Title: Just Here for the Pain (The Underdogs #2)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: February 4th 2018
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
—. Whips and chains – not optional .—
Sid. Drummer for The Underdogs. Secretly yearning for pain and submission.
Asher. AKA Stan. Stalker. More than meets the eye.
It’s hard to find good hookups while on tour. Sid wants pain, humiliation, and the kind of sex that isn’t easy to get from one-night stands. So for now, he’s given up, settled for an online Dom to get his rocks off, and focused on his band instead. The Underdogs are getting increasingly popular, but there is one fan who has followed Sid since before he even joined the band, and he’s driving Sid mad! Rich, spoiled hipster brat looking for the bad boy experience. If he knew what Sid was really into, he would run for the hills.
Asher is convinced that Sid is The One, his One True Love, his endgame. Years ago, Asher lost his virginity to Sid, and from that moment on, he knew it was meant to be. They had a spark, that honest connection that couldn’t be faked. The members of Sid’s band call him a stalker, but all he wants is to offer Sid his love. When Sid finally chokes out what he wants, Asher is more than ready to unleash it on him.
But the last time Sid was out as gay and submissive, he got badly burnt when his former band kicked him out, and the doors to many opportunities slammed in his face.
Asher wants the whole world to know that he’s dating Sid. Problem is, Sid would much rather keep the relationship as pain-with-benefits.
Themes: rock band, alternative lifestyles, tattoos, BDSM, commitment, family issues, coming out, life on tour, friends with benefits become something more, first love , stalking, fanboy
Genre: Contemporary M/M Rocker Romance
Heat level: Scorching hot, explicit BDSM scenes
Length: ~90,000 words (Can be read as standalone, HEA)
Oh we got the point.
WARNING: This review needs to be heavily edited before being posted on Amazon.
Ok friends, you really need to heed the warnings for this one. If you expect sweet and fluffy you need to look elsewhere. Because here lie floggers, gags, straightjackets (holy shit!) and an honest-to-god cattle-shocking rod !!!!!! If humiliation is your kink, then this book is for you.
Me before Asher’s first scene as a dom: “Aww…Look at this cute little stalker. He’s actually researching BDSM technics to make Sid happy…He’s never going to make it, though.”
Also me after Asher’s first scene as a dom:“OMFH…WTAF….STFUPSJFHDUFHVJDCDK…!!!!!! Did he just….He said what? OMG!!!”
I admit it. I didn’t have faith in Asher’s ability to provide Sid with what he needed. I fully expected to cringe and roll my eyes at what I was expecting to be the most awkward BDSM scenes in history. Joke’s on me! And you. And everyone who thought that Asher can’t be a natural, hot ass bossy/dominant/psycho motherf@cker.
Admittedly, as far as BDSM goes I don’t really care about floggers or pain or humiliation. But what really got me here, what really make my pulse go nuts was when Asher, always in tune with Sid’s need, improvised during the scenes. You won’t believe the stuff that came out of his mouth or what he can do with a fucking music magazine! And I loved that at some point it was not only Sid’s needs as a sub, but also Asher’s feelings as a human being.
I loved Manic Pixie Dream Boy but I think that this second installment’s characters had more depth. We get to know about Sid’s past as a member of a cult, and Asher growing up alone after his family’s fatal accident.
I love the sense of family and camaraderie among the band members and everyone who finds their way into this tight little group of misfits. Now I want Mage and Dawn’s story even more than before.
Special mention to Dusk and Mage’s arrest scene.
“Our cult is better than yours!”