Title ~ Road Of No Return (Sex & Mayhem #1)
Author ~ K.A. Merikan
Publisher ~ Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Genre ~ contemporary, homoerotic dark romance
Release Date ~ 19th July 2014
--- Don’t talk to strangers. ---
Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.
On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.
Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn't know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.
As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.
WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and torture
Themes: Outlaw Motorcycle Club, organized crime, homophobia, family issues, coming out, first gay relationship, tattoo, piercing
Length: ~ 100,000 words (Standalone novel, no cliffhanger.)
I want to start my review with a warning, a warning you should be taking seriously. Road of No Return isn’t a sweet and fluffy romance, and it’s definitely not the typical biker book we’re used to in this genre. It’s a violent book, it’s raunchy, gritty, and pure torture. If you can’t deal with tougher themes and would rather read about sugar-sweet love and butterflies, you should stay away from this one. Of course THAT was exactly the reason I had to read the book, warnings like the one in the blurb don’t scare me off, in fact they have more of a reverse effect because I’m drawn to the dark and dangerous like a moth to a flame.
The motor club The Hounds of Valhalla are homophobic outlaws; trafficking, drugs, mayhem and destruction rule their lives. Stitch, a member of said club is a tough biker who just got divorced, he’s deep in the closet and has never been with a guy before. When tattoo artist Zak walks into the biker bar, Stitch knows immediately he has to have the hot tattooed, pierced man.
Zak is a laid back, carefree guy who’s been out for several years. When he spots the alpha male hard ass biker for the very first time, his dreams come true. I instantly fell in love with the emotional but tough guy who doesn't take any shit from Stitch. He grabs the bull by the horns and gives him the low-down! I loved that Zak stands up to Stitch and isn’t intimidated by his size and reputation.
Those two just collide, they can’t fight off the mix of magnetic attraction, lust and anger they feel for each other. When this explosive combination combusts... Holy Smoking Hot Biker! Do these two guys burn up the sheets! The sex scenes… and there are many… are amazing written, they are dirty and messy, rough and steamy, filled with passion and emotion, and they are scorching hot.
Nothing is sugar coated. Stitch is a huge prick, a bad guy, and he drove me to the verge of lunacy more than a few times. At the beginning I hated the bastard. I hated him for all his worth and it took me a while to see his vulnerability behind the mask of violence and homophobia. But then the motherfucker got under my skin and I started to like him, even though I hated some of the things he did.
The romance part is far from conventional, it’s emotional and ruled by unfortunate circumstances. Stitch’s secrets and the life of crime he wants to shield Zak from are taking their toll; it’s impossible to keep it out of Zak’s life and when Stitch is trying to back off from the criminal affairs The Hounds of Valhalla are in, everything comes crashing down. Their love is tested to the extreme, they are threatened, beaten, involved in murder and forced to endure the worst pain, just for being gay.
“No, please, be close to me,” Stitch whispered, feeling the wetness under his eyelids. He lived in a culture where being tough was the only currency. He didn’t even cry when he was alone. Being able to let it out made him just as relieved as having the amazing hot body on top of him. Made him remember he was still human, not a man whose muscles were made out of violence and bones out of fury.
The writing is gripping and entertaining and I was sucked in from the start. I was literally on pins and needles wondering where it would lead and I couldn’t put the book down. There were some twists and turns and some horrible events that I did not see coming, at one point my mouth literally dropped open.
Overall, Road Of No Return is a book that is not for the faint of heart, it’s action-packed and violent. Yes, I wanted a bad ass biker book, a book that doesn't glorify the lifestyle, and I got it with this. Now I want more of this series. Count me in, girls!
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About K.A. Merikan
K.A. Merikan is a joint project of Kat and Agnes Merikan, who jokingly claim to share one mind. They finish each other's sentences and simultaneously come up with the same ideas. Kat and Agnes enjoy writing various kinds of stories, from light-hearted romance to thrillers. They love creating characters that are not easy to classify as good or evil, and firmly believe that even some villains deserve their happy endings. It is easiest to find them in galleries, restaurants and historical sites, always with a computer or notebook, because for Kat and Agnes, every day is a writing day. Future plans include lots of travel, and a villa on the coast of Italy or a flat in Paris where they could retire after yet another crazy venture, only to write more hot homoerotic stories.
As K.A. Merikan, Kat and Agnes have published a number of books, which cross genres while always staying homoerotic.
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