Just Here for the Pain (Lili’s Review)

Title: Just Here for the Pain (The Underdogs #2)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Release Date: February 4th 2018
Genre(s): BDSM, Romance
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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)

I requested Just Here for the Pain (The Underdogs #2)
by K.A. Merikan before the blurb was added. I loved the first book Manic Pixie Boy and knew I wanted to continue with the series. Then, I read the blurb and considered canceling the ARC request. BDSM and I don’t always mix, but I figured sometimes it’s good to be pushed out of comforts zones. In the end, it just all worked.

I loved the juxtaposition of the characters at first appearance. Sid is the guy with the mohawk who comes across as hardcore and gritty. He enjoys/needs pain and humiliation. Asher is the rich spoiled hipster who comes across as well put together. At first sight, they seem like opposites but in the end are each other’s perfect match.

I loved the conflict of the story and was impressed how KA Merikan developed their relationship. The dynamics between even if not my usual thing – pushed the right buttons. I LOVED THESE TWO TOGETHER.

I’m happy that I took a chance and stepped outside my comfort zone. I originally rated this 4 stars, but as I wrote the review I got excited all over again- raised to 4.5 Stars!!

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant