Reviewed by Susan65
Title: One Step Too Close
Author: K.A. Merikan
Series: Sex & Mayhem #6
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 372 Pages
Publisher: Acerbi & Villani, Ltd.
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: — One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —
Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.
For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.
Ryder is climbing up the ranks. Recently promoted to sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.
But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives irreversibly.
Review: The fluff factor?…Exactly zero! Hard-nosed, Gritty, Sexy, and Violent?…One hundred percent. This is the first book I’ve read in this series, and wow, what a ride. Literally balls to the wall right from the beginning. The story is long, fully fleshed out, and the story line is as curvy as a country road. Hurdle after hurdle after hurdle, exactly what one would expect from life as a member of an outlaw motorcycle club.
Jed and Ryder are step-brothers, raised by their dad, and all three are lifetime members of the Coffin Nails. It’s a hard life, jail time is expected, killing is expected, sex, drugs, and violence is their life. Being a “faggot” is not okay, being a “cocksucker” will get you hurt or killed, and when a secret is revealed, blackmail pushes a man to test the loyalty to his family and his club; heartache is guaranteed.
Ryder is bisexual but very happy with his girlfriend, Jess. He has secret feelings for his step-brother Jed, always has, but is able to hold them back. Jed is gay, he can pretend to have a girlfriend but it’s visions of Ryder that get him through. These two walk a very difficult line and one step across that line could mean absolute ruin. When these two finally get together, the sex is off the charts. I was very happy that they stuck together even while they pretended otherwise, that they communicated about their life, the MC, and relationship when they were pissed off at each other, and that in the end they chose one another.
Their life is difficult for most of the book; the unknowns, the unexpected twists and turns, the homophobia, the backstabbing, and the loss of friends were nothing compared to the love and loyalty that these feel for another. The story is long, and a lot happens, but they end up together in what is more of a “happy for now”, but I can see that that easily becoming their own happily ever after.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*