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"(...) action packed and had me on the edge of my seat. (...) I see Evan and Julian as the first M/M power couple." - Natasha, Kindle Cousins
"A book that will leave its mark on you." - Caryn, Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
"(...) the perfect blend of romance and action. It's amidst chaos, and with the threat of everything ending, that the love and connection of the characters really shine." - Ele, Gay Book Reviews
"Watching these two lonely and vulnerable men as they lower their guards and finally start to open up to each other was really touching." - Alisa, Goodreads
"They were two men dealt a rotten deal in life but refused to be herded like sheep to the slaughter, they stood proud and tall and gave us the most enthralling and remarkable love story." - Lorraine Lesar, Three Books Over the Rainbow
About the Author
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of - it will be full of surprises. To keep up to date with their new releases (and get a free book in the process!) sign up to their newsletter: http://kamerikan.com/newsletter e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at: K.A. Merikan’s author page: http://kamerikan.com FUN FACTS: - We are Polish, - We're neither sisters nor a couple, - Kat's an artist, and Agnes is a psychologist but neither works in her field, - Kat's fingers are two times longer than Agnes's.
This book should have come with a warning that it includes a rape scene that leaves the victim feeling humiliated, frightened and confused. Just because you can make someone have a climax does not make it any less of a rape. As someone who has been hurt this way it was incredibly sickening not to have been warned first. I'll have to avoid future books from this author, which is a pity.
This book has it all. I read M/M Romance almost exclusively and this book is now on my Top Ten List. The journey the characters take, as individuals and a couple, pulls you into their world and pulls them into your heart.
There aren't as many MM historicals as there should be. They are so hot!! Julian wants to be an author. When he's not writing, he's at the bar. His rich father gets tired of it and tells Julian he's arranged a marriage. He gets shoved in a carriage with his brother to head to London when a highwayman stops them to rob them. Julian makes as offer that could potentially save him—take him for ransom and split the profit. He's confident his father will pay.
Evan is an isolated lord of a deteriorating estate. Also, he's gay which has caused his family problems before he lost them all. Evan is all alone now. And lonely. Without much fortune he's desperate to repair his estate. Desperate times call for desperate measures. He covers his face and holds up a fancy carriage to take what he can get. But he's instead confronted by Julian and takes the man's offer.
Julian is at first a captive in Evan's home. He tries to convince the highwayman they want the same thing. But Evan won't hear it. Evan finds way to anonymously contact Julian's father and then they wait. Evan is attracted to the man he's brought to his home but he doesn't trust him. But as days go by they talk and start to connect. Julian starts to feel an attraction as well for the reclusive man but isn't sure what he's feeling. He's been into women forever. So he thinks. Their connection deepens until Julian's father responds to the deman for ransom. He won't pay. Evan is upset but Julian suffers a hard blow. He'd really thought his dad would try to "free" him. This is the only part of the book I hated and why I took off one star. There is no way for me to describe what happens next except to say rape. It'd been one thing with her Italian characters in another series. I had come to expect that of Domenico when he forced Seth. This was different. Evan is better than that. And even though Julian would have likely freely given himself to Evan before that, Evan was cruel and Julian fought. Evan feels remorse after the fact but that he did it and actually thought he was owed it was horrible. But afterward Julian remains at the estate —for awhile. He doesn't know how to accept what happened couple with the fact he's attracted to Evan. Eventually he takes one of Evan's horses and runs. Evan comes after him but in a public setting where Evan can't really do anything. Julian realizes he doesn't really have anywhere else to go. He returns to Evan's estate as a free man. And then the healing begins. Now that he's a guest instead of captive a friendship blossoms between the two men. And Julian slowly comes to realize he may just want a man. I won't give it away but there is never really a dull moment. Lots of hearts and flowers conversations though lol. I liked how their relationship developed organically and didn't feel unnaturally forced. I cheered when they FINALLY got together. Be prepared for some action and evil sheriff's trying to ruin people and dramatic escapery. Great job ladies! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is totally not my kind of usual read. I'm not huge on historical reads. Although I do have a series I am committed to in this genre that I love by a different author. With a trusting love for that series I sometimes will journey out and try other books similar just to see if it has that same kind of magic that caught me like that series had. This one definitely caught me and kept me hanging on until the last page. But then again I do love these ladies and their writing/books. So that probably helped. [=
These ladies have done it again! They've created another couple that I absolutely loved and will continue to follow. Evan and Reece were passionate and hot together.
This is a story of adventure. Of new love. Of a passionate romance that wasn't suppose to have happened considering Reece never had thoughts of the same sex in any sexual way.
There is a lot that happens in this book. Too much to mention. It felt a little long sometimes and I could have done without some stuff, but all in all a very enjoyable read.
~This is voluntarily and honest review of an Advance Review Copy. ~This is a partial review. Full review originally posted on BackPorchReader[dot]com February 7, 2017.
It’s there in the title that what we’re going to get are two anti-heroes. On the surface, they're selfish, conniving miscreants who deserve each other for that very reason. But, getting closer to them throughout the story, digging into their histories proved they were two guys to root for, and even, at times, to champion and forgive their naughty behavior. These characters, so perfectly imperfect and fatally flawed to criminal degrees were refreshing and a lot of fun -- when they weren't breaking my heart.
I've yet to be let down by these two authors, simply amazing. Evan and Julian share a deep love even though it starts off rocky. It's a true regency love story with exciting adventure and a lot of self realization and acceptance. Great read.