The Other Side of Winter by G.B. Gordon ~ Book Review by Beverley

A cover that truly resembles the main characters, and a story that has left me wanting more and soon 🙂

TheOtherSideOfWinter_500x750 Title: The Other Side of Winter

Author: G.B. Gordon

Publisher: Riptide

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars


Not all wounds are visible.

Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week. But that was a year ago, and they’ve been apart ever since. Then Alex escapes the corrupt and destitute island nation of Santuario and comes to live with Bengt. Happy ever after . . .?

Alex’s lifelong dream of leaving Santuario has come true at last. But he finds himself adrift in a society he doesn’t understand. Worse, past nightmares come back to haunt him, and after so many years of suspicion and self-reliance, it’s harder than he imagined to trust someone else.

Bengt just wants Alex to share his comfortable life. But the more he tries to give, the more Alex pulls away. Their physical connection couldn’t be better, but Bengt can’t seem to get through to his difficult, taciturn lover outside the bedroom. Meanwhile, he has his own demons to confront—not to mention a serial killer on the loose.

Bengt and Alex must dig deep for the courage to face their pasts, but it may be too late to save their relationship or their lives.

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Skanian, Bengt and Santuario born and bred, Alex fell in love in book 1 of this series, which sadly I had not read when I picked up this book to review. As you can see from my rating this did not stop me thoroughly enjoying this second book in the Sanctuario Series, so I would say it can be read as a standalone. However, I was a little confused about the ‘world’ they lived in because I had not read #1. When I mentally caught up, I realised what a wonderful piece of creative world building G.B. Gordon had achieved.

I was confused because the Skanian part of the world is so close to an accurate Scandinavian setting. The literal polar opposite of this place is the one Alex hails from. A hot, latinesque reality very similar to a South American country, indeed there is a place called El Sanctuario, in Colombia I think. So for a while I thought we were talking future Earth. To be honest I won’t know all the details till I go back to read book 1, which I shall probably do after writing this review.

I loved this book, the characters were three dimensional, flawed and realistic. This applies to the entertaining secondary characters, as much as the main protagonists. The story was lush in its description of the snowy world this exotic, hot, emigre had found himself. We are presented with a heartbreaking picture of very new lovers who have been separated then finally reunited, but finding it difficult to settle into a new life together. Alex is not only an emigre, but also suffering from some kind of PTSD making his acclimatisation all the more difficult.

Bengt, an investigator, wants to protect and lavish gifts on AlexAlex wants to make his own way, learn about his new life whilst being plagued with the memories and horrors of his previous one, which he’s unable to share. In tandem to their relationship trials, the author weaves in a difficult case of child murders. The case is awash with bureaucratic difficulties and Bengt’s superior who is wishing for a quiet life leading up to his retirement.

This is a really enjoyable and fulfilling read… interesting characters, satisfying and believable plot rife with small intricate details that make the world different to our own, but totally recognisable. It left me with a book hangover, so I’ve just downloaded #1 in the series…my highest recommendation.

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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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