Title: Road of No Return
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
— Don’t talk to strangers. —
Zak. Tattoo artist. Independent. Doesn’t do relationships.
Stitch. Outlaw biker. Deep in the closet. Doesn’t share his property.
On the day of Stitch’s divorce, lust personified enters the biker bar he’s celebrating at. Tattooed all over, pierced, confident, and hot as hellfire, Zak is the bone Stitch has waited for life to throw him. All Stitch wants is a sniff, a taste, a lick. What follows instead is gluttony of the most carnal sort, and nothing will ever be the same. Forced to hide his new love affair from the whole world, Stitch juggles family, club life, and crime, but it’s only a matter of time until it becomes too hard.
Zak moves to Lake Valley in search of peace and quiet, but when he puts his hand into the jaws of a Hound of Valhalla, life gets all but simple. In order to be with Stitch, Zak’s biker wet dream, he has to crawl right back into the closet. As heated as the relationship is, the secrets, the hiding, the violence, jealousy, and conservative attitudes in the town rub Zak in all the wrong ways. When pretending he doesn’t know what his man does becomes impossible, Zak needs to decide if life with an outlaw biker is really what he wants.
As club life and the love affair collide, all that’s left in Zak and Stitch’s life is mayhem.
Wow … It’s not often that I finish a book and not already know the rating I plan to give it, but this is the case for Road of No Return. The publisher gives the following warning for the book: “WARNING – Contains adult content: a gritty storyline, sex, explicit language, violence and torture.” Do not take this warning lightly …
Stitch is an outlaw biker in a gang of extremely violent men, and he’s no stranger to violence and lawlessness himself. Recently divorced, he’s immediately attracted to Zac, a tattoo artist new to the area. Stitch is one of those characters who leave me feeling conflicted – he’s so deep in the closet that he can’t even see the door, and his fellow bikers are known to kill for the “crime” of homosexuality. He does love his little daughter, and he grows to secretly love Zac, but Stitch is not a “good guy.” He does really bad things, and does one particularly awful undeserved thing to a good man — and drags Zac into the awfulness.
Stitch does seem to grow somewhat as a person throughout the book, and he is willing to shoulder great pain and hate from his fellow bikers to simply be with Zac, the man he desperately loves. However, this does not redeem Stitch as a man. He’s not a nice person, and I can’t imagine he will ever truly become one. Zac, on the other hand, is a more decent man who has bought a world of trouble and heartache by falling for Stitch. Also, the sex between the two is salacious – Their sweaty, often rough and frantic sex is undeniably hot! Rarely have I found the sex scenes involving a character I don’t particularly even like so sexy.
At the end of the day, I suppose a good measure of a book is how much of a “book hangover” I have after reading it. Usually reserved only for books that I genuinely love, Road of No Return left me with a book hangover simply because I can not get these characters and their harsh reality out of my mind. And for this reason I’m giving the story 4 stars – not because I enjoyed the story, but because I am forever impacted by reading it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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