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K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.
K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.
…….although still with the same heat, heroics, camaraderie, dark humour, and of course, the intensely passionate and self-sacrificing love affair between leads, Beast and Laurent!
If this'd been anyone other than K.A. Merikan, I'd’ve no doubt rolled my eyes at the whole ‘gay time-travel romance’ and speedily bypassed it, as more often than not, PNR does zilch for me if I'm honest. But thankfully, I learned many moons ago to put total faith in the authors and just accept that they'll entertain with the furthest thing possible from your stereotypical paranormal or MC tale…or romance, for that matter. So, if you’re a touch wary of how they'll fare at pulling off a fairly gritty MC tale with the added twist of a beautiful and otherworldly love story at the heart of it…whilst still managing to meld the two worlds seamlessly together AND make it somehow all feel entirely plausible? then rest assured, as this exciting first instalment in their new Kings of Hell MC series, once again showcases the magic of their storytelling skills.
It’s no secret I adore two polar opposite leads in my mm romance, and these guys couldn't be more so. Not only are they either end of the spectrum physically (with Beast a hulking 6’5” badly burned, inked to the gunnels and (initially) intimidating brute of a man, and Laurent a graceful, diminutive (although tall for his own time apparently, LOL!) and startlingly beautiful 19yo), but they're also different nationalities and have a bit of an age gap (13yrs) between them, but the real clincher has gotta be them hailing from a 200+ years different timeline – with Laurent originally from the early 19th century, and Beast from the present day – proving without doubt, that love can transcend time itself. **sighs** so romantic.
I'm very eager not to spoiler or go into great detail with this one, as I really think every page needs to be savoured, but, I will say that even though this story revolves around a beautiful slow-burn, yet sexy as hell romance – that, after much secrecy, treachery, struggle and self-sacrificing heroics on both their parts, which all culminates in the start of their inevitable HEA – it’s also tinged with some genuine sadness, that definitely made me well up throughout. Due in part to Beast’s harrowing backstory and how he came by his severe scarring and facial disfigurement, but primarily because of how his appearance often made him an outsider, and the complete balls it undoubtedly must've taken to walk proudly in public, knowing that moronic and insensitive strangers all around him thought it okay to giggle, ogle and even ostracise him (I admittedly sobbed with sheer frustration at these points) from public places. As much as I enjoyed and laughed so hard sometimes at pretty Laurent's awe at the modern world, and all the misunderstandings and confusion you can imagine this inevitably caused, and even the sadness I felt for what almost happened to him in 1805, not to mention his own disability, it was unquestionably Beast who stole my heart here. He's the epitome of strength and masculinity, and of just a decent and selfless human being…yeah, and he's hot as fook!
In all, for me, there was nothing not to love about this one. It had a little of everything in there, that, in different hands, could've potentially made it all seem a bit chaotic or over-egged, but this entire story from beginning to end felt fresh and exciting, with brilliantly-written and engaging characters who were easy to love and root for. Not to mention there's some pretty interesting side characters who I'm keen to know better, Gray? hmm, very mysterious. And natch I'm looking forward to our naughty, dirty, Knight’s tale next, although he needs to quit it with the threeways, fourways….
This didn't grab my imagination in the same way as GNB and Copper Horse did, but I still enjoyed the way the story evolved. It's a complicated scenario (time travel, bikers and a devil! ) that takes some thought and I'm looking forward to the next installment. It will be interesting to see how the ending of this one is reconciled with the historical "facts" that drive Laurent's actions throughout. There were some editing errors in the version I downloaded but not enough to spoil it.
I read this book with an open mind, because of the paranormal aspect I knew it would differ from the Sex and Mayhem series. I was not disappointed, it was another brilliant read from the authors and the time travel was great!
Once again, I was lucky enough to beta this tale for the authors, and once again, they gave me the unexpected. I mean, they're known for their 'hard botty' (sorry, the word I wanted to use got the review pulled, lol!) biker types who end up felled over the love of their life, right? Wrong, in this one, we get Beast, who might look rough, tough and mean, but who has a vulnerable core and a lot of love in his heart for the delicate Laurent, who plops into his life one day. There's no sudden felling, as we get to see Beast's heart from the start...and we also get to see why Laurent can't entirely show his.
I really liked how the authors transported Laurent from historical times, where he feared for his life and where he'd just suffered the most horrendous of awakenings, into Beast's world, and that Beast was prepared to take him and all his...quirks...on good faith. I was torn between Beast's sweetness and decency, and Laurent's innate, though deliberately hidden, decency...and his secrets. Secrets that involve Beast, the club and King, Beast's father-like-no-father-should-be...
This is a tale that needs to be read slowly so as not to miss any of the little details, and more than one person isn't who he/she seems. There's a fair bit of sadness in this, as well as quite a lot of laughs concerning Laurent's love and fascination of a modern day material that we take for granted. The sex in this isn't as full-on or plentiful as I'd expect in a MC tale, or in a KAM tale, which isn't a complaint - there's a reason for this, and yes, it might seem that games are being played, but there's more than meets the eye at first glance.
It ends in the start of the leads' HEA, but with a price of sorts. I'm pretty sure that it won't be long before there's more in the series, which again might involve Laurent's lineage to a degree, with a more bad-boy biker type, who's Beast's BFF.