This post is part one of today’s Cara Dee double feature.
5 out of 5 Stars
*I was gifted a copy of Northbound by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Quinn Sawyer wants to know why his family has been shunning him for the last six years, but unfortunately those answers are five thousand miles away from his home in Miami, Florida. He lies his way into a three-month construction job at the O’Connor Adventure Retreat in Alaska just to get close to one-time friend and his aunt’s ex, Declan O’Connor.
Declan has been hiding part of himself since he was shamed into leaving Florida after being exposed six years ago. When Quinn turns up as the new handyman on Declan’s brother’s retreat, all of his shame is brought back to the surface. Neither Declan nor Quinn can deny their feelings for the other, but five thousand miles and several plane rides separate them once Quinn’s stint at the retreat is over. Both men will have to re-evaluate what is important in their lives and decide what sacrifices they’re willing to make for love.
Northbound is the first book in The North Novels m/m erotic romance series by Cara Dee. It features love, a little kink, and a lot of adventure. The story jumps right into Alaskan life, and we get a taste of winter in Alaska with blizzards, wolves, and the Northern Lights. Cara has an amazing way of incorporating the setting into the plot of the story, giving you a true adventure you otherwise wouldn’t be likely to take.
The story also doesn’t waste any time getting to the heart of the plot. Both Quinn and Declan had feelings for each other they had to keep under wraps six years ago, and now Quinn has conned his way into a job on the retreat in order to find out why Declan left without a word and cut off all communication. The men reconnect and fall in love, giving us some scenes where the heat sizzles right off the page. But their lives couldn’t be any more different, and they’ll both struggle with making sacrifices to be together.
The secondary characters are a fun addition to Northbound. They joke, tease, and bet each other, and they also provide more insight into life in Alaska. John and Alex are cousins who both have wives and kids at home in Anchorage, but they work three months out of the year at the retreat, away from their families. Kyle is also introduced as a playboy who loves hunting for his food and cares for his niece. And Logan is Quinn’s best friend from home who recently found out he’s a father. Kyle and Logan’s story is in book two of the series, Northland, but you don’t have to read Northbound to understand what’s happening in Northland. (I read book two first!)
I was sucked into this story from the first word to the last. I highly recommend Northbound if you like m/m erotic romance and a good adventure. All of my reviews of Cara’s work can be found under the Author Spotlight menu at the top of the page.