Reviewed by JustJen
Title: No Matter What
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Sex & Mayhem #4
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 176 Pages
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani Ltd.
Release Date: April 25, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: — 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.
WARNING: Adult content. Explicit gay sex, strong language, violence, potentially triggering sexual abuse scenes. Reader discretion advised.
Review: This was another great addition to this series. I skipped book 3, Stripped Raw, as it was m/f written under the pen name Miss Merikan. No Matter What takes place with members of the club from the first two books. I believe it could be read as a stand alone, as the background information brings you up to speed nicely, but I recommend reading the first two so you get to know the other players better.
I loved how this one was a bit different from the first two stories. Here, we have Ghost, not quite a member of the club, much to his bad ass biker father’s disappointment. He was a physician until he lost his license after a previous scuffle where he helped the club out by saving Lucky’s life, getting him into trouble with the law. He is a bit lost at this point, not really knowing what direction his life should go now that he cannot practice anymore. During that time, however, he met Zara while playing an online game. They had an on-line relationship for a few years, but Zara was stuck with an abusive boyfriend. When the opportunity came for Ghost to actually see Zara, he was all ready to propose and steal Zara away. Unfortunately, Zara was not what Ghost had expected.
Zara, I mean Luca, was such a sweet thing. He suffers, and has suffered, quite a bit at the hands of his drug lord boyfriend, who took him in at 15 to pay off his deceased parents’ debt. There are some really well written but quite harsh scenes when he is involved. But, much in the same way as Zara helped Ghost through his hard time, chatting with Ghost saved Luca as well. I loved how we were shown snippets of their chats in the beginnings of the chapters.
Once the truth comes out about Zara, Ghost doesn’t just walk away – he decides to save the friend he knows, be it Zara or Luca. The person he fell in love with is still there, and he has a hard time denying that fact. In private, he has no problem giving in to his feelings and their relationship grew even closer. However, on the outside, Ghost was having some issues coming to grips with the Luca aspect. His parents, especially his biker father, were not keen on the whole gay thing, even though they accept Tooth and Lucky’s relationship for the most part. The other club members are sort of in the same boat of not quite accepting it all. Add to that fact the pressure on Ghost to actually join the club, and he has a whole lot going against him.
Circumstances force things to happen though, and things heat up pretty quickly. As time goes by, Ghost realizes Luca’s importance to him and how he makes him happy. He does what it takes to secure Luca’s freedom and chance at a new life.
This was a pretty fast, intense read, especially towards the end. I really enjoyed these guys together, and it was great to see Tooth and Lucky again. I love how things turned out for everyone, though I wished there had been more closure with Ghost’s father. All in all, this was another great addition to this series, and I’m looking forward to what comes next.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*