contemporary, dark romance, M/M, tour book review

Review Tour+Giveaway: We Met in Death by K.A. Merikan


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Length: 90,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Natasha Snow

“This is not the night you die.”

After years of working for a loan shark, Robert is done with blood and violence. All he has to show for it is a bag of money and a lifetime of regrets. There’s no other way out of his line of work than in a body bag.

So Robert decides to die.

But on the night he chooses to seal his own fate, destiny offers him a chance at redemption. When Robert saves a handsome young escort from a terrible death, he has no idea he is setting in motion much more than one last attempt at proving that inside the hardened shell, he is a decent human being.

Charming, quick-witted, and full of smiles, Nathan is all Robert could dream of. He’s also ready to fall into the arms of his gruff protector. Robert, on the other hand, has never been with a man and will first need to fight his own demons if he is to accept that his whole being wants to make Nathan his.

With his former boss hunting them both, time is ticking, and Robert might just not get the chance to decide before it’s too late. More importantly though, Robert will stop at nothing to protect the man who’s made him feel alive again, the man who is the only thing between him and the abyss.

“I never had to think much about death before, but I did yesterday. I thought I would die. In a hole. Covered with dirt. Suffocate underground. But then you saved me.”

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, torture, mentions of suicide, offensive language, morally ambiguous characters, homophobia and homophobic language


There are no words for how excited I get when a new K.A. Merikan book is released. We Met In Death is a standalone romance where a man decides to end his life only to end up saving another instead. It’s emotionally-compelling, sensually-laced, and dark & gritty pure gold!

Robert is tired of killing and the only way out is to do away with himself. But the night he drinks himself to oblivion to end it all, he runs across Nathan, saves him from certain death, and ends up a target of a crime boss. The pressure is on as Robert fights to keep Nathan safe, and perhaps, find some meaning for his own life too.

You are what you make of yourself.

Both of these guys are in untenable situations. Robert does the dirty work for a loan shark, and he’s tired of all the blood on his hands. He’s also been hiding a part of himself all the time. He’s definitely a serious character, a bit older than his counterpart, and hasn’t been able to face his family for years.

Nathan is such a ray of sunshine in the dark! Out & proud, he’s got a strand of optimism even though he ends up in a situation where he’s almost killed. Robert finds Nathan, and Nathan is blown away by Robert’s protective streak, his super-sexy body hair, and the intense look in his eyes.

No one will get through me when I stand in front of you.

There’s a lot of plot and danger and diabolical maneuverings following these characters, but the romance is front and center. Robert’s got a lot of self-discovery to do, hiding behind an “I’m straight” cover. Nathan’s got something to say about that though! The chemistry is insane, and some parts were darn romantic.

I loved this book! These ladies can write some pulse-pounding goodness, and I’ll always look to them for my fix.

4.5 stars!


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K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity. Kat’s the mean sergeant and survival specialist of the duo, never hesitating to kick Agnes’s ass when she’s slacking off. Her memory works like an easy-access catalogue, which allows her to keep up with both book details and social media. Also works as the emergency GPS. Agnes is the Merikan nitpicker, usually found busy with formatting and research. Her attention tends to be scattered, and despite pushing thirty, she needs to apply makeup to buy alcohol. Self-proclaimed queen of the roads.

They love the weird and wonderful, stepping out of the box, and bending stereotypes both in life and books. When you pick up a Merikan book, there’s one thing you can be sure of – it will be full of surprises.

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