Title: Straight as a Wheel: Smoke Valley MC (Sex & Mayhem #11)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: November 30th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary, Biker romance
Page Count: 335
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“Your secret’s safe with me, Leo Heller. Whatever happens here, nobody will know. Ever. Do you understand?”
Zolt. Gay. Player. Predator. Fetish: Straight guys
Leo. Straight. Biker. Prey. Fetish: True love
Zolt knows what he wants from life–cold hard cash so that he can enjoy an early retirement in the Carribean as rent boys serve him drinks on the beach. Meanwhile, he’s got his pawn shop as a front for illegal operations, and a baseball bat to deal with troublemakers.
When it comes to men, Zolt loves the chase, and his favorite, most elusive prey is curious straight guys. He goes out of his way to seduce and devour them. If he can be their first, all the better.
His next mark? A biker. And not just any. An outlaw, Leo Heller.
Leo’s got his future all figured out. A wife, two to four kids, maybe a dog. If love was as easy as others make it seem, Leo would have been married already.
A string of failed relationships leads him to the one person he shouldn’t be crushing on, shouldn’t be admiring, and most definitely shouldn’t be touching. Because a man like Zolt Andorai won’t give Leo the family he wants. Hell, Zolt doesn’t even do boyfriends. But what Zolt does offer is no-strings-attached experimentation, and Leo is only human.
After all, if no one ever finds out Leo’s secret, it’s as if it doesn’t exist.
One kiss leads to another, lines blur, and before Leo knows it, he’s in over his head.
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, homophobia, hurt/comfort, forced proximity, coming out, seduction, forbidden attraction, first love, greed, player, family ties
Genre: M/M romance, suspense
Length: ~110,000 words (Standalone novel)
Steam level: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language and morally ambiguous characters.
I have been waiting forever for an addition to this series and I was not disappointed!
The characters were top notch. At first, Leo seems like a lost puppy. He might be a big, bad biker but hook-ups and strippers are not doing it for him anymore. What he really wants is a family so he’s willing to settle with “good enough”. He accepts crumbs of affection, misinterprets other people’s intentions in hopes that one day he ‘ll meet the love of his life and he’ll be surrounded by his own children
But when Leo finally meets The One, when he fully realizes his bisexuality and comes to terms with it, he’s all in, a truly changed man; determined, fearless and ready to
Zolt on the other hand…lets just say he needs a good spanking (and not the fun kind). Allright, Zolt acts like an ass, true. But his reasons resonated a lot with me and he more than atoned himself in the end.
Biker romance is K.A.Merikan’s forte and while this had a good dose of grit and gore, it was also different than the rest of the series. It was sweeter and more romance focused. It did have a side plot about biker stuff that played a very big role, but not as much as in the other books.
The book is not short by any means but it’s fast paced and reads easily. I didn’t notice how the pages flew by. It’s also pretty hawt! Leo and Zolt have great chemistry and the deflowering the “straight” guy kink had it’s own appeal here. So wrong, yet so hot.
Recommended for all Merikan fans!