Reviewed by Roberta
SERIES: Sex & Mayhem # 1
AUTHOR: K.A. Merikan
PUBLISHER: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
LENGTH: 238 pages
Don’t talk to strangers. —
Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.
On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.
Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.
As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.
WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and torture
Wow, there was so much going on in this story and once it really got started, I didn’t know how it would end.
Zak has moved into the home of his recently deceased Aunt and is trying to start up his own tattoo studio. He’s working out of his home, but it’s still a start. He’s not sure if he’s going to stay. Zak is getting away from a relationship both personal and professional that has turned bad and he needed to get away. So, this seemed like such an opportune time for him. Zak is openly gay, however, it’s not something that he advertises. Zak is this good-looking guy who is pierced and tattooed everywhere except his face, neck and hands. I love that Zak is a walking, talking advertisement for his career. Zak seems to be a man who is honest and knows who he is. Zak is a really nice guy. He just wants to regroup and live his life.
Stitch is a piece of work. I’m not sure whether I liked him or not. As I read through this story, I couldn’t quite place my finger on what I felt about him. I get that he’s a gay man who has hidden who he was his entire life. He got married, had a child and the most pressing issue, he’s involved in a MC and we all know how they feel about being different than what a man is supposed to be. So, I felt bad for him and wanted him to find a way to make his life work. Stitch is violent, quick-tempered, stubborn and yet in his own way such a loving guy. He loves his daughter and he loves Zak. He does things that he’s not proud of and yet he really only wants to do the very best.
There were some pretty hot, sexy times between these two men. I will say that these two author’s never seem to have an issue writing some really hot sex and this book didn’t disappoint either. The realistic way that these two men came together each time was so hot and steamy that I had to take a breather after it was over. So, be prepared to enjoy some good sexy times.
I will say that there were times reading this book that I thought that Stitch and Zak had lost their damn minds. Having sex in MC bar? WTF is that about? Are you trying to get caught? I wasn’t always on par with the thinking that these two did, but that’s what makes it more dramatic. Some of the actions did make me want to smack them both and say ARE YOU KIDDING ME? So, just be prepared to want to reach into this story and want to smack them, repeatedly.
Now the violence in this book was off the charts!! I mean, it’s a MC and they aren’t known for their calm and reasonable demeanor. Holy Hannah!! I will say that the last scene with Stitch and the MC gang…..WHOA!! I had to stop reading this story for a bit and breathe through and process what I just had read. It’s quite graphic, yet so very realistic for what happens when you get removed forcibly from a MC. Now, there was a bit of violence between Zak and Stitch a couple of times and I will tell you bothered me, however, it really fit in with who the characters are and it needed to be there. So, just go in there knowing that stuff is going to go down.
Overall, I liked the book. There was so much going on and you were never bored. From the moment you start until you finish, this book keeps going. I have to say that I keep reviewing the authors books and they seem to keep getting better and better.