Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Torquere Books
Release Date: 01-23-2017
Genre(s): M/M Multicultural, M/M Historical
Page Count: 56
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Two men battle the wilderness—and their desire.
It’s 1793, and Simon Cavendish needs to get to his station at Fort Charlotte, a fur-trading outpost in the untamed Canadian wild. The fort is only accessible by canoe, and there’s just one man daring enough to take him on the perilous, thousand-mile journey from Montreal this late in the summer.
Young Christian Smith, the son of an Ojibwe mother and absent English father, is desperate for money to strike out on his own, so he agrees to take Simon deep into the bush. As they travel endless lakes and rivers, the arduous expedition takes its toll.
Yet the attraction between Simon and Christian, two men from vastly different worlds, grows ever stronger. Locked in a battle against the wilderness and elements, how long can they fight their desire for each other?
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 traveling, 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.