Title: One Step Too Close – Coffin Nails MC Louisiana (Gay Biker Stepbrother Romance) (Sex & Mayhem #6)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: November 18, 2015 – 373 pgs
— One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —
Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.
For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly.Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.
Ryder is climbing up the ranks. Recently promoted to sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.
But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives irreversibly.
Jed has such an innocence to him. He is trying so hard to be the kind of brother/biker that everyone thinks he should be. Then you have that terrible situation for him – one that he tries very hard to handle on his own. Despite him not being the brightest character out there, his predicament, love for his fellow brother and knowledge that he can’t really be himself, Jed struggles. It’s only when he finds acceptance that he really tries to be better.
Then you have Ryder. He projects an air about him that all the brothers respect. He has a great girlfriend who he loves a lot. But, does Ryder really understand those feelings? Is he really as straight as he tries to be? Nope. He is still just a young kid when it comes to love too. The protection that he feels towards Jed is really genuine and he tries very hard to get Jed to see that he is self destructing.
Despite all the chaos in their lives, both Ryder and Jed find a way to figure some of their stuff out. The heartache that Jed goes through, I totally felt. My heart broke for him. Then, when Ryder faces his own dilemmas, my heart ached for him too.
This book runs the gamut of emotions – love, hate, fear, anger. They are all powerful and well written. I really enjoyed this story.
The story line was good, stepbrothers, I LOVE stepbrother books, but this one with two brothers wasn’t something I have come acrossed before. But it was fantastic. I’m never disappointed when I pick up a book by K.A. Merikan.
The characters came alive on the pages and made a fantastic couple. Once Jed and Ryder got together I felt at times that Jed was so whiney. Jed was so reckless and yet Ryder was the more stable one but together they were steamy.
If you haven’t ventured into this series I highly recommend it.
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.
Inspiration never failed them so far, but they are ready to hunt down the exotic and unique. Kat and Agnes are pursuing their dream of becoming full fledged virtual nomads. Having gotten rid of their apartment and with most of their belongings put in storage, they are choosing their own path in life, ready to experience all the world has to offer while working on their books.