Good afternoon or evening (depending on where you are) my lovely readers, as promised the review of K.A. Merikan’s We Met in Death.
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Happy reading. 🙂
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Wow, this book blow me away. The book starts pretty in medias res and we are right there with Robert, who is trying to commit suicide and met Nathan. And soon both their lives aren’t what they were before.
The book is the well-known K.A. Merikan-esque kind of writing with unexpected twists in the book, super hot sex and pretty diverse character.
Denial, your prename is Robert. Our mainhero is a pretty hard case of being in the closet and he constantly refuses to confess he is gay, that he is interested in Nathan, that it is more than “just” cardinal lust and a short relief. Nathan is scratching on Robert’s fixed opinion, but soon he can’t lie to him self.
I really liked the suspense right from the start and although there are heavy scenes where the trigger warnings were absolutely necessary it was pretty sweet on the other hand. I don’t know why, maybe because Robert is a really romantic guy behind the rough skin, and he worships Nathan dearly, once he gets his head clear.
Of course the book has disturbing parts, it’s right there from the start, and the end was so thrilling I really had my doubts of a HEA. 😀 But it’s K.A. Merikan, so this duo knows how to play with the reader’s feelings and give them their sweet, satisfying end.
As I mentioned Robert is a tough case of denial what he really feels and his reluctance to be open, in fact his fear to be outed is due to his family’s behaviour. He is surrounded by guys who make “jokes” about gay, constantly throwing abusive words (be aware that some of the terms may be trigger for some readers). But soon it’s clear that, behind the kinda rough behaviour Robert’s family isn’t really bad. It isn’t a totally knit tight relationship Robert has with his family, he is parted from them due to his “work”, but at the end it’s still a warm feeling you get when you read the scenes with Robert’s mother, her sister and even with Hank, the brother.
I really liked how different Robert and Nathan were displayed. Robert seems – and is – the tough guy but although Nathan looks vulnerable he has a more fierceful behaviour than you wouldn’t expect first. He is still sometimes helpless but it’s nice to have an equal partner to Robert and when the most obstacles are got rid of both showed this.
The book isn’t shy of having hot sex scenes, which are really appealing and smoking hot. Besides there are the deep feelings between the guys and the tender side of Robert is shown more and more. I really liked this and it made him more human, more like a vulnerable person and not a “killermachine”.
This book is full of the well-known hot, smoking sex, but also spiked with the emotions and it shows pretty interesting and in their behaviour unique, diverse character. The trigger warnings are accurate and some parts are maybe offensive for readers or even hard to endure. I was shaken of the events at the end tbh but the sweet epilogue was a great way to smooth these things out.
5 out of 5 stars for this. It is not the over-crazy way in writing like we have in Laurent and the Beast and I was more reminded of Hipster Brothel, although latter is definitely more light and humorous. 🙂 But the tenderness in this book is pretty near to it.
Title: We Met in Death
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Lenght: 90.000 words
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“This is not the night you die.”
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.
“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.”
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language.
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Author bio – K.A. Merikan
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.
They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.
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