Monday, August 14, 2017

ARC Review: My Dark Knight (Kings of Hell MC, #2) by K.A. Merikan

My Dark Knight  (Kings of Hell MC, #2)
Blurb:
Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.
Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy. 
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.

Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he's interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.

Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.

Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.

Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.


POSSIBLE SPOILERS:Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, black magic, gothic, commitment, ghosts, possession

Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes

Length: ~145,000 words (Book 2 in the series, can be read as a standalone, but it’s recommended to read book 1 first)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.


Jewel's rating:



Well, these ladies have finally done it. They managed to write a story that pushed my boundaries far enough to actually make me uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, it's the same quality of story with morally ambiguous characters that fans of this duo, including myself, know and love, but Elliot's obsession with and adoration of a serial killer, especially when he thought that William Fane actually engaged in cannibalism, just made me cringe. So color me impressed because those that know me, know that my boundaries are few.

However, it took me the longest time to actually connect with Elliot, for that reason and a couple others. It did happen eventually, but damn he didn't make it easy. He really wasn't very bright and his self esteem was nonexistent. The boy clearly had a death wish. He'd get a thought in his head and just act on it, and the more dangerous the idea was, the faster he'd run towards it. And if he was feeling sorry for himself, he was even more careless, if that's even possible. He's seriously lucky he has managed to live as long as he has.

Elliot was also a staunch believer that Fane was actually a victim. Yep, he actually believed that this monster, who had tortured and killed at least 30 young men was a victim who was just looking for love. I just can't even... It strains credulity, the kind of faith that Elliot had in Fane, for the longest time. Now, I do realize that there are people out there that get caught up in the mystique of serial killers, but count that among the things that I do not and probably never will get.


Knight is a protector. He sees someone weaker than himself and he can't help but want to shelter them. Even when that person is his online arch-nemesis. I loved his dedication to finding the truth, too, even as he was too indulging of Elliot's obsession. Knight's biggest flaw really was his insistence that he wasn't interested in monogamy, at all. That, in and of itself, is fine, but he sent so many mixed signals to Elliot, whom he knew was someone who attaches himself to those who give him attention and affection.

If you've read Laurent and the Beast, you know that there are paranormal elements in this series. The Kings of Hell have renewed a deal with the devil, in order to save someone that was dear. What else might lurk in these shadows?

In My Dark Knight, Knight is the knight-in-somewhat-tarnished-armor that, after meeting the Count in person and then getting to know the real Elliot, is determined to rescue the man, over and over again, until Elliot finally learns to not be such an idiot. Knight has far more patience than I. But he and his fellow Kings of Hell made just as many mistakes, when it came down to it. Especially in the latter half of the book, I found myself questioning why they would endanger themselves and Elliot, when they have no plan or method to fix the root of the problem and the interim solution was so very clear. It baffled me, honestly.

I would not recommend reading My Dark Knight as a standalone story. All the world building is in Laurent and the Beast and trust me, you do not want to miss it. Plus, Laurent and the Beast is really a fantastic story that you're not going to want to miss.

These authors truly know no boundaries -- My Dark Knight was a gruesome story in so many ways, including tendencies for the MC's to get busy at the most inappropriate times. And while I liked Laurent and the Beast more, My Dark Knight is still an indecent addition to this series. Recommended only to those with strong stomachs that love the gruesome inappropriateness that this writing duo specializes in.

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ARC of My Dark Knight was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.


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