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This was a really good story. I liked both Jack and Kin and enjoyed their story.
Jack is a Captain in the Canadian military and openly gay. He was assigned in Afghanistan for a while and had a lover there that he lost violently, while almost dying himself. Jack recovered from his injuries but hasn't felt like he belonged anywhere. He's been working desk duty until his commander asked him to go on a tour with the Rangers in Arctic Bay to consider the possibility of a training post there.
Kin is a school teacher who also is a Ranger part time. Kin's mother was local but his father was a Scotsman that was in the area for mining. They never got married and Kin's father has moved around all his life. Kin left Arctic Bay for college but the land was in his blood and he had to come back. Unfortunately, his people don't even have a word for "gay" in their language so Kin keeps his orientation to himself.
Kin is the leader of the local Rangers and the one that takes Jack on a tour of the tundra. They get off to a rough start, mostly due to Jack's lame attempt at humor that is mostly just him sticking his foot in his mouth. Despite their rough start, when they get away from civilization and relax a bit, they find they actually get along very well. Both men are attracted to the other but are afraid to let on because of their working relationship (among other things) but situations happen that bring about a revelation that brings them together. I can't say too much without giving things away but I liked them together and how they seemed to find something they both were missing in each other. The story ends with Jack and Kin working out a way to be together.
This was a very enjoyable story. Jack was a good guy...maybe he tended to mess up first impressions by sticking his foot in his mouth but that happens. Kin was an interesting character and I liked him. My only complaint about this book is that I wish it had been longer. However, there are still some possible issues that Jack and Kin will have to deal with to get their HEA so I suspect there may be a sequel (not that I'd call the ending of this a cliffy, it was decently ended). Overall, I found this to be a very good and engaging story and I'd recommend it. :)
Jack, a captain in the Canadian army was injured, emotionally and physically, while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. His scars run much deeper than the ones on his skin, as is revealed as the story goes on. Upon his return from Afghanistan Jack can’t summon enthusiasm for his job so he is sent by his commanding officer on a mission that will hopefully cause Jack to snap out of his funk.
Kin is a sergeant in the Canadian rangers, living in his hometown above the Arctic Circle. He is a school teacher and is assigned to demonstrate to Jack what the Rangers do, so Jack can return to Ottawa with information about whether or not to establish a base in the area. Both Kin and Jack believe this is a fruitless trip but are willing to go through the motions as ordered. Kin is also carrying a heavy burden that is exposed to the reader and Jack as the story progresses.
The burdens that both men carry are incredibly sad. It defies description to explain how unbearable their misery is and I cried when they finally were able to talk about it.
This novella will wrap the reader up in the minds and hearts of the MCs and leave you reeling. I was left heartbroken yet hopeful at the end. Ms. Andrews says that she wants to write more for Jack and Kin (and so many of her other unforgettable characters), so I’m encouraged for the promise of more of their story. The ending is certainly an HFN, with the promise of an eventual HEA. I loved this story so much.
The leads spent all of 2/3 days together and therefore didn't get a chance to fall in love/lust, though an attraction of sorts was there - but apologies, it felt like two gay guys getting together because both happened to be gay and to be there. One seemed entirely unsuited to the Arctic, the people and their way of life, and yes, I know he'd had a tough time in his past, but he was a bit of a prat. The other seemed to have no desire to do much other than exist in his small tundra.
With a lot more length, or with perhaps even a short HEA showing these leads in their future together, this could have been a 4*. As it was, with the leads agreeing to explore their attraction - there was nothing more at the point that the tale ended - this was not a full-on romance in my book, pun intended.
ARC courtesy of the author and Bayou Book Junkie, in return for my reading pleasure.
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