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The Black Sheep and The Rotten Apple

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  109 reviews
“How does one start a relationship with another man when it is forbidden?”
“One needs to decide that the other man is worth dying for.”

Cornwall, 1785

Sir Evan Penhart. Baronet. Highwayman. Scoundrel.

Julian Reece. Writer. Wastrel. Penniless.

No one forces Julian Reece to marry. Not his father, not his brother. No one.

When he is thrust into a carriage heading for London to me
ebook, 471 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Acerbi & Villani ltd
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5 Stars.

This was so good.Totally my thing.Historical M/M,raw,passionate and two of the best characters these Authors have created.

"Can you feel that?I'd build you a castle in the sky if you could only want me the same way I want you."

Julian Reece is the son of a wealthy Cloth Merchant.He has no interest in the family business,however.He prefers to spend his time drinking in Taverns and dreams of visiting Italy and becoming a writer.But his life is going to take a dramatic turn when his fathe
K.A. Merikan
Aug 18, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Black Sheep


“How does one start a relationship with another man when it is forbidden?”
“One needs to decide that the other man is worth dying for.”

Cornwall, 1785

Sir Evan Penhart. Baronet. Highwayman. Scoundrel.

Julian Reece. Writer. Wastrel. Penniless.

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Black Sheep

Ahhh... Isn't it just glorious? :D Designed by the lovely Tiferet ( ).

Is it a historical? YES, very much so, but all of you who enjoy our brand of bad boy, and morally dubious hero will
Giddy <<< That's me, after reading this book. The Black Sheep and the Rotten Apple was everything I could have asked for, and more. Deliciously passionate and sometimes a little brutal and uncertain, but always fabulous and I could not stop reading, once I picked it up.

Julian Reece is a writer, but his father prefers the term "wastrel" and is done with supporting his son's drinking and whoring, since Julian refuses to work for the family's fabric business. Julian is such a free-spirit,
“I only hate you because I cannot have you.”

Antiheroes are my favorite kind. Sir Evan Penhart is a baronet who ends up being a highwayman in order to save his estate. Julian Reese is an aspiring writer, and his family's disgrace. Their story starts under uncommon circumstances, with an agreement that suited both of them, but didn't go as planned. They will fight and bleed, they will become friends and make love, but most of all they'll love each other so hard, maybe to the point of death.
~Mindy Lynn~
This is totally not my kind of usual read. I'm not huge on historical reads. Although I do have a series I am committed to in this genre that I love by a different author. With a trusting love for that series I sometimes will journey out and try other books similar just to see if it has that same kind of magic that caught me like that series had. This one definitely caught me and kept me hanging on until the last page. But then again I do love these ladies and their writing/books. So that probab ...more
Honestly, I must admit it took me a LONG TIME until this book really hooked me. But once it did ... wow!

I'm a huge fan of M/M historicals, but sometimes, I want to toss my Kindle across the room in disgust. Let me explain ... Sodomy was a crime punishable by death by hanging in England until 1861 when the death penalty was removed in favor of imprisonment. The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 finally decriminalized "homosexual acts in private between two men, both of whom had to have attained the age
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, historical, lgbtq
This book swept me off my feet, carried me through a series of swashbuckling adventures and the discovery of true love, then set me down gently at the end, at which point a huge sigh of sweet content escaped me. (You see, it really got me going...)

I am so with Miss Elizabeth Blackwell on this - how can you not be intrigued by a 'rogue highway man'? A commanding, strong man, with eyes as dark as coal, arms as strong as a bear and clad in black. And on top of a black stallion. *G* What can I say?
3.5 hearts

Breann and I tag teamed this and it seems our thoughts were almost identical :-P

When I started this book I was so excited that I might have found my new favourite book (well to add to the list). Julian’s character drew me in from the first page. Evan came into the picture quickly and when he did, he just exuded power on every page. However, as you can see by looking at my rating, this book was not made for my favorites list.

Before I get into that, I really want to talk more about Julia
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, arcs
5 canary stars.

This book was such a roller-coaster of emotions. The story started with 2 characters that we really needed to get to know before judging them because at first they seemed like assholes but the journey to the end of the story was amazing.

Julian was an entitled boy with big dreams. He wanted to be a writer and enjoy his family's riches but not work for anything, his bubble was burst when his father arranged a marriage for him, he was not ready and he was going to do whatever it to
Denise H.
*** An amazing historical M/M romance like no other ! ***
Sir Evan, a dark, deep, and devilish recluse

who's antisocial, in need of money, robs a coach and only gets Julian.
Julian, cute, clueless and curious, a blonde dandy,

who hasn't strived to amount to anything, is privileged, spoiled, a drunkard and a gambler.
This is a long journey of new discoveries for Julian, who is finding out things about himself. He's alone and adrift when his father disavows him.
Everyone wants to gossip and watch him
Tough to rate : some parts I thoroughly enjoyed, but also some that made me very uncomfortable or that I skimmed.

Sometimes, I like going for an historical MM romance and after all the glorious reviews about this book, how not be tempted : a baronet, rough around the edges and darkly sinful, so desperate to save his estate and feed his servants that he makes an unusual deal with a merchant’s son, aspiring writer with a pretty face but wasting his time drinking and gambling.

The characters are trul

This book had a lot of promise. I looked at that cover and that title and thought that maybe I would be getting some kind of super epic Wilbur Smith meets Kathleen E. Woodiwiss with male MCs who are morally ambiguous and get on with the smexy times.

It wasn't.


What I got was something that read like those tootyfruitin' NA novels with minimal setting, poor character building and meh development that was converted into something historical at the last minute. Essentially, boy robs boy, boy tells
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS for Evan and Julian and this wonderful story! Loved it from start to finish!

First off, let me start by saying that I absolutely loved the cover. There are so many books that I read and while I'm reading them I always think 'who the hell are these people on the cover as they are definitely not who I'm reading about in this book!!'.....well, Evan and Julian are definitely on the cover!

I don't really want to give anything away about the story so I'm going to focus more on the characters.
Sybil aka Lala
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Perfect, perfect, perfect. This one ticked all my boxes!

Angst, tension, passion, uncertainty, twisty plot and two hot men. I couldn’t get enough!

I loved these two characters so hard, but even more than that; I loved every single character in this book – even when I hated them. Every single one had a personality that jumped off of the pages and sucked me into their imaginative world.

Amidst chaos and action a beautiful relationship developed between the two main characters. Their feelings
Lorraine Lesar
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book that is so good that all that matters is the next page? This is one of them.

I knew from the blurb that I was going to love it, but I wasn’t prepared for how much it would engulf me into the world of Sir Evan Penhart and Julian Reece – a very unjust, brutal and unforgiving world where two men, against the odds (and boy, where they stacked against them) found love. It does have an open happy ending (surely their must be a book 2?) but in getting there, it fractured my hea
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
Let's dance little stranger
Show me secret sins
Love can be like bondage
Seduce me once again

Burning like an angel
Who has heaven in reprieve
Burning like the voodoo man
With devils on his sleeve

Won't you dance with me?
In my world of fantasy

I just can't stop thinking the lyrics of Dance with Me ( ). This song resounds this novel so deeply for me because it's exactly the mixture of erotic fantasy and seduction.

It has that semblance of grit where you see violence
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by Rebecca. Oooohhh, I can see why it was. That was HAWT! ::fans herself:: The plot was fine, but the real reason you want to read this book is for the sizzling sex scenes. I know--I usually care a lot about character development and story--but sometimes a book's sex scenes are so good, that the plot almost gets in the way. This book--with the whole "sodomy is a hanging offense during this time period!" made every sex scene ripe with tension and anticipation. :::f ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Sometimes there's just no explaining what went wrong...

Let me start by saying I'm totally a fan of K. A. Merikan this writing duo is amazing. In general they are one of my go to for stories that have a darker, edgier undertone to them. Their 'Guns 'n Boys' series is just so much book crack for me and this one sounded like it was a guaranteed win. Sure it was historical which isn't my favorite time frame but it's not a deal breaker by any means either and I mean...really, who doesn't like a sex
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥

Whoa. This book was super freaking long. I mean it seemed like it was never going to end. It was a good story, but I think it could have been cut my at least 50 to 60 pages at least for me. In the middle of the story I feel like I stalled out a bit. It definitely changed the pacing of the story, and I got kinda bored an felt like the skimming bug was going to hit me. It didn't, and I'm glad for that sake, but yeah that's a warning to some folks that it does get slower in the middle of the story.
4.5 stars

"I am not a monster. Nor am I a ghost. I am made of flesh and bone." He moved his other hand over Julian's and pressed it harder to his own chest. "Can you feel that? I'd build you a castle in that sky if you could only want me the same way I want you."

This was my first time reading these author's and I have to say I'm now a fan. I really enjoyed this book. The first half in particular was so full of feelz. My heart broke for Evan and I almost got teary-eyed in a few places because his
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This book was amazing. The best K.A. Merikan I have read in a long time. And I would say that Evan and Julian can compete with my favourite K.A. Merikan couple, Dom and Seth. Usually I read their books as soon as they are released, but I delayed reading this one for awhile because I find the title and the cover unappealing, but it is so much better than it looks.

It is a darker story, with crime and violence and dub-con. And D/s undertones. But if you love K.A. Merikan you are probably ok with a
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Welp, I'm exhausted. Best book I've read since Switched.
Serena Yates
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay, historical, read-2017
A story featuring “the black sheep of a rich family” and a scoundrel of a man who can only be called a “bad apple” by people who prefer well-behaved members of society definitely has my interest. Set it in the 18th century, when men loving men was illegal and a perilous undertaking in the best of conditions, throw in a power-obsessed father opposing his very willful son, and ensure both characters are a match where devious plans are concerned, and you have me sitting up and paying attention. By ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

5 Stars!

"Can you feel that? I'd build you a castle in that sky if you could only want me the same way I want you."

K.A. Merikan can do no wrong. Once again, they have knocked it out of the park with a historical romance that is sexy and adventurous!

Julian Reece is lost. He wants to be a writer and travel to Italy but instead, getting wasted every night is what his life looks like. He is being forced into marriage by his father, but fortunately for him, his carriage is interrupted by someone. E
This is my first historical m/m by KA Merikan and I hope there will be more to come in future. The Black Sheep and The Rotten Apple tells a story about two men who are shunned by the society and ended up as highwaymen. What will their ending be in a society whereby either being gay or a highwaymen is punishable by hanging?

Julian Reece is the black sheep of the family and after escaping an arrange marriage by making a deal with his abductor, his life as a merchant's son will never be a same agai
3.5 hearts

There was so much I loved about this story, but it was too slow for me to rate it higher than 3.5.

It was exciting... and then dull. Then it was sexy... and then boring. It was romantic... then slow. You get the picture.

I really (reallyreallyreally) loved Evan and Julian. Julian's character was full of self-discovery. Moving away from his father and the unwanted obligations there and finding himself living with a highwayman. There, with Evan, he discovered parts of himself he didn't kno
Pianka *call me PIU*
4.5 stars

This is my first historical m/m book by this author duo and I loved it. The main challenge in historical m/m romances are the authenticity of the setting as well as developing and nurturing a m/m relationship in the middle of a community hostile towards ‘gay’ individuals and this book passed with flying colors on both count. The whole rustic setting of the “Tredele” estate, the excitement/rush of being a highwayman and last but not the least the consuming “romantic anticipation” were al
This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing and Design in exchange for an honest review

-3.75 stars-
It took me quite a while to get in to this book. I found it slow and not particularly appealing. This has happened several times with these authors work, so I persevered and the story did get somewhat better over time. It is by no means on the same wavelength as some of my favourite books by them though.
As the blurb states, our two MCs meet when Evan pulls over Julian's carriage and
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

I am not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but when I found out K.A. was releasing this I was definitely intrigued. Because I'm not a fan of historical fiction, I think this took me a little longer to get into. I loved Evan and Julian from the beginning, but I found myself taking my time with this one. At about 35% I couldn't put it down though. I loved this story of forbidden love.  It was action packed and had me on the edge of my sea
♣️ Lynda ♣️
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't read many historical romances but this book was perfect! There was a perfect mix of action, adventure and hot sex.

I am totally in love with Evan!! He's tall dark and handsome and his backstory made me cry. He just wanted to live comfortably and have someone to love. His desire for Julian led him to wonderful highs and incredible lows.

I'd build you a castle in that sky if you could only want me the same way I want you.

Julian tended to get on my nerves the first half of the book. He wante
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