Book Reviews

Laurent and the Beast (Kings of Hell MC Book 1) by K.A. Merikan at Acerbi & Villani

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Time Travel / Bikers / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 12-July-2017

Book Blurb

--- Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. ---

1805. Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart. 
2017. Beast. Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.

Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his souland self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.

Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.

In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living. 

What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.



WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

Book Review

I am being completely honest when I say I normally dislike time travel stories, and, in fact, I usually steer clear of them. However, a number of people whose opinions I trust recommended this book, plus I'm a fan of the author's writing. Although I can admit to some trepidation upon starting my read, it disappeared shortly and, instead, I simply fell into this all-encompassing tale.

The author plainly states in her warning at the end of the blurb that this book contains morally ambiguous characters. That might be a bit of an understatement. The entire book is filled with contradictions and paradoxes. There's beauty and ugly, happy and sad, love and hate, and so many more that I could go on, and on. However, for me, the true battle lies within Beast and Laurent, both trying to be morally good, while surrounded by immoral humans and demons.

April, 2017.
At first his mind went blank, but then it finally dawned on him with all its terrifying implications. This wasn’t Hell. This was the future.”

I fell for Laurent very quickly as it was so easy to see the good in him and his dilemma with what the demon tasked him to do. His wide-eyed wonder at the world of the future was refreshing, and it was easy to see why Beast fell for him. It was insanely easy to adore Beast. He's such a good man and the pain, not just physical but emotional too, that he deals with every day because of the fire twelve years before that caused lasting burns on his face and body, is overwhelming, and lesser men would have caved.

The misunderstandings that arose between the two men in the beginning could have been amusing, except the circumstances in each man’s life that led to them misunderstanding one another was so heartbreaking that I couldn't look away. There is a lot that I can't mention because it's spoilers, but believe me when I say that the man Laurent believed he knew and trusted in 1805, is the paranormal equivalent of Jack the Ripper. And the symbol on King’s neck, the same symbol on Laurent’s neck, AND carved into the basement floor of their clubhouse, is something Beast has been researching for a long time. However, when Laurent tells Beast the truth, at first he thinks the man insane, until Laurent shows him proof.

“It’s long gone. Do you understand? I killed William Fane. My name is Laurent Mercier.”

I struggled some with the emotional back and forth that, especially, seemed to come from Beast. I understood that for the past twelve years his emotional development, to an extent, had been stunted by what he survives and his father's treatment of him. And, of course, the whole MC mentality can certainly factor into one’s self-esteem and cause self-confidence issues, but there were times when I wanted to strangle Beast in my frustration. My other concern with this book, to be honest, was the editing. Tenses changed back and forth, constantly, often within the same sentence. It was frustrating for me.

‘Laurent and the Beast’ is an interesting and exciting story. I definitely liked the ending as it ensures more books in the series. Laurent and Beast were complex men with weaknesses and fears, who were able to work through it to reach their happy ever after. I really liked the plot and storyline. I'm definitely looking forward to another installment.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 360 pages/135000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-April-2017
Price $5.99 ebook
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