Saturday, February 7, 2015

Arctic Absolution by Lynn Kelling

Title: Arctic Absolution 
Author: Lynn Kelling
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Dixon and Jaye
Release Date: December 2014
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Novel (83,000 words)
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, BDSM, Gay
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 is seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. 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. But temptation entangles them as the malicious ghosts of Jaye's past returns to haunt their every step. Jaye’s ghosts are bad enough, but the demon from Dixon's past is real enough to put both of their lives in danger. (M/M)

My Review:
If you've never read Lynn Kelling before, then you need a little warning. Her writing is not for the faint of heart. It's gritty and erotic and definitely pushes the envelope. There are always moments when I'm reading her books where I'm just not quite comfortable with what I'm reading, but I can't look away. This book definitely had a few of those moments with these two very wounded men. 

Jaye has a tragic, horrible story. When he was 19, he was attacked, tortured, and raped by two men. He managed to kill one and chased and wounded the other, even though they had been in the process of disemboweling him (yeah, see...there's that difficult line). Because he chased the other man, he got 2 years in prison for manslaughter. Wrong doesn't even begin to cover what was done to him by the justice system...and that was before he was wrongly age 19. The situation for this character tore my heart in two. He is so mentally injured when the story begins...nightmares and PTSD are just the start of his issues. 

On the other side is Dixon...a cop in this town who has to arrest Jaye for stealing. But Jaye is simply starving to death and Dixon sees that and steps in to help. On the surface, Dixon is a take-charge, in control alpha type. But he has his own secrets. He's been abused for years by his ex-lover. Yeah, he's a pretty messed up guy too. 

This is not an easy story. There are flashbacks to both man's abuse and the abuse isn't all in past tense. But there is hope in this book too...because they find refuge and healing in one another. Their relationship is interesting in that really Jaye is the strong one...although he's so much younger and has been abused so much more. But that's provided a core of strength that he uses to help shore up Dixon too. 

If you like your m/m fiction gritty, harsh, and stories that skirt the edge of acceptable, then you probably will like this one and Lynn Kelling's other work also. I cannot stress enough that this book isn't for the light reader. But I enjoyed it overall. Lynn Kelling's stories always do an amazing job of looking deep into the psyche of her characters and this one is a prime example of that.

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