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ONE WRONG TURN. ONE RIGHT MAN.
Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.
Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed.
Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.
The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.
“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”
Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and contains a dark M/M romance.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
Wrong Way Home is just the right flavor of twisted I have come to know and love from these authors. It's dark and wrong -- so so very wrong -- and I pretty much loved every moment.
Colin and Taron are such different characters. Colin, for instance, has pretty much gone with the flow, doing what he's told because he's terrified of the uncertainty of what happens if he doesn't. Taron forges his own path, full stop.
Colin longs to take that less traveled path, but he has no idea how to go about it, or what to do once he gets there...wherever "there" is. No one really knows him; not his parents, not his teachers, not his classmates. In fact, he doesn't even really know himself.
Taron knows exactly who he is, what he wants from life, and how to do pretty much everything. He doesn't want visitors, he just wants to be left alone with his cats and chickens and rabbits, while he lives off the land and off the grid.
Their two world collide in a spectacular fashion when Colin witnesses Taron committing a murder. So much for that short cut.
I know, you may be thinking -- just how is that kind of a story sexy? Well, you just have to go with it. There are few authors that can write non-con/dub-con and have me enjoy it, and the Merikans are two such authors. There are things we don't know about Taron and why he murdered that guy. Taron has layers and, honestly, is not a bad guy. There are plenty of shades of grey at play here. He IS a sympathetic character and a study in contradictions. Plus, sometimes Colin is a real asshole, too, so, layers, the both of them.
As Colin and Taron get to know one another they manage to form a bond and they come to, first, an understanding, and then more. Colin doesn't just learn more about Taron, though, he also learns about himself and what he wants from life. He finds the sort of peace you can only get without the distractions of being surrounded by oblivious people and media.
The sex starts out hot and doesn't just get hotter, but also tender. I loved how Colin was confident enough to say what he thought and skilled enough to draw Taron out of his shell. He told himself he was going to bide his time and eventually escape, but somehow it never seemed to be the right time.
Taking the Wrong Way Home turns out to be the right way, after all.
** I received a free copy of this book from the tour organizer in exchange for an honest review. **
About the author:
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.
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