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Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem 9) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Bikers / Erotic Romance / Dark Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-September-2016

Book Blurb

David. Catholic. Gay. Set on keeping his purity ring. 
Raja. Biker. Manwhore. Never refuses a bet. 

David has always tried to be the best son his parents could dream of. 
Always at church on Sunday. 
Always eager to help with the garden. 
Always trying his best at school. 
Prim, proper, innocent, and kind. 

But deep inside of him, there is a yearning planted by the devil himself, and when a cocky, foul-mouthed biker pulls him a step too far, David doesn’t fall into the abyss. He leaps. 
Raja is all he’s ever dreamed of, yet didn’t dare voice. Older, dangerous, a wall of muscle with a grip so strong David can’t resist him no matter how hard he tries. 

As a freshly appointed president of a motorcycle club on the verge of ruin, Raja has a lot to live up to. Being gay doesn’t do him any favors in terms of commanding the respect of his men. He has his way of compensating though. 
Always first in a fight. 
Always bragging about his sexual conquests. 
Always up for a bet. 
Daring, tattooed, sexy, and unapologetic. 
After he boasts he can have any man he wants, he gets challenged to hook up with the preppy guy wallflowering at a party. Raja can’t wait to pop the innocent cutie’s cherry. But when he finds out the guy is his friend’s younger brother, life gets a whole lot messier. 

Why is the one guy who should be off-limits always the most tempting? 

WARNING: This book contains steamy content and graphic violence.

Book Review

It’s been too long since I immersed myself in one of K.A. Merikan’s bad*ss biker books, so I was particularly thrilled when I realized that this one was still in my huge pile of books to be read. And what an installment this proved to be! “You always want what you can’t have” is not just a well-known phenomenon of human psychology, it is also the perfect summary of the fundamental conflict in this novel. And since it’s a K.A. Merikan, this premise works on more than one level. David is a (mostly) good little Catholic boy who wants to keep himself pure until he gets married – with a woman, of course, and never mind his secret longing for a strong man to hold him. Raja, on the other hand, is a big, bad biker who has recently become president of an almost-bankrupt club. He wants to save his club from ruin, never mind the cost, and is a total manwhore – secretly, of course. What a setup!

David may look all innocent, but he is also a sneaky little sh*t. He may want to stay “pure” until he gets married, and he does resist temptation – on and off – but he quickly finds out that he can’t fight his attraction to Raja. He becomes a master of inventing excuses, explanations, and detailed justifications for his behavior and it takes him quite a while before he can let the reality of what he is up to catch up with his conscience. I felt sorry for him in many ways too – sure, he needs to grow up and stand up for what he wants and believes in, but this is a very tough process for him. What with his unrelenting parents and Raja’s stupidity – David sure has his work cut out for him!
Raja is unscrupulous on many fronts, which I sort of expected. It’s almost a prerequisite for being a biker club president, right? But some of his “maneuvers” are way more unprincipled than I expected and made me want to kick him – more than once! The bet he “can’t resist” is bad enough, but the hurt he causes David with the way he handles the fallout just because Raja is a coward – that had me very, very angry. Add to that the nonsense he starts spouting – to himself – when he finds out that David is his best friend’s younger brother – let’s just say Raja has a lot to make up for. Luckily he manages - barely – or else I would have had to throw this book at the wall (virtually, of course).

If you like the way outlaw bikers think and behave, if you enjoy stories with two main characters who could not be more different if they tried yet have a lot in common, and if you’re looking for a read filled with angst, lies, cowardice, creative excuses for behaving badly, violence, and craziness, then you will probably like this novel. It has a dark vibe but is not as violent as the other volumes in this series – just the right mix of “bad” and “fluffy” for me.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 303 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-June-2016
Price $4.99 ebook
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