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ONE 4.5 Star, THREE 4 Star and ONE 3 Star Reviews for His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8) by K.A. Merikan #MM #Disability @KA_Merikan

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Title: His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8)
Author Name: K.A. Merikan
Publication Date & Length: February 10, 2016 – 329 pgs

Synopsis

— When life gives you blood, make mayhem. —

Grim. Assassin. Leather-clad sex god. Has the most unusual taste in men.
Misha. Mutilated. Afraid. Will never trust again.

Grim is a bloodthirsty killer, and he owns it. Gay in a world of outlaw bikers, he firmly stands his ground if anyone dares to cross him. He takes pleasure in showing homophobes their place and fucking his way through a life of carnage.

But there is a part of him always aching for something he cannot get. When by chance he saves the most perfect guy he’s ever met, he is not about to let him go. Even if it means he needs to smother his broken bird.

When a masked, bloodstained man rescues Misha from captivity, he doesn’t know if he should thank the menacing stranger or stab him and run. Grim is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer, and Misha might now be in more danger than when he was trapped as a sex slave.

Misha cannot deny though that Grim is as alluring as he is frightening, and once Misha realizes what power his body holds over Grim, he understands that taming the beast of a man could be within his reach.

But any possibility of a future together is like a house of cards when Zero, the sadistic crime lord who destroyed Misha’s life, sets out to get him back.

Will the ruthless biker assassin at Misha’s side be enough to conquer the monsters from his past?

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, assassin, chase, disability (amputee), devotee, revenge, redemption, kidnapping, road trip, fear, hurt/comfort, past abuse

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FourandHalfStars

Triggers: Sex trafficking, abuse, torture, murder, fetish, kidnapping, child pornography

Holy Crap! My heart raced through this story.  Both the good kind and the sweaty palms, edge of your seat kind.
I have read one previous book in this series, but it was not the one directly prior to this one and I was never lost, never felt like I was missing anything nor were the characters hard to follow.

Whew! With Grim’s demeanor, you’re right in the thick of things from the start of this story.  He finds himself in the presence of Misha, his sexual fantasy!  However, when he really gets a look at Misha, he sees a terrified human being.

Misha is a character that you can’t help but feel bad for – he has a tortured history – one where you can instantly picture a younger, less tortured boy.

You’re sucked right in to a tangled web of lies, deceit, torture, murder and mayhem.  It’s a non-stop roller-coaster ride from the first page to the last.  If you’re up for dark romances, scary, murderous characters then this book is definitely for you.

And, through it all, Grim and Misha are able to develop a connection that is so deep, trusting and loving.

I do wish that the antagonist had suffered far worse – it was not slow enough for me.

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FourStars

This was not one of my favorite books by this author.  I found Grim to be a bit disturbing and his fetish was quite twisted.  I did have a problem with that, but I did go on with reading it.  Misha on the other hand, when it was revealed what happened to him I felt so awful for him.

Even though I had some problems with the story I have to say once again they have written with a lot of feeling, but very dark, intense and twisted. This book took me to an uncomfortable zone at times, but like all their books do, it keeps you wanting to read more.  So please read the warnings so you know just what your getting.

Sherry

FourStars

oh boy, oh boy, this book was a trip.
So here we have book 8 of Merikan’s Coffin Nail’s MC series and it’s twisted as all get out. This is Grim’s story, an assassin who reminds me of a mixture of a puppy, a nutjob, a sweetheart, a kid and the Joker. Lmao
Grim finds Misha, a video porn star with no legs on a mission for the Coffin Nails. Grim spirits Misha away without the others knowing because he’s always liked Misha’s videos and has a thing for amputees. A fetish, really, He’s on a quest to win Misha’s heart and Misha…well he’s like “wtf?” haha
I actually really liked this book, with it’s dark humor and romance. Grim is disturbed…like mentally, and he knows it. The readers knows it, Misha knows it…but for some reason, I liked him. He’s not the type of person I ever wanna meet in a dark alley (lol) but I liked how the author portrayed him and never changed his personality. He was all kinds of crazy, and I liked his brand of crazy…in the book. In real life, I think it’s best that he be put in jail for the safety of others. O_O
Poor Misha. He’d been kidnapped, mutilated, abused and used as a sex toy, yet he was still strong. In the beginning he seemed weak, but hanging around Grim made him stronger. I liked that he never faded in the background with someone like Grim. He and Grim went together like peas and carrots.
Cookie
FourStars
I usually don’t like biker books but this one was really good. I loved how loving and caring Grim was towards Misha. I understand why Misha was hesitant towards Grim and his feelings for him. I can’t even imagine all that Misha went through, besides anxiety and trust issues he seemed pretty normal considering everything that was done to him for over five years. This book had great chemistry and character interaction. There was some intense scenes and the author kept me engaged the entire book.
Angie
ThreeStar

I expected graphic violence. I expected violent, graphic sex. But I wasn’t quite ready for the amputee fetish. I have to admit that after loving KA Merikan’s Guns N Boys series, this is finally a bit too dark and a little too kinky for me.

For me, the violence and sex in the Guns N Boys series is softened with humour and some very tender scenes. But Dom and Seth are equals, partners. I think I found this more disturbing because Misha is a victim and Grim an unapologetic predator for much of the story. There is no humour. No banter between the men softens the harsh edges of the relationship. I’m used to blurry consent in these books but I still find it disturbing.

When I’m enjoying a KA Merikan book, I am aware of the clunky writing and editing errors but I find them easy to ignore. Because I was already struggling with this story, I found the typos quite distracting.

Despite my reservation about the story, I really enjoyed Misha’s character. His backstory is fascinating and his constant adjustment to his changing circumstances feels real and carefully written. There are parts of nomad Grim’s character I enjoyed as well. I just struggled with some of his actions at the start of the story and his fetish throughout.

I did enjoy the relationship between Misha and Grim more at the end of the story than I did at the start. When consent and affection started to replace fear and force, I started to engage more with the story. But the kink still made me a little queasy.

Sarah

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4 Star Review for Stealing Innocents by Cari Waites (Lisa Henry) #MM #Dark @lisahenryonline

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Title: Stealing Innocents
Author Name & Publisher: Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: January 9, 2016 – 264 pgs

Synopsis

Those who dare to scratch the surface of ordinary, everyday life may be horrified to find a sick underbelly beneath—a nightmare world populated by villains and victims, predators and prey, where the rules of society no longer apply.

Where you’ll find people like Danny, the boy who sells himself to pay for his father’s gambling debts and ends up in a situation more twisted than he ever imagined. Or Troy, the cop whose obsession with saving a brutalized human trafficking victim turns deadly. Or Drew, the mental patient who begins to suspect his nightly delusions of abuse by his doctor are actually real. Or David, the cuckolded husband who decides the best way to get revenge is to seduce his wife’s barely legal son.

Stealing Innocents is an exploration of our darkest human impulses, where sex is power, love is horror, and there’s no such thing as a happy ending.

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NOTE: This collection contains edited second editions of three stories that were previously individually published, plus one all-new story, by Lisa Henry writing as Cari Waites.

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FourStars

Triggers: Rape, suicide, pedophilia, murder, addiction, all the darkest things you can think of.
Let’s just say this is not a book for someone who likes HEA.  There are absolutely none – not even a glimmer of hope for one.  These are dark stories that, while short, are incredibly written.

It starts out with a bang and ends with a splat.  Holy crap these were intense.  I like dark as much as the next one and even these caught me somewhat off guard – but, not in a bad, icky way.  I knew what I was getting in to before reading and Waites didn’t disappoint.

These were exactly as described – tormented, horrible, dark stories.

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5 Stars for Dominant Predator (The Borders War, #2) by S.A. McAuley #M/M #Dystopia @AuthorSAMcAuley

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Title: Dominant Predator (The Borders War, #2)
Author Name & Publisher: S.A. McAuley (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length:  January 2016 -155 pages

Synopsis

A relationship is the least of Merq and Armise’s concerns…

With one bullet Merq Grayson set the wealthiest citizens of the world on a collision course with the poorest—with those fighting for their freedom. As the Borders War reignites, the Revolution faces heavy losses. They scramble to maintain their advantage, to strike at the Opposition and crumble their power structure before they are able to rally.

But Merq is in the midst of an internal battle that shakes him to the core. For the first time in his life Merq will have to reconcile the inherent tragedy of war and decide just how much vengeance can be justified by spilt blood. How much can he trust the men and women around him? The President, Neveed, his former soldiers, his parents…and Armise.

Merq and Armise find themselves off grid and on the hunt for Committee members. Merq is just as unsettled with Armise at his side as he was with Armise as an enemy, but they will have to learn how to fight together—or they may just die together.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence.

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FiveStars

This book was a awesome addition to this series!
This can not be read as a stand alone. Every book in this series features Merq and Armise so you will be lost without reading the first book in this series before reading this one.

So we get more of this amazing world the author created and at the same time we get so much more of Merq and Armise together which I loved!

One bullet from Merq started something that both these men must fight together for. Unfortunately now Merq is unsure of who to trust and how much this war is really worth.

There was just so much that happens in this book that had me on the edge of my seat through this whole story. You get so much action in this and so much steam between these two men which I thought was so hot! Both of this characters are just so gritty and when they are together its a whole different story. You also learn so much more about the other characters in this book too. Which brings me to how much I loved the way this author has written these characters and this story! All together I think this world and these characters are amazing and so far I am loving this series!

So I will leave this review with….. I really loved this book and would definitely recommend this!

Kara

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5 Stars for One Breath One Bullet (The Borders War #1) by S.A. McAuley #MM #Dystopia @AuthorSAMcAuley @PridePublishing

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Title: One Breath One Bullet (The Borders War, #1)
Author Name & Publisher: S.A. McAuley (Pride Publishing )
Publication Date & Length: January 4th 2016- 182 pages

Synopsis

Book 1 in The Borders War series

Face to face, and rifle to rifle. The time and location change, but never the circumstance. Merq Grayson and Armise Darcan are enemies—and neither will be considered successful until the other is dead.

It is the year 2558. A mere decade has passed since the signing of the treaty which ended the three hundred year long Borders War. In the midst of an uneasy peace, the world gathers for the first Olympic Games since the war began.

The rifle competition showcases the very soldiers who fought in the war, pitting former enemies against one another again. Continental States Peacemaker Merq Grayson will once again battle the Dark Ops officer from the People’s Republic of Singapore Armise Darcan, this time under the flag of their own uneasy truce. The relationship between Merq and Armise is one of violence, secrecy and a growing intimacy that could have them both branded as traitors.

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FiveStars

OMG!! The world this author created in this story was amazing!!!

I will be the first two admit I love Dystopia books and the way this author wrote this one was just so good! The story in this book grabbed me from the start and I could not put it down until the end.

Merq and Armise have a very different relationship in this book. One of hate for each other but then there was lust and their attraction for each other. They fight a lot in this book and the way this author wrote this story you can feel the tension between these two men.

I do not want to give away to many spoilers so I will leave this review with… I loved what this author did with this story and these characters in this book. I also thought that this world that S.A. McAuley created was amazing and gritty! Merg and Armise both being highly trained killers each on a different side of this border war.

All together I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend it!

Kara

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4 Stars for The Bruise-Black Sky (More Heat Than the Sun, #5) by John Wiltshire #M/M #Dark @JohnWiltshireNZ

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Title: The Bruise-Black Sky (More Heat Than the Sun, #5)
Author Name & Publisher: John Wiltshire (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 20th 2015- 282 pages

Synopsis

Ben usually overlooks Nikolas’s occasionally jarring dissonance. Not this time. A deep rift, a terrible lie, separates them. Eleven thousand miles from Nikolas, in New Zealand, it’s bitter winter as Ben films the tragic story of a post-apocalyptic gladiator, a victim of his own personal darkness. But on receiving a death threat, Ben suspects the truth of actor Oliver Whitestone’s suicide. Someone doesn’t want this movie made. It’s fortunate for Ben, therefore, that dissonance is a state of unrest, a longing for completion. As if Nikolas would stay at home in disgrace while Ben Rider-Mikkelsen becomes the target of a crazed stalker…

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fourstars

So while I really liked/loved every book in this series this one just fell a little flat for me.

You get to see more of Nikolas and Ben which I really loved but everything else was just okay I guess..
There really was not much going on in this book besides someone going after Ben when he starts playing a part in a movie, which resolved kind of quickly where you just can’t help thinking that was it….

You do get Ben and Nikolas who have their arguments, but they are also still growing as a couple. Of course I do not want to forget about the steam between these two men, which was so damn hot! There was also some action and angst in this book along with secrets. You also see some of the characters from the previous books in this series too.

Overall I did like this book, but it just did not grab me as much as the previous books had.

So I will leave this review with… I liked this book and would recommend this series!

Kara

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Two 4 Stars for Forsaken by Laydin Michaels #FF #Crime

1.5

Title: Forsaken
Author Name & Publisher: Laydin Michaels (Bold Strokes Books)
Publication Date & Length: December 15, 2015 – 240 pgs

Synopsis

Blake Campbell has always struggled with anxiety and leads an isolated life. When she rents a beach house with her best friend, the last thing she expects is murder. Her connection to Lindsay Duvall forces her to confront her lifelong issues.

Lindsay Duvall has one goal, to be a Texas Ranger. She has worked hard for it and has never let anything get in her way. But when Blake Campbell falls into her life, she shakes Lindsay’s carefully constructed foundations.

Will the hunt for this killer be the catalyst that brings Blake out of her shell and alters Lindsay’s plans for the future? Or will the moment, and the killer, escape them?

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FourStars

Shy, anxious Blake finds socialising very difficult but her friend Krystal does all she can to get her out and about.  They meet State Trooper, Lindsay, at a club and all hit it off immediately.  Blake and Lindsay are attracted to each other and Blake overcomes her social anxiety and agrees to a date.  Tragedy strikes the group of friends though when a vicious murder takes place.
The story develops at a great pace, with just the right amount of tension.  Lindsay wants to become a Texas Ranger and being involved in the case could help her to her goal.  As she becomes involved withy Blake her priorities begin to change, and she realises that career isn’t everything.  Her internal conflict is clear for all to see.
Blake is certainly put through the mill – will it be too much for her or will she find resources she didn’t know she had? I enjoyed reading about their relationship and it was inter-woven well with the increasingly disturbing and tension-filled murder case.
I would recommend this book and can see further developments for these characters, should the author decide to write another instalment.

Kitty Kat

fourstars

This was an interesting read, and I truly enjoyed it, but I wonder if it could have been just that little bit better if the focus hadn’t been so split. The book starts out like a contemporary romance, and it starts out sweet and makes you like the two main characters, and root for their budding romance. Then we get sucked in to this serial killer’s mind, and the book totally takes a turn. I will say that Michaels surprised me several times – in a good way – with the plot turns and twists. What I thought was going to happen was never what happened, and I liked that. Usually in a romantic suspense novel, the romance part takes more of a lower priority than the action. In this book, they’re more equal than I’m used to seeing. I think it’s because usually both characters are involved in the suspense part together for a longer time, but that wasn’t as possible in this story, so we have more scenes of the romance than you would usually see. Anyway, what I’m trying to say, rather poorly, is that if the book focused more on being either a suspense novel, or a romance novel, it wouldn’t feel so strangely like there were two books in one.

Regardless, I liked the plot. I liked the characters. And I liked the fact that it wasn’t predictable. I’ll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.

Amy P.

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5 Stars for This Other Country (More Heat than the Sun #4) by John Wilshire #MM #Dark @JohnWiltshireNZ @MLRPress

1.5

Title: This Other Country (More Heat Than the Sun #4)
Author Name & Publisher: John Wilshire (MLR Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 22, 2014 – 298 pgs

Synopsis

Nikolas is the sanest, straightest, person he knows, so can anyone tell him, why he’s on a gay therapy course?

Nikolas Mikkelsen could make a very long list of unpleasant things he’s endured in his life. Then order it from ‘nearly killed me’ to ‘extremely horrific and don’t want to do again’. And what did it say about his forty-five years that being hit by a tsunami would be a considerable way down this list? But nothing, not torture, imprisonment, nor starvation has prepared him for what he now has to endure for Ben Rider’s sake-attendance on a residential, gay therapy course. At least he has a new contender for the top spot on his ‘my awful life’ list.

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FiveStars

This book was another really good addition to this series!

Warning this is a dark romance book and there are some parts of this book that may be hard for some to read.

In this book Nikola and Ben must go to a gay counseling seminar undercover to help their friend. There were funny moments with the banter between these two men then there were harder moments with what Ben goes through.

Now I have to say I really do not like Kate now and I honestly did not feel like that situation was handled right because it felt like she got off with a slap on the hand when she knew what she did was wrong. Now I will not say what happened because that would be a spoiler but I will say it was really messed up and wrong.

Other than that part I really loved this book and what this author did with this story! There was action which has you on the edge of your seat and so much steam between these two men.

So all together I loved this book besides that one part which still is driving me nuts that happened lol.
I would recommend this book!

Kara

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