Book Review: HIPSTER BROTHEL by K.A. Merikan



— The lumberjack of his dreams is now available for rent. —

Mr. B has always been a safe guy for Jo to crush on. He’s the cutest bearded lumber-god to salivate over. Add to that his friendly, outgoing personality, and Mr. B might just be the first guy Jo would be willing to kiss. Fortunately, Mr. B has been in a relationship for years, and Jo is no home-wrecker.

But when Mr. B breaks up with his partner and all of a sudden is single, available, and talks about his plans to be sexually adventurous, Jo isn’t so sure anymore if he has the guts to come out as bisexual.

After a sour breakup, Mr. B wants to show his ex that he’s independent, exciting, and can do very well without him. His best friend Jo is there to the rescue, and they come up with a great new business venture. One thing they lack to start their own line of artisanal boozy jams – money for the investment.

After a drunken brainstorming session, Mr. B finds a way to both gather the cash and show the middle finger to his ex. He will create a one of a kind Hipster Brothel – The Lumbersexual Experience – offering wood chopping lessons, pipe smoking, and a reclaimed wood bed where the magic happens. It’s bound to be a success… if only Mr. B can go through with it, because the mixed signals from Jo are making him wonder if his best friend is as straight as he always seemed.


Themes: Hipsters, sex work, friends to lovers, bisexuality, post-breakup issues, coming out, first time, alternative lifestyles, lumbersexual bear, commitment

Genre: M/M contemporary romance

Length: ~50,000 words (standalone novel)

WARNING: Explicit content, strong language. A shameless amount of buzzwords. May cause second-hand embarrassment.


A sexy, sweet, humorous and highly entertaining read. K.A. Merikan just never fail to deliver stories as unique as the characters in them.  In Hipster Brothel, you’ll realise you never know in just how many ways you could use a jam, a train car and a woody pun…

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I hereby pledge undying devotion to Mr. B! Simple (but not stupid) in many ways his optimism, sweetness and endearing naivety had my heart physically aching. I had cute rage with Mr. B; the in-suppressible emotion experienced upon sight of something so unbelievably cute that it causes the brain to overload and create a sensation of rage at the world for having created a creature so incomprehensibly adorable and not placed it directly in your lap. I WANT ONE OF MY OWN AND OMG HE’S SO PRECIOUS I WANT TO RIP HIS HEAD OFF!!

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Jo, who is equally loveable, has had a long-time crush on Mr. B (I can relate) and is quite unsure on how to navigate the new dynamic in their relationship. There is just something special about the first tentative flirtations and uncertain actions in MM romance between two people who are so unsure of not only their own feelings, but that of their crush that I’m completely addicted to and these two hit all the right marks.

Hipster Brothel is a light-hearted, impossibly endearing read with all the good feelings crammed into its pages. If you are in serious need of a few laughs and the warm-and-fuzzies, I absolutely recommend this book!


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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