Title: Wrong Way Home – Criminal Delights: Taken
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: April 15th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Dark romance
Page Count: 241
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
— One wrong turn. One right man. —
Colin. Rule-follower. Future doctor. Witness to murder. Captive.
Taron. Survivalist. Mute. Murderer. Captor.
Like every other weekend, Colin is on his way home from university, but he’s taunted by the notion that he never takes risks in life and always follows the beaten path. On impulse, he decides to take a different route. Just this one time. What he doesn’t realize is that it’s the last time he has a choice.
He ends up taking a detour into the darkest pit of horror, abducted by a silent, imposing man with a blood-stained axe. But what seems like his worst nightmare might just prove to be a path to the kind of freedom Colin never knew existed.
Taron has lived alone for years. His land, his rules. He’d given up on company long ago. After all, attachment is a liability. He deals with his problems on his own, but the night he needs to dispose of an enemy, he ends up with a witness to his crime.
The last thing Taron needs is a nuisance of a captive. Colin doesn’t deserve death for setting foot on Taron’s land, but keeping him isn’t optimal either. It’s only when he finds out the city boy is gay that an altogether different option arises. One that isn’t right, yet tempts him every time Colin’s pretty eyes glare at him from the cage.
“When Taron looped the heavy metal collar around the slender neck and closed the padlock, his body throbbed with the excitement of knowing he owned this boy.
Was it wrong? Yes, yes it was.
Was it so, so good? Definitely.”
Themes: prepping, alternative lifestyles, disability, crime, loneliness, enemies to lovers, forced proximity, fish out of water, opposites attract, abduction, Stockholm syndrome, family issues
Genre: Dark, thriller M/M romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~ 70,000 words (Standalone)
This book is part of CRIMINAL DELIGHTS. Each novel can be read as a standalone and will contain a dark M/M romance.
Warning: These books are for adult readers who enjoy stories where lines between right and wrong get blurry. High heat, twisted and tantalizing, these are not for the fainthearted.
This story contains scenes of explicit violence, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters.
A couple weeks back I was waiting with my kid to cross the road. A car with two people in it stopped and the driver smiled and politely nodded me to go ahead. I said thanks and moved on. The guy started the car again and proceeded to steal the bag of an old woman who was standing by the side of the road. You guys, my polite thief was just.like.Taron! Taron zippes Colin’s jacket all the way up when it’s cold…after putting a shock collar around his neck. He also buckles the seatbelt around him and then dumps a body in the car. Totally reminded me of Grim in His Favorite Color is Blood and his weird pinky promise to Misha in the beginning!
First things first, do not even attempt to read this if you ‘re offended by immoral (I’m using it loosely here) characters. Or you know, you don’t want your protagonist to be an axe killer. Or if the lines between right and wrong don’t exist. Please read the tags!
Taron is….um…complex. He had a traumatic experience and now he lives alone in a remote cabin in the most self sufficient way. He is also mute and his best friends are his cats! He has so many cats that he takes care of. But you know, life is harsh and sometimes you need to put an axe through someone’s scull.
The one time Colin decided to take a different route home he ended up witnessing a murder. Just his luck. He hates his captor, the strange mountain of a man who keeps him in a cage but seems to care in a strange way, but at the same time he starts having…feelings.
I found that Colin starting to feel more like a willing captive was perfectly depicted on page. Stockholm Syndrome or not (again, I didn’t even try to analyze it), everything just clicked. Colin who always felt that he was fulfilling other people’s expectations, who never felt loved by his parents, who always heard people whispering behind his back, now starts feeling at home in Taron’s cabin.
This is also a very sexy book! I LOVED the unwanted “I love you” scene, the way back home (the right one this time), and all the angst in the end. The epilogue was so, so sweet and you know….maybe Taron wasn’t so cray cray after all….hmmmm.
I like dark reads and after reading The Merikans for years now this was a walk in the park for me so I can’t say that I recommend it for everyone. But I loved it and found it BRILLIANT.