Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Adrienne Wilder
Heroes: August Vallory/Keegan Brooks
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 326 Pages
Publisher: Adrienne Wilder
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: August Vallory had it all. A modeling career, a man he loved, and the extended family he’d acquired in the business. Then the world he knew was torn away when the plane he was on crashed en route to a photo shoot.
Lost in the Alaskan wilderness, August doesn’t stand a chance.
No sane man would choose to live in the Alaskan bush unless he had something to hide. And Keegan Brooks has secrets darker than night, more dangerous than wolves, more brutal than an Alaskan winter.
Every day was a fight for his life until he stumbled upon a downed plane with a lone survivor. Now it’s no longer just Keegan’s life teetering on the edge of survival.
It’s his heart.
Review: This story starts out with a bit of a bang, and the intense, on the edge-of-your seat keeps going right through to the end. August gets hit with one whammy after another, with relationship changes, plane crashes, injuries, and the thought of either freezing to death or being eaten by wild animals. Lucky for him, Keegan came upon him in the nick of time, in more ways than one.
Keegan is a man with a very checkered past who has basically been hiding from that past and somehow surviving in the wilds of Alaska. For the past ten years, he has lived an almost solitary life as a means of staying alive, as well as a sort of self-punishment for the things he has done. When he finds August, he uses his “skills” to keep him alive and nurse him back to health enough to get him back to civilization so Keegan can continue with life as he now knows it.
Nothing is easy for these guys. August’s injuries aside, the extremely harsh climate and terrain, as well as the animals all trying to survive, make Keegan’s plans very difficult. They make progress, only to face setbacks in one form or another. There is a lot of irony at play in how they are trying to survive just as the rest of the critters where it is survival of the fittest or hungriest.
In the midst of all the nursing and surviving, August and Keegan develop feelings. Keegan is a big sweetheart, but he is far from perfect. He had little choice in the way he was brought up or the things he did which, in and of itself, was a survival tactic. He tries to do the right thing where August is concerned, but he still has some selfish urges that alter things a bit here and there.
These guys broke my heart. They fell in love, both knowing August had to go back, didn’t really see a way to stay in the wild where Keegan was forced to live. August goes from a somewhat spoiled existence to living with the bare minimum and barely scraping by with the skin of his teeth, but once back, realized it was all too much and he longed for that solitude and simplicity and to be there with Keegan. But, there are still more bumps in the road for them as good intentions again lead to bad things ending this story with an exciting bang.
I absolutely adored these two and the camaraderie and banter they shared. They had great chemistry, and I was rooting for them the whole way. Even though this was a longer story, I felt the ending was a tiny bit rushed. There is a great epilogue, but I wished it had been a bit more detailed or fleshed out so we could really see how these two adapted once all was said and done. This can get a bit gory at times (think the movie The Reverent), but I highly recommend it.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*