Book Review: One Step Too Close – K.A. Merikan

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— One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —

Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.

For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find out about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.

Ryder is climbing up the ranks. Recently promoted to sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.

But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives forever.

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Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, stepbrothers, blackmail, homophobia

Genre: M/M dark romance, suspense, drama

Length: 135,000 words STANDALONE novel

WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit sexual content, strong language, violence. Reader discretion advised.

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Jed and Ryder are stepbrothers. They’ve been raised together since a young age and were tributes together at their father’s MC, The Coffin Nails. Now as adults, Ryder is very ambitious and as his rank in the MC rises, Jed seems to be slipping further and further into a pit of self-destruction as he deals not only with the homosexual feelings he’s had all his life but also with his fake girlfriend, Dana, who is blackmailing him for information.  He has so many secrets to deal with, that something needs to give.

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I absolutely loved the dynamic between Jed and Ryder. Ryder is the older, more mature brother who keeps his head on straight and fights for the success of his MC. He is also fiercely loyal to and protective of Jed.  Jed is immature, rebellious and lost. My heart absolutely bled for him. I found it interesting that Ryder would be the one to be the most confident in the relationship as he’s only recently opened up to his bisexual nature. The two together were just adorable when they weren’t being insanely hot together.

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They had my feelings all over the place. Through all the angst only forbidden attraction can bring, there were also moments of such tenderness that had me just wanting to hug them before laughing at them as they battled through their ignorance and explored these new feelings. Told through dual POV the initial attraction, sexual tension and sexy times were on fire!

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This book takes its sweet time as the authors explore the many feelings and situations flying around in this story. From the first feelings of hopeless jealousy to the total surrender to their sexual attraction and then the fear of being caught, I gobbled up every last word. Through the midst of these two people finding each other and falling in love there are also many twists in this cat’s tail with nothing working out the way you’d expect.

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You won’t find fluffy words and convenient happenstances here. It’s hard and gritty and sexy and it doesn’t shy away from bad people being violent. You will, however, love every second. I definitely recommend this book.

(ARC provided by author 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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