Book Review: Werewolves of Chernobyl – K.A. Merikan and L.A. Witt

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blurb

— Being kidnapped by two werewolves is an adventure after all, right? Right?! —

Quinn

If Quinn wants to get the best photos for his travel blog, no gate is too tall, and no ‘do not enter’ sign actually means he won’t go in. What he finds in a hidden exclusion zone by Chernobylblows his mind. Mutants? Monsters? He doesn’t know, but he is bound to find out when not one but two of them break into his hotel.
Too bad the rules and attitudes they have toward sex don’t match Quinn’s at all.

Dima

Born with a disabled hand, smaller than the other werewolves, Dima is the lowest of the low in his pack, but when he meets the loveliest human he’s ever seen, he knows his luck has changed.
The last thing he expects though is his beloved friend Nazar turning on him once Dima’s affection for Quinn deepens, and he refuses to be mounted by Nazar anymore.

Nazar

Nazar is a high ranking soldier in his pack, but in his powerful body hides a gentle soul, and all he wants is to escape the pack with Dima. But once Dima claims Quinn as his, secrets Nazar has so far kept hidden rear their ugly head.
The werewolf language doesn’t have words to describe what they crave, so Quinn might be the only one to help them solve the puzzle of the desires that go against the rules of their pack.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS:

Themes: shifter, werewolf, menage, knotting, urban exploration, cultural differences, disability, hierarchy, USSR, isolated from the world, society of men, PTSD, military, secret organization
Genre: M/M/M romance, suspense, paranormal, urban fantasy
Length: ~75,000 words
WARNING: This book contains steamy content and graphic violence.

review

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When you pick up a book called Werewolves of Chernobyl a lot of ideas spring to mind. You expect weirdness and oddities and possibly some sexual encounters that push the limits of what you’re comfortable with. But this book is something I definitely did not expect. Something that took me completely by surprise. Something I thought I would never say about a book featuring gay mutant werewolves… and yet, here we are.

This book was ADORABLE as fuck!

And on top of making me audibly swoon at the sheer fucking cuteness of it all, it was FUNNY!

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These characters were all so incredibly charming! Nazar was the typical tough guy with the gruff wo is fiercely protective, blindly loyal and very stuck in his ways but he also showed deep emotion and incredible sweetness and  would do literally anything to make Dima smile, even if that meant letting a human into their circle. I loved Quinn’s snarky, sarcastic and self-deprecating personality. His confusion and reactions to his new circumstances were hilarious. But it is Dima who stole the entire show. He was so endearingly vulnerable and yet had so much strength and determination that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with him.

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The sex in this book didn’t disappoint. It was as strangely erotic as you’d expect from a book like this and there were enough uncomfortable moments to titillate my morbidly curious side but where the sex is usually the highlight for me with books such as these, it was not the case here. These authors created such a wonderful story about love and loyalty and compromise that filled me to overflowing with the warm and happies.  These guys were just so impossibly cute together and their connection so beautiful that I dare you to read this and not get the weirdest lady-boner of your life.

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Read it because it’s weird.

Read it because it’s funny.

Read it because it’s hot.

Read it because it’s adorable.

Just read it!

 

(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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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies.

She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut…

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