- File Size: 802 KB
- Print Length: 56 pages
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- Publisher: KA Books; 2 edition (January 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: January 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01NCYMEU4
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Voyageurs: Gay Romance Kindle Edition
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"I could carry, paddle, walk and sing with any man I ever saw. I have been twenty-four years a canoe man, and forty-one years in service; no portage was ever too long for me, fifty songs could I sing. I have saved the lives of ten voyageurs, have had twelve wives and six running dogs. I spent all of my money in pleasure. Were I young again, I would spend my life the same way over. There is no life so happy as a voyageur's life!"
Keira Andrews book, set in 1793, really does a good job of showing what it was like at the time. Simon is originally from England, via India where he worked with the East India Company, and is going to Fort Charlotte to manage the port there. Christian Smith is paid to transport Simon for a rather huge sum of money, since it's late in the season and they have to get to the Fort before the rivers and lakes ice up.
Both Simon and Christian are gay, which they slowly discover as their journey continues. IMHO, their first sexual encounter skirted the line between consensual and non-consensual but as the story progresses they fall into a sort of companionship with benefits.
I liked the development of the characters and LOVED the historical aspect of this story, and while the ending was HFN, it wasn't what I expected to happen (trying not to spoil anything here). The historical aspect of the story got 4 stars from me, with the romance probably getting closer to 3 stars, but overall I'd rate the book as 4 stars.
But.... even in the novella format I think there is scope for the author to show more of a connection between the characters than Andrews manages here. The story is told entirely from Simon's point of view and Christian rarely speaks more than necessary for most of their journey. I would have liked there to be more conversations between them to show a meeting of minds as well as their physical attraction to each other. Simon learns about Christian's background and community but there's not much sense of an emotional connection forming between them, until suddenly they're in love. It felt a bit abrupt and unsatisfying.
Nevertheless, I wish more authors would make use of the romantic possibilities of unusual settings. Voyageurs is certainly worth checking out.
How long can they fight their desire for each other?
Wow! Such an absolutely fantastic read that will keep you engrossed from beginning to end. A read that is guaranteed to fulfill your heart's desires.
Now, if only this book was expanded because I definitely would love to read about their next adventure and their life,
Full of a voyage, the wilderness, journey, discovery, desire and love.
Perfect for readers of historical romances.
As I am a gatherer of books, I collect books and ebooks from a variety of sources: Goodreads wins, Bookhub, BookFunnel, emails from authors and publishers, and others. I do lose track of their sources. But, as a reader, I feel I should give an honest, unencumbered review for all I read.
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I loved how startlingly different the leads were. Simon and Christian hailing from a wildly different class and culture from one another certainly made their early interactions and the way they perceived the other, highly amusing. Their initial awkwardness and wariness is understandable, as is the eventual curiosity, admiration and desire that soon develops between them as they travel together.
This is a really sweet and pretty hot tale with 2 lovely guys who stumbled upon each other in the most unlikely of settings and who you can't help rooting for. And more so considering they were brave enough to embark upon a relationship at a time when it would've meant imprisonment, or worse. Recommended.
It doesn't matter what KA writes about, you can't help but be drawn into whatever kind of world she has created and feel like you're there with her characters. This is a short story that is crammed with detail and of course has two men that fall for each other.
This story is set in Canada 1793 where we meet Simon. He's been travelling, trying to reach Fort Charlotte, where his new job is waiting for him but due to unforeseen circumstances, he has missed the boat that would take him on the last leg of his journey from Montreal. Despite the likelihood of winter setting in and making travel impossible, Simon insists on trying to go anyway and a young man, with good knowledge of the route is found to accompany him in the canoe. His travel guide is Christian. He's standoffish and talks very little but clearly knows what he is doing. Poor Simon on the other hand, doesn't know what has hit him when he finds himself expected to row for 14 hours a day for weeks on end.
Spending so much time with each other brings the two men closer together and a relationship starts to form. I liked the build up to these two men getting together as their attraction felt real and thankfully there were no signs of insta-love. Both genuinely nice guys who were drawn together despite their very different circumstances, who managed to make it work. My only query about this is the fact that there is no mention of the consequences of their union. I'm pretty sure they would have faced the death penalty if caught. I realise that they had relative safety due to the nature and whereabouts of their HEA but they were not careful along the way. That aside, I was hooked by the storyline, loved the characters, their backgrounds and the wilderness through which they travelled. This may be a short story but it is packed full and is perfectly paced with a wee bit drama to add to the excitement. Well worth reading.
"Voyageurs" is a nice evening's read - So, curl up in bed or beside the fire with a blanket and enjoy the sweet ride that awaits you . . . .
And since you're going to want more of Keira Andrews, I personally recommend:
A Forbidden Rumspringa (Gay Amish Romance Book 1)
A Clean Break (Gay Amish Romance Book 2)
A Way Home (Gay Amish Romance Book 3)
Il reste a savoir ce qu'il se passera avec eux.