We finished The Devil’s Ride with so many new book ideas. Some secondary characters simply have stories that need to be told, and it’s something almost impossible to plan. We knew we wanted to come up with a book about Ghost before we even finished TDR, but the idea for the story only came after we wrote the last few chapters. Ghost does mingle with bikers, he loves bikes, but he’s not a ruthless hardass like the others. He’s a good guy, who wants to do the right thing but keeps getting pulled into morally grey situations, because of his friendships and family connections. Even more so when he gets to fight for his and Luca’s love in No Matter What. Will he be able to stay true to what he believes in among all the mayhem?
— A gentle heart has no place in an outlaw’s chest —
Ghost. Not a member of the Coffin Nails MC. Not a doctor anymore. Not gay.
Luca. Bent, not broken. Will not let go of Ghost. No matter what.
Ghost finds out the hard way that people you meet online aren’t always who they seem to be. When he met ‘Zara’ five years ago, they became inseparable. She’s been with him through the rough and the smooth. He’s been there for her when her abusive boyfriend had her in tears.
She is The One, and despite all his friends considering him crazy, Ghost is about to propose.
But ‘Zara’ turns out to be Luca, and Luca is most definitely a guy. Yet Luca is the same person with big dark eyes, so desperate to be saved that Ghost can’t help but fall head first.
Luca’s so-called boyfriend is not just abusive. He is a Sicilian drug lord, a man dangerous and ruthless. If Ghost is to ever save the person who wreaked havoc on his heart, he has to make a deal with the Coffin Nails MC. But being a member is a destiny he’s always tried to avoid. And when a life of violence becomes too much to bear, he might be the one needing Luca to catch him when he falls.
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, hurt/comfort, abuse, catfishing, independence, sexual orientation issues, mafia, PTSD
Genre: M/M erotic romance, suspense, drama
Length: ~100,000 words standalone novel
WARNING: Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, violence, potentially triggering sexual abuse scenes. Reader discretion advised.
A photo came through. It was a red square plate of some vegetable rolls with a brown sauce. Ghost raised his head to have an even better look around. He frowned at the plate in front of the guy, and had a discreet look at him. He was close enough to see it was a very similar dish, but that could be a coincidence― Ghost’s heart stopped beating completely when an onyx bracelet slid lower down the guy’s forearm.
And then it hit him that the guy actually had a similar coloring to Zara in the picture: dark olive skin, wavy black hair that reached past his shoulders, and dark eyes. Only other than that, he was nothing like Zara. No softness in him, just firm jawlines and broad shoulders hidden in a coffee-colored shirt with rolled-up sleeves. As striking as he was, he was most definitely not the girl from the picture.
Ghost got up even though his legs were like made out of Jell-O. Five years. Five fucking years. This meant he’d had webcam sex with a guy. Many times. He couldn’t breathe, the ring in his pocket somehow burning like acid. How could he have been so stupid? He made his way toward the table as if it were a lucid dream. A nightmare he was about to wake up from.
With the young guy busy with his cell phone, one of the middle-aged businessmen noticed Ghost first. He straightened up and narrowed his eyes, tapping the chopsticks against his plate.
“Can we help you?” he asked in a heavily accented voice.
‘Zara’, or whatever his name was, raised his eyes, and the small smile he was sporting fell from his lips like slush on a sunny day. God, he was even prettier up close, with thick eyebrows and a straight, shapely nose. His mouth dropped open, but he made no sound as he stared at Ghost, wide-eyed.
Ghost ignored the older man, and looked straight into the eyes of someone whom he knew so well, yet didn’t know at all. “How could you do this to me?” was all he managed to choke out.
OMG, This book! My stomach is still hurting, my heart is still aching. What an emotional ride!
I was not prepared for the level of anxiety that I was faced with in this book. I mean seriously I was scared to keep reading because the knots I was dealing with were that strong.
I really loved K.A. Merikan’s Gun’s N’ Boy’s series. So, if you are familiar with that series then you know that they can write some dark really f’d up things. This book is just that. This is not a hearts and flowers kind of novel many of us are used too. This book has a lot of violence in it and at times it honestly had me cringing. I love dark, gritty and raw books and I have read many like that but this one seriously had me wincing at times. If reading stuff like that is not your thing then this book may not be for you. Heed the warning from their synopsis because this one will definitely test you in ways you may or may not be prepared for, but let me reassure you this novel is so worth the heartache and the ugly.
As angry as I was with certain scenes I could not put this book down. The vile things Luca had to endure that left him vulnerable and scared had me aching for him. The level of violence that was forced upon him was difficult to read. My heart broke for this broken down, selfless, frightened man. I needed to take a breather after a few scenes because I just felt so helpless for him.
My heart sored because of the heroic and honorable lengths Ghost went to for Luca. I was especially consumed with so much feeling for these two men as they worked through all that was put in front of them. Don’t get me wrong this is certainly not a warm and fuzzy book. There is some really messed up, disturbing things that go on but I seriously couldn’t get enough of all those tender, loving moments between these characters.
Ghost had been attracted to both men and women but he figured since he was also attracted to women he could shove that side of him that people wouldn’t accept away. Falling in love with Zara is what kept him from really thinking about that side of him. He convinced himself that he had to be straight. I loved the fact that even after Ghost found out Zara was really Luca he couldn’t just turn his feelings off. K.A really did a wonderful job showing the internal battle going on with Ghost. Love has no bounds and for Ghost those words were so true.
Luca and Ghost’s story really messed with me. I struggled with their relationship and not because they truly didn’t love one another. These authors did an amazing job showing just how deeply their passion and love for one another was. The reason I had such a hard time was because of all the ugly that surrounded them. I had a constant knot in the pit of my stomach because I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’ll tell you when that time came I was in tears. I was just praying everything would work out and be ok.
I know this book is said that it can be read as a standalone. That is how I read it, but there are so many other characters that have a big role in shaping Luca and Ghost’s journey. I don’t know if reading the first three books would have made a difference but I certainly feel like I wish I understood them better. I need to give it up to these authors because I certainly didn’t expect to hear a familiar last name entwined in this story from their Gun’s N’ Boys series. I plan on going back and starting this series from the beginning because I’m intrigued to know if there are more things that are connected with both series.
If you are looking for a love story that will take your breath away with a scorching connection, seductive hot sex, where you’ll feel every single emotion, where you’ll literally be consumed and taken, where you can’t help who you love, then be prepared for the violence, the suspense, angst and tears.
- 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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