Reviewed by Susan65
Title: A Love Story at the Top of the World
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Series: Frozen #3
Heroes: Jamie Allen/Ephram Welles
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 168 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: January 5, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: He’s a cop tangling with the most dangerous man in town…
Chief of police Jamie Allen is smitten by the new arrival in his remote Alaskan town of Barrow until he realises Ephram Welles comes with baggage—he’s an ex-con.
Any liaison between them is strictly forbidden. Jamie would be risking his job and reputation if he tangles with a convicted felon.
But Ephram isn’t easy to resist. He’s everywhere Jamie turns, and the mutual chemistry between them is sizzling hot, just waiting to explode. Jamie’s willing to risk everything for just one night of passion with Ephram, but can he stop there?
Wowza, this was a bit much and very intriguing, at the same time. Sort of like a train wreck and an amazing movie running simultaneously. Parts I really liked and others had me cringing. Which will explain the rating since I liked it, and didn’t, in almost equal measures. Ugh, what a quandary and how difficult it is to review this kind of story, but I will give it my best shot.
Jamie is the Chief of Police and Ephram is the new hottie in town, who just so happens to be an ex-con. So, in the middle of nowhere Alaska, the only two gay men (with the exception of a teacher who made me cringe) happen to be the same two that have no chance for a future. Jamie can’t fraternize with Ephram no matter how attracted, and Ephram is about as warm and receptive as a rattlesnake. A match made on frozen hell.
I liked the premise, and separately I like both Ephram and Jamie. But together? They both lose their minds. The back and forth, hook up – push away, hook up and then push away again, was just a bit annoying and very juvenile. I get it, prison changes you, but man, Ephram was a basket case, and if I were Jamie, I would have taken off after the first rejection. Now Jamie was bit over the top, too, though. The Chief of Police was this close to actually physically and sexually abusing Ephram…and a big part of me struggled mightily with him. So, in the end, I was unsure what I thought. But, I am glad I read it.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*