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- Publication Date: April 3, 2018
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- Language: English
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The writer does a really good job with several serious topics in this story, and I enjoyed how well those elements were handled. My only slight niggle with the plot was how it didn't feel right that the professional agent was acting all kinds of unprofessional.
So I was pleasantly surprised by its intrigue, as well as by each of the characters. It turned out to be a much deeper book than I’d anticipated, which delighted the hell out of me. I grew to care about these guys, about their very real struggles and weaknesses, so it was especially sweet when they got their HEA.
I read this book through Kindle Unlimited, but I liked it enough to purchase a copy for my collection. That may say more about the book than this review!
I think the tagline summarizes it perfectly: Three men. One snowstorm. Zero trust.
There are certainly elements of a thriller – espionage, isolated location, questionable loyalties, treason, etc. But this book is so much more than that.
This book is about relationships. Familial, authoritative, obligatory, and romantic.
Joe is the mountain man, isolating himself from the certain disaster of civilization. Outhouses, power outages, and lots of physical activity have kept him sane and safe for the past four years. Basically, “if sex was Joe’s addiction, intimacy was its antidote”. He does dabble occasionally, and had even seen Tanner as a potential hook-up, but a real relationship? Never.
Tanner is in trouble. He’s younger than Joe, naïve, almost. He’s a drug addict who thinks he’s found a solution to his problem, but like most addicts gripped in craving, he hasn’t thought the solution through. As he waits to seal the deal, another opportunity presents itself. And who is going to turn down sex with a hot mountain man? Because, “he could still get it up, even come on a good day, but why bother? Well, today he’d bother.”
Pytor is the wildcard. He’s a spy. A Russian spy. Who are all the rage these days, but most of the ones in the news don’t look like Pytor. His arrival on the scene complicates things, but in a good way. “Funny, because Joe’s easy obedience had given him the idea he liked being pushed around a little and he couldn’t imagine Tanner pushing anyone around. He looked fragile, like he’d need to be treasured. And Pytor knew how to do that too.”
Three disparate men, brought together by happenstance, bound by the need to survive in isolation, completely dependent on each other, and all gay (or bi). I have to say, this set-up was believable. I also love that we have a Dominant, a switch, and a submissive, and yet they all defy those labels at different moments.
Ms. Chris has provided a trigger warning and there are often debates around these, but I think she chose the right path. The drug use in the book is pivotal to the plot and not exploitative. It is raw and honest. From the insertion of the needle to the awful effects of detox, there is a grittiness that the reader can’t escape. And appropriately so. With today’s opioid crisis, more people need to be aware of why addicts can’t just ‘quit’. If you’ve had the misfortune to either go through withdrawal or have had to witness a loved one during it, you know how hard it is. The scene where Tanner finally gets a shower spoke to me.
“It felt fantastic, like salvation raining over him. Joe rubbed him down with a soapy washcloth leaving behind clean skin that didn’t ooze sick sweat or feel like the sticky side of Scotch tape.”
As with the on-page drug use, the scene with the HIV-status revelation was powerful. Visceral. Those of us who remember the 1980’s – especially those of us who came of age during them – remember that AIDS was a death sentence. Authorities didn’t know what it was, what caused it, or even how it was transmitted (a la Masters and Johnson saying they didn’t know if toilet seats were safe). Misinformation and mistrust were rife. The vilification of gays was palpable and real.
I still vividly remember attending the viewing of my sister’s brother. A brother I never knew existed. A GAY brother. Who had died of AIDS.
A real eye-opener.
I had been away at university for four months and I felt like the whole world had changed. I needed to change with it.
Educating myself was part of that. An uncle of a good friend of mine was diagnosed in the mid-1980s and he’s still alive. Rare and very lucky. But he’s been on the meds, changing them as new ones came out, doing what it has taken to survive. So I have continued to educate myself – viral load, undetectable, PrEP, and more. HIV is no longer a death sentence, but, as with most chronic conditions, staying healthy is important. Medications and lifestyle choices are important.
So when the character reveals his HIV status, the reactions are predictably generational. Because even if I understand that someone with an undetectable viral load is not contagious and cannot transmit the virus, it would still freak me out just a bit. Safe sex is great, but after watching AIDS ravage the world, there is still that internal terror.
This is a moment when what could tear apart the weird relationship the three men have developed…doesn’t. It has the opposite effect. It opens a dialogue. A painful and necessary conversation.
I read all kind of books, but freely admit romances are my favourite. And I’ve read every heat level from sweet kisses to down’n’dirty taboo erotic. Rarely, though, does the heat level affect how I feel about a book. This book, for the record, is very hot. When the three men are in bed together, well, fun times abound.
That’s what I loved about this book. I loved the rawness. The immediacy. The intimacy. The pain.
All three men have things in their pasts that they regret and it is only through the triad relationship they are able to come to terms and accept those past transgressions. To obtain the absolution they so desperately need.
The book has uneven pacing and that is perfect. When one is isolated, without the pressures of the modern world, time takes on new meaning. The men know their time together will soon end, but how is never clear. Action doesn’t drive this book – emotions and relationships do. That’s why it works and why I want to read it again.
And the epilogue? It left me with a sense of quiet serenity. A belief that love may not vanquish all demons, but those demons can be held at bay. Tucked away in a prison. Locked away by the power of love.
Tanner is an engineer who decides to sell government information to fund his heroin addiction and chooses the hut dubbed High Lonesome as the rendezvous point. Joe, the caretaker of the guest hut, is six years sober and recognizes a fellow addict in Tanner. Unbeknownst to Tanner, his communications were intercepted by the CIA and Pytor is the agent tasked to retrieve the information. Tanya Chris does an excellent job portraying how harrowing addiction can be as well as the pain and hardship that can come from trying to stop and living as a sober addict. However, for me the addiction element becomes a shortcut that functions as a plot device as well as a way to establish character “depth” without much focus on character development. The motivation for the plot lies with Tanner’s addiction. Almost the entirety of who Tanner and Joe are as characters revolves around the stages of addiction and recovery with neither MC having much more depth than that. All the MCs’ initial attraction to one another is quickly alchemized into a bond through the addiction, etc.
Tanner, who is in the grips of addiction for all of the story besides the epilogue, is portrayed as frail and vulnerable and inspires protective instincts in both men, after they use his body first of course, but beyond that, the reader doesn’t know who Tanner is. Joe being six years from his recovery has a few more character traits—he’s a loner who likes nature and enjoys reading, but again how he lives his life is a result of his addiction. Then you get the stabilizing element in Pytor’s dominate nature, who is also given a sympathetic back story to make the reader empathize with him and seem to give him a bit of depth, but again Pytor still doesn’t get much in the way of character development besides being “toppy”. His function in the relationship seems to be to give the addicts a guiding hand.
Beyond the fact that the character’s personalities are mostly defined by the addiction element of the story, making them seem a bit flat, the intrigue portion as well as Pytor’s behavior/choices are a bit contrived and flat as well. There are only so many times that a character can point out that their behavior doesn’t make any sense or has no reasoning behind it before this narrative fourth wall breaking just stops working. If the characters continually have to make excuses for nonsensical behavior, than maybe a few modifications of the story are in order, especially given the extreme time crunch in which this insta-love happens. For the sake of avoiding spoilers, let’s just say that when the inevitable spy plot intrigue finally catches up to the MCs, the impetus for the action sequence the author wants to have could have been avoided by one common sense action, especially since it relates to Pytor’s whole motive for being on the mountain and what he spends most of the book at that point trying to do. No amount of “these guys are distracting me” character monologue can overcome the ridiculousness of the situation given that Pytor is able to think pretty logically about his mission in other moments and has no reason to be more distracted in that one.
All in all, it’s a quick read and the writing style and tone are well done; I can see people really enjoying it. For me however, while a story that humanizes people struggling with something so huge and life-altering as heroin addiction is great, it is extremely important for the author to make sure that the characters have fully developed personality traits beyond their addiction to actually humanize them. I could have really enjoyed this story had I not felt that all the character development was shorthanded.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.