— One love. One motorcycle club. Two stepbrothers. —
Ryder. Controlling. Ambitious. Protective.
Jed. Self-destructive. Trapped. Lonely.
Their love? Forbidden. Taboo. All-consuming.
For Jed, the Coffin Nails Motorcycle Club is family. With them, he learned how to think, what to enjoy, and how to fight, but there is one thing he knows his friends can’t find out about. They would never accept him as gay, and so his life is a constant struggle with desires that fill him with despair. Only there is a much darker secret lurking in Jed’s heart. His feelings for his stepbrother, Ryder, go far beyond brotherly. Trapped with a yearning that can never be fulfilled, Jed spirals out of control and unwillingly puts the love of his life in danger.
Ryder is climbing up in the ranks. Recently promoted to Sergeant-at-arms, he has it all: drive, respect, and the love of his biker family. When his stepbrother gets into trouble with the law, Ryder decides to take the blame and save him from a long sentence. Deep inside, he knows there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Jed, but through a desperate attempt to suppress his own hidden desires, he might irreversibly break the man he secretly loves.
But finding out what they feel for each other will test their loyalty to the Coffin Nails MC and change their lives for ever.
Themes: Outlaw motorcycle club, criminal activity, forbidden love, stepbrothers, blackmail, homophobia
WARNING: Adult content that might be considered taboo. Explicit content, strong language, violence. Reader discretion advised.
Note from the Authors:
We are proud to present our newest book, One Step Too Close. It is the #6 in our biker-themed series, Sex & Mayhem, and for the first time, both of the main characters will be actively involved in the outlaw lifestyle. Members of the same club, big, strong, and yet very lost in what they feel for one another. The fact that they had been raised as brothers, despite not being at all related, doesn’t make things any easier.
We came up with the two MCs while writing our previous release, Guns n’ Boys: Swamp Blood, where they fill in the roles of secondary characters. One Step Too Close, is going to be all about them. Jed and Ryder will have to face long-held secrets, fierce jealousy, a love that shouldn’t have happened, and a threat that could cost them both their lives. Loyalty to their motorcycle club will clash with a forbidden love affair. Jed’s daredevil, self-destructive attitude will clash with Ryder’s ambition, and controlling nature. They will both have to learn how to compromise instead of butting heads. Oh, but the compromises will be most delicious!
If you want to see our inspiration photos for this book, check out the One Step Too Close Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/KAMerikan/one-step-too-close-sex-mayhem-6-by-ka-merikan
When he entered, all the patched members looked up from their seats, and he could sense their disapproval on his skin. Someone was taking the blame for his crime, and he couldn’t even be there on time for the drive to court.
Ryder’s face was oddly blank when he looked at Jed. “Why are you dressed like this?” he asked, already getting up.
Jed looked down to his soaked clothes, and back up at Dad’s frown. “I— It’s raining.”
Dark snorted and shook his head. The guy was nicknamed like that as short for ‘the Dark One’, because of his long black hair and ever-present dark circles under the eyes. Jed had told a few young hangarounds that Dark was a vampire, and he was pretty sure they believed it for a while.
“What’s so funny?” asked Grease, looking outside. His usually fluffy hair was just as flat as Jed’s.
Wolver rolled his eyes and zipped up his leather jacket. “Oh, just shut up, Prospect. Let’s go.”
Ryder also closed his jacket and walked past Jed without a word.
Jed opened his lips and wanted to tell Ryder about the phone. That he was looking for it for half an hour, that he would have arrived earlier, but his voice was stuck in his throat as he watched Ryder step out into the rain and put on his helmet.
Bert pushed Jed out with a friendly pat and followed Ryder’s example, mounting his sleek chopper. The cold droplets were sprinkling Jed’s scalp as he too got on his ride, with a heart much heavier than he expected. He pulled on his helmet, and was second to last one in the cavalry on bikes charging down the road. Somehow, in the rain, most of them wearing black, it seemed like they were going to a funeral. A bad feeling settled in Jed’s stomach, and he wished he could be behind Ryder not Dark, who had black fumes coming out of his bike like he was on a road to hell. Jed pulled a bandana over the lower half of his face. Even in this grim defilade, he was a part of something bigger, something he could understand, something he could call family.
About the author:
K. A. Merikan is the pen name for Kat and Agnes Merikan, a team of writers, who are mistaken 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.
More information about ongoing projects, works in progress and publishing at:
K.A. Merikan’s author page: http://kamerikan.com