Stung by KA Merikan


Title: Stung
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi&Villani ltd
Pages: 127
Characters: Victor, Crunch
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Zombies, Victorian, Romance, Series
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

— If you want honey, prepare to get stung. —

October 1907, Honeyhill
Twenty years into the zombie Plague

Victor is a man of delicate sensibilities, not fit to do backbreaking labour on a farm ran by the mob. Upon arrival in Honeyhill, he decides he needs an anchor, an alliance with one of the guards, if he wants to survive. That anchor comes in the form of Crunch, a hunky ex-sailor with a pair of tight leather trousers and a ruggedly handsome face.
But from day one, Victor knows he won’t last long with the hard physical work assigned to him and the torment he suffers at the hands of a sadistic guard. He needs to run, and his new alliance might prove to be a burden instead of solace.

If Crunch wants Honeyhill liberated, he needs to focus on his job, not on protecting Victor, one of many new arrivals on the farm. Distraction is the last thing he needs after months of undercover work. But it’s hard not to get seduced by Victor’s big brown eyes and fingertips that don’t know work. Hundreds of people depend on Crunch keeping his identity a secret, revealing it could be fatal for both him and Victor, and a failure of his mission.
Thankfully, Victor would never be dumb enough to try and escape through a forest that’s swarming with zombies. Would he?

“Stung” is a standalone book and a part of the “Zombie Gentlemen” universe.

Themes (may contain SPOILERS): zombies, prisoner/guard, beekeeping, gore, deception, undercover agent, captivity, romance, brutality, forced labour camp, murder, farm, torment, forbidden romance, Victorian

Erotic content: explicit m/m sexual scenes (including dubious consent)

Genre: dystopian homoerotic thriller

Review:

Stung is the latest book from the writing team of KA Merikan. I’ve read several books by these talented authors and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. KA Merikan’s books are quirky, sexy, unique and very creative. These two ladies never fail to give this reader many hours of pure reading enjoyment. When I received Stung to review, I admit I was pretty excited to read it. So much so, I ended up pushing aside some of my other books in my TBR mountain, just to check it out, and before I knew it, I had read the entire book from start to finish without any interruptions.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash a lot of it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about why I liked this book and why I easily recommend it to those who enjoy these types of romances.

I’ve really enjoyed the world that these authors created. Living and trying to survive in the land of the undead is not an easy one. Since the plague, people have become accustomed to being cautious and taking steps to ensure their safety and survival from the undead.

Victor isn’t really one of these people. He’s a little spoiled, gorgeous and lives in a safe zone. He doesn’t really remember what life was like before the plague so it hasn’t affected him as it has others. This changes when he is forcefully taken away from his easy-going life and placed into a camp where others must do hard labor. For once in his life, Victor must find his inner strength and somehow survive the terrible conditions and the cruelty from the guards. As soon as he spots one of the guards, Crunch, he is shocked by the mutual attraction that sizzles between them. He instinctively knows that somehow getting under Crunch’s wing, he’ll be able to be more protected in more ways than one.

I honestly didn’t know if I would like this one. At first and throughout the setting itself reminded me of the concentration camps I’ve seen in pictures. This disturbed me, but because of the author’s ability to allow us to see what’s really going on in both Victor and Crunch’s heads as well as the sizzling chemistry the two men had together, allowed me to really see what the story itself was really about.

I’m read several of KA Merikan’s books and I realize before I start reading any book they’ve written that these two ladies like to push the envelope…both sexually and also with the story itself. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy reading their stories. They always give me something I haven’t read before and whether I feel comfortable or not, I always enjoy the ride they take me on.

If you like books that are creative, sexy and a little scary, Stung is a good choice for you. I ended up really loving this book and hated to see it come to an end. I HOPE they will continue writing more about Victor and Crunch one day. I’d love to see how they end up.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Rainbow Bash’d by KA Merikan


Title: Rainbow Bash’d
Author: K.A Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Characters: Kyle and Dan
POV: Third Person
Kisses: 3



Blurb:

— The Strange Case of Dr. Proper and Mr. Slut —

Kyle promised himself that when he goes to college, things would change. He wouldn’t be the gay boy willing to hop into bed with any guy who wants to experiment. This was his life on the line after all. He would never find a proper boyfriend this way.

So Kyle did everything in his power to be angelic. He became the poster boy for acceptable gayness and the president of the LGBT club. But the side of him that wants to fulfill all those dirty, kinky fantasies is about to rear its ugly head when the LGBT club gets a new member.
Dan is the big, bad boyfriend-to-be Kyle always dreamed of, but will Dan still treat him seriously when he finds out about Kyle’s most secret fantasy? One that goes against everything Kyle stands for in real life.

Review:

This book is an entertaining sip of smut. Nothing more, and nothing less, and because it doesn’t claim to be anything else, I enjoyed it very much.

Rainbow Bash’d is the prequel to another book, Clown’d, which I haven’t read, but that didn’t seem to matter here.

The basic premise is that Kyle, the outwardly straight laced president of his college LGBT club, meets and falls for new student Dan. Their relationship is very much an insta-love set up, something that can grate on me at times, but as the book is just 16k, it works well.

The book is divided into two parts. The first sets the scene and brings the two MCs together. Sparks fly, and sets up the second half of the book, which is, essentially, a massive bonk. More of that later…

I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Kyle obviously had a secret, and because I knew the book had a BDSM undertone, the mystery was a lot of fun. Dan intrigued me too. Though he was more at ease with himself than Kyle, I still had trouble picturing him doing what I suspected was to come.

The second half of the book was less coherent, and the writing a teensy bit sloppy. The protracted BDSM themed sex scene went on and on, and I found myself tempted to skim parts of it. I didn’t, but that was because I knew there was nothing else to the book. Had it been a novel, I’d have skipped for sure.

That being said, though the sex scene is a little overdone, the general tone of it was very good. The balance between the two characters felt right, and this is tremendously important when writing dub-con scenes. Dan was aggressive and forceful, but because the scene was told from Kyle’s POV, the consensual enjoyment was undeniable.

A good read. Just the thing for a clandestine coffee break.

Reviewed By: Lucias Marsden

Scavengers: August


Title: Scavengers, Book 2: August
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi&Villani ltd
Pages: 47
Characters: James Hurst, Ira Russell
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Historical, Steam Punk, Zombies
Kisses: 4.5


Blurb:

In 1887, history changed course. A new Plague turned the infected into flesh-eating monsters and bound the population to overcrowded cities. The rapid advance in technology creates opportunities for the rich, but also helps to spread new social ideas which challenge traditional Victorian morality.

In July of 1893, James Hurst, a perfect English gentleman, had retrieved a treasure that would secure the financial future of his family, got scarred by a zombie and lost his virginity to Ira Russell, the mercenary he hired. It seemed to be a match made in heaven but back in London, the harsh reality of having a wife and child came crashing into his new found infatuation.

A month later, James’ life has returned to normal, but the recent past is there to haunt him. His newly acquired wealth makes him very interesting to a lady he works with but her agenda might be more political than financial. She seems to support a new mysterious cult – The Witnesses of the Apocalypse.

Review:

I’m a fan of KA Merikan’s writing. I really enjoy their creative story-lines and their characters are always unique and very interesting. Throw in some action and hot sex and I’m a very happy reader!

It’s been about a month since Ira and James has parted ways. James should be living the high life, but instead he can’t get Ira out of his mind. He and Ira had fought for their lives and the forbidden, shared, intimate moments between them lives in the forefront of James’ mind. But because James believed the relationship they have together is ‘sinful’ he wanted to keep Ira at definite arms-length, they bitterly broke up, leaving James confused and longing for more. When James notices Ira at the University working to make at making the zombie immobilized, he finds he can’t stop himself from going to him and trying to rekindle the relationship he thought he’d lost forever.

At first, Ira is thrilled when James comes to him, but he soon realizes his ‘boy’ has changed, and he knows it not for the better. James has apparently given into the prejudices of his class and although Ira loves James, he doesn’t want anything to do with him and his apparent backward way of thinking. Will these two lovers ever find their way back together or will misunderstandings and prejudices keep them apart forever?

What I really like about this couple is the fact that they are so different. They both come from totally opposite backgrounds and although they probably shouldn’t connect the way they do, they seem to fit together. I also like how Ira shows James that his ‘noble’ ways and way of thinking isn’t always the right one. There is plenty of heat and the attachment these two men have together keeps this reader fascinated with their relationship.

There is a definite cliffhanger to the ending and I can’t wait to see what happens next! Scavengers: August is the second book in the Scavengers series. I Highly recommend reading the first book in the series before tackling this one. There is a lot that goes on and it will help you understand the dynamics between the two heroes.

Scavengers: August is a great addition to the Scavengers series. If you are looking for a creative, thought-provoking and sexy read, this is definitely the series for you!

The Scavengers series in book order are:

Scavengers: July
Scavengers: August
Scavengers: September

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Scavengers: July by K.A. Merikan


Title: Scavengers: July
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi and Villani
Pages: 46
Characters: James Hurst, Ira Russell
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Horror, Steampunk Historical Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

In 1887, history changed course. A new Plague turned the infected into flesh-eating monsters and bound the population to overcrowded cities. The rapid advance in technology creates opportunities for the rich, but also helps to spread new social ideas which challenge traditional Victorian morality.

James Hurst is a man of obligation and good morals. After most of his family perished as a result of the new, horrific illness, he didn’t hesitate to live up to his new responsibilities. A few years later, he is married to his childhood sweetheart, with whom he has a son and his political career is going smoothly. Unfortunately, most of his family lands had been overridden by the undead and therefore, bring no more profit. Facing bankruptcy, he decides to risk it all and try to get the jewels hidden in his family manor…

In order to get there, he will need to leave the safe city walls and cross a region swarming with ghouls. He hires Ira Russell, a man whose skill at recovering valuables from lost territories has earned him a small fortune. From the moment James first saw Ira, he knew the man was dangerous, but he could have never predicted just how much of a danger he would be to all that James had always believed in.

WARNING: Contains graphic m/m sex scenes, gore, zombies, violence, angst, light BDSM and a confident, tattooed ex-sailor.

Review:

Wow! Scavengers: July is a roller coaster full of action, adventure, horror and romance! I was immediately swept up into the fast-paced storyline and the interesting setting of the story itself. To my knowledge, I’ve never read a historically set, Zombie romance, so I was immediately intrigued by the premise of the story. I’m glad I took a chance and read this book because for such a short story, it really pacts a lot of punch and I loved every minute of it. Since I believe the blurb does an outstanding job describing the book, I won’t rehash it, but I will explain the reasons why I really enjoyed this novella.

I thought the storyline was very creative and well-told. I like the author’s descriptive storytelling ability, and I thought the setting itself is almost like a character in the book. It’s definitely not the way I’ve pictured a historical setting and I loved it. It can be dark, scary and dreary, and although there is definitely a horror aspect to the story, it’s not totally overwhelmed by it. There is still a fairly strong romantic aspect to it also.

Another reason I really loved this book was the two main characters. At first glance, both heroes look to be totally opposite, and I wondered how they would really relate to each other. But as the storyline progressed, the chemistry between them becomes very strong and intense between them. I like that they truly began to trust in each other and both men are very likeable and sexy in their own way. Also, the sexual tension between them was smoldering throughout the book, and when they finally give into their desires, I swear my computer screen practically steamed up! To me they’re almost like two wrongs that make a right and I loved every moment they had together in the story.

I end of the book definitely left me wanting more! I can’t wait to read more about these characters and see how everything turned out. This is definitely one of the most interesting and creative series I’ve read this year and one I could easily become very addicted too.

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Off With Their Heads! By KA Merikan


Title: Off With Their Heads
Author: KA Merikan
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Pages: 41
Characters: Xavier Latonge, Clint Hunter
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Erotic Romance, Science Fiction, Historical
Kisses: 4.5




Blurb
:

— Why would anyone need to steal ten zombie heads? —

It’s 1907, twenty years after the outbreak of a zombie Plague. For a young medicine student like Clint, the undead bodies provide an opportunity to study human physiology in the working. He is a good young man: tidy, well-mannered and hard working. Focused on his goal to become an excellent surgeon, Clint has a bright future ahead of him. If it weren’t for a shameful secret he’s forced to keep, his life would have been perfect.

Xavier, a peculiar foreigner he finds in the morgue late at night, claims to be an assistant to one of Clint’s professors, but doesn’t know the first thing about the proper way to behead zombies. Xavier’s story has many loose ends, but something about him unlocks all the emotions Clint always kept bottled up inside. When he learns the truth about Xavier, Clint finds himself involved in a conspiracy that could destroy everything he’s worked so hard for. Frightened by the possible consequences, yet strangely fascinated by the eccentric, tattooed stranger, Clint follows him to places he would never dare explore on his own.

Review:

Off with their Heads! is the second book I’ve read by the writing team of KA Merikan and I have to say, I’ve really loved everything I’ve read from them so far. Their stories are very fast-paced, interesting and an all-around fun and sexy read! The blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, so I won’t rehash it. Instead, I thought I’d talk about what I liked about this book and why I’d recommend it.

I loved the strong chemistry between the two heroes. From the first moment they met, Clint found himself immediately fascinated by the somewhat odd, but sexy Xavier. Even though he’s unsure of Xavier and his motives for wanting ten zombie heads, he can’t help but be intrigued by Xavier and Clint soon finds himself doing things he never thought he do before.

Both men are passionate about their careers. Clint is a medical student and Xavier is…well you’ll have to read it and see what Xavier does. I will say that I liked Xavier’s passionate nature as well as his drive to stand up for what he believes in made him a very likeable hero for me. I understood why Clint fell for his offbeat personality and somewhat snarky attitude. On the other hand, Clint is ambitious about his own career and I liked the way he was able to relax and have fun in Xavier’s presence. In all honesty, I think both men were a little too serious about their own personal lives before they met each other. Yes, they’re still ambitious, but they also are able to relax and enjoy each other instead of being so serious all the time.

One of the things I loved about this book was the surprising humorous undertone the story has. I found myself laughing out loud several times as well as enjoying the sometimes feisty banter between the two heroes. Also, the backstory of how the zombie epidemic is very well thought out and interesting to read. I do want to point out that there are some gory moments in the book (Hey, it’s a zombie book, so what do you expect…LOL) but I thought the storyline was very original and I loved every moment of it. The only reason why I didn’t give this book five stars is: the ending was a little abrupt for me. It has a happy ending, but it left things unanswered and I wanted to read more about this couple and the world they live in.

Off With Their Heads! is set in the same universe their Scavenger books are set in, but it can definitely be read as a stand-alone book. Once you read this one though, you’ll definitely want to read their Scavenger series. I’ve read the first book, Scavenger: July and will be reading the second book Scavenger: August soon. After reading this book, I’m really looking forward to it.

Off With Their Heads! is a funny, sexy book with plenty of action and adventure! I loved every moment I spent reading this book and I didn’t want it to end! KA Merikan has become one of those authors I’m definitely keeping an eye out for. I love their writing style and their inventive, sexy storytelling abilities have gained them a new fan. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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