Title: My Dark Knight (Kings of Hell MC: Book Two)
Author: K.A. Merikan
Publisher: Self-Published/Kindle Unlimited
Length: 466 Pages
Category: Gothic Horror
At a Glance: This story entices. It draws you in and cements you on the journey which started in Laurent and the Beast. It’s terribly inappropriate. It is violent, much more violent than book one. It is darker, but it is clever, and the overarching storyline is fascinating.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Love or hate. Life or death. No inbetween. No compromise. No rules in love and war.
Knight. Party monster. Handsome Savage. Doesn’t do monogamy.
Elliot. Obsessive. Intense. Uncompromising.
Newly single, Knight is done with relationships. All he’s interested in is bringing down The Count, an Internet personality who is tarnishing his family name. An opportunity to crush him comes when the audacious clown shows up at the Kings of Hell MC clubhouse to film for his YouTube channel. But when Knight meets Elliot, the man behind The Count, he no longer knows what to do with him.
Knight has never seen a more pathetic creature than Elliot. He’s also never met anyone who needed him more. Skinny, messed up, and a bucket of trouble as thick as tar, everything Elliot does seems to be a wordless death wish. No matter how much Knight hates Elliot’s alter ego, under the makeup and theatrics hides a fragile young guy with a passion for history, and Knight can’t help but catch Elliot every time he falls.
Elliot has bad taste in men. Always hopelessly attracted to violent brutes, his favorite is a long dead serial killer. But he gets more than he’s bargained for when he seizes an opportunity to meet the man of his dreams. The ghost is manipulative and dangerous, offering Elliot all he’s always wanted, for a price he can’t possibly pay.
Elliot is faced with an impossible choice between two men.
One alive, one dead.
One carnal and honest, one drizzling sweet, poisoned promises into his ear.
One unwilling to commit, the other promising an eternity together.
And Elliot doesn’t settle for half-measures. He craves a love that is all or nothing, passion that will consume him, and desire to burn him alive.
Elliot is ready to either get that, or die trying.
Review: What a deliciously twisted, incredible, dark tale. Kings of Hell is a prime example of this writing duo at their finest. I spent the time reading this book with a permanent look of OMG on my face. Ghosts. Check. REALLY morally ambiguous characters. Check. A dead psycho serial killer and body possession. Check. Some violence with truly cringe-worthy scenes. Check. Gargoyle King from Hell. Check. A delicious dichotomy of MCs. check. My list could go on here….
Ok, first off this is not a standalone story. You have to read book one, Laurent and the Beast to have some idea of the underlying themes in this book. This dark, twisted tale starts in book one where we meet the core cast of characters, and the scenery and a sense of place are established. However, book two takes us deeper into the mystery of the Fane estate and hints at yet undiscovered ties to the King of the Gargoyles, who haunts the mansion’s mirrors.
Elliot is a complicated character. There are no words to describe the amount of depth written into his character. There are so many layers upon layers to him, inside such a deceptively simple shell. Do not take Elliot at face value. He grows on you and your heart breaks for him; he is such a tragic figure in reality. All Elliot wants is to be someone’s EVERYTHING. When you read this book—and you will, because it is that good—give Elliot a chance. Let his story speak to you and don’t make snap judgements about him because, frankly, the whole being in love with a serial killer who may or may not have eaten his victims is on the creepy side, and it will make you uncomfortable and push you to the fringes of what you feel comfortable relating to. Remember that there is a REASON Elliot acts the way he does—wait for what his motivations are, and don’t judge too quickly.
Knight is just that, a knight. He can never resist riding to the rescue of anything, or especially anyone, he feels needs help. His friends consider him a white knight and point out his tendencies—often and brutally—with regard to his obsession with Elliot. Knight has vowed to live his life on HIS terms and never be beholden to anyone, or to ever fall in love. Being in love means you need that person, and Knight decided at a young age to never need anyone. The push-pull dynamic he has with Elliot is painful to watch, for us as well as Elliot. There are times when you will want to reach through the pages of the book and slap Knight upside his head and tell him to get with the program. In the end Knight caves, and he and Elliot find a HEA of a sort. I say “of a sort” because, well, when you have to make a deal with the lord of the gargoyles to keep your boyfriend safe and to rid him of the possession of a serial killer, then a happy future isn’t assured, no matter what the demon tells you. Hence, the new moniker of “dark knight”.
This story entices. It draws you in and cements you on the journey which started in Laurent and the Beast. It’s terribly inappropriate. It is violent, much more violent than book one. It is darker, but it is clever, and the overarching storyline is fascinating. This installment is about two men who both need to be everything to each other, and whose chemistry, even when tested, comes off the page in waves. I wanted these two to come together. I didn’t want these two to come together. I knew these two had to come together.
The epilogue with Laurent and Beast was an interesting way to end this book. It’s almost as if the authors wanted to take pity on our shell-shocked selves and leave us with a little bit of pure romance and happy feelings.
Start with book one and then read this one. I, for one, cannot wait for Jake and the missing gargoyle to show up in book three. On Your Knees Prospect should be out soon and I am looking forward to it as well as book four, which is also in the planning stages. But do be warned: there are triggers all over this series, believe them.
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