Title: Arctic Absolution (Arctic Absolution #1)
Author: Lynn Kelling
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing
Release Date: December 16, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/BDSM/Law Enforcement
Page Count: 257
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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 returns 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)
If I rate a book 5 stars, it means I loved it and it gets the highest rating GoodReads has to offer. If I rate a book 5 stars and put it on my absolute favorites shelf, it means I loved it and want to shelf it for re-read in the near future because it is THAT good and deserves another read. If I rate a book 5 stars and shelf it fuck yeah, 5+ stars, it means that the book was the best of the best and without flaws (that I could see). It’s a very rare thing for me to shelf a book fuck yeah, 5+ stars and it does need to be extra special. Well, [book:Arctic Absolution|15825603] made it to my fuck yeah, 5+ stars shelf. It was fucking brilliant!
Lynn Kelling knows how to write a wonderful angsty, dramatic tale full of BDSM and other forms of questionable sex and is able to do it with love, patience and understanding. Can you believe that? Incredible! It’s just my favorite! Combining the nasty, naughty, disgraceful, bottom of the barrel filth with romance and love is like an oasis in the desert! It a thing of glory, really. And she absolutely nails it in this one.
There are too many ways to spoil this book, so I will not be summarizing. Read the blurb for that. But one thing I found especially genius in this book was the use of Alaska as the setting. Being from Minnesota and living her most of my life, I know how stifling the short days and long, extremely cold nights can get, and Alaska is so much worse. Alaska was definitely the third MC in this book and it helped to make everything that much bleaker and depressing. It also made the last two pages one of the best epilogues I have ever read.
If you like hurt/healing/comfort and a shit load of angst, seeing justice prevail, excellent characterization and a unique story line plus an orgasm inducing HEA, GET ON THIS BOOK! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! It’s crazy good folks. CRAZY good.