Sunday, February 4, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Just Here for the Pain by K. A. Merikan

Just Here for the Pain
(The Underdogs #2)
by K.A. Merikan
Release Date: February 4, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance

---. Whips and chains - not optional .---

Sid. Drummer for The Underdogs. Secretly yearning for pain and submission.
Asher. AKA Stan. Stalker. More than meets the eye.

It’s hard to find good hookups while on tour. Sid wants pain, humiliation, and the kind of sex that isn’t easy to get from one-night stands. So for now, he’s given up, settled for an online Dom to get his rocks off, and focused on his band instead. The Underdogs are getting increasingly popular, but there is one fan who has followed Sid since before he even joined the band, and he’s driving Sid mad! Rich, spoiled hipster brat looking for the bad boy experience. If he knew what Sid was really into, he would run for the hills.

Asher is convinced that Sid is The One, his One True Love, his endgame. Years ago, Asher lost his virginity to Sid, and from that moment on, he knew it was meant to be. They had a spark, that honest connection that couldn’t be faked. The members of Sid’s band call him a stalker, but all he wants is to offer Sid his love. When Sid finally chokes out what he wants, Asher is more than ready to unleash it on him.

But the last time Sid was out as gay and submissive, he got badly burnt when his former band kicked him out, and the doors to many opportunities slammed in his face.

Asher wants the whole world to know that he’s dating Sid. Problem is, Sid would much rather keep the relationship as pain-with-benefits.

Themes: rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, BDSM, commitment, family issues, coming out, life on tour, friends with benefits become something more, first love , stalking, fanboy
Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, explicit BDSM scenes

Even a stalker deserve his HEA and that's what you get in KA Merikan's world. Let me start off by saying this book is freaking intense for a BDSM theme story. Is something more from the usual whipping, bondage and props, there was more pain and humiliation. I won't describe myself as fan of BDSM, I won't actively seek out such books, but when one lay on my lap I will go with the flow and wing it. 

Sid is the drummer with a Mohawk and he had this stalker who I thought named Stan shadowing his every turn for 8 long years. Imagine that! That's what we call persistence, dedication and plan crazy. Sid is non too happy about Stan presence and wouldn't hold back from giving Stan the finger.

Asher aka Stan is the said stalker. I was intrigued with him since the beginning. He's not just your average psycho, this guy has the money and the brains and in previous book, he helped make The Underdogs famous. That count for something, right? I think Sid should have sex with him as a reward or something.

So one fine night, Sid decided enough is enough and he wanted to scare Asher off by rattling out his favorite kink. Sid loves pain and being humiliated and no one should want anything to do with his weirdness. But Asher manage to surprise the fuck out of him by agreeing to do everything he wish for. Aww.... isn't he a romantic. 

For the first few chapters of the book, Asher sounds real creepy. He was so crazy about Sid that he would do anything in his power to have him and I was freaking turned on. I swooned over his all soul consuming love for Sid. But as the story move on, Asher sorta become more 'normal'. Maybe is character growth I assume? He seems to have less psychotic thoughts towards the second half of the book.

There are a couple of long BDSM scene, which was pretty complicated, as in sometime I have problem picturing their body postures in my head, especially when it involved props. A visual diagram would comes in handy. There was gagging, spanking and bondage involved. But the highlight was something more extreme and I will not spoil it. I actually like the part of Asher's verbal humiliation towards Sid. Wow! He just went on and on with all the verbal insults and I wish I had someone to let me insult them that way. That would have been a great stress reliever. 

The presences of Sid's bandmates are always there at the background. The Underdogs is gaining popularity and everyone was as happy as can be, especially Dusk and his Lolly. These two are just too sweet for words. There was one shenanigan that involved Dusk and Mage in a rescue mission that was way too hilarious. Meanwhile, Dawn and Mage was having some kind of undercurrent of .... what? Can't wait to read how their relationship unfold as currently there is no way I can picture them boinking each other. 

Besides the hardcore stuff, the relationship development was well played out too. Even though the drama towards the end might seems unwarranted (or warranted) on Asher's part, it did came with an awesome outburst from Sid to finally want to right the wrong. Just Here for the Pain is definitely a wild kinky ride that pushed all my hard limits away. It was definitely one of the most hardcore I've read before and I find myself panting all along with Sid and Asher. My reservation just vanish. Dayum. I wonder what do the authors still have up their sleeves. 

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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