Monday, June 13, 2016

ARC Review: Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #9) by K.A. Merikan

--- You always want what you can’t have. ---
David. Catholic. Gay. Set on keeping his purity ring. 
Raja. Biker. Manwhore. Never refuses a bet.

David has always tried to be the best son his parents could dream of.
Always at church on Sunday.
Always eager to help with the garden.
Always trying his best at school.
Prim, proper, innocent, and kind.But deep inside of him, there is a yearning planted by the devil himself, and when a cocky, foul-mouthed biker pulls him a step too far, David doesn’t fall into the abyss. He leaps. Raja is all he’s ever dreamed of, yet didn’t dare voice. Older, dangerous, a wall of muscle with a grip so strong David can’t resist him no matter how hard he tries. 
As a freshly appointed president of a motorcycle club on the verge of ruin, Raja has a lot to live up to. Being gay doesn’t do him any favors in terms of commanding the respect of his men. He has his way of compensating though.
Always first in a fight.
Always bragging about his sexual conquests.
Always up for a bet.
Daring, tattooed, sexy, and unapologetic.
After he boasts he can have any man he wants, he gets challenged to hook up with the preppy guy wallflowering at a party. Raja can’t wait to pop the innocent cutie’s cherry. But when he finds out the guy is his friend’s younger brother, life gets a whole lot messier.
Why is the one guy who should be off-limits always the most tempting?


Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, religion, homophobia, bet, good boy meets bad boy, coming out 
Genre: M/M romance, suspense
Length: ~100,000 words
WARNING: This book contains steamy sexual content and graphic violence.

Jewel's rating:

So...KA Merikan can do sweet & fluffy in a gritty MC series. Who knew?! Don't worry, there's still plenty of blood and violence, so fans of this series won't be disappointed -- and someone dies (and no I am not going to tell you who)! This is how you know this is a KA Merikan novel, after all!

Raja -- bad boy and manwhore of a gay biker. He takes shit from no one. He fucks who he wants and prefers Grindr to actual dates. Raja found himself president of his motorcycle club chapter after their former president and VP were killed. But not everyone is overjoyed to have a gay president, so most of their members left and Raja needs to bring it back from the brink. He has a lot of pressure on him to expand and make his club a real club again. But not everyone is overjoyed to have a gay president, so Raja has his work cut out for him. After making a stupid bet with one of his friends, that he could fuck any guy he wanted, his friend picks the timid looking geeky boy across the room. No problem, right? Right.

And David...a very young 18 years old. He's been not just sheltered, but shackled (in every way but physically) by his very conservative, very religious, very overbearing Catholic parents. After figuring out that he's not ever going to be what his parents want, he decides to move in with his older brother Hunter and his fiance Asty to help care for their newborn son (and they named their son after Asty's deceased brother, Bell, which made my heart melt a little). Meeting Raja was like sending a nuclear bomb into a volcano and David just can't imagine ever getting enough.

I liked Heart Ripper, I did. I thought it was sweet and I loved visiting with Lucky and Tooth, again. But there were a couple things that kinda bugged me.

Raja came out to his club when he was nominated for president. He wanted to make sure no one had a problem with it. That's fair. But most did, so instead of electing someone else, they all left. That made little sense to me. It would have made more sense for Spin to be president and Raja either VP, or maybe, Raja should have joined the Detroit chapter of Coffin Nails, with Hunter, since they are more gay tolerant.

The other thing that bugged me was David seemed so young! He was 18, but his lack of life experience made him seem younger. So I had some issues with his his relationship with Raja, who is not only ten years older, but loads more experienced in everything. But David does grow up rather fast, once he gets away from his parents, so later in the book I had many fewer issues. He did seem to come into his own. So I was only creeped out for a little while.

That said, I loved Raja. He comes off as superficial, at first, but this man has layers. He has depth and a caring soul. David brought out his possessiveness, and Raja really opened up to him. And he'd never trusted anyone that much before. It was the same for David, too. He was innocent, but once he got a taste he quickly figured out what he wanted. He starts out very naive, but he does find some backbone later that made me very proud of him. He made Raja work for his affections and made sure Raja knew that he had some self respect.

All in all, Heart Ripper is a fine addition to the Sex & Mayhem series!


ARC of Heart Ripper was generously provided by the authors, in exchange for an honest review.

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