Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
[xrr rating= 5/5]
As he approaches his twenty-second birthday, the three-year anniversary of the brutal attack in an alley that nearly cost him his life in a few different ways, Jaye Larson thinks he’s left behind the ghosts from his years spent incarcerated, but when he’s delivered a mysterious letter with terrifying implications, old monsters rear their ugly heads. His normal new life in remote Zus, Alaska, with his lover, Dixon Rowe, the heart of a found-family that supports Jaye in ways he’s never before dreamed possible, is threatened by old deals and ties he begins to fear may never be broken. While old alliances strive to draw Jaye backward, Dixon and the rest of their family are called to step up to keep him steady. When the letter turns out to be just the first clue in a chain leading both Jaye and Dixon back inside the walls of the Federal Corrections Institute of Sheridan, Oregon, all of them are left facing carefully-held secrets and terrible new truths that refuse to be ignored.
If ever I needed a follow-up visit with two beloved characters, it most certainly was with Jaye and Dixon. Life took a major turn for the better for Jaye in Arctic Absolution, and thank God for that because I really NEEDED to see some good come to one of my favorite guys after “surviving” the horrors contained in Caged Jaye. However, more is better in this case – more opportunity to see and believe that the good guys come out on top and love conquers all.
After scaring the bejeebers out of me at the beginning of the book with what I was certain was going to be a disappearing act with no explanation, I was thrilled to see the opposite take shape. Despite their history and despite new challenges, these guys have actually learned to communicate and share most everything with each other. When Jaye’s traumatic past reared its ugly head, they came up with a plan and worked together to address it. I absolutely loved that logic and reason won over stupidity – thank you for that!
As much as anything, this book was about closure. Jaye always felt the shadow of his past hanging over him and wondered when it would catch up with him again. He didn’t know how and he didn’t know when; he just knew that despite the horror he endured at the hand of Cash, he was also spared a whole other level of horror by the same man, and for that, he was gonna owe a favor. The favor, when it came, was unexpected and intrusive and rewarding all rolled together. Getting to the other side of this situation provided insight for Dixon as he learned the true depth of everything Jaye suffered in jail, and it provided the closure that Jaye needed very much.
I loved the growth that I saw in both men throughout this book. I loved their sexy time together. I loved the wonderful family and community that stood with them. I loved this entire series!