Primal (Wrong Side of the Tracks Book 2) by K. A. Merikan #Audiobook #LGBT #Review #MMRomance

Erryn reviews ‘Primal (Wrong Side of the Tracks Book 2)’ by K. A. Merikan.  Published by Acerbi & Villani ltd on February 4, 2022 and is 291 pages. The audiobook was released March 24, 2022, is narrated by Wyatt Baker and is 7hrs and 30min.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I loved Wrong Way Home.

“What I find in my territory is mine to keep. Even if it’s a man.”

Jag. Uninhibited. Possessive. Walks on the wild side. 

Dane. Gentle giant. Monster lover. Plays it safe. 

Dane always knew his illicit fantasies of rough sex and dangerous men would one day lead him down a path of no return, but no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t stay away.

After being beaten half to death by his ex, he wakes up in a collar, chained to a wall by a wild man who claims Dane as his property.

From the moment Jag lays his eyes on Dane, he knows he wants to keep him. Big, strong, with colorful ink all over, he is the most unique man Jag had ever seen. But Dane has to be tamed if he is to become Jag’s mate for life.

All Jag needs to do is assure Dane that he will be protected and provided for, because the sparks are already flying. But Dane keeps nagging about irrelevant things like his family, responsibilities, and the internet. No wonder Jag needs to keep him chained for longer than he expected.

The only way out for Dane is to play the role of Jag’s obedient, loving “mate”, and bide his time until he can escape. But while Jag is absolutely batshit, and his junkyard den lifestyle is insanity, he also showers Dane with treats, worships the ground he walks on, and f–ks him like a monster, the way Dane always dreamed of in his most secret fantasies.

Possible spoilers:

Themes: Primal play, modern-day Tarzan, abduction, masculinity, fish out of water, opposites attract, deception, plus-sized hero

Genre: Scorching-hot M/M dark romance 

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

Buy Links: Audible | Amazon | Add to Goodreads

My Review:

I’m never quite sure what I’m going to get when I pick up a K.A. Merikan audiobook.  I’ll say it – this writing duo is twisted.  Their books challenge me.  I think I know right from wrong, but these books skirt the line with morally ambiguous characters.  To be clear – Jag crosses so many lines.  To be clear – pretty soon Dane doesn’t care.

The book starts with Jag attempting to go on a date.  Well, his Tarzan caveman crazyman techniques scare off his date within mere moments.  It’s clear Jag doesn’t know how to interact with the modern world most people are accustomed to.  Eventually his backstory is revealed and things begin to make more sense.  Does it make him less nuts?  Yeah…no, not really.  I’ll always rank collaring a stranger and chaining him to your wall as questionable behavior.

Dane’s propensity for choosing bad mates is clear.  He likes it rough, and so believed he had to choose a rough partner who was basically involved in illegal activity.  When that dude beats Dane half to death and leaves him for dead, you’d think Dane would learn.  Nope, pretty soon he’s falling for Jag.  But Jag is different.  Jag is unique.  Jag will protect Dane from everyone and everything – even if that means keeping Dane away from his family and his home.  He’s needed as his family rely on him way too heavily.

Okay, so where does this lead?  Well, an accident derails Jag, and it looks like things aren’t going to end well.  But then certain characters have certain fates dealt to them and, amazingly, I got my happy ending.  Is it an ending I’d choose for myself?  Uh, hell no.  Have Dane and Jag found their happy place?  Yep.

I’ll end this off by saying Wyatt Baker did another awesome job narrating.  Really enjoyable performance.  Strange story, but oddly compelling.  Worth a listen (but read the trigger warnings first and be prepared for an insane ride…)

My Rating:

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.

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.

To keep up to date with their new releases (and get a free book in the process!) sign up to their newsletter: http://kamerikan.com/newsletter

e-mail: kamerikan@gmail.com

More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:
K.A. Merikan’s author page: http://kamerikan.com

FUN FACTS:
– 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.

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