Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Release Day Review and Giveaways: Arctic Restitution (Arctic Absolution #2) by Lynn Kelling

ArcticRestitution_CvrPDFfix2Title ~ Arctic Restitution (Arctic Absolution #2)

Author ~ Lynn Kelling

Publisher ~ Forbidden Fiction

Published ~ 23rd May 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, BDSM, Romantic Suspense





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.


Debra’s Review

I love this series. It is dark, with complex characters who have both suffered through unbelievable horrors, but there was always hope, and this end to the story is the closure both the characters and the reader needed and deserved. I would not suggest reading this without having read at least Arctic Absolution and I would also suggest you take the publisher’s warnings seriously about references to past abuse and violence.

Jaye Larson and Alaska State Trooper Dixon Rowe have been together about a year, living in Jaye’s cabin in remote Zus Alaska. They have come a long way in that year and have a good life with family and friends, when a letter addressed to “Johnny” Larson arrives and threatens to suck Jaye back into the past he never wants to relive.

Dixon is aware in general of what Jaye went through in prison but he doesn’t have all of the details and hasn’t pushed out of fear for Jaye’s mental state. If you’ve read the prequel Caged Jaye you know the details of the abuse he suffered at the hands of guards, inmates and his “protector” Cash. Dixon fears what the information they received means and just how Jaye may be dragged back down, and he decides that he is going to take charge of the situation. Of all the requests they imagine Cash will make of Jaye, the request is something neither expected and aren’t sure they can handle. One thing is certain, they will have to travel back to Oregon and Jaye will once again be back at FCI Sheridan. Just how much damage that will do is anyone’s guess.

While Jaye’s ghosts aren’t as bad as they had been, he still has moments where he relives his past. Dixon has become his rock, his protector and Jaye will do anything to make sure nothing takes that away from him. Jaye also won’t allow anything to harm his new family and his place in the community where he has rebuilt a life. With Jaye’s years of imprisonment and abuse often at the forefront of the story, it is sometimes easy to forget just how much Dixon suffered at the hands of his abuser too. That still hasn’t gone away and it creeps up unexpectedly with Cash’s request. Luckily for him, Jaye is always there to step in and comfort Dixon when he needs it. Both Dixon and Jaye have found their paths forward and though they will never be completely free of their demons, there is no doubt that they will only grow stronger together.

One of the ways Dixon and Jaye have always dealt with their issues is through sex, through their role play and switching up of the dominant and submissive roles, so there is plenty of that in the book. The physical connection is something they both crave when they need to deal with the emotional fallout of their pasts. It isn’t a substitute for communication but a way to ease the anxiety and tension to open the door for an honest, difficult conversation.

Arctic Restitution brought me a moment I’ve hoped for, Cash and Dixon going head to head. Of course when these two are trying to one up each other, nothing turns out as expected, including the request Cash makes of Jaye. Cash is a pivotal player in Jaye’s life and Dixon hates him for what he did. As much as Dixon needed to confront Cash, Jaye also realizes that he needs to face Cash once again. Jaye gets his closure with Cash and as much as it pained him to return to Sheridan, it was necessary to assure Jaye that he is no longer Johnny even though a part of Johnny will always be there, deep down within. This part of the story also reveals yet another layer to Cash as well and Dixon knows just how to handle Cash’s need for Johnny.

This final installment is not as dark as what came before. The feel of the story has changed with Jaye’s mindset and is more hopeful and peaceful even with both still struggling to contain their demons. There is even a glimpse of the boy whose innocence was taken as Jaye, for the first time since his attack, does some of the things that should be so normal for him like celebrating his birthday, going clothes shopping and out on a date. Being in a more populated city for the first time is a struggle he didn’t expect and reinforces his love for the insular town he and Dixon call home. Jaye and Dixon are both fighters and survivors the the peaceful existence they are carving out is well earned.

Lynn Kelling’s writing never disappoints. The alternating point of view is crucial and even though I’ve been through two stories in this series, I can still feel the fear and tension when Jaye and Dixon’s ghosts reclaim them in those moments when their minds relive the worst times of their lives, when they don’t know where they are until they are pulled out by the other. Jaye’s panic about returning to Sheridan prison, his indecision about Cash’s request and Dixon questioning whether he has the strength to protect Jaye and do what is needed are all clearly portrayed, but so is the love they have for each other. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who likes romance with a darker tone, but also with a happy ending.

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Arctic Absolution

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 return 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)

Story Page: http://forbiddenfiction.com/story/lk1-1-000188/



Caged Jaye

(A Prequel to Arctic Absolution)

It’s Jaye Larson’s nineteenth birthday, and all he wants is to spend time with his boyfriend and his mother—the people he loves most and who make life worth living. But, faced by his mother’s demons, the imperfections of his relationship with boyfriend, Kris, and dangerous, homophobic strangers, one by one, all of Jaye’s dreams are soon derailed. Plunging into a waking nightmare, shortly after going to bed alone, he wakes in an alley, pinned down by two men with slow, bloody rape and murder in mind. It’s just the start of Jaye’s fight for his life, and his sanity, as time and time again, he’s forced to make impossible choices and survive, no matter what it costs. (M/M)

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Meet Lynn Kelling

Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it's body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over seventy works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress.




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