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Summary

Face of an angel. Mind in the gutter.

Mike. Macho Biker. Scarred. Will never love again. 

Arden. Femme boy. Jaded. Will never succumb to lust again.

Mike is always on the lookout for a fresh fling, and there are more than enough chicks for a stud like him at the Smoke Valley MC clubhouse. But the pretty little thing he spots at the gas station turns out to be a boy, and that triggers all sorts of confusion.

Mike loves a challenge, so when he’s given the cold shoulder, his predator senses are set aflame! Straight or not, Mike makes a bet with his cousin and won’t settle for anything other than a total seduction of Arden.

Arden has bigger fish to fry than some biker’s petty insecurities. His last relationship has left him jaded and hurt, so he will never again succumb to the charms of a bad boy. Especially since Mike isn’t just hot, he’s freaking irresistible. Older, dangerous, and cocky, Mike will be Arden’s downfall if he isn’t careful. 

But when a monster from Arden’s past reaches out his claws, the only deterrent Arden can think of is claiming Mike is his new boyfriend. So now, he’s stuck in a fake relationship with a straight guy.

For Mike, what starts as a game turns out to be an awakening he’d never expected. The ice prince in lace is actually hot as hellfire, with a gutter mind to match Mike’s, and all of a sudden, his scarred heart is not as safe as he’d thought it was.

A scorching-hot, stand-alone M/M romantic suspense novel.

Warning: This story contains scenes of violence, mentions of past abuse, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.

©2020 K.A. Merikan (P)2020 K.A. Merikan

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Great characters

I love a great KA Merikan story! The characters are engaging and dynamic, the sort was fantastic already but the narrator does an excellent job of adding another level of awesome.

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that was intense!

Another steamy, intense pairing. So much lust and emotion mixed up in new discoveries and explorations (that are so hot!).
I just loved Arden, such a sweet femme boy with a big heart (and very dirty mind) and Mike, s*x on a stick biker discovering something new. These two make an unlikely pair and I really liked the more emotional connection that slowly developed as they played, protected and got to know each other. The care side of Mike seemed to be always there and I liked how he treated Arden and you could see more than lust was driving him. I found this one more intensely emotional than the usual hot fierce passion I've come to expect from KA Merikan but still a delectable read!!!

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Fantastic Story & Wyatt Baker is Amazing!

Whoa, these characters!

The Merikans have done it again with Mike and Arden. An absolutely stunning opposites attract romance, with all the gorgeous sex we expect from this team. The way these two men dance around their attraction, come together, and then finally resolve it all is simply superb. Everything builds to a wonderful crescendo with a fantastic ending... just fantastic.

You don't need to have read the other novels in the Sex & Mayhem series, by the way. While other characters from previous stories are a large part of this one, the authors make it so easy to follow along. So if you haven't read any of the books yet, dive in! I highly recommend Gutter Mind.

And if you're an audiobook listener you are going to love listening to Wyatt Baker perform these stories! His gravely, sexy voice is ideal for the Alpha Males and he does such a phenomenal job with Arden. Best part is there is so much humor in this novel and Wyatt Baker makes the most of it. Seriously funny, and an absolute pleasure, Gutter Mind is just perfect.

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Really enjoyed this listen! Recommended!

So good! I have found some of the books in this series have been a bit too much for me, and this started off that way, but really pulled me into the story and took me for a ride. This might be my favorite of the series, or one of them! Grab it and listen for yourself!

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My favorite in the series

I may say this repeatedly, but this is my new favorite in this series. Merikan took a character, Mike, that I was initially prepared to dislike intensely because of his going after Arden at first just to win a bet, even after he discovered Arden was not a woman. He seemed like just some sleazy guy out to prove a point no matter if it hurt Arden or not. But, as they always do, Merikan took that character, gave him real depth and redeemed him as he opened his life and heart to Arden. This is an amazing take on the fake boyfriend and protector tropes and an entry not to be missed in the series. Wyatt Baker got the characters just right. He made Mike unlikeable at first but then perfectly eased us into the real man beneath the facade. Superb story and superb performance.

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Fantastic

K.A. Merikan is a magician in giving you just the right amount of twisted without it being dark. Some great, interesting characters that kept me glued to the story. Wyatt Baker is the perfect narrator for a K.A. Merikan story. Hope there is many more in the future.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Hilarious and spicy

I really liked this story! There was all sorts of amusing content as well as lots of spicy scenes. The plot was a tiny bit dark but kostly exciting and angsty. The connection between the two MC’s was awesome and I really liked that Arden was so unapologetically himself. He was strong and unique and beautiful.

The narration was pretty good. Good pacing, and strong tone.

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Lives up to the name! Great narration!

K.A. Merikan is one of the most fascinating team of writers I’ve come across. There’s a uniqueness to their writing that you can’t turn away from. It sucks you in, and leaves you laughing, scratching your head, and begging for more. This book was not a disappointment...at all. In fact, every book of theirs is classic, in my opinion. //

Mike and Arden were two very different, but equally likable guys. I loved their interactions and chemistry. The fact that Mike is a biker, and has a sexual awakening, makes this book even better! I love the outer contradictions these men had, yet they matched up perfectly, from the inside out. //

This was a very well thought out, and put together, story. I loved every minute of it. //

Wyatt Baker is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. He did a fantastic job bringing these unique characters to life, giving them both a perfect voice. You could easily tell who was talking, including the side characters.

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Steamy, sexy, and a whole lot of mayhem

Mike and Arden's sexy, steamy love story had everything I've come to love about K. A. Merikan's books. Even without reading a single other book in this series, Mike and Arden won me over fast and had me invested in their journey right from the start. Wyatt Baker's narration only added to my enjoyment of the story--the way he brought these men to life is incredible.


Despite his outward appearance, Mike was hiding a pretty heartbreaking past relationship, and once I found out exactly what happened to him, his meaningless flings and resistance to love took on a whole new meaning. Arden's troubles with love were a lot more dangerous and sparked a lot more immediate conflict in this story, but he too had plenty of reasons to avoid another serious relationship. If anything, both men's reluctance to pursue anything serious made me even more desperate to see them cave in to temptation. The tiny glimpses of Mike's protectiveness over Arden had my heart racing, and Arden's inner struggle to resist his desires was intoxicating. By the time they finally started hooking up, I was absolutely desperate to see them together for real, and their off-the-charts chemistry just made me ache even more. I've always been a huge fan of possessive lovers, so seeing Mike's attitude shift from playing the field to claiming Arden for himself pushed all the right buttons for me. Arden wasn't as vocal about it, but his desire to become irresistible to Mike, to be the only one to satisfy him in bed, was no less possessive. As if the hot-as-heck attraction wasn't enough, this story had a highly satisfying plotline separate from the romance that only added to my overall enjoyment of this book. Whether it was seeking revenge on Luke, fiercely claiming one another, or hashing things out with the Jadens, there's no doubt that Mike and Arden gave me all the steam and mayhem I was hoping for.


**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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An Electric Romance

Gutter Mind is part of K.A. Merikan’s epic Motorcycle Club series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but characters from each book sometimes make an appearance in other books. These books are not for the faint of heart; they are gritty and pull no punches. Make no mistake: these are not good men—but they love hard and intensely.

Mike is the playboy biker who flirts as easily as he breathes and has vowed to never fall in love again. But then he meets Arden—beautiful, fierce Arden—and Mike’s heart is no longer his own. Both of these men will have to overcome obstacles both internal and external, but at the end of the day it’s worth it.

Mike and Arden are some of my favorite characters. They’re chemistry is out of this world, but their relationship is so much more than just sex. It’s also full of humor, tenderness, and loyalty. These men would die for each other. The plot of this book is fast paced and enrapturing, and I never wanted the book to end.

The audiobook is narrated by Wyatt Baker who does a phenomenal job with the narration. Wyatt embodies Mike perfectly and I enjoyed the voices he did for the other characters. There are a lot of passionate scenes throughout this book, and Wyatt performed them very well without going over the top. The audiobook production was also well done and sounded fantastic. I highly recommend this book.

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 20-11-20

A hot age gap, GFY, opposites attract contemporary romance!


This was an interesting age gap, gay for you opposites attract contemporary romance.
The chemistry between Mike and Arden was hot and I couldn't put this down.
The storyline was compelling and I love a good GFY, self discovery romance and this one ticked all my boxes.
Wyatt Baker's flawless narration made this all the more engaging and enjoyable!

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  • W. Floyd
  • 01-11-20

Mike and Arden

Wyatt Baker does it again! He brought Mike and Arden to LIFE. His great performance and faultless audio production made listening to Gutter Mind an entertaining and exciting experience. Gutter Mind is vintage K.A. Merikan. The right blend of humor, violence, grittiness, morally ambiguous characters and situations and lots of hot AF intimate times.

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  • robin thibeau
  • 31-10-20

Excellent

excellent story from this series. These authors never fail to please.. And Wyatt Baker does them justice..

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  • CairoThePhoenix
  • 02-06-21

Strong.

This was a pretty fair story, I enjoyed a lot of aspects of it and there were a lot of creative playing with the idea of gender and sexuality which I thought was handled pretty well. I wasn't a huge fan of the climax though... I mean there were two very legitimate antagonists here and I think the climactic ending would have been better served with the one that took all of fifteen minutes to get through. That sex scene was real good though...

The narration performance was very very good I've found that I actually REALLY enjoy Wyatt Baker as a narrator and will certainly be on the look out for more of his work.

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 03-12-20

Great listen!

Loved this new one in the Smoke Valley MC series by KA Merikan! It was so well done...both the actual story and the narration! Wyatt Baker has become one of my favorites! Great job!

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  • Diane
  • 02-12-20

Great Story

I received an ARC of this audio for my honest review. Mike is a very sweet, protective, passionate biker. Arden likes letting his inner girl out. Arden is being protected by the Mike’s biker gang from his ex. I thought these two made a great couple. Mike was confused with the feelings he was having towards Arden and he didn’t understand them. I thought Wyatt did a great job narrating the story.

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  • JulyP
  • 01-12-20

Great audio

I enjoyed listening to this novella as much as I loved reading it too... the narration was good and had me the with the MC’s...

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  • hussfan
  • 19-11-20

I Liked It

I liked this story, it has interesting characters, good storyline and cameos from Leo and Zolt, unfortunately this was not my favorite story. Maybe its because I am spoiled by amazing books written by my favorite authors KA Merikan. I expect the captivating story with amazing characters and I didn't get it in this book. I liked it, I liked Mike and I adored Arden, GFY relationship was cute and the action encounters kept me on the edge of my seat, but I compare it to other books by these authors and this story was not as amazing. It is probably me not the book, I am not a fan of GFY/fake relationship stories, and this could have impacted my enjoyment. Narrator did a good job as always and overall this was a good listening experience.

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  • Leah Brock
  • 18-11-20

Enjoyable GFY Romance

A straight, bad boy MC member falling for a younger femme man had me intrigued enough to request a free review copy. I'm now giving a voluntary opinion.

Mike has spent his life secure in his attraction to women. He experiences an instant attraction to Arden, a gay man who is decidedly feminine and seeking protection with the Smokey Valley MC. What follows is a story of acceptance and romance.

There is some danger and violence in the book, but it's fairly low-key. The bulk of the story is focused on Mike and Arden's relationship. Mike's confused by his feelings toward Arden, while Arden struggles with trust after an ex-boyfriend attacked him. Can they find what they need and want with each other? Merican's storytelling brings the reader right in with great dialogue, snappy banter and a superbly believable plot. It may be weird to say with a MC setting, but Arden and Mike's story is about the most adorable I've ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

This is my first experience listening to Wyatt Baker's narration. His performance is a perfect complement to the story.

Recommended.

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  • Dixiecowgirl060
  • 17-11-20

Entertaining with action, banter and finding love!

Entertaining story with action, snarky banter and finding love.  Narration really made this story come alive.  

On a deeper level this is about accepting who you are and seeing love as love and not gender specific or gender driven, What starts out as two really different men on different paths turns into something really special. I love how both of these characters grew in the story and how they find a really true connection.   There is trouble on the way and the Smoke Valley MC club will be there with an assist.  These guys do not have it easy and at times I found Mike a bit much but they found their way through the twists and turns of the plot to find a very special connection.  Mike really stepped up when Arden needed him and totally redeemed himself.  

The story-line was solid and the pacing kept me listening and enjoying.  I enjoyed that we get to see many of the men from the previous stores in this book as secondary characters.  I found laugh out loud moments, edge of my seat moments and some sweet and loving times.   

This is book twelve of the Sex & Mayhem Book series and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.