Saturday, August 11, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Gray's Shadow by K. A. Merikan

Gray's Shadow 
(Kings of Hell MC #4)
by K.A. Merikan
Release Date: August 11, 2018
Genre: M/M Paranormal Romance

--- There can be no shadow without the man to cast it. ---

Gray. Lost his twin. Will never be complete. Works alone.
Shadow. Monster? Human? Exists to be Gray’s one true companion.

After losing his twin brother, Gray has devoted his life to the Kings of Hell MC. He will do anything to protect his family and that means anything.

Even sell his own shadow to the devil.

Following a fire that left him without one arm, Gray feels pushed to the sidelines. In order to prove to his club that he is still capable of completing dangerous tasks, he will have to team up with the strange creature from the Other Side. Tall, inhumanly strong, and menacing despite the handsome exterior, Shadow is just the tool Gray needs.

The moment Shadow lays his eyes on Gray, he wants to crawl under Gray’s skin and make the human his.

Gray on the other hand isn’t willing to get attached to a monster destined to do the devil’s bidding and disappear once his time is up. Rejected, Shadow has to do everything in his power to convince his human that they belong together.

But as the clock ticks away precious minutes of Shadow’s existence, Gray will have to choose between his loyalty to the Kings of Hell MC and responsibility for the creature he brought into this world.
“Do you feel me running through your veins?”
Gray nodded.
Themes: motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, monster, tattoos, secrets, crime, gothic, grief, mourning, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, demisexuality, gentle giant
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

What an absolutely thrilling ride with Gray's Shadow. I love every single book in this series and I can't even decide which is my favourite couple, but since I just finish Gray and Shadow, I shall love them most for now. In Gray's Shadow, I daresay the creepiness and horror factor tune up another notch. Let just brace yourself for some mindfuck and keep the food away as precaution. 

Gray had just recently lost his arm from the incident that befall the clubhouse from previous book. Suffice to say, Gray is feeling more depressed than his usual solemn self. Not only he had to deal with his disability, he also have to fulfilled the pact he make with the demon. Gray trade in his shadow for the demon, but surprised to say his shadow got materialise into human form in some bizarre way. 

Shadow was bring forth to the human world for a mission and being Gray's shadow, he has a natural connection to Gray, which Gray totally didn't appreciate. Shadow is so naive and innocent in his new human form that despite finding him weird in the beginning, he is just so endearing, you can't help but want to protect him from the evil of the world. I'm so angry with Gray for being so mean and cruel to him in the beginning, like "WTF, man! Stop bullying my poor baby".

From Gray questioning Shadow existence and disliking every form of Shadow's advancement, to them being each other soulmates is a long and challenging journey. I don't remember at which point did Gray had a change of heart because their relationship progressive very naturally. Shadow's totally commitment and dedication to Gray is totally swoon worthy. He is so honest with his feelings and willing to sacrifice himself for Gray without question at all. 

There are tons of action with Gray and Shadow being on a mission to hunt for precious stones that can defeat the demon. I'm amaze with the action scene that was being described here, especially when Shadow's is doing his powerful, scary, creepy thing. There is one big story arc in regards to the demon Baal that was set to destroy the humankind if the King of Hells didn't do something to stop it soon. The clock is ticking and emotion are running high. In the end, Gray was force to choose between his club and his soulmate, which is so unfair, but understandable. I'm satisfied with the outcome for now, but honestly I'm pissed with Beast and the club. Like seriously pissed. I hope in the next book, which is the final book, Beast will get back in my good grace.

K.A. Merikan are a team of writers who try not to suck at adulting, with some success. Always eager to explore the murky waters of the weird and wonderful, K.A. Merikan don’t follow fixed formulas and want each of their books to be a surprise for those who choose to hop on for the ride.

K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance.

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