Both of their pasts are filled with malicious ghosts that haunt every step, and while Jaye’s demons are less tangible that Dixon’s, they are all powerful enough to put both of their lives in danger.Blurb:
In the frozen expanses of remote Alaska, 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 gets seduced by the possibility of helping someone truly in need. Though 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, the temptations of sin entangle them as their hostile environment threatens.
This is not an easy book to read: the themes are dark and harsh, but the story is also hopeful and romantic.
Both Dixon and Jaye are damaged characters. Dixon is a 32-year-old Alaska State trooper, big, strong, and steady. Jaye is a 21-year-old with a two-year prison sentence behind him. Jaye is beautiful but haunted; he wears his tattoos like armor.
At first glance, it's Jaye who needs to be saved, Jaye who needs to be protected. Jaye wants to be Dixon's kept boy. The two negotiate an arrangement: Dixon will watch out for Jaye, making sure Jaye doesn't freeze or starve in the Alaskan wilderness, and in return Jaye will be Dixon's whore.
But Jaye is much more than a rent-boy, and Dixon's feelings for him transcend lust.
Their relationship is complex, maddening, ever changing, and it soon becomes obvious that Dixon needs Jaye as much, if not more, than Jaye needs Dixon.
"Being with you makes me happier than I've been in years, Jaye, and not because you know how to get me off. Stop selling yourself short. You're not that kid you used to be. You're the man I love. So, act like it already."