Title: Road of No Return
Series: Sex & Mayhem, #1
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: Contemporary/ Bikers
Length: Novel (277 pages)
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd (July 17th, 2014)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.5Hearts
Blurb: On the day of Stitch‘s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he‘s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it‘s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.
Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak‘s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.
As club life and the love affair collide, all that‘s left in Zak and Stitch‘s life is mayhem.
Product Link: http://www.amazon.com/Return-biker-erotic-romance-Mayhem-ebook/dp/B00LXLACZS/
Review: This book gave me mixed feelings. I think instead of my usual writing, I’ll list everything off and explain what I mean by mixed feelings.
– The story is gritty, it’s stated in the book below the blurb. I don’t mind gritty, I like the tension, but occasionally I found it difficult to keep my attention on the book. In the same way, I was halfway through the book when I realized that I wasn’t absorbed in it, yet I found it hard to not want to know what happens.
– This is a biker gang story, I know it appeals to some because of the fantasy of hot men, but this is more like a biker gang war TV shows (Australians will probably understand this reference because I’m think of the various Australian gangland war series), or even a Sons of Anarchy type thing. Except without the drugs and alcohol.
– Stitch, the deeply closeted character, is really not likable to me. I found trouble liking him at all. I can’t put a finger on exactly why. Maybe because it is a more realistic look at a biker gang I don’t like what Stitch does. He also has a borderline abusive temper that seems to explode at the least provocation.
– Zak, on the other hand, the not so closeted tattoo artist, is great. I really do like him. He’s a normal type of guy, just trying to run his business, which just happens to be in the middle of biker territory. He’s probably the most sensible character in the book.
– The ending was good. Also stated in the book after the blurb, there is no cliffhanger, yet at the same time, I don’t really felt quite complete by it.
I’ve tried to be unbiased here when I’ve described these points because I realize that this type of story is exactly what some people want to read. However, as I said, I liked the book and I really did want to know what happened at the end. It was probably the circumstances that surround Stitch more than anything else that bothered me and I found myself thinking that Zak really just needed to bail.
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