by K.A. Merikan (Goodreads Author)
--- Fight to the death. Love to the bone. ---
Jason is back in his home town and trying to make money the only way he knows - in an illegal MMA fight. Bare knuckles. Hardly any rules. All he needs to do is... lose.
The Rabid Mongrels Motorcycle Club bet against him, and they are set to make a killing, but when Jason spots his high school crush in the audience, he can’t bear to lose. All he wants is to have Hyde notice him. He gets more than he bargained for when Hyde turns out to be the president of the MC, now out for his blood.
To survive, Jason will have to make a deal with the blond devil. No matter how manipulative and vicious Hyde can be, he is a dark wet dream come to life, and Jason can’t keep his hands to himself. Soon enough, the self-destructive lust he has for Hyde becomes a dangerous obsession that takes Jason to the most forgotten corners of his soul.
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, abuse, sexual orientation issues, second chances, enemies to lovers, first time, coming home, alternative family, blackmail
Genre: M/M dark erotic romance, suspense, drama
Length: ~34,000 words
WARNING: Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, violence, mentions of past animal abuse, mentions of past child abuse. Reader discretion advised.
Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy from Authors
Genre: MM Dark erotic MC romance
Part 1 in a new series
My Bare-Knuckle Love Review . . .
Jason has some issues, mainly keeping his anger in check. He's also confused and was brought up to hate a part of himself. Coming back home wasn't easy but what he felt needed to be done. All he has to do is lose one fight.
But how can he lose when he sees his high school crush in the audience. Instead of losing he wants to show his old crush what he's all about. Losing be damned.
But what he didn't know, is that his crush is also now his punisher after he loses the MC tons of money for not losing.
Originally thinking he's in trouble with the MC he tries to show no fear, but what Hyde has in mind is anything but punishment.
Jason wants to give to Hyde and give in to Hyde but he's confused with what that makes him. Hyde and Jason have quite the push pull relationship but also steamy in a dark sort of way.
Did I like this novella? Yes, but it was too short for me to completely feel the dark bond between Hyde and Jason. Thankfully there will be more from this series and more from Hyde and Jason. Was it the type of MC I preferred? Kind of, but I think I still wanted it more dark. However, I did like the dichotomy that was Hyde with his family and his MC. Was this typical K.A. Merikan? Hmmmm, it was but it wasn't. It was almost too tame for them this time around, but I did still enjoy it.
3.5 Quick, Dark & Dirty thumbs up!