Title: Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC #1)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: April 29th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
— Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. —
1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.
Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.
Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.
In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.
What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.
Themes: time travel, servitude, serial killer, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, disability, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, virginity, black magic, gothic
Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~135,000 words (Book 1 in the series, can be read as a standalone)
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.
Ok, I’m going to fangirl all over K.A.Merikan in about 0.5 seconds. You ‘ve been warned.
Holy shit! OMG! What was this? What did I read? Best paranormal story there is, and I don’t do paranormal. Time travel, serial killers, impossible choices, a motorcycle club, and the devil himself are in this book! Also, history, genealogy, and occultism, all masterfully wrapped up in a beautiful bow! So.incredibly.GOOD!
I understand now why people love time travel stories. It was fascinating seeing the modern world through the eyes of Laurent, a character that lived in the 1800s and was transported to the future. How alien the elements of our everyday life seem to someone not modern. Laurent loves plastic!
But it’s not just material things. What’s even more interesting, is how the concept of freedom and equality is viewed by a servant from the 1800s era.
“Couldn’t all clocks just stop ticking in his heart, as if reminding Laurent of the future that was too terrifying to consider?”
I loved Beast with his hard, disfigured exterior, but with such a kind heart. He’s mocked, misunderstood and underestimated. He would even make a deal with the devil to change the way he looks, and be worthy of Laurent’s affection. Except Laurent doesn’t think he’s any less than perfect.
This is a deeply romantic tale. It might not be swoon worthy, but it’s the real thing. The bone melting kind of love that doesn’t care about looks. The love that gives you the guts to walk through fire for the other person.
“Even though we were born centuries apart, I’m sure our souls are entwined.”
In true K.A.Merikan fashion, the action scene in the end is a masterpiece. The villain came straight out of a gothic horror movie.
The ending is a HEA for the couple, a satisfying ending for the paranormal storyline, but it’s ovious that this is going to be an ongoing theme in the series.