Release Blitz – Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

 

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Oh My Shelves giddily welcomes authors K.A. Merikan to the blog with the release of the latest book in their Sex & Mayhem series, Heart Ripper – available now – and love that they share what led them to writing Raja *swoon* and David’s romance. Be Sure to check out the Pinterest Board … it is A MUST because it’s all Le Sigh and Le UNF!

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We knew we’d write Heart Ripper as soon as David appeared on the pages of Split as the MCs younger brother. There was just something about this tertiary character that spoke to us, and in no time, we were hard at work. David comes from a very devout Catholic background, and the overbearing nature of his mother doesn’t do him any favors in discovering his sexual interests. But then comes Raja, a friend of David’s brother, and he sweeps David off his feet without knowing who he’s dealing with.

This story is much sweeter than many of the other Sex & Mayhem books in the sense that one of the characters is not in any way connected to the criminal world, and  that is one of the reasons Raja, the newly appointed club president of one of  the Coffin Nails MC chapters, likes him so much. David is a sweet ray of sunshine and normalcy, the kind of boyfriend Raja never had, and he can’t deny himself the attraction, even if he knows he should not pursue this particular guy.

I guess most of us like a story of a forbidden love, one that needs to face many obstacles. It isn’t easy for Raja to openly date a guy, and it is even harder for David to put everything on the line, but their connection is explosive, and neither of them can make himself give up on it.

If you want to see our inspiration photos for this book, check out the ‘Heart Ripper’ Pinterest board: https://uk.pinterest.com/KAMerikan/heart-ripper-by-ka-merikan-sexmayhem-9/

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~Excerpt~

The bearded guy from downstairs slid inside, locking the door of the bathroom with a loud, final-sounding clang, and then his dark gaze was on David, rendering him mute and unableHeartRipper-Promo-6 to defend himself from that strong presence.

The man was taller than David, and the white T-shirt he was wearing clung to his athletic body as he glided through the bathroom. For a moment, the world slowed down, and David could swear he saw the pitch-black hair float in the air, the curved-up moustache twitch as the man smiled beneath the thick, well-kept beard. Bold black tattoos covered the man’s arms, all the way to his wrists, and some even peeked out from under the round collar of the shirt, beckoning David to have a closer look at the dark, warm-hued skin, which had immediately set the man apart from everyone else present at the party.

“I… I mean, okay, I guess you need it more,” David uttered and attempted to pass the guy, fleeing for the door. He was hot, cold, sweaty all over, and nervous as hell. Life had been so much easier years ago, before puberty hit him in the face like a red hot poker drenched in sin.

The man stood in his way, and before David could utter a word of protest, a palm as hot as molten lava burned the skin of his throat, squeezing gently as the man pushed David back. David stepped back in a daze, letting the stranger direct him toward the wall, until his knees hit something hard and cool. The man pushed him down, and David obeyed yet again, taking a seat on the closed toilet.

He could barely breathe from the stress of being alone with this guy in a locked room. “I’m sorry if I stared,” he wanted to say, but only managed a hoarse whisper. His body was still processing being touched by this man. Older, bigger, with eyes that could scorch David alive.

HeartRipper-Promo-5“I enjoyed you staring,” said the stranger with a small smirk to his lips as he traced his thumb over David’s lips. It was the sulphur to the match of David’s arousal, and he quickly clenched his thighs in panic. Even his accent immediately set him apart from most people David met. Rich and thick as sugar syrup, it was definitely Southern.

Even fumbly kisses with a girl at church camp weren’t as igniting as one touch from this man. David would burn in hell for the images crawling out of the back of his mind. His heart was beating so hard it made him light-headed.

The man liked him looking.

So he wasn’t about to scold David for it. But what could a man like this possibly want with him then? A man with all that dark hair on his thick arms, a face as handsome as if it were a gift from the devil himself, and touch that made every hair on David’s body bristle.

“This… this is a misunderstanding,” David mumbled.

The man smirked and pulled down the zipper of his jeans, slowly letting go of David’s neck. “Nice to meet you, pretty boy.”

 


HeartRipper-fin_600Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan
Series: Sex & Mayhem, Book Nine
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Pages: 319 • Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Published By: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Purchase Link:
Amazon

— You always want what you can’t have. —

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?

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


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About K.A. Merikan

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

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.

Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

HeartRipper-fin_600Heart Ripper: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan
Series: Sex & Mayhem, Book Nine
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Pages: 319 • Format: eARC
Published By: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Purchase Link:
Amazon

— You always want what you can’t have. —

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?

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

five-stars

This is not something I normally do, read a book in a numbered series out of order. My OCD doesn’t mesh well with things like that, I usually make myself read all the books before I get to the one I want to read. BUT, I took the authors word on good faith that this could be read as a stand alone and dove in because come on; a manwhore and a Catholic virgin? I’d be stupid not to take the opportunity.

From the first page I was hooked. I was hooked in Raja’s POV and all that he was as the new president of the Coffin Nails MC chapter in Toledo. I really liked Lucky and made notes to find out what his story was and from which book but when Raja sees a sweet thing across the room… a wallflower of a boy with eyes that promise pleasure…yeah, I was all in. BUT…then we get that boys POV and let me tell you, I bonded with David immediately and good lord. That first scene? I read that at my desk while at work and I am not innocent but that scene made me blush. It was hot AF and surprisingly emotional and tender.

What? Yeah, I know what you are thinking? Hey Ginger, are you sure you read a book in the Sex & Mayhem series with the boys from the Coffin Nails MC?? Yup, sure did and while this may be my first in the series, I am so not done with it. I think, for once, reading out of order has served me well.

But, back to the review at hand.

So, Raja is at his friend Hunter’s house to welcome his new baby boy into the world. Blade, one of the dudes in Raja’s MC is chatting up Raja about the sex and the gays and what not. To prove a point and to shut Blade up, Raja takes on a bet that he can get a blow job for anyone, including the wallflower across the room. UGH and OMG! Talk about a decision that will change your life. I am a huge sucker for the alpha male and Raja fits that role as perfect as his ass fits into his jeans. It’s natural for him to take control and sweet David is so repressed and confused that when Raja invades his space and starts directing their encounter, it was stupidly hot. I can’t even explain how hot it was.

This book was a ride of emotions that were so strong there were times I thought I was on a long run with a bunch of dudes on motorcycles. I was honestly amazed and overwhelmed by range of emotions I got, I mean – this book made me cry during sex and only a handful of authors have done that to me. The sex was dirty but it was sensual and yeah, pretty fother mucking sweet with these two.

Ooh Boy. The ginger is on a ramble. So anyway.  Raja and David have a sexy moment. Raja then learns exactly who David is and his relation to Hunter and all that MC/Chapter mess but these boys, they can’t stay away from one another and I loved how they kept coming back for more.

I have a think with books and music. I had the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’s “It’s Blitz!” on repeat reading this and each time “Hysteric” came on with Karen O’s beautiful voice singing the lyrics, “Flow Sweetly, Hang Heavy. You suddenly complete me…” I was a mess and fully connected to the music and the story I was lost in.

Goodness. How do I even begin to explain this book and have it make sense? When religion and self-hate is involved I can’t help but find a common thread. Growing up Catholic I know the guilt that can be forced on you and while I am currently without religion, the imposed Catholic guilt resides in my subconscious and likes to rear its ugly head from time to time. I can’t imagine being David and trying to find his way through wanting to be his true self while coming to terms with his sexuality and wants/needs. It was adorable that Raja decided to be the one to teach David all he needs to know about being gay but in turn, David teaches Raja so much about himself and what he is capable of.

I loved that David was able to be himself with Raja, that he let go and while he may have questioned if what he was doing was right by the church, he knew in his heart and soul that anything with Raja could never be wrong. Oh and David, you are such a good and dirty boy. Such. A. Good. And. Dirty. Boy. Mmm hmm…

The sex in this book was amazing. I mentioned it was hella dirty but along with the dirty was this outstanding level of respect. The moment when Raja explains to David that dirty talk is just that and to never let someone call you names and mean it was amazing. These two were stunning as they found their way to a common ground one wouldn’t expect from the surface and yet the layers they pull back on one another to reveal the deeper connection left me breathless.

Am I even saying anything? I have no idea. I stayed up way passed my bedtime reading this last night because I couldn’t put it down. I had to know how the MC would react, how Hunter would react, how David’s parents and the evil freaking priest would react and how it all would come together with Raja and David falling for one another.

Gah. Raja and who he is. Can I just mention that I loved his heritage and David’s passion for Bollywood movies? When we get Raja’s name I may have let out a sound that made my dogs bark in the dead of night because it was all too much for me, in a good way of course. This book was everything I could have hoped for and even more. It surpassed all expectations I had and gave me the most wonderful story. And that epilogue… shut up with the song played. I may have a crush on the authors for that because it was just so out of the blue and so damn perfect.

Heart Ripper did just that to me, it ripped my heart out in the best way while softly placing it back in my chest with respect. The romance of David and Raja was amazing and has fueled my need to go back and read the other books in this series and while I have been warned, the other books get darker I am sure the Merikan’s will pull me through with reverence.

About K.A. Merikan

K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

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.