Northbound (The North Novels #1) by Cara Dee ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

A Handsome Young ManTitle: Northbound (The North Novels #1)

Author: Cara Dee

Publisher: Self Published

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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


Quinn Sawyer didn’t apply for a temporary job at the remote O’Connor Adventure Retreat all the way in Alaska because he wants a change of scenery. He loves his sunny Florida, and he’s only heading north because he needs answers from Declan O’Connor, the man who dated Quinn’s aunt six years ago.

One day, Declan was just gone, and it had been the beginning of hell for Quinn. Most of his family suddenly hated him and still blames him for Declan ending the relationship with Quinn’s aunt, though nobody will tell Quinn why.

He deserves to know how it could’ve possibly been his fault, and he’s not going to let the crush he harbored for Declan stand in the way.

After finally tracking down Declan, Quinn gets on a plane. Or death machine, as he prefers to call it. But in his quest to find out the truth, he discovers there’s a lot more to the Land of the Midnight Sun than seeking answers.

My View:

There aren’t a lot of M/M Romance stories set in Alaska. Yes, they do exist, but there aren’t a ton of them. That was the first thing that attracted me to Northbound by Cara Dee. You may think that is a strange reason, but I find that Alaska, more than almost any other setting, becomes a character in and of itself in a well written story. Northbound is no different in this respect. The second thing that attracted me was the author herself. I have read Aftermath and Outcome by Dee in the past and both enjoyed her style and admired her ability to tell a story.

Northbound had be intrigued from the blurb. I had an inkling of what the story was going to entail, but I was curious as to how it would play out. I was not disappointed.

Northbound isn’t a story that is going to make you cry or tear your hair out in suspense. But it won’t leave you with cavities from its sweetness either. Quinn and Devon are two men who have lusted after each other from afar for years. Neither knowing of the other’s interest. They are a mismatched pair. I am not completely sure of their age difference, but I do know it is pretty significant. There is a bit of a kink factor involved in Donovan’s attraction to Quinn, and the men have a history.

That history is what brings Quinn to the remote resort in Alaska. From there we have a fairly straightforward story of two men who dance around their attraction and eventually fall in love and have hot sex. Then they have to overcome their differences to carve out a life for themselves together.

I would classify Northbound as a comfort read. One I know I can go back to time and again when I need characters I love and a nice happily ever after.


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

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