemporary Romance; Dark
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 274 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
PRICE: $4.39 -e-book
  

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“This is not the night you die.”
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After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.

So Robert decides to die.

But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being.

Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.

With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.

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“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground.
But then you saved me.”

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, homophobia, crime, self-discovery, family conflict, age gap, escort, self-hate, first time, revenge, on the run

Genre: Dark, gritty, contemporary M/M romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~90,000 words (Standalone novel, HEA)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language


This book is AWESOME.
I love it so much.
Robert Zidane wants to die. He’s a “goon” for the crime lord of Houston, Mr. Vogel. After 20 years, to be a half-dead man, not living, just “working” (meaning beating and killing people), he decided one night to kill himself. That’s when he meets Nathan.

Nathan is a young escort boy who meets the wrong client, Mr. Vogel. After using him, the gangster decided to kill him. That’s when Robert came to save his life.
The girls are back, and they did their great show, this book is written in a pure K.A Merikan style.

Robert is awesome, he has my heart (and body if he wants). All his adult life, he lies about himself, about his sexuality. He’s so deep in the closet and in total denial about it that he can’t suffer living like that anymore. He can’t live with himself, and what he does for living is the last straw. When he meets Nathan, he doesn’t want to admit that he’s gay, and each time, he backpedals, hurting Nathan in the process. He’s strong, fierce, and would do anything for Nathan. But he’s also fragile and hurt. I love this character, hard and tender, strong and fragile…. Human, just human!

Nathan is adorable, strong, awesome, and smart. He wants Robert but refuses to take shit from him. He fights against him, he fights with him, he fights for him. Nathan isn’t the damsel in distress here, he’s a fierce warrior too, in his own way.

This book is amazing, the story and plot are captivating, we alternate between Nathan and Robert’s pov. The writing is fluid and dynamic, and the characters are well developed, especially their complex psyche.

It’s not a book about 2 guys on the run, like Bonnie and Clyde (or here Robert and Nathan). No, here we have a love story born in death, growing up in pain, fear and secrets and exploding in the light.

It’s 5 OptimuMM’s for Rob and Nathan, my Bonnie and Clyde of the MM love!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “My Dark Knight” by K.A Merikan

TITLE: My Dark Knight
AUTHOR: K.A Merikan
SERIES: Kings of Hell MC
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
COVER ARTIST: Natasha Snow
GENRE: Dark; Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 460 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 10, 2017
PRICE: $5.99 –e-book
  

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Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.

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Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


Knight is the VP of the Kings of Hell MC, he’s a tough biker with a big heart. He’s also passionate about the genealogy of his family the Merciers. For years, he tried to rehabilitate the name of Laurent Mercier, his ancestor accused of the murder of William Fane, a serial killer in the nineteenth century. When he met the real Laurent Mercier (Laurent and The Beast: Kings of Hell MC #1) and discovers the truth about the story, he works harder to enlighten the Genealogy’s community on the internet. Especially his personal nemesis, the Count.

Elliot is 25 years old, and he’s known as the Count on the internet. He has his own YouTube channel where he tries to rehabilitate the name of the serial killer William Fane. Elliot has an unhealthy obsession for William Fane, believing that he’s is not a serial killer but just a misunderstood lover.
When Elliot came to the club house of the MC, hoping to visit William’s manor, he wasn’t prepared to meet Knight, this gorgeous, tough biker who’s the enemy of his hero William Fane and himself.
2 dangerous men. 1 dead, 1 alive, but who’ll win Elliot’s heart.

I ADORE IT….

I was intrigued by the Count in book 1 (Knight mentioned him), I didn’t expect someone like Elliot actually. I fell in love with him since the first time he appears. Elliot is crazy, completely crazy, but he is so loveable, you can’t stay cold in front of him. When I read about him, his past, I understood him, I understood where he came from and why he had this unhealthy relationship with others and especially with Fane. Elliot wears his heart on his sleeve, he only wants one thing, be loved, to be completely accepted, not partially, but fully. He is passionate, funny, smart, proud and whole. I adored this character, really, he is so full of surprises and so loveable. Even when he does something completely stupid (and trust me, he does), I couldn’t stay mad at him (ok, I just wish for him to walk barefoot on a Lego, yeah, I know I can be really violent sometimes, it’s scared me).

Knight is perfect…for Elliot. Even if at first, he didn’t love him, even if he was pissed by the Count and his accusations, Knight doesn’t hesitate to come save him…3 times. He’s the only one who knows the real Elliot and how he really is. But, Knight doesn’t do relationship, doesn’t do monogamy, doesn’t make commitments and he can’t understand why Elliot wants this. Even in his moments of doubt or stupidities, Knight wants to protect Elliot, no matter what or who. How I couldn’t love him? How I couldn’t be crazy with this sex god? I’m just human you know.
But what I love the most, (yes, it’s possible), was the story by itself. Yes, the title is “My Dark Knight”, and yes, Elliot is a kind of damsel in distress…but in fact, not. In fact, they’ll learn from each other. Elliot doesn’t need Knight to understand where he was wrong and seriously put himself in mortal danger. Even If Knight was there to protect and save Elliot, Elliot saves Knight too, in his own way. We also saw Beast and Laurent and the other members of the club, like Gray and Jake, and I loved it, I actually wanted more of them (yes, I’ll have to wait for their own books).

Besides, the occult part was really present, creepier and more intense than book 1. I loved that, I can’t wait to read more about the things living on the property. (Even if I’ll have to sleep with the light on)
The writing is brilliant, dynamic, coherent and well built. I love how K.A Merikan put 2 characters wanting things completely different from each other and ended up to be exactly what they really need.

I couldn’t put this book down until I’ve finished it (sleeping is sooo overrated).

For me, Its definitely 5 OptimuMM (and only because 5 stars are the maximum) for the Count and his Knight.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Dark Silence” by Katze Snow & Susanna Hays

TITLE: Dark Silence
AUTHOR: Katze Snow & Susanna Hays
SERIES: The Bound Subject
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Jay Aheer
GENRE: Dark; Erotica; Thriller
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 29,2017
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Fans of FLESH CARTEL will enjoy reading this book because it is ALL kinds of messed up. Not a romance. Humanity does not belong here.

Claude Galen was brought into this world to train slaves, not to want them.

When his latest victim, a twenty-one-year-old boy named Tristan Kade, begins to see Claude for who he truly is, only one thing can be done to stop Tristan from escaping: punish him.

Trapped in a padded white room with no windows or doors, all Tristan can do to stay alive in this world is to obey Professor Galen.

Submit to him.

Yield. Break.

But what happens when Tristan’s body is trained to work against him? When he starts to crave the pleasure instead of fear it? When he begins to see the man behind the monster?

Warning: This story is DARK. It is not intended for those who are seeking a happily ever after. This psychological, erotic MM thriller is meant for those who enjoy the darker side of life. It is NOT a romance and it contains graphic scenes of sexual torture in which some may find upsetting. Other possible triggers include abduction, torture, non con, manipulation, and enslavement. Please consider these warnings before entering the professor’s world.


WARNING. This is a very dark book about kidnapping, torture, brainwashing and this is not for everyone.

Now, with that said, if you like very dark reads with hot sex, then I recommend this book. These authors are very dark and twisted in the way they tell a story. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but let me tell you, I’m a bit twisted because I loved it.

Claude went through excruciating training by his own father to train slaves. He was raised with this theory that his father had that can change a person into someone totally different by torturing them and make them a better person in the end. Claude has known nothing else, and he does his best to impress his father. Claude has finally worked hard enough and gets his own boy to train.

Tristan is a video geek and travels to go to a gaming convention. He tells his aunt he’s going to check out a college. He was sought out for this college, so he agrees to go meet the professor, then will go to the convention. Well, when Tristan meets the professor, he doesn’t realize he will never make it to the convention. Instead, he’s kidnapped and put in a white room with no windows and is kept there for days. Tristan’s life will never be the same.

Claude knew he wanted Tristan from the first time he saw him. He has been obsessed with getting this boy and doing things right this time. Yes, this isn’t his first. Claude had another, but it ended badly as Claude let himself have feelings and dad took care of that situation after the escape attempt.

Tristan is finally released from this white room of hell, but the rest of the torture that this young man endures is unspeakable. But, after a while, Tristan craves Claude’s touch. Can this theory be true? Will Tristan ever be able to escape or, the better question, will he want to?

Can Claude keep this boy from escaping? Will Tristan submit to this evil man? Will they each accept their roles and be ok with who they are in the end? This is not a love story and does not promote happiness. I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I got angry, felt empathy and want more.

***I would like to thank the authors for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “How I Hurt” by Bazan Kay

TITLE: How I Hurt
AUTHOR: Bazan Kay
SERIES: The Temuba Stories
PUBLISHER: Sugarbones
COVER ARTIST: Bazan Kay
GENRE: Abuse; Dark; Erotica
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: No
LENGTH: 111 pages
RELEASE DATE: May 27, 2016
PRICE: $2.99 -e-book
  

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Pirates off the coast of a dangerous tropical island have captured Riley Geller and his friends. There is no end to their cruelty — especially once they discover that Riley is an immortal. Riley’s pain becomes a journey, one that is artfully orchestrated by his warden: an infamous, stoic assassin with a few secrets of his own. It is up to Riley to master his own suffering and discover his greater purpose in life, even if it costs him everything he’s ever known.

“My colleagues believe that you like it when they hurt you,” Chavez said.

“Sick fucks,” Riley croaked, but he was breathing too hard with excitement and betrayed himself. He knew Chavez could pick out the light in his eyes. It was like a second wind. Riley tried to move again, so Chavez pressed the hand on his chest down harder, disturbing his fractured ribs.

“I’ve made a small fortune off addicts of all kinds,” Chavez continued. Once again, Riley was captured by his stare, pinned and motionless, unable to look away from his dark eyes. “I know one when I see one.”


Warning. I feel I must give readers a warning that this is not BDSM. This story is about human trafficking and the extreme abuse and beatings that go along with that. This is definitely a dark, paranormal, horror read with some erotica. I am not saying any of this to deter readers from reading this story, but as I am one that lives the BDSM lifestyle, I don’t want readers thinking that this is that kind of story.

With that being said, the author did an incredible job with the reality of human trafficking. An American group of friends were kidnapped by pirates and taken to the island Temuba. We meet Chavez, who is like the ringleader of the group and a true anarchist king. Chavez and his men are excited about the money they will get for this group of people they have.

One of the captives, the runt of the group, Riley, was the boogeyman’s brother. Chavez was very adamant that he not be marked up at all. The boogeyman is Gringo Loco, and everyone is afraid of him. Riley is set on escaping with his friend, Adam. The story that follows is gruesome. There is brutal beatings that Riley has to deal with that are so realistic and sent chills through me.

There’s a lot to the story, and I don’t want to give too much to away. My heart went out to Riley, and I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion. If this is your kind of read, you will enjoy the reality this author brings.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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Review: “Come and Get Me” by Nicholas Bella

TITLE: Come and Get Me
AUTHOR: Nicholas Bella
SERIES: Odin Chronicles
PUBLISHER: Self
COVER ARTIST: Nicholas Bella
GENRE: Dark, Erotica, Paranormal
E-BOOK: Yes
PAPERBACK: Yes
LENGTH: 151 pages
RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
PRICE: $3.99 – e-book / $8.99 – paperback
  

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Noel: I’m finally free and able to patrol my own territory without Marco being by my side. I really appreciated everything he’s taught me, what can I say… that big, brutal bastard grew on me. However, before I can embark on my new life as a General, I have to fulfill a debt my Father owes to the dragon king, Evander. This should be interesting. At least I’m not going alone. Dante, newly-mated to Josef, will be going with me.

Elijah: Today is the day our plan finally comes to fruition. I’m praying that everything falls into place just as we have designed it to. But you never know with these sort of operations. Humans can be as unpredictable as supes. I do know one thing, Deacon better come and get me.

Vex: As a reward for my loyalty and service, my King has given me permission to pick the human I want to have turned into a werewolf. I’ve had my eye on the perfect guy, too. Whether he wants to be a wolf or not doesn’t matter to me. Once it’s done and he’s mine, he’ll learn to heel and obey.

Kendrick: It’s been a long time coming with years of strategic planning, from the night I killed my Alpha to the day I killed the dragon king, making me a ruler in my own league. I’ve had my eye on the Odin Colony for over a decade, but I knew I needed to wait until the right moment came to strike. They should fear me, because when the dust settles and the streets are flowing with blood, I will be standing victorious.

Warning: This series is highly addictive, and fans have complained that it’s all they can think about, oftentimes re-reading each book until their next fix. Be further warned: This serial contains strong adult content not meant for sensitive eyes as each episode will be filled with dark, twisted, raunchy and steamy scenes between powerful, sexy men that will either offend you or get ya revved up. This series will not be pulling any punches, and it won’t apologize for hurting your feelings, either. You’ll find no fluff and ruffles here. The vampires are not misunderstood, hopeless romantics looking for love. The werewolves are not cute and cuddly and the dragons aren’t the ones from your childhood. This is NOT a romance


As usual, this author has sucked me into his dark, erotic and unapologetic paranormal world. If you have not read Nicholas before, I strongly suggest you start with The New Haven Series. This is where it all began. This is a new season of the series, and you will want to understand everything up until now. This author has created a world of vampires, werewolves and dragons and it’s not a world for the weak. There’s a no holds barred with this author and if you’re offended easily, by all means, look elsewhere. But, if you like dark, taboo, M/M sexual paranormal and forceful situations, then grab hold of the seat of your pants and enjoy the journey.

Theoden’s boys are taking to their new roles beautifully and are just as sexy as ever. Noel and Dante have a hot date with the Dragon King, Evander, and holy hell. This ménage is super-hot and sexy and had me panting. This happens before the mating of Josef and Dante is to happen. Deacon and Elijah are getting ready for the day they’ve been planning to take over the wolf territories. Elijah is hoping everything goes as planned with Dominic’s human gang and that his mate, Deacon, shows up for him. I really missed all my boys and was happy to get caught up with them. But, there are new and exciting new characters to meet.

Meet Vex, a dragon, which is one of King Evander’s right-hand men. He has been a very loyal dragon and has been given the gift of a human. He has his choice of any human to turn into a werewolf and to be his little puppy. Vex has the perfect man, Isaiah, and brings him home to begin the change. You see, dragon venom will kill a human but not a werewolf, so Vex will have his way with his new pet and will enjoy every last minute of it. He will train him to please Vex whether he wants to or not.

Then there’s Kendrick who has already killed his alpha. Now, he’s waiting for the perfect moment to kill King Evander. Once he does this, he believes he will rule all the worlds of the paranormal. Kendrick can cause some real problems, BUT I do not believe he’s as prepared as he thinks. He has no clue to the strength of Theoden’s boys or the rest of the pack’s alphas. He also has his right-hand man, Monroe. I love Monroe, and I hope he you do too. He’s flamboyant and adorable.

Of course, Nicholas has left me wanting the next episode, and like a good little reader, I will wait as patiently as I can. He loves to make us readers suffer just like his characters. I warn you now, you may want to alone with yourself to read this book. ENJOY

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC.  My review is an honest opinion of the book***

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