Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary Thriller
Snow, steam, and secrets.
The latest snowstorm carries something unexpected to the doorstep of Hutch’s secluded Alaskan cabin: a stranger named Jude, the most beautiful man Hutch has ever seen. Jude says he’s in the area for a ski trip and that he fled a domineering lover, thinking he could make it into town. But Hutch is a suspicious SOB and treats his unwanted guest warily. The problem is Jude isn’t just gorgeous, he’s funny and smart and flirtatious.
Two gay men snowed in for three days—things happen. Really good things. By the time the storm clears, Hutch finds himself a little too attached to Jude Devereaux, San Francisco-based male model. But is Jude what he claims to be? Or is he entangled in the secrets Hutch moved to Alaska to escape?
This story was outstanding! As I started reading it, I was a bit disappointed in that I thought it didn’t quite have the feel of an Eli Easton story. Don’t get me wrong—it was good, and the quick flame between the isolated mountain man, Hutch, and Jude, the beautiful, half-frozen stranger who wanders to his cabin in Alaska late one night, burned extremely bright, but I was wondering why it all happened so fast. In fact, by 20%, I thought the gist of the story was complete. Boy, was I wrong!
This turned out to be a complex, nail-biting, high-energy action adventure with murder and mayhem and a very real chance the MCs wouldn’t make it out of their predicament alive—never mind the high chance of permanent injury. Plus, there’s a whole story arc of distrust and hurt when circumstances come to light that drive a wedge between the men.
By the time I was finished, it was the middle of the night, and my chest was hurting from holding my breath while my heart broke. And then I realized this was a Dreamspun Desires story, all of which are based on an old romance trope. But I have to say this: Eli Easton must have dug up a unique and seldom-used trope because this was not your average run-of-the-mill storyline. It was refreshing, highly interesting, and simply amazing. In fact, it wasn’t until the end that I finally realized it was a Dreamspun Desires story. I had gotten so caught up in reading it, I completely forgot about the Dreamspun Desires tag. And that is the hallmark of an outstanding story for me—to be so totally lost in the story that I don’t pay attention to anything else going on around me. I can’t recommend this one highly enough to all who love MM romance with a lot of action and drama.