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Laurent and the Beast (gay time travel romance) (Kings of Hell MC Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 5 in Kings of Hell MC
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- "This is a deeply romantic tale. (...) The bone melting kind of love that doesn't care about looks. The love that gives you the guts to walk through fire for the other person." - Ele, Gay Book Reviews
- " Sometimes, I wish I didn't read so fast (...) just to savor it. This was a whole book of savoring." - Dan, Love Bytes Reviews
- "An amazing,captivating story. (...) Laurent sees past the outward appearance and really sees the man Beast is inside." - Judith, Dirty Books Obsession
- "(...) when he [Beast] and Laurent finally figured each other out and learned to trust each other, there was no stopping them and not even time, the depths of Hell, or the devil, himself, could keep them apart."- Jewel, Goodreads
- "This is the kind of book that everyone wants to read and seemingly no one wants to write."- Bretton Coppedge, Goodreads
About the Author
K.A. Merikan have a few sweeter M/M romances as well, but they specialize in the dark, dirty, and dangerous side of M/M, full of bikers, bad boys, mafiosi, and scorching hot romance. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B071NCQZPZ
- File Size : 5604 KB
- Publication Date : April 29, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 322 pages
- Publisher : Acerbi & Villani Ltd. (April 29, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #268,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I have mixed feelings about the book. There were parts I loved a lot and parts that were not my cup of tea. I loved Laurent character and the way the authors portrayed cultural shock he experienced after time travel to 21 century. He does learns quick, but not extraordinary quick. Most reversed time travel suffers from character adapting too fast or not questioning every day basic things. I mean they tend to be shocked by TV or cars, but from moment zero know how to use shampoo or how to talk to shopping assistant. I loved how precise the author were in describing Laurent’s experience of his surroundings. Oh, and his obsession with plastic is precious and so cute. I loved the first part of his romance with Beast. I loved Beast at the beginning, as I love both grumpy love interest and Beauty-and-the-Beast tropes.
But somewhere in the middle the romance lost it way and became too sex obsessed. I do get that Beast is troubled, flowed and suffers from trauma. Especially because said trauma is magically increased, but his “have sex with me otherwise I am not going to be nice to you” attitude quickly started to annoy me. Also the patronizing misogyny of biker subculture is definitely not for me. The whole love interests are not part of us, they are just “property” under protection is quite infuriating. I don’t question the subculture – I don’t like it, but I don’t question it – I do, however question authors choices.
Not that bikers, especially disabled LGBTQ ones, don’t deserve love stories, but I am honestly anticipate for some character growth. Which was almost none on Beast’s side in the second part of the story. While I enjoyed the book, I felt it didn’t live fully to it’s potential.
Because Beast is potentially wonderful character, and the parts where he had to deal with common prejudice and bigotry were very well written. My heart ached that he couldn’t take Laurent to a proper date.
I enjoyed the mystery and the worl-building quite a bit and definitely intrigued to read more some day.
I have to say what bothered my the most was Laurent, his ignorance is logical considering the 200+ years he time traveled into the future, but it made his interactions with Beast so awkward and based on misunderstandings. I remember feeling especially put out by Beast expecting Laurent to put out just because they spent a day together and he got him clothes and glasses and the like. And it sort of ruined all of Beast's personality for me. I also had some trouble believing they did not figure out Laurent's origin sooner, this book made me eye roll more than a few times...
I DO think the supernatural elements are interesting, a bit dark but not in a way I was bothered by it (not being the kind of reader that liked dark books). I was left curious about book 2, which is a big plus for any story, especially one that I had so many issue with while reading.
Top reviews from other countries
If this'd been anyone other than K.A. Merikan, I'd’ve no doubt rolled my eyes at the whole ‘gay time-travel romance’ and speedily bypassed it, as more often than not, PNR does zilch for me if I'm honest. But thankfully, I learned many moons ago to put total faith in the authors and just accept that they'll entertain with the furthest thing possible from your stereotypical paranormal or MC tale…or romance, for that matter. So, if you’re a touch wary of how they'll fare at pulling off a fairly gritty MC tale with the added twist of a beautiful and otherworldly love story at the heart of it…whilst still managing to meld the two worlds seamlessly together AND make it somehow all feel entirely plausible? then rest assured, as this exciting first instalment in their new Kings of Hell MC series, once again showcases the magic of their storytelling skills.
It’s no secret I adore two polar opposite leads in my mm romance, and these guys couldn't be more so. Not only are they either end of the spectrum physically (with Beast a hulking 6’5” badly burned, inked to the gunnels and (initially) intimidating brute of a man, and Laurent a graceful, diminutive (although tall for his own time apparently, LOL!) and startlingly beautiful 19yo), but they're also different nationalities and have a bit of an age gap (13yrs) between them, but the real clincher has gotta be them hailing from a 200+ years different timeline – with Laurent originally from the early 19th century, and Beast from the present day – proving without doubt, that love can transcend time itself. **sighs** so romantic.
I'm very eager not to spoiler or go into great detail with this one, as I really think every page needs to be savoured, but, I will say that even though this story revolves around a beautiful slow-burn, yet sexy as hell romance – that, after much secrecy, treachery, struggle and self-sacrificing heroics on both their parts, which all culminates in the start of their inevitable HEA – it’s also tinged with some genuine sadness, that definitely made me well up throughout. Due in part to Beast’s harrowing backstory and how he came by his severe scarring and facial disfigurement, but primarily because of how his appearance often made him an outsider, and the complete balls it undoubtedly must've taken to walk proudly in public, knowing that moronic and insensitive strangers all around him thought it okay to giggle, ogle and even ostracise him (I admittedly sobbed with sheer frustration at these points) from public places. As much as I enjoyed and laughed so hard sometimes at pretty Laurent's awe at the modern world, and all the misunderstandings and confusion you can imagine this inevitably caused, and even the sadness I felt for what almost happened to him in 1805, not to mention his own disability, it was unquestionably Beast who stole my heart here. He's the epitome of strength and masculinity, and of just a decent and selfless human being…yeah, and he's hot as fook!
In all, for me, there was nothing not to love about this one. It had a little of everything in there, that, in different hands, could've potentially made it all seem a bit chaotic or over-egged, but this entire story from beginning to end felt fresh and exciting, with brilliantly-written and engaging characters who were easy to love and root for. Not to mention there's some pretty interesting side characters who I'm keen to know better, Gray? hmm, very mysterious. And natch I'm looking forward to our naughty, dirty, Knight’s tale next, although he needs to quit it with the threeways, fourways….