Time to get scared: Laurent and the Beast – Kings of Hell MC’s #1 – K.A. Merikan

Good Reads Link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33959435-laurent-and-the-beast?ac=1&from_search=true

Blurb
Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself.

1805. Laurent: Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
2017. Beast: Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse.

Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

Review
Holy cow! There are so many different tropes involved in this book yet it all fits together seamlessly with the fantastic K.A. Merikan’s writing. They’ve created yet another book and series that draws you in right from the start with strong characters, a gripping story line and fantastic interactions.

Laurent is living in 1805 and working as a servant in a bookstore. A late night delivery leads him out to a house of what he thought was an admirer but turns out to be so much more. In order to escape, he makes a deal with a demon.
Beast exists in 2017, living in a crumbling Asylum with his father’s motorcycle club, the Kings of Hell. His own story keeps him pretty quiet and apart from the world after he was left with body and facial scarring which he covered in tattoos to protect himself from other’s pity. When he stumbles across Laurent late one night, he has no idea what he’s in for.

This story has so much and yet our focus remains on Laurent and Beast, and yes we do eventually discover his actual name. Laurent is looking to survive and save himself from certain death back in his time as well as trying to adapt and learn about where he suddenly finds himself as well as carrying out his deal with the demon. Of course, he never counted on Beast. Though scarred and tattooed, he is caring, gentle and endearing to Laurent. All Beast wants is somewhere better for the club than the health hazard that they currently reside in yet his father refuses to move for unknown reasons.

The two men together are frustrating, adorable, tense yet hot. It’s Beast’s acceptance of Laurent and the way he is that makes you like him even more. There are a few different sides we see to all of the characters but when you can imagine a 6ft 5″ man covered in tattoos taking a man like Laurent shopping, it’s completely adorable! These balance out the intense scenes that are the bread and butter of motorcycle club books. There’s not as much violence as you would think with a name such as Kings of Hell but there is a lot of debauchery and partying that goes on.

The story line about the demon and deals that have been made causes underlying tensions to run but with no one knowing the full truth until later on in the book, it’s interesting to read what the characters are doing to ensure their part is played.
There are many secondary characters with the series being set in a club, several we like with a couple we don’t. All make the book much more interesting offering support or trying to pull them apart.

I loved this book, pretty much everything about it drew me in and made me want to know more. I’m interested to see what other stories come with the other men in the club and what supernatural forces they get involved with. It’s great having these different elements come together in one book and these authors are fantastic in bringing the story and characters to life.

I received an ARC from the author and am happily giving a review.

Number of stars out of 5
5

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Release Day Review: Guarding His Melody, Enhanced World Book 4 by Victoria Sue

release day review
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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/guarding-his-melody-by-victoria-sue-9873-b
Blurb
A standalone in the Enhanced World

Deaf since childhood, Sebastian Armitage had a promising musical future until his dreams were shattered when he transformed at twelve years old. In a world where enhanced humans are terrorized and imprisoned, his life shrinks around him even more as he suffers the torment of his father’s experimental research to enable him to hear.

Gray Darling—struggling with the scars left by his experience in Afghanistan—agrees to provide short-term personal protection when anonymous threats escalate into assault on those closest to Seb.

As the lines between protection and attraction blur, Gray and Seb can’t ignore the intense feelings drawing them together. But secrets and betrayals might prove deadly, unless Gray is willing to risk it all. And Seb must find the strength to make his own future and sing his own song….

Review
Wow, Victoria Sue never fails to disappoint in her writing regardless of the genre. The Enhanced World series are a fantastic read and this just proves it even more.
This book is separate from the first three books though we do get a cameo from the MC’s of them.
In this story we follow Gray And Sebastian, Gray being hired as personal security for Seb after some threats and attacks on people he knows. He is hired as a precaution but there is so much more going on than Gray’s been told.
Sebastian has been deaf since a young boy due to meningitis and then evolved when h was twelve causing his world to shrink even more. With operations to try and help his hearing, his recent bodyguard apparently committing suicide and the constant vertigo, nothing is going right for him at the moment and the only way he has control is within his rooms at his father’s estate.
Gray takes on the new security role expecting a spoilt young man but he got something he never bargained for. When he witnesses Seb’s reaction and symptoms of vertigo he wants to do all he can to help. As well as keeping Seb safe, he wants to help him get better. But there is so much more going on than he knows and he needs all the help he can get to keep the man he’s coming to care for safe.
This book is filled with so much! We have action, mystery, a developing friendship into something more. The mystery going on throughout is well written, keeping us guessing as to the who and why of what is going on and how it involves Sebastian. As well as drawing our MC’s together, it also has the chance to tear them apart.
Sebastian and Gray are characters given good histories that we slowly learn over time. Allowing the readers and the MC’s to learn about them, grow to love them. I would say this is a slow burner as things between the characters mean so much more than just falling in love as there’s protection, care and friendship in there too. Both men also have trauma in their past and it’s treated with respect by the author. Afghan, loss of parents and friends for Gray and illness, deafness, the loss of a parent, becoming enhanced, subsequent operations and now threats for Seb. It’s a lot for anyone to handle but when you have the care of someone who truly cares, it’s not quite as bad as it was when alone. Whilst Gray is there because of a not so obvious threat, we are also treated to some positive, happy moments with Seb being a highly skilled piano player and Gray sharing his morning Tai Chi ritual. Gray opens up Sebastian’s world from the suite he has at home to the rest of his home, the garden and even some time outside of the gates. It all makes for fantastic reading.
Victoria is wonderful at world building and also including a wide variety of characters, both good and bad. We have several emotional moments, not just with our MC’s but with those around them as well.
I definitely recommend this book! And the series, and any books from Victoria Sue 🙂
I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.

Number of stars out of 5
5


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Recent Release: When Love Surprises – When The Mission Ends #6 by Christi Snow

Good Reads Link:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41447350-when-love-surprises

Blurb
Raised in a religious household, being gay was never an option for Steven, but when an injury left him incapacitated, he was forced to face those urges that he’s been able to ignore for the last thirty-eight years of his life…

Lost…

Three months ago, Major Steven Hardesty’s life sat on the precipice of perfection. Now he’s trying to come back from a life-threatening injury and a devastating romantic loss all while trying to figure out what he’s going to do after separating from the Air Force.

Alone…

Billy Starr never planned on running his family ranch by himself. He was supposed to be doing it with his sister, Whitney. But when she died in a freak accident, it sent his life in a tailspin of despair and alcohol.

Healing…

Steven and Billy were friends. Billy offered the ranch as a good, private place where Steven could recover, but as their friendship deepened, so did other feelings. Is it possible that a love affair between the two of them could heal them both? Or break them even more?

Review by Xanthe
This is book six in the When the Mission Ends series but this is the first one I have read and I will definitely be going back to work my way through them. Christi Snow offers a good story line along with well developed characters and a wonderful connection being built.

We follow Major Steven Hardesty, who is recovering from just being shot, heading to the ranch of his friend Billy Starr where it will be easier to recover. Never mind that each man is secretly lusting after the other.

Steven is very much in the closet. Leaving the Air Force and spending so much time with Billy may have him rethinking his life plan but it’s not just himself that he worries about.
Billy has trauma in his past that made him pledge to live the lonely single life out on his ranch. Until he got to know and like Steven. But it seems that someone is out to get him and it soon becomes even more important to keep the ranch a safe space as it’s not just Billy and Steven anymore.

I loved this story, Steven and Billy both going on their own, separate journeys as well as the one that they are on together. We start with a traumatic event that we come in on the aftermath of. During Steven’s recovery, the two men learn more about themselves and each other when together and it’s lovely to read their developing relationship. The hard part being Steven being closeted and why. His family link is surprising to everyone and there’s a reason Steven keeps it away from them all. I do think that this part of the story is also relevant to today’s political climate and how things are going in the US at the moment. It’s interesting reading from Steven’s POV and his feelings towards it.
Their relationship develops at a good pace though I was slightly surprised how quickly and how well Steven decided on his relationship with Billy. Especially with the added tension of the danger around the ranch and a new development in Steven’s life about half way in the book.

With everything going on in Steven’s life, Billy’s troubles don’t seem to impact as much but they are just as important. His alcoholism is a constant battle and lessens his self worth. His moments of introspection tug on your heartstrings and it brings to light the lifetime fight that people face when they live with addiction.
There is a bit of mystery and suspense throughout the book also. There are separate things happening that can be put down to different things but all together it could be far more sinister. Trying to think through the book who may be doing this keeps your interest even more with it running alongside the romance.

The writing has a good pace to it. We move through events with the necessary attention to detail but not lingering for no reason. The ranch sounds like a wonderful place with the vista being described so well by Christi. The secondary characters, both good and bad fully enhance the story, offering friendship, support, and bad guys we all love to hate.
The last 20% of the book felt a little rushed as though we were hurrying to get through everything that needed to happen for the story to work out but I still enjoyed it and the ending is what all of the characters deserved.

I recommend reading this story and I will be working my way through the rest of the series which I am sure I will enjoy just as much as this one.

I received an ARC from the publisher and am happily giving a review.

Number of stars out of 5
4


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Review by Rebecca
This book is a standalone, but part of a series. Steven and Billy have been through so much in what has seemed like such a short amount of time. I just want to give them a hug. The two have been friends for years, but gave in to their mutual attraction. I was cheering for them. Love the hot chemistry between them and how they helped each other despite their own internal struggles. A few spots in the book made me tear up, when you read you will understand what I mean. Great read.

Number of stars out of 5
5


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Time to Get Paranormal: Exhale (Flesh & Bone Book 1) by Joel Abernathy

 

Good Reads Link

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39678549-exhale?from_search=true

Blurb
Two men haunted by the same ghost…

Falling for “the other man” in my marriage was never part of the plan. Then again, according to Nicolae Ursache, I am the other man, and human wedding vows don’t apply. Not to werewolves.

Nicolae is a smug, arrogant alpha male stereotype–and I do mean alpha in the literal sense–but when the same people who killed my wife kidnap my teenage daughter, he’s my only chance at getting her back. The fact that Nicolae was my wife’s rightful mate means that we share a mutual interest in bringing Ellie home, but I never could’ve imagined how he planned to do it.

I will do anything to protect my daughter. Even if it means becoming the plaything, or worse, of the man I loathe most.

This dark shifter romance contains material suitable for adult audiences only. It is a standalone with full resolution.
**NOTE: There is no mpreg in this universe. 18+ readers only.**

Review
A fantastic shifter book, adding a human to the shifter world when Jack’s daughter is taken and his dead wife’s mate appears offering to help get her back.
The shifter aspect is slowly introduced to Jack with both him and Nicholae despising each other straight away because of their shared history with Francesca (wife and mother). It has darker parts in this story compared to other contemporaries, their treatment of humans for example.
The two MC’s are strong and well developed in their own ways, though we only read from Jack’s POV. There are several secondary characters that come in and provide support and an outlet for Jack through his adaption to their world, and I like how they give everyone him relief from his struggle with learning a new world and working his way through a tumultuous relationship with Nicholae. Their relationship builds naturally which was great to read, not just a sudden adoration for the one offering to save his child.
Ellie is a great character, working and learning through her new found heritage, but also like a regular teenager, butting heads with her dad. Nicholae is a complicated man and it takes a while to learn what side he actually comes down on. He’s well written and he comes into his role as mate well with Jack. Jack, as well as learning about this whole new world, knows he’s ill from his years working in the coal mine so has that to contend with as well. Considering it all, he deals well and again is well written, giving his thoughts and feeling towards people and events clearly. Andrei is adorable and would love to see him in another story, maybe his own.
Definitely recommend this book for shifter fans and those liking a darker aspect to their books.
I received an ARC and am happily giving a review

Number of stars out of 5
5


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