Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Red Hot (Sex & Mayhem #5) by K.A. Merikan


Title ~ Red Hot (Sex & Mayhem #5)

Author ~ K.A. Merikan

Publisher ~ Acerbi & Villani ltd.

Genre ~ Contemporary homoerotic dark M/M romance

Release Date ~ 16th July 2015


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--- Live fast. Die young. Fuck hard.---

Red Jack. Rude. Crude. Horny ginger mess. In love with… himself.

Loki. Deadbeat. Volatile. Stalker. Terminally ill. Fatally in love.

When it comes to men, Red Jack has three rules. The guy has to be hot, out of town, and not up for repeats. It’s a good way to keep the gay flings far away from the eyes of his brothers in the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club, and he will make damn sure it stays that way. When a hookup takes an ominous turn, and the sexy stranger turns up at his house, the heat is on. Loki invades his life and just won’t leave, wreaking havoc wherever he follows Jack, but getting rid of him becomes harder with every kiss.

The world crumbles around Loki when he finds out he has cancer. As if his life wasn’t shit enough already. With only a few months left, he decides to live to the fullest and get every last wish on his bucket list fulfilled. One of those is fucking the hot bearded biker he meets the same night he got the bad news. Big, confident, and dangerous, Red Jack is all Loki ever wanted in a man. After all, he deserves one last shot at love. Who cares if Red Jack is a stubborn, closeted asshole? Loki knows what he wants, and he won’t settle for anything less. Even if it kills him.


Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, hurt/comfort, abuse, sexual orientation issues, stalking, revenge, bucket list, coping with illness, first love

Genre: M/M dark erotic romance, suspense, drama

Length: ~105,000 words standalone novel (contains HEA)

WARNING: Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, graphic violence, abuse scenes, drug use. Reader discretion advised.

Liza’s Review

The characters in this book live deeply in a morally grey zone, and we wouldn't advise anyone to follow in their footsteps.

An apt warning at the beginning of this book. Red Jack does not come across as a nice person initially. He likes guys, but prefers some pussy in between hook ups so he "stays grounded." He never does a guy more than once and he thinks his shit doesn't stink. Yep, not feeling the love for him here. His description of Loki is just one example

The crisscrossed picture carved on his cheek turned the formerly pretty face into one that belonged on a serial killer from the movies, or a marked prison bitch. Someone that you'd do but not necessarily have a beer with.

See what I mean?

Loki is dying - he has terminal cancer and is just twenty two years of age. Given his three months before death, there were a lot of things he wanted to do with his short life before he met the big one. Discounting therapy, because he couldn't afford it, Loki decided to go out with a bang. All he wanted was to not die alone. I loved Loki's bucket list - what would you write if you knew you were going to die? I certainly thought about it and nothing on my list would have interested Loki. A couple of things on there though, yes they tugged at my heart strings despite the harshness of the story.

Because of Loki's death sentence he has no fear. Not when Jack pulls a gun on him, nor when he tries to drive him away. I can understand how that knowledge would give you strength - a purpose even. The whole scenario was well written and totally believable.

Of course, Jack isn't gay. He can't be - he's in a biker club - the Coffin Nails. He is lusting after Lucy and in his arrogance he thinks Lucy is just teasing him. So of course, he fucks the nearest girl, making sure Loki can see him when he does it, and Lucy because how else is she going to know how great he is in bed if she doesn't see it. In fact he makes sure everyone in the club can see him - he has a point to prove after all. I hate cheating but remember the whole grey morals bit at the beginning of the book? It wasn't as though I wasn't warned. And he does it more than once. All in all, Jack is an asshole of the highest order.

There's a shooting, some hitting, there are a lot of people who are going to think some of this book is domestic violence. If these things are triggers for you, then this story is not recommended. I had some issues with it, but it was like the forest re-growing after a fire. Out of bad things, good things grow. Loki's back story was tragic and brutal and I did like how Jack took care of that and the other things on Loki’s list, although did he have to screw Lisa at the concert? That annoyed me more than the others.

The cancer aspect was always going to be an issue and virtually guaranteed that Jack and Loki wouldn't have an HEA. But they did, and the twist was quite amazing.

I hated that Jack had to hide who he was and how he felt. The tattoo was awesome and again so unexpected. This is not a typical romance by any stretch of the imagination, but there, beneath the blood and gore, the violence and the pain, there is love. You just have to dig a bit to find it. Totally awesome book.

Favorite line: "I promise they won't have an easy death."

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, Liza! Yep, these characters are totally messed up, but I still loved reading about them. :D I've enjoyed all the Sex & Mayhem stories and the Guns N' Boys series, too. Can't wait for more. :)