Title: Laurent and the Beast
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Kings of Hell MC, #1
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Dark Romance / Time Travel / MC Culture
Page Count: 360 Pages
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
— 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.
Laurent and the Beast from K.A. Merikan is a fantastic book!! I have recently been in a binge reading mode and the author of choice has been K.A. Merikan. I have plowed through numerous books by this writing duo and loved each and every one – they are beautifully twisted masterpieces! Laurent and the Beast was one of the last books I read from these authors but it has made a lasting impression and I am seriously dying for the next book in the series! (Not to mention a couple other books by these two amazing authors..*taps foot*) 😆
I am not sure where to start when talking about this book because the entire thing was amazing. Yes, all 360 pages! In-fact, when I got to the end I was like — noooo, keep going, please!! I wanted MORE! Greedy, I know! So, before I go into the story follow this link and check out the Laurent and the Beast Pinterest Board from K.A. Merikan. Are you back? Okay..I love that the authors set up a little visual inspiration for us to get in the groove as we travel into their world.
Laurent – he is an indentured servent who is attracted to men living in a time where having those desires could get him killed. He takes care of a bookstore for his owner, which is becoming increasingly hard as his vision is failing him. He is trying his best to hide it; afterall, what good is a servent of a bookstore who can’t see? He ends up in quite the predicament after making a delivery to a prominent gentleman, a gentleman who may have also flirted with Laurent and gifted him the sweetest red apples. Now Laurent is making this delivery, with two of his juciest apples, and the hope that he will be asked to stay the night and offer his favor to a man for the first time. When nothing goes as planned and Laurent ends up face to face with the devil himself – he is asked to do the devils bidding in exchange he will get to live in a place where he is free to love a man without fear of death. Next thing he knows, he is standing in a run down building with a large man mountain of a man whos skin was covered in some type of hellish alphabet and a mule of a dog both growling at him, and he is both scared,excited and a little curious. Rather than be allowed to explore and find the King he was sent for, this Beast of a man was putting him through an inquisition and Laurent was learning some things in the future didn’t sound too good…
“What’s the last thing you remember? Do you know whose blood this is? Do you work at a living history museum?” the giant asked, taking Laurent into corridors he hadn’t seen yet. It was much darker here, and he struggled with the worry that he’d end up stumbling again. But the giant’s grip on Laurent’s arm was secure enough that he would keep Laurent upright if that happened. “A museum… where you keep the living?” He didn’t like the sound of that at all. Damned souls locked behind glass for an eternity while demons came to gawp at their naked bodies. His mind was getting fuzzier by the moment. “Okay, okay. You are fucking confused. Did you hit yourself on the head? Does it hurt?”
Beast – He is the Kings of Hell’s Presidents Son and he is cantankerous and someone you don’t want to mess with. His body is scarred and the scars are covered in ink – he lives for the club. When he finds a young looking man covered in blood on his property it is the last thing he wants to deal with. However, when the man is finally cleaned of all the blood – he finds himself being a little protective if not just attracted to the twinkish man. When he is told to help get Laurent “settled” as their “guest” he finds he likes the way Laurent looks to him for guidance and isn’t put off by his looks. Before he knows it he starts having thoughts of “couplehood” and while he never fully trusts Laurent he does find his heart warming to the man and his other body parts are definitely interested!
The tale that the authors weave for Laurent and Beast is nothing less than brilliant. I found myself laughing, saddened, pissed off, and wondering what was next. I surely didn’t want this story to end and I am dying for book two in the series. There really isn’t a lot more I can say without giving stuff away…so, my advice – buy this book and read it immediately! You will love Laurent and his Beast!
Review Copy of Laurent and the Beast provided by K.A. Merikan for an honest Review.
Plot Chemistry Pacing Ending Character Development Average