Erryn reviews ‘Where the Devil Says Goodnight (Folk Lore Book 1)’ by K. A. Merikan. Published by Acerbi & Villani ltd on April 24, 2020, 362 pgs. The audiobook was released April 22, 2020, is narrated by Wyatt Baker and is 11hrs and 41min. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: Morally-ambiguous characters? Count me in.
“Forgive me, Father, for I will sin.”
Adam: Catholic priest. Celibate. Does not yield to temptation.
Emil: Sinner. Seducer. Snake. Hot as hell itself.
After a sheltered childhood ruled by religion, all Adam wants is to be a good priest and make his parents proud. But it’s hard to stay virtuous in a big city like Warsaw, and when he makes one slipup, his life spirals into ruin. He is sent to a tiny mountain village, where he hopes to live down his shame and work on restraint.
But staying celibate becomes far from easy when he meets Emil – a local man with long dark hair, a mysterious past, and as little morality as he has luck. Emil has no qualms about flirting with a priest. Worse still, he seems hell-bent on tasting forbidden fruit and unearthing the desires Adam has always kept hidden.
The odd village hides secrets far more sinister than Adam’s insatiable lust for Emil. Old Slavic magic looms everywhere. Superstition mixes with reality. Someone is watching his every move. Someone follows him in the dark, lurking in the shadows of the ancient forest. Adam is plagued by disturbing events, and Emil could be his only salvation even if he is the devil himself.
Can a priest shepherd the black sheep to safety, or has he been the wolf all along?
Warning: This dark, paranormal m/m romance features scorching-hot, emotional, and explicit scenes. The story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, self-harm, and morally ambiguous characters.
I find K.A. Merikan books hit and miss. There was one I really didn’t enjoy, and there are ones that I rave about like Wrong Way Home. I also enjoyed the historical novel The Black Sheep and the Rotten Apple. I was excited to see they were taking on a book with violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters. I love that stuff.
There were parts of this book I enjoyed. I loved the folklore and the mystery. There were parts I enjoyed less – the emotional abuse of one of the characters (although at least this time not at the hands of the other lead). There was a lot going on in this book including plenty of secrets and I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. I like when a book surprises me.
Wyatt Baker narrates many K.A. books and I think he does a good job. Sometimes it feels like he’s overemphasizing things, but I quickly settle back into the rhythm of his narration. I did like the enhanced effects used in this production – it worked well.
If you’re looking for something dark, this is definitely the book for you. If you’re afraid of things that go bump in the night, consider yourself forewarned.
8/10 Pots of Gold (80% Recommended) – Compares to 4/5 Stars
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are taken for sisters with surprising regularity.
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– We are Polish,
– We’re neither sisters nor a couple,
– Kat’s an artist, and Agnes is a psychologist but neither works in her field,
– Kat’s fingers are two times longer than Agnes’s.