Thursday, October 12, 2017

Blog Tour Review: We Met in Death by K. A. Merikan

We Met in Death
by KA Merikan
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance

“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.

The title and the blurb sounds pretty morbid, but worry not, this story isn't about Robert the ex-thug trying to end his own life. Is about Robert, the thug who save this high end escort from his own boss. Robert thought saving one innocent life might just ease a little of his guilt for killing many, but Nathan might just turn out to be his savior and teach him the meaning of life again.

Nathan, the said escort/prostitute, although he said he isn't one. He is simply trying to find himself a sugar daddy while he enjoying his youth and beauty. Nathan is an interesting character all around, despite his flaws. I guess I can understand his moment of stupidity or hysteria due to his circumstances. A mafia boss wants him dead, is okay if he even peed his pants.

Robert is a whole different ball game. Honestly, there are moments that I'm just so angry with him, especially coming from a KA Merikan's book because I usually loves all their flawed characters. He can be so hot for Nathan one moment and then suddenly he will have an epiphany 'I'm not gay'. And I especially not comfortable with those 'Don't try to seduce me and make me gay' moment. Is he for real?! No wonder Nathan flipped the fuck out on him. More slaps or a punches would be much welcome. However, whenever Nathan is in danger, Robert will get all protective on him and even willing to sacrifice himself, I'm suddenly a total fan of Robert. As if all his misgivings are all forgotten. 

Overall, this story isn't pack with suspense. There was some downtime in the middle whereby we met with Robert's family and watching how Robert fights his feelings for Nathan. The climatic ending was pretty gruesome though and make me a little skirmish, but lovely epilogue to wrap things up. 

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.

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