Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Release Blitz Review: Wrong Way Home by K. A. Merikan

Wrong Way Home
(Criminal Delights: Taken)
by K.A. Merikan
Genre: M/M Dark Romance
Release Date: April 15, 2019

--- One wrong turn. One right man. ---

Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.

Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.

He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed.

Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.

The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.


“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”


Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~ 70,000 words (Standalone)

This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance.

Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
This story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters.

This book is part of the Criminal Delights series. For other books in the collection, please see: Criminal Delights Listopia

I was holding my breathe before I dived in because the authors said this is 'wayyy dark'. I was prepared for all kinds of mind fuckery, but I guess KA Merikan already desensitized to me to what they consider 'wayy dark'. Dark level between 1 to 10, I give this a 6.

Colin, a med student lead a mundane but highly demanding life. One day he decided to spice up his life by taking a wrong way home, which lead to some big consequences.

Here comes, Taron, who is mute, a literally ax murderer who was caught red handed by Colin. Suffice to say, Taron can't let Colin leave him now. Cue Stockholm Syndrome because we knew they are going to fuck and Colin is going to enjoy it.

Yes, Taron is a captor and a murderer, but I don't feel the intensity of this being a dark romance because Taron isn't actually a bad guy. There isn't any torture scene or any moment whatsoever that I want bad things to happen to Taron. There was one moment that I wanted him to do the right thing, but I also understand how he came to such a decision. His character may appeal to reader who can't stomach villainous hero.

The circumstances that brought Colin and Taron together might be unusual, but they seems to find a common ground and their mutual love for off grid living. I'm actually jealous of Taron's homestead and I was contemplating off grid living with my dogs. Colin didn't just fell into insta-lust with his captor. His emotion is running havoc and he was thinking of ways to flee all the time, which is only normal and I was more interested to see how Taron slowly changed his mind. 

Wrong Way Home is a refreshing take on the captor/captive theme, a bratty, opinionated captive with his mute captor who love cats. 

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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