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Laurent and the Beast

Kings of Hell MC, Book 1
Written by: K.A. Merikan
Narrated by: Joel Leslie
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
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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 soul and 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.  

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.  

Contains mature themes.

©2017 K. A. Merikan (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Nica Flor
  • 2019-02-04

Marvelous performance of a thrilling book

This is a sexy story. Full of passion and grit, with a beautiful romance. Beast belongs to the Kings of Hell MC, and lives his life in darkness, after suffering horrendous burns to his once beautiful face, and wishes to find someone who will love him again. Laurent, centuries before, is an indentured servant who only wishes to be a free man, and to enjoy the secret desire he harbors for men. But his wish is fulfilled in the most treacherous way, and he takes a decision that will send him to the future and to Beast with a mission. There's so much to like about this story, Beast is such an appealing character, with such a vulnerability hidden by his muscles and growl, and a deep yearning for the angelic Laurent, who seems like the answer to his darkest prayer. Laurent is beautiful, tender hearted and naive, endearingly innocent about the new world he lives in, and isn't sure how to react to Beast, but their attraction jumps off the page and the passion is explosive. The paranormal element adds a horror movie flavor to the book, and sets the stage for the next book in the series. This is a fun read, and there are no one dimensional goody-two-shoes heroes, all the characters are flawed but extremely attractive and I loved every page. Joel Leslie is magnificent and makes Laurent come alive with his lovely French accent and his uncertainty and naivete, while perfectly hitting every emotional tone required for the scenes and making the intimate moments scorching hot. I loved his performance, he is one of the greatest actors I've ever heard.

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  • Anna Rita
  • 2019-02-16

This was so good *^*

Joel's narration was amazing and I can't wait to listen to the other books of the series *^*

One of the main character of this novel is Beast, a good giant, his appearance seemingly menacing and obscure, but within itself it is only a wounded and sensitive person, and which brings in even more scars than those covered by his coated body of tattoos.
Then we meet Laurent, a sweet and innocent boy who came from the 1800s, forced to make a covenant with the devil to escape the pain and fear that afflicted him in his day, and he finds himself in a completely new future with the Kings of Hell MC's members. Here he will learn how to adapt and love freedom, which in part characterizes our times, and do not forget the plastic, Laurent's true love after Beast xD
This book is dotted with sweet moments, because in the end you cannot help but cheer for their love, which will have to face a thousand puzzles and difficulties, I mean, they even have to deal with the Devil in person, but this can't keep them separated.
And I feel like the important message this novel wants to infuse is that you have to look beyond a person's outward appearance, because as you can't judge a book from the cover, you can't judge someone from their appearance, and I can't agree more.

Now I will just wait to listen to Knight and Elliot's story *--* ♡

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  • BrattyOz
  • 2019-04-14

Amazing story

This story is truly amazing. I had no idea where it was headed and can definitely say there was no figuring it out ahead of the ending. It captivated me completely and I enjoyed it completely. Great job! I highly recommend.

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  • Carol
  • 2019-02-14

Absolute perfection

When you combine a great author such as K.A Merikan, an intriguing story, amazing characters, and superb narration by one of the best narrators in the business Joel Leslie Froomkin you’ve got 15 beautiful hours of audio pleasure. What an incredible story I loved every minute of it. Joel’s narration bring such a vast array of characters to life. You’re really in for a treat. And BTW, super hot!

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  • Charles
  • 2019-06-16

Wow!

Wow!...Just Wow! Excellent writing and narration. I'll be looking for more from both. You will enjoy this book.

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  • Amanda L.
  • 2019-06-07

Excellent performance

this release is the reason I dived into the world of audiobook and I regret I didn't try it earlier. The book itself is an amazing read. great characters with paranormal suspense/time traveling elements. Listening to this make everything feel much more intense. I actually wish I have more down time to listen to this faster. Joel Leslie is crazy talented and have the ability to make such distinct difference voice for all the characters.

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  • Richard A Shepard
  • 2019-06-02

Loved it!

Sexy, romantic, great overall story line. Really enjoyed it! Check it out. You won't be sorry!

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  • Tammy
  • 2019-05-20

Crazy exciting!!!

Laurent and Beast were absolutely explosive together!!! OMG, this story seriously had me going crazy with agitation the last half of it with how things were going to end!!😳😱
Certain times Beast was so patient and good with Laurent and other times he was a hugh baby when he wasn't getting his own way in regards to Laurent!! My heart went out to Beast because of the deceit and treachery from King, his own father and from the general public who wouldn't except Beast because of their own prejudices.

This story truly WOWED me, and the audio with Joel Leslie was AMAZING!! 😍


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  • GG
  • 2019-05-15

Excellent book

This story is very well written. Both dark and funny, sweet and dramatic, really a great ride from start to finish! Both main characters were unique and wonderful

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  • Serenepw
  • 2019-05-05

A totally amazing story. Love It!

K A Merikan did a more than GREAT JOB, telling the dark love story between, laurent and Beast. I was on the edge from the beginning to end. What put the icing on this cake was my purchase of this story being narrated by Joel Leslie in my audible collection. This was an amazing experience. I Highly Recommend the story of Laurent and Beast. Get ready to be totally entertained.

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