Title: His Favorite Color Is Blood: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem #8)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd.
Release Date: February 10th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 329
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
— When life gives you blood, make mayhem. —
Grim. Assassin. Leather-clad sex god. Has the most unusual taste in men.
Misha. Mutilated. Afraid. Will never trust again.
Grim is a bloodthirsty killer, and he owns it. Gay in a world of outlaw bikers, he firmly stands his ground if anyone dares to cross him. He takes pleasure in showing homophobes their place and fucking his way through a life of carnage.
But there is a part of him always aching for something he cannot get. When by chance he saves the most perfect guy he’s ever met, he is not about to let him go. Even if it means he needs to smother his broken bird.
When a masked, bloodstained man rescues Misha from captivity, he doesn’t know if he should thank the menacing stranger or stab him and run. Grim is not the kind of man who takes no for an answer, and Misha might now be in more danger than when he was trapped as a sex slave.
Misha cannot deny though that Grim is as alluring as he is frightening, and once Misha realizes what power his body holds over Grim, he understands that taming the beast of a man could be within his reach.
But any possibility of a future together is like a house of cards when Zero, the sadistic crime lord who destroyed Misha’s life, sets out to get him back.
Will the ruthless biker assassin at Misha’s side be enough to conquer the monsters from his past?
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, assassin, chase, disability (amputee), devotee, revenge, redemption, kidnapping, road trip, fear, hurt/comfort, past abuse
Genre: M/M dark erotic romance, thriller
Length: ~110,000 words (STANDALONE novel)
WARNING: This book contains adult content that might be considered taboo. Strong language, violence and torture. Reader discretion advised.
All the stars. All the stars for this book! Because it pushed my boundaries and messed with my head, but at the same time, it made me sympathize with characters I would never want to meet in real life. Because it made me root for a love story that is so out of the norm. But most of all, because it reminded me of all the reasons I’m such a devoted fan of K.A. Merikan.
Pay attention to the blurb. It does a great job summarizing the story, and I don’t want to spoil the plot by rehashing it. And pay attention to the warnings!
Grim is definitely the creepiest and most complex character I ‘ve ever read. Watching him interacting with Misha, how gentle and loving he was, I would have never guessed that this slick and clean-cut guy, is actually an assassin. A killer who takes great pleasure in torturing his victims and bathing himself with their blood. In fact, I believe he was the most considerate lover in the series.
He just has um…..particular tastes, and the authors took full advantage of it. Again, pay attention to the tags. I admit that the fetish here, took me completely out of my comfort zone. But I rolled with it, because Grim did a good job explaining how it worked for him, and because I don’t like to judge people’s kinks.
Being inside Misha’s head was heartbreaking. I think his doubts and thoughts were very realistic. Does Grim see him as just a fetish? Does he love him for who he is, or for what he lost? The journey from just sexual attraction or help to survive to true love, is portrayed beautifully.
Their connection and chemistry is off the charts, and the sex scenes are way dirtier than what I’m used to.
No one writes action scenes like K.A. Merikan. I mean it. The last 20% of the book was a movie and I was part of it. It took me back to that brilliant and magnificent morgue scene in “The Devil’s Ride”, only it was ten times better. Long and suspenseful, but fast paced, vivid and very detailed. Amazing setting and sense of place too.
This book also reminded me of something else. Sometimes I get lost in the story, the sex scenes, the action, the plot twists and the funny moments, and I tend to forget what it was that pulled me to these authors in the first place. It’s the writing. No doubt, K.A. Merikan are very powerful storytellers.
I admit having a hard time with the explicit torture scenes. I had to take a minute to breathe afterwards.
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. To those who are not afraid to step out of the box. And to those that want a love story strong and intense, gritty and raw.
Not for the faint of heart. Not if you want a fluffy and sweet romance story. And definitely not if you don’t believe that love can be found in the most horrible places, by the most horrible people.