Title: One Step Too Close – Coffin Nails MC Louisiana (Sex & Mayhem #6)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Release Date: November 18th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 372
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5
— One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —
Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.
For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.
Ryder is climbing up the ranks. Recently promoted to sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.
But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives irreversibly.
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, stepbrothers, blackmail, homophobia, alpha male
Genre: M/M dark romance, suspense, drama
Length: 135 000 words (standalone novel)
WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, violence. Reader discretion advised.
“If Jed believed in God, he’d consider Ryder the most tempting mortal sin, just waiting to be committed.
Being gay was one thing. Lusting after your brother— even if not related by blood— quite another.”
One Motorcycle Club on the brink of disaster. Two stepbrothers in love with each other. Blackmail, action, blood, passionate men fighting and making love, it’s ALL here.
Devil’s Ride is still my favorite book in the Sex & Mayhem series. But this one came really, really close!
“His professions of love couldn’t even begin to cover just how much his whole being belonged to Ryder.”
Jed is a mess. He’s self destructive, impulsive, an easy target for others to take advantage. And so very lonely. And in love with his stepbrother, Ryder. The club is his family and the place he belongs to. But it also suffocates him. It was heartbreaking, watching him struggle with his sexuality, trying to suppress his feelings, believing there’s something wrong with him. And later, his burning desire to come out, to tell his brothers and the world who he is…oh, man, I desperately wanted to give him the biggest hug.
…”he didn’t hide from it anymore. When he closed his eyes, he would still see Jed. Always Jed. Only Jed.
Ryder has it all together. He ‘s promoted to sergeant-at-arms and tries desperately to get the Coffin Nails MC Louisiana, back in the game. There’s only one thing he loves more than the club, and that is his stepbrother, Jed. I loved how protective and possessive he was with Jed and there was nothing he wouldn’t for him. He has managed to hide his attraction to men, until now.
Ryder and Jed were raised together like real brothers. And growing up, this bond never went away. Their feelings for each other became a strange mixture of brotherhood, love and lust. High five to the authors, because they managed to depict this amazingly.
But this is not something they can admit to each other and certainly, it’s not something they can act on. Until a rainy evening, when push comes to shove and the fear of loss sets things in motion. Ryder and Jed are beautiful together and their chemistry is off the charts.
“I’m gonna die because of you one day, you know that?”
“You won’t. I’ll keep you safe.” […]
“I’d die for you anyway.”
Throughout the whole story, I kept asking myself how the hell this was going to work out. Jed is gay and doesn’t want to hide. Ryder loves the club and doesn’t want to leave it. The others would never accept their relationship. In the end, I was amazed. This was the most fitting HEA for Jed and Ryder. It just clicked and it was so very real.
Great addition to the series and one of my favorite books of the authors’. Highly recommended!
This book can be read as a standalone