Awesome biker romance

The Devil's Ride: Coffin Nails MC (Sex & Mayhem, #2)The Devil’s Ride: Coffin Nails MC by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one’s nowhere near as harsh as the first in this series but it’s still incredibly violent and full of unpleasantness.

However, it’s definitely more loving as Lucifer finds a new home with the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club run by his dad, and finds a new love in Tooth, a guy whose heart was destroyed 12 years earlier.

There’s a great bunch of secondary characters and a decent sub plot about organ harvesting to keep up the tensions and some red hot sex scenes.
Altogether another awesome ride from the Merikans.

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Alligators and human trafficking, oh my!

Guns n' Boys: Swamp Blood (Guns n' Boys, #4)Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The boys are still hiding out from the Mafia when they end up rescuing a teenager from a dodgy situation.
This leads to a run in with the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club (think Sons of Anarchy) and a whole new host of issues to deal with.

Dom and Seth are as sexy and dangerous as ever, Dana is still trying to manipulate the situation and new guy Mark has nowhere else to go.

There’s the usual amount of drama in this one but the sexy times are much more meaningful as Seth tries to pull himself back together after Vincenzo’s torture and Dom tries to deal with almost losing Seth.

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Worth every one of those five stars

Guns n' Boys: Box Set - Books 1-3 + Guns n' Boys: Paris + FREE Guns n’ Boys: Box Set – Books 1-3 + Guns n’ Boys: Paris + FREE “Blood&Marriage by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a ride, my God this box set is an explosive mix of murderous Mafiosi and gorgeously dangerous guys. With all sorts of taboos, death, mayhem and illegal dealings, the three novels and two short stories in this collection bring to life Seth and his reluctant bodyguard Domenico almost in beautiful 3D.

Their relationship jumps off the page, brutal and passionate, tortured and calm, forgiving and reckless, emotional and ice-cold, these two Italian men scorch their way through one drama and crisis to another, bringing along a whole host of interesting side kicks and characters.

It’s not all dark though, there are plenty of humorous moments, plenty of heart warming still and quiet moments, plenty of heart breaking moments.

The two short stories brilliantly flesh out the first three novels and while I don’t usually like M/F appearing in the middle of an M/M series, in this case Lucrezia and Santo’s romance worked perfectly as insight into what was happening on the other side of Seth and Dom’s daring escape.

Sex is all ends up epic but the true joy is in the crafting of two wondrous men who are both vicious at times, both a little bit broken, both a little bit trapped into their Family roles but who, together, find the strength to try and break free.

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Festive thoughts on loss and hope

Today is my mum’s birthday, she would have been 69, just one year younger than her mum is celebrating in this photo.

My mum didn’t make it, she died in April 2014 just three weeks after being diagnosed with liver cancer at the age of 66. Too young.

Her brother Steven, at the centre back of this photo, died earlier this year. Where once there were six, only four remain.

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My mum (second from the left) and her brothers and sisters with their mum on her 70th

“Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.”

–William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing