Title: We Met in Death
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: October 10th 2017
Page Count: 274
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
“This is not the night you die.”
After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.
So Robert decides to die.
But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being.
Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.
With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.
“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground.
But then you saved me.”
Themes: enemies to lovers, protector, cruelty, homophobia, crime, self-discovery, family conflict, age gap, escort, self-hate, first time, revenge, on the run
Genre: Dark, gritty, contemporary M/M romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~90,000 words (Standalone novel, HEA)
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language
They really did meet in death! It was the night when Robert Zidane and Nathan Edwards were supposed to die. Instead, it became the beginning of a
beautiful love story.
If you only like the fluffy and sweet K.A.Merikan, don’t read this book. Robert and Nathan will get their HEA but their story is a wild ride on the dark side, and they both came out of it bruised and bloodied. And so much in love!
Robert and Nathan are complex characters. Robert is the epitome of denial, drawning in self-loathing. Nathan, on the other hand, is out and proud, but he has learnt to rely on his good looks only. People can’t hurt you if they don’t know what’s on the inside.
Robert needs a good spanking for his behaviour towards Nathan in the first half of the book. But I ‘ve heard stories about South US and you know…considering that’s where he was born and raised, plus his background and his line of “work” later on…you get the picture.
But when Robert decides to get over himself and be there for Nathan, or rather be there with Nathan, prepare yourselves to get wooed.
I really liked Robert’s family. More often than not, families are represented as overly supportive, or overly evil. The Zidanes are offensive and close minded at first. But their behaviour comes from ignorance rather than hate. And when there’s love, everyone can turn around at some point, which is exactly what happened here.
As expected, the last 10% of the book had the trademark heart-pounding, breath hitching action. It’s in these scenes that the MC’s love for each other shines.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of these authors, and I’ll read anything they put out there. But, it’s these dark, gritty, out-of-the box love stories that get me the most. The type of stories that are here to say that love can be found in the most brutal, impossible places. Like a cemetery.