Saturday, October 14, 2017

Review Tour - We Met In Death - KA Merikan

Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 90,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

“This is not the night you die.”

After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.

So Robert decides to die.

But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being.

Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.

With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.

“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground. But then you saved me.”

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language

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Jewel's review:

Robert Zidane is a killer. He's been working for a notorious gangster in Houston for twenty years and though he's never liked the things he's done, he did them, anyway and he knows there is only one way out -- death. But even that plan doesn't go as expected and instead, Robert ends up saving the life of Nathan, who was about to be killed by men who work for the same gangster. Robert kills when he needs to and does it without much thought. But the guilt he carries weighs him down.

Nathan is young -- in his mid-twenties -- and he's looking for easy money. So, he escorts for Houston's conservative and closeted rich men. But, one thing he didn't think about was that some people might not want to risk, even a little, being found out. Nathan found that out the hard way and if it weren't for Robert, it would have ended with him in a shallow grave.

We Met in Death is dark, just like I love from this writing duo. The MC's are morally flexible and one thing I love about the characters these ladies create is just how much of a study in contradictions they are. Robert is, in turns, tender and brutal. Nathan is naive and worldly. Neither MC is emotionally stable and, yet, they are perfect for one another. At least once Robert starts to come to terms with his sexuality.

In fact, there were only a couple things I really had trouble with. One was just how much Robert ran hot and cold when it came to his attraction to Nathan. He was completely smitten with Nathan, but would cruelly push him away after sex because of his own self-loathing. I kind of wanted to smack Robert with his own book for a while there. And Nathan could be hopelessly stupid, at times, because he just didn't think things through, and that tendency nearly got them both killed on more than one occasion.

But I was thoroughly entertained by this story. We Met in Death is violent, bloody, and dark, just like I have come to love from KA Merikan, because it's also tender, loving, and sweet. It's a dichotomy that not many authors can achieve, but these ladies manage to do with aplomb. If you're a fan of the gritty darkness that KA Merikan serves up, you won't be disappointed with We Met in Death.

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken 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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