Northland (The North Novels #2) by Cara Dee ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

A Handsome Young ManTitle: Northland (The North Novels #2)

Author: Cara Dee

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist:

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/26/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Two years ago, Logan Ward got the surprise of his life when he discovered he was the father of a two-year-old boy. Professionally and romantically adrift, he devoted all his time and energy to caring for his son. But now he’s searching for something more, and he and Justin head north to Alaska to try out the life his best friend Quinn has been raving about.

Kyle Shaw has been living off the land his whole life, comfortable with nature and the challenges of surviving in the Alaskan wilderness. He enjoys his seasonal work at the O’Connor Adventure Retreat and is looking forward to this year’s stint. He’s not in the market for anything more than hard work, good friends, and reasonably priced milk.

The work brought Logan to Alaska. But a late-night encounter with Kyle opens his mind to the possibilities of a future richer than any paycheck.

My View:

As soon as I finished Northbound by Cara Dee, I knew I needed Logan and Kyle’s story. Enter Northland book two in The North Novels series.

Logan is Quinn’s (very straight) best friend from childhood. Kyle is one of the winter employees of the Alaskan resort. He is bi-sexual and hit on both Quinn and Sarah, the only single female on the winter staff, during book one. Logan is up in the wilds of Alaska for a winter season with Quinn and company. There is obvious sexual tension between himself and Kyle, but man do those two know how to mess up their whole relationship over and over again.

Fair warning: As both main characters are bisexual (and one presumably straight) there is one explicit MF turned MMF sex scene near the beginning of the story. While I am the first to say “keep the F out of my MM,” I found that this scene was pretty important to set up the personalities and emotional situations of both the main characters. Northland is NOT an MMF novel, and the ultimate coupling is MM.

Northland is about making choices, opening your eyes and heart experiences and cultures that you are not your own, and of course family. Justin, Logan’s son, and Lani, Kyle’s niece, are not props. They are both fully formed characters in their own rights and have a significant impact on the plot. They are also both written pretty well to age.

If I thought Alaska was a character in the first story, Dee took it to the next level in Northland. Kyle and Lani have Inuit roots. They are not displaced lower-48ers. They are not Alaskan city-dwellers. They are native Alaskans, who grew up above the Arctic. Their lives are not what most people understand. A lot of research and respect went into presenting their backgrounds and lifestyles.

The love story between Logan and Kyle is not epic, but it is solid and interesting to see develop. It is not insta-love, but there is not an excessive amount of unnecessary angst involved. You know they are meant for each other, they just have a few hurdles to clear first.

I am satisfied with the ending to Northland and feel the epilogue brought both our North couples full circle. For those of you who have to ask, no you don’t STRICTLY have to read book one to enjoy book two, but you will miss a lot of chances to connect with Logan and Justin.

Links

Northland (The North Novels #2) on Goodreads

Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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