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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.
You will not meet characters in any milieu quite like Evan and Julian, and you will not get the depths of the cruel homophobic British laws as heartbreaking as in these pages.
But what you will get is a heat-stopping, and heart-warming, story involving two fiercely independent and exceptionally strong young men working their way from bitter confrontation to wildly abandoned lust to totally committed love.
Both men are upper Regency class, Evan is gay, Julian is a wastrel who is sometimes interested in women but never really men. Until Evan confronts him and takes him against his will, only to suffer the consequences of Julian's deeply resentful reactions.
And from there the adventure begins and does not stop--a wild, wild ride through the Cornish culture and countryside, some completely unredeemable villains, some dedicated friends, some very nasty family members.
This ride is smoothed at times by a beautifully developed love story that will leave you hanging until the very end, which should be followed up by a novella to bring the smile on your face up to a wide grin.
I liked the story. I started off reading with certain expectations in mind, but they were changed as I continued to read. I really liked how Evan and Julian's relationship grew throughout the book. Good ending.
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.
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.
Have you ever read a book that is so good that all that matters is the next page? This is one of them.
I knew from the blurb that I was going to love it, but I wasn’t prepared for how much it would engulf me into the world of Sir Evan Penhart and Julian Reece – a very unjust, brutal and unforgiving world where two men, against the odds (and boy, where they stacked against them) found love. It does have an open happy ending (surely their must be a book 2?) but in getting there, it fractured my heart over and over.
Over the years that I've stalked these authors (they are a writing duo) I've learnt to trust them because the “shock” factor is always present, laying in wait waiting to pounce on the unexpected. I mention this now as their was one particular dub con scene that had me shouting WTF!!! but, as I said, I've learnt to trust them “to do it right” and they did.
“Can you feel that?” I’d build you a castle in the sky if you could only want me the same way I want you”.
This is so poignant to the storyline, as love between two men meant a death sentence! And Evan knows this from first hand experience, only his position in Society saved him. His lover was not as fortunate….. Because of this, he now lives as a recluse on his family's crumbling and practically derelict Estate, accepting his fate of a lonely existence. He needs money to try and save it, so takes up the profession of Highwayman. One fateful night when out robbing, he holds up the coach with Julian Reece on board - he’s being sent by his father to get married. Julian is not happy with this situation - he just wants to drink, whore (and that is losing its appeal) and write his books. But he is surprisingly agile of mind (when sober) and quickly realises that this robbery could be his salvation – he just doesn't realise just how true that really is at the time. It could be his way of getting out of the marriage his father is forcing on him and maybe getting some money of his own and so their journey begins……. No spoilers from me as such, this book needs to be read without them.
“One needs to decide that the other man is worth dying for. And then you take a leap of faith”
I will always remember that line, it's so beautifully scripted and when Julian and Evan took that leap of faith, they found what true love really is. But I warn you now, it's an arduous journey (remember I said it fractured my heart?), the writers gave us so much – authentic well researched historical storyline, dub con, violence, off the charts sexual chemistry, dubious morals, bigots but also…love. That leap of faith found someone worth dying for. For me, Evan and Julian wasn't the Black Sheep, nor the Rotten Apple. 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.
This is an all-the-feels 5* from me. I loved it.
I voluntary reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of the book. Threebooksovertherainbow.wordpress.com