Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling ~ Book Review by Caroline

15825603 Title: Arctic Absolution

Author: Lynn Kelling

Publisher: Fantastic Fiction

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

In the frozen expanses of remote Alaska, Dixon Rowe is a good man and a good cop who keeps finding himself in bed with the enemy. After he picks up a young ex-con named Jaye Larson for stealing food, Dixon gets seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. Though he tells himself he’s assisting young Jaye out of the goodness of his heart, not because of how sexy Jaye is under all of the tattoos and defiance, the temptations of sin entangle them as their hostile environment threatens. Both of their pasts are filled with malicious ghosts that haunt every step, and while Jaye’s demons are less tangible that Dixon’s, they are all powerful enough to put both of their lives in danger.

Caroline’s View:

For Alaskan State Trooper Dixon Rowe his whole life changed when he was called to a robbery at a local store. The fact that there was a robbery at all was unusual but when Dixon sets his eyes on Jaye Larson his life will never be the same again. Jaye was stealing food so he wouldn’t starve, he really is at an all time low, but instead of Dixon arresting the young man he purchases the stolen groceries for him and takes him home.

Jaye’s life, like the area in Alaska he has chosen to live in, is desolate. He has recently come out of prison and is living without any amenities in a cabin in freezing temperatures and with no food. Getting a job is proving to be virtually impossible. The only staples in his life are his nightmares and they are vicious, persistent and very real.

Dixon Rowe is a decade older than Jaye and from the outside he looks to have his life sorted. The stark truth is he is as much of a mess as Jaye and is living with his own nightmares. One of his nightmares is due back in town sooner rather than later and goes by the name of Marcus. Dixon may seem like he has everything under control but nothing could be further from the truth and if he digs in and tries to take that control it may just cost him his life.

These two broken men coming together is like waiting for a car crash to happen but somewhere along the way the lines get blurred between their strengths and weaknesses. Jaye runs the gamut of emotions from brash and licentious to naive and weepy. He has been through so much, seen so much and had so much inflicted on him that most 21 year olds would be rocking in a dark corner. This gives you a clue to his inner strength and it is that strength that comes to the forefront when Dixon needs his help, gone is the clueless young man who saw the trooper as a bit of extra protection and the odd free meal, in his place is someone calm and calculating who is out to protect what he wants.

There is extreme violence that is graphic and frightening. Everything these two men have been through Lynn puts on the page for you to feel and experience. She balances this out by giving you their quiet moments, the times when they are gentle and learning about it each other. The role play is both kinky and frightening but it seems to play an important part in their relationship and instead of being destructive it is needed for them to move on.

To tell you this story in a review would do it a disservice. It is too big and too powerful to mash it down to a few paragraphs. This is old Lynn Kelling with a hit of something very new, something that will make you cry at the helplessness of the situation but will buoy you up with a contrasting love story that is so very hard to obtain.

Buy Links

Fantastic Fiction
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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