Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Devil’s Ride
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Sex & Mayhem #2
Heroes: Tooth (Jason)/Luci (Lucky/Lucifer)
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 370 Pages
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani ltd
Release Date: December 5, 2014
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: — You don’t fuck with the club president’s son. —
Tooth. Vice President of the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club. On a neverending quest for vengeance. The last thing he needs is becoming a permanent babysitter for a male hooker.
Lucifer. Fallen. Lost. Alone.
After a childhood filled with neglect and abuse, followed by his mother’s suicide, Lucifer set out into the world alone. There was nothing for him out there other than taking it one day at a time. As the bastard son of the Coffin Nails club president, Lucifer never got much fatherly love. So when the Nails show up at the strip joint Lucifer works in, the last thing he expects is to be put in the custody of Tooth, Nails Vice President famous for his gruesome interrogation techniques. The man proves to be the sexiest beast Lucifer has ever met. He’s also older, straight, and an itch Luci can’t ever scratch.
Tooth’s life came to a halt twelve years ago. His lover got brutally murdered, police never found the perpetrators, and all leads were dead ends. To find peace and his own justice, Tooth joined the Coffin Nails, but years on, he’s gotten nowhere with the case, yet still lives on with the burning fire for revenge.
Babysitting a deeply scarred teenager with a talent for disappearing is the last thing on his bucket list. He promised himself to never get attached to someone like him again. To make sure the openly gay boy is safe in the clubhouse, Tooth is stuck keeping an eye on him. The big, blue, attention seeking gaze is drawing Tooth in, but fucking the president’s son is a complete no-go, even when both their feelings go beyond lust.
What Tooth doesn’t know is that Lucifer might hold the key to the closure Tooth so desperately needs.
WARNING Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and abuse. Inappropriate use of dental tools and milk.
Review: This is book 2 of the Sex & Mayhem series. It can be read as a stand alone, as the characters in the previous book are mentioned but don’t actually play a role in this story. If you were put off at all by the harshness or lack of fluff in Road of No Return, don’t let that stop you from reading this book. Yes, things are on the gritty side – they are a biker gang – but this has a whole different vibe to it than Road.
Tooth, aka the Tooth Fairy, is the VP and interrogator for the Coffin Nails biker gang. He’s a big tough guy, but you get the feeling right off the bat that he is a decent guy with a big heart. He is put in charge of Lucifer, or Luci, by the club President and Luci’s father, Priest after they retrieve him from a strip club.
Luci has been in hiding for many years since the suicide death of his mother. He has been getting by hustling (giving blow jobs). He is a sweet young guy, alone and down on his luck and not real happy about being a prisoner under the watchful eyes of his father and Tooth. There is a lot of family drama going on with regards to Luci’s father and his step-family (he has a step-brother and sister, and a step-mother who is none too happy he is back in the picture).
As Luci tries to find his way, he grows close to Tooth, finding him to be the first person he feels safe with and with whom he can trust. Tooth fights him off for a long time which causes quite a bit of grief for Luci who isn’t interested in anyone else but knows he can’t have the one he wants believing Tooth to be straight. I loved watching the trust grow with these two. Luci gets to Tooth pretty quickly, with Tooth allowing him to do things he never would allow any other, such as grooming him as practice for getting his hairdressing license. Lots of sweet moments here.
In the midst of all of this, there are criminals out stealing organs, and Luci seems to be on their list of victims. This hits very close to home for Tooth, as he lost his first love in the same way. A bit of a coincidence, but even Tooth acknowledges that, and it all ties in very well. I figured out pretty early who the main players were, but was still surprised by some of the twists.
I really liked this segment of the series. It was edgy but didn’t have quite the hard edge as the previous book. I was riveted and turning pages quickly. I loved the relationship between Tooth and Luci – they don’t have sex until after 60%, and I really enjoyed how that all came about. So, yes, I’m a fan of this series, even more so with this book. I can’t wait for the next one!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*