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~Review~Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC #1) by K.A. Merikan~

 

33959435Title: Laurent and the Beast
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Kings of Hell MC #1
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd
Page Count: 360 pages
Genre(s): M/M, Dark Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Reviewer: ~Vir~
Rating: 5 Stars out of 5

~Synopsis~

— Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. —

1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart. 
2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.
Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.
In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living. 
What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters. 


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Dark…Obscure…A twisted fantasy tale…I loved…

This is the story of two worlds colliding. Future and the past. 1805 and 2017 converging for just one reason: the constant human need to be more, to be better, to be what we are not. Two timelines joining together two different, but lovable guys. A sweet love story flooded by dark magic. And yes, you’ve read right, to me it was sweet. Very.
A novel that tells us about human evilness and ambition. A dark tale about our particular beauty and the beast.

“The path to Paradise begins in Hell”

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The beauty is Laurent, a naïve servant from 1805 who travels to the future under magical and scary circumstances to meet Beast, our tough biker from 2017. A burned and injured man who is better, much better than it seems.

I’ve been reading time travel novels since I can remember. I also watch any acceptable sci-fi movie time-travel related, so the premise of this book was my cuppa just for that.
But here we are adding bikers to the mix and I’m a sucker for those too. The dark atmosphere that surrounds the good ones is so appealing to me that I can’t say no. Every time I see “MC” in a title, I want to try and read it  (disastrous consequences always expected).So I had two of my things in one book and it could have gone the wrong way, mostly because to write about time traveling is not easy and it’s not always well done. Here? A TOTAL HIT. The incident in perfectly introduced, executed and ended. So no niggles at all. Smooth. Perfect.


This is pure fantasy. This novel is about evil, occult sigils, hell, dark souls, and darker pacts with the devil.

I loved, (LOVED) this first installment of the Kings of Hell MC, by K.A Merikan.
It’s dark and, paradoxically, funny. The authors manage to get that necessary obscure atmosphere for the story to stand out, making it disturbing and creepy (the club house is a former asylum, FFS, talking about darkness). And this perfect mix between the creepy and the laughs (and the sweet) works in a magistral way here because our MCs are good, nice and kind. Yes, we’re talking about bikers here and I know they are not every reader’s cup of tea. It’s a very specific background with very specific roles but these guys are not bad, what surrounds them is, but not them inherently. They are imperfect, yes, and sometimes you want to smack them, (very hard) and yes, not everything is legal or comfortable with them. But even with that and the supernatural thing, they are still pretty cool and likable.

The suspense…is also very well done. I’m a bit picky in this matter too because I love racking my brains to figure things out. And fortunately here, you want to know how and you need to know why. You are guessing since the beginning what is going to happen and how it all started. You have your suspicions while reading it but you don’t really know how everything is gonna fit and will be resolved. That’s fantastic and It’s not always easy to build that thriller atmosphere and maintain it all the way but here it’s perfectly executed. I really enjoyed it.


The characters…They are from different times. Different worlds. They are so unlike in the outside, so distinct in their perspectives,.. age gap too (Laurent is 19 and Beast 33) They don’t have an easy beginning. They go through a hell of exasperation, hidden agendas, jealousy, and lust. But they have their HEA and how they get there, is natural and realistic. As a reader, I appreciate that a lot, because they are so full of flaws, everything feels very real. Their selfish behavior (I’m talking about both MCs) is understandable at times and that makes you feel near to them.

“The skin in which Beast lived was his personal inferno”

My beast. So lovely. So judged by the world outside.

So misunderstood because of his looks. As Belle gets her Beast´s heart in the sweeter Disney story, Laurent will win this awesome man’s heart here. Twisted and darker, but the same essence than the fairytale.
Beast was my indisputable winner in this story. I love this scarred and brave man.

“When travelling in time, couldn’t he had been given the average height of a 2017 man? Was that too much to ask?”

Aaaawwwww, Laurent. How cute you are. I want to lick you from head to toes and everywhere in between…He is so innocent and funny you could leave out his selfishness and true intentions. He wants his freedom, his ideal life, and his main purpose is to get it. He wants Beast in his life, that’s true but first: his future granted.  And that’s why I loved Beast more. He is rougher, apparently worse, a mean biker living in a world of violence. But he really is a softie. An insecure man living a tough life and facing destiny the best he can. He is strong, he smiles and keeps going, he is sweet and has a tremendous heart.
As I said above he is also selfish in his attitude, mostly because of this life experience and the willing of being the man he was before, the handsome one. The beautiful blonde guy who can offer Laurent all he needs.

The way this two fall in love, and start a life together building a solid path step by step (lies and secrets included) is so imperfect that is pure perfection. Perfect execution. It was a pleasure to read about it. To read about Laurent and Beast.


This is a fantastic book. The writing is marvelous and the plot very attractive and well driven.

So if you don’t run away from bikers as if they were a plague and you enjoy paranormal, dark and time traveling,  this book is gonna drive you crazy in the best of the ways.
I loved every single page and I would recommend it to anyone who meets the criteria above, and even if you are not a biker’s lover these guys are cool enough to turn you to the dark side.

I welcome myself to the Kings of Hell MC! Knight, I’m coming! Be prepared!

Highly recommend!

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