Title: We Met In Death
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre(s): M/M Dark Erotic Romance / Thriller
Page Count: 274
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
“This is not the night you die.”
After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.
So Robert decides to die.
But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being.
Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.
With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.
“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground.
But then you saved me.”
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language
K.A. Merikan has done it again! We Met In Death is a deliciously deviant, sexy, dark, twisted romance that is perfectly gripping and highly entertaining! This writing duo never lets me down when I want UNIQUE, DARK, GRITTY, SEXY, MYSTERY, PERFECT ANTI-HERO CHARACTERS and more…all I have to do is open up a K.A. Merikan book and I am set!
The setup to this story is so unique and the setting and staging of the opening to the book and characters was so vivid, I felt like I was right there with the characters. Very rarely do authors paint such a vivid picture and take time to bring the reader into the setting, it reminded me of a gothic romance.
“It was a good night to die.
The full moon above was a blurry ball of light, very much visible even in the fog that flooded the old cemetery. Its glow dispersed in the damp air, creating what looked like opaque glass walls that followed Robert as he rambled between tombstones with a bottle of whiskey in hand. Trees stretched their arms above him, some boldly black against the sinewy blue, the ones farther away only a fraction darker than the backdrop of colored air. A vast landscape surrounded him , yet Robert couldn’t see much of it, confined to what was within a few paces, as if he were walking the world with ghosts already.”…
“The moonlight spilled over the gravestones like milk, allowing Robert to admire each marble angel or cross as if this were a gallery, not the final resting place of so many people. Too bad he wouldn’t be getting one of those. Oh, well. Dying wasn’t all about pretty graves.”
The MC in this story, Robert & Nathan, are both well-developed and multi-faceted. Robert, he’s a tormented person and haunted by life choices and responsibilities not to mention totally closeted and cutoff from any personal connections. Then there is Nathan. Nathan who is trying to survive using his body in trade, with hopes for a future where he can stand on his own; he’s thrown into a world of crime, death, and fear. The person he has to rely on to survive very well could be the one to kill him in the end. Death and the will to survive throw these two men together – lust, quick thinking, and base instincts keep them alive — can these two get a happy ending when their relationship is soaked in blood?
“I know. I’m not a nice person. I’ve done many bad things. But you make me want to be a better man. You’re not just handsome. You make me feel like I might still do something good with my life.”
I.Loved.This.Book! Having found this writing duo when I read their Guns ‘n Boys series, I know how twisted and dark these two can be and how much they can put their characters through. I am always eager to see where they will take me with each new story. I admit that I always feel slightly bipolar when I read one of Merikan’s books because my emotions are all over the place! By the end of each Merikan book I am usually left with a book-hangover of epic proportions, this story was no exception.
The chemistry in this story was pretty steamy. Although there was some issues in the beginning with Robert and his coming to terms, the lust and sexual tension was always there between Robert & Nathan. That UST just ramped up the heat between these two and made their sexual encounters all the better!
I highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of dark, gritty, and raw romance ~ you will love, We Met In Death.
5 Deliciously Deviant Stars!
Review Copy of We Met In Death provided by K.A. Merikan for an honest Review.