Book Review: Heart Ripper – K.A. Merikan



— 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?


Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, organized crime, religion, homophobia, bet, good boy meets bad boy, coming out
Genre: M/M romance, suspense
Length: ~100,000 words

WARNING: This book contains steamy sexual content and graphic violence.


I bet you…

I bet you that you will find it extremely difficult not to fall for these two guys together. David is all innocence and good intentions while Raja is all jaded cynicism and very dirty intentions. Together they are all delicious sexual tension and cuteness.

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I bet you that you won’t be able to keep from saying: Fuck yeah!  There was no question that I would adore Raja – K.A. Merikan have a talent for writing gruff alphas who can also be incredibly sweet  and vulnerable without losing an ounce of their masculinity. It was David I thought I’d be having issues with. I thought that all his hellfire and damnation ways would become annoying but instead David showed a lot of strength and backbone.

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I bet you that you won’t be able to keep from biting your lip and fanning yourself. I’ve come to expect a certain level of weirdness from K.A. Merikan and their character’s bedtime shenaningans but this book didn’t have that. Instead they brought the angst and frustration that only this kind of taboo, secret can affair can provide. Watching David be coaxed out of his shell by Raja and his filthy words was as erotic as it was hot as it was exciting.

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I bet you won’t be able to keep that big ole’ stupid grin off your face. This book wasn’t as violent or gritty as I’ve come to expect from these authors and in this case I didn’t mind going without it. I was perfectly content just to be pulled into Raja and David’s story and all the supporting characters with their humour and support and banter. I had my moments of righteous indignation and eye rolling and wanting to pimp slap certain characters into another religion but mostly this book had me wrapped up in the warm fuzzies.

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This was yet another extremely entertaining read from K.A. Merikan that comes highly recommended!

(ARC provided by authors in exchange for an honest review)

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K.A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken 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.

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