Title ~ No Matter What
Author ~ K. A. Merikan
Publisher ~ Acerbi & Villani ltd
Published ~ 25th April 2015
Genre ~ M/M erotic romance, suspense, drama
Ghost. Not a member of the Coffin Nails MC. Not a doctor anymore. Not gay.
Luca. Bent, not broken. Will not let go of Ghost. No matter what.
Ghost finds out the hard way that people you meet online aren’t always who they seem to be. When he met ‘Zara’ five years ago, they became inseparable. She’s been with him through the rough and the smooth. He’s been there for her when her abusive boyfriend had her in tears.
She is The One, and despite all his friends considering him crazy, Ghost is about to propose.
But ‘Zara’ turns out to be Luca, and Luca is most definitely a guy. Yet Luca is the same person with big dark eyes, so desperate to be saved that Ghost can’t help but fall head first.
Luca’s so-called boyfriend is not just abusive. He is a Sicilian drug lord, a man dangerous and ruthless. If Ghost is to ever save the person who wreaked havoc on his heart, he has to make a deal with the Coffin Nails MC. But being a member is a destiny he’s always tried to avoid. And when a life of violence becomes too much to bear, he might be the one needing Luca to catch him when he falls.
Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, violence, potentially triggering sexual abuse scenes. Reader discretion advised.
If this book does nothing else, it teaches you the perils of online dating. Ghost has been chatting to 'Zara' for five years. When he hears that she is going to be handy to him in the USA he makes a plan to go and meet her. He knows she has an abusive boyfriend, and he wants nothing more than to propose to her and whisk her off in the sunset on his bike.
Problem is Zara is actually Luca - a really pretty guy and yes he is being abused by his boyfriend. Problem is his boyfriend is also a Sicilian drug lord. There are so many reasons why Ghost should walk away from the whole messy situation. He's not even gay. But something in Luca's eyes stops him, makes him go back and rescue the boy and that's when the trouble starts.
Antonio, Luca's ex's bodyguard is...ugh, there are not enough words in the English language to describe how totally twisted that man is. He has wanted Luca for years, has him for one night and then keeps coming back, threatening the precarious happiness that Ghost and Luca are trying to build for themselves.
The two men only have their five years of online conversations between them and Ghost is embarrassed at first by the intimate times they had shared online. But after spending time with Luca he can see that the friend he always had online was still the same, it was only the gender of the friend that was different. And Ghost was finding that wasn't bothering him as much as he thought it would.
The club connection with Luca's ex brings a world of hurt to Luca and puts Ghost in a situation that he never wanted to be in - actually being a prospect for the MC that he had only been on the fringes on. Ghost had never wanted to be a member, but now he was being pushed into the lifestyle, just so he could save his lover.
The story is not pretty. The author has a way of writing the grit that so many of us prefer not to deal with, even in fiction. But above all the story was realistic. The abuse Luca went through, the problems Ghost had with dealing with being perceived as a gay man - and that's all without Antonio's constant threat. Then there was Ghost's aversion to guns - the man really wasn't cut out for life as an outlaw. Through the grit a real love story blossomed and like the other's in this series, I couldn't put the book down from page one.
Favorite Quote: "How about giving it a shot? Just to try..."
Connect with the Authors
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken 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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