Love Among Reptiles by K.A. Merikan

Violence is nothing new to cartel heir Nero and his new bodyguard Miguel. But when Miguel finally fulfills his life's purpose and kills Nero's father they have to work to survive together as they flee retribution. Neither man has known love, but maybe they can discover their own kind of love with each other. SNik read Love Among Reptiles.

From the blurb:

He's a monster with sharp teeth, but I'm the snake he won't see coming.

Miguel. Tormented. Lethal. Dead inside.

There is only one reason Miguel became the bodyguard of a cartel boss’s son. So that one day he can take revenge and put a bullet between his father’s eyes. To do that, he needs to keep his secrets close and play a double game with the outrageous Nero Moreno.

And there has never been a more infuriating demon of a man than Nero. From his filed teeth and green hair to the gaudy gold necklaces and a diamond-studded AK-47, he is narco excess personified and everything Miguel despises.

The fact that Nero hits on Miguel every chance he gets is just another burden, because Miguel decided long ago that there is no room for love in his black heart.

Nero. Slutty. Deadly. Lives to spite the world.

No one refuses Nero Moreno. When he sets his sights on a man, sooner or later, his mark surrenders. With the endless buffet of flesh available to him, he shouldn’t care about rejection, but every time his insanely hot bodyguard gives him the cold shoulder, Nero is more set on seduction.

He can see a spark of interest behind the dead black eyes. What does Miguel hide under his tattooed skin and expressionless face? Why won’t he let Nero touch him? Is his heart really made of stone, or does it hold a soul gentler than Miguel would like to admit?

Nero will not rest until he finds out.

When their goals collide, blood follows bullets, and it turns out nothing is as it seems.


“It’s just a kiss. What could it possibly mean?”

Everything. It could mean everything.


Gritty, dark, and intense, Love Among Reptiles is a dark enemies-to-lovers M/M romance novel set in the world of cartels. Prepare for brutality, heated arguments, slow burn pining, and scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes.


Themes: enemies to lovers, cartels, revenge, masculinity, coming out, first times, opposites attract, betrayal, double-crossing, undercover, grumpy/sunshine, crime, traumatic past, road trip

Length: ~117,000 words (Standalone novel)

WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language and morally ambiguous characters as well as sensitive topics of homophobia, suicide, child abuse, and SA.

SNik's Review:

Standalone. Slow burn. Enemies to lovers. 

Bodyguard to a cartel heir, Miguel plans to assassinate the head of the family while avoiding the advances of his dangerous and tempting charge. Nero lusts after a lot of men including Miguel, but when they have to rely on each other for survival their meager connection grows as they share danger and their pasts which leads to affection. 

Both Miguel and Nero have traumatic backgrounds that really explains their motivations and attitudes on how they are living their lives, both scarred men with easily functioning in an immoral environment. 

Together they learn to accept each other and themselves when having to protect and care for another, their found person becoming important to their happiness and survival. 

Gritty and violent, this story binds two men together with plenty of action and some eventual steamy scenes that create a symbiotic partnership with two very capable and dangerous men trying to carve out a new life together. 

Entertaining read with a love between two villainous men.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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