Title: Gray’s Shadow (Kings of Hell MC #4)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date:August 11th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 457
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
— There can be no shadow without the man to cast it. —
Gray. Lost his twin. Will never be complete. Works alone.
Shadow. Monster? Human? Exists to be Gray’s one true companion.
After losing his twin brother, Gray has devoted his life to the Kings of Hell MC. He will do anything to protect his family and that means anything.
Even sell his own shadow to the devil.
Following a fire that left him without one arm, Gray feels pushed to the sidelines. In order to prove to his club that he is still capable of completing dangerous tasks, he will have to team up with the strange creature from the Other Side. Tall, inhumanly strong, and menacing despite the handsome exterior, Shadow is just the tool Gray needs.
The moment Shadow lays his eyes on Gray, he wants to crawl under Gray’s skin and make the human his.
Gray on the other hand isn’t willing to get attached to a monster destined to do the devil’s bidding and disappear once his time is up. Rejected, Shadow has to do everything in his power to convince his human that they belong together.
But as the clock ticks away precious minutes of Shadow’s existence, Gray will have to choose between his loyalty to the Kings of Hell MC and responsibility for the creature he brought into this world.
“Do you feel me running through your veins?”
Themes: motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, demons, monster, tattoos, secrets, crime, gothic, grief, mourning, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, demisexuality, gentle giant
Genre: Dark, paranormal M/M romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~150,000 words (Book 4 in the series)
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.
I recommend against reading this as a standalone. Gray and Shadow is a new couple but all books follow the same story arc; a demon, Baal, uses the club members for his plans to expand his domain throughout the human world by taking advantage of their weak moments.
?his came too close to being my favorite in the series after the first book. It was also a surprise. I don’t know what I expected but this wasn’t it. Gray’s Shadow is a mix of creepy and funny. It’s quirky and imaginative, sexy and so very romantic. It also involves the most clingy and funny shadow from Hell.
“What do you want?”
The shadow charged at Gray.
Gray let out a yelp and braced himself for impact, arm stretched out to take the first blow, but the monster… hugged him. With all four arms.
You can’t separate a man from his shadow! Can you? Well, Baal can and he did. And no matter how much Gray wanted to get rid of Shadow in the beginning, he just can’t. If you ‘ve read the previous book, you know that Gray made a pact with the demon. This is his end of the deal.
Shadow might have started as Gray’s shadow in a human body, but in the end he becomes his own person. It’s just impossible for the reader to hate Shadow despite his misgivings. You can’t blame him for anything because he’s just new to this world and everything human is a foreign concept to him. His journey to becoming his own person was very touching but also too funny! It reminded me of Laurent trying to adjust to the modern world, multiplied by ten!
Now Gray is a more difficult character to like, but personally I loved him and I find nothing wrong with the way he behaved. Gray lost his twin, the only person who really understood him, and he’s still grieving. He also lost his arm which means he has to go above and beyond to prove himself all over again in the biker world. Also, he never said it himself but I believe he is demisexual. No wonder he always felt like he didn’t belong in a place where sex is a priority and orgies are a common thing. And on top of all that, he now has to deal with a clingy, four armed shadow sent straight from hell.
When I say that this was a very romantic story I really mean it. It’s the most romantic in the series in my opinion. It’s just impossible for Shadow and Gray to not touch each other or have some kind of connection all the time. You must see Shadow in action when Gray is threatened in any way.
“I just… need you,” he whispered, glancing at Shadow, increasingly desperate for the comfort and stability of having his counterweight back.
“That’s how I feel. Every day. All the time.”
Like always there is a lot of action towards the end, and a few plot twists that I didn’t expect. I can’t believe he did that! The secondary characters play a big role. Knight and Elliot are just so obnoxious in all books except theirs! But they like Shadow, so they get a free pass. My favorite secondary character in this book was Jake.
Overall, I loved this and I can’t wait for the final installment where we ‘ll get a conclusion. What an amazing world building!