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Luke Chandler says he wants nothing more than a quiet life on his land-claim in Dakota Territory. But what he also wants is a partner. The problem is, loving other men in 1881 means a lonely life for a man like Luke. As the son of a butcher from Boston, his desire for a loving domestic relationship seems nothing more than a dream, until one winter night, a snow storm blowsLuke Chandler says he wants nothing more than a quiet life on his land-claim in Dakota Territory. But what he also wants is a partner. The problem is, loving other men in 1881 means a lonely life for a man like Luke. As the son of a butcher from Boston, his desire for a loving domestic relationship seems nothing more than a dream, until one winter night, a snow storm blows a young man to his door in need of shelter. As the winter drags on, bringing with it a slow-burning love, his hopes begin to soar. Along with those hopes, his fears of the reactions of the people in the small town of De Smet grow.Sam Smith is a romantic, but he also holds a strong family loyalty. He leaves Boston to get away from his parents’ expectations for a while, always knowing he must return at some point. The sweet young man does not anticipate meeting a rugged, honest man like Luke, who is desperate for love while at the same time afraid of the repercussions. The first time Luke holds him in his arms, Sam plans on making Luke his darling man....

Title : Winter Hearts
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ISBN : 9781623005061
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Number of Pages : 238 Pages
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Winter Hearts Reviews

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-03-08 00:00

    3.75 HEARTS--My first Fyn Alexander and certainly will not be my last.This author has built a house on my TBR mountain. The premises are SRAL appealing:large age gap, a young twink type and an older bear type, D/s and alludes to kinky sex. Why did I wait so long that her books can pay me mortgage for their residence in my TBR? I dunno. I get distracted.I'm paying attention now.I am not sure if I can call her writing formulaic (yet) but I am usually pretty good at sniffing those out. And this is a formula that works for me. Did the story read like a true historical romance? Eh, some parts did, some parts didn't. It kinda read like a contemporary to me, if you ignore the fact the character rode horses instead of driving cars. The tone and, sometimes, the dialogue read modern. I think readers who don't gravitate to the more traditional historical settings might like this book.Sam Smith (which kinda weirded me out while reading the beginning because I kept thinking about the singer) is a gay Harvard law student who left his Boston Brahmin (wealthy) lifestyle to be independent and farm on his own claim of land in the Dakota Territory (De Smet, SD). He wants to ignore his lavish lifestyle and homosexual partying ways much to his family's anger. Sam lied about his age, nearly freezes to death in a snow storm and meets a fellow gay Bostonian (Luke Chandler) in the town on De Smet in 1881 (what are the chances?) Luke is surly, older larger than Sam's 5'11", hairy and closeted. Luke has been spurned in the past for being who he was so he denies any temptation and represses,represses, represses. We have one surly, bear type and a carefree, twink-like dandy trapped in shanty for a very long winter is a recipe for hot man loving right? Well...sorta in this book. The two got together fairly quickly, Sam of course has hearts and butterflies in his eyes. He loves his "darling man" and loves to cook, clean and nurture his bear any way he can. However, the sex scenes while hot, were a little inconsistent in the hotness factor, especially in the beginning. It was almost fade to black and little disappointing but it got better once the story hit its stride in the middle.I would describe the sex as spicy vanilla. Maybe light D/s undertones? I wouldn't have minded a scene but that just because I'm greedyPredictable? A little.Was the story entertaining? Most definitely.The story started a little rough to me, then we get this instant connection between the main characters. I could see what the main conflict would be from the first chapter and it played out exactly how I imagined at the crux of the story.But I found myself being drawn to Luke and Sam. I stopped caring about why a 19 year old would be so determined to serve a grumpy, 30 year old who had such a tough time returning his affection. But Luke loved his Sam, in his own fucked up way. They grew to be a great little couple with their little issues: Luke and his closet, Sam and his lying. They made it work with a cast of characters: the villain Morley and slutty bottom twink/dandy Courtland were the most memorable. The drama wasn't too over the top but sometimes I rolled my eyes. I mean could a guy really be so blase with their homosexuality in 1881 without more drastic repercussions? Sam...he was so open with his sexuality in a time where you'd be killed or lynched for openly admitting you were in love with the same sex. I could griped more about it but damn it I really liked (not loved) this story. *ponders* I think I expected a little more girt and realism. The epilogue was gratuitous sugar. I could have done with out it or maybe made it shorter.I want to read contemporary Fyn Alexander to compare.Overall, a decent story, with good characters. I was satisfied. Can't go wrong with a bear and his twink, no matter how you dress them. A copy provided for an honest review.

  • Vivian
    2019-03-23 03:53

    How do you take the measure of a man?Somethings you just can't learn in a book. Sam discovers this pretty quick when he stakes a claim out west to farm. From the very beginning Sam would have been lost without Luke's help. Pioneering life isn't easy or forgiving, and the people reflect that fact. Sam is bold and Luke is cautious. Part of this is the age difference and experience garnered along the way, and while prudence can save, it can also cost. But, there is a sweet ending to this bitter situation.If you like the younger naive male and older cynical/cantankerous male love story, then this fits. There's a class hurdle to jump, and a few personal issue to for the men to resolve. But, most difficult of all is society's expectations, which are not simple to sidestep. Though some paths are easier than others, and that's what they find. Overall, an idealized homestead love story.Favorite quote:“Still think kissing is for sissies?” Sam whispered.A gift from my friend, Helle. Thank you!

  • Mandapanda
    2019-03-20 02:32

    I really enjoy this author's super romantic style. She kind of writes crack like Calmes or Cardeno but with more story.

  • Don Bradshaw
    2019-03-08 00:37

    I loved this well written romance. Luke and Sam were so different that they fit together perfectly. It was uncanny that both men came from Boston albeit from very different sections and fell in love in the Dakota Territory. While the story revolved around Luke and Sam, it also showed the difficulties of life out on a government land grant. The ending was left me feeling good and smiling. I was happy that Mrs. Chandler had some good sense and that the school was all inclusive. The angst level was low to moderate which suited me to well. A highly recommended feel good romance.

  • ttg
    2019-03-02 00:56

    When I saw that Fyn Alexander, who may be best known for her contemporary BDSM romantic suspense series Angel and the Assassin, released what looked to be a historical western romance, my interest was piqued. Although Angel and the Assassin pushed up against my envelope of things that I want to read, I dug Alexander’s straight-forward writing style and her development around the ruthless assassin Kael and his evolution as he learned to become more “human” around his Angel. Since I also enjoy historical romances, I was interested to see how Alexander’s style would translate to the lonely prairie of the 1880’s.This is a straight-up historical. (No BDSM dungeons in the back of Luke’s prairie shanty.) The focus is on our two leads, seasoned farmer Luke, who has been living a lonely life on his own, and newcomer Sam, who has come to the Dakota Territory to farm his new claim, but his “book learnin’” about how to tend the land doesn’t cover everything. Thankfully for him, he is rescued from a blizzard by Luke, who takes in young Sam, and they soon realize that they have much more in common—they both prefer to be with men.For fans of historicals, especially historical westerns, Winter Hearts is a good pick. It feels very much like a traditional historical romance, with the focus being on the trials these two men face, whether it’s with the terrain, or surviving with their secret relationship in a time where being gay was illegal. Alexander’s style is still very straight-forward, but I find it easy to sink into, and she dots her passages with sparse but fitting details that bring to life Luke’s small but cozy shanty (thanks to Sam for bringing the warm light in) and the harsh terrain they’re toiling away at.My only down point is some of the conflict is based on one of my least favorite tropes (lack of communication). Also, since the novel is a historical, its mood is weighed down by the very heavy, very true conflict that you could be murdered for being gay back then, and Luke lived with an underlying fear that they would be caught and killed. It felt pretty heavy, and made me think that I probably love sci-fi and fantasy romance so much because the “queer factor” is often more accepted in those fantastical settings.Do you love historicals? If so, and especially if you like ones with a western setting, then this is an easy book to recommend. Alexander sweeps you along with Luke and Sam’s love story. If you’re a nervous reader (like me), I can promise the ending is good.Do you hate historicals? Then this is probably not the book to turn you over to the historical-side. It feels lovingly traditional, and is well-paced as it follows the seasons with Sam and Luke as their land and love grow.I was super surprised that Alexander, whose Angel and the Assassin series has some BDSM scenes that I don’t want to ponder too much about (the Humbler!), could write such a sweet (although still very sexy-times laden) story set in the Old West. Very happily surprised. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

  • Tina
    2019-03-15 04:45

    3,5 stars. Winter Hearts is a beautiful, vividly written historical M/M romance that takes place in Dakota 1881.I loved cute young Sam who falls for rugged and grumpy Luke the minute a snow storm blows him into Luke’s cabin. He is determined to make Luke his darling man… no matter what. Luke is a piece of work… for him being gay means living a lonely life without hope for a partnership. Once badly beaten up by homophobic bullies he is desperate for love while at the same time afraid of the repercussions. Even though it was nice to accompany those two on their journey of pain, lust and love I didn’t get what I anticipated after reading the blurb. I expected a hurt/comfort story that would pull on my heartstrings and bring tears to my eyes but that didn’t happen. Sam was too open with his gayness in a time period where you'd be killed or lynched for openly admitting you were in love with the same sex. All the big problems Luke and Sam had to deal with (Sam's family and the people in town)... IMHO they were solved too easily. Recommended if you are up for a fluffy feel good romance without much angst.

  • Tara♥
    2019-02-27 00:30

    An historical that is based in the town of De Smet in 1881? You bet your ass I'm reading this.Laura Ingalls would be 14. See The Long Winter.If she makes an appearance I swear I will squee and maybe do a little dance...

  • Lisa
    2019-03-20 00:38

    I am not usually a big fan of historicals but I really enjoyed this one. Set in the 1880's in the Dakota Territory, its the tale of 2 men, Luke and Sam. One night during a bad snowstorn, Sam knocks on Luke's door and never goes home.Its sad to realize that 2 men who loved each other couldn't be together as it was still illegal. For me, this was a thought provoking book.

  • Elizabetta
    2019-03-18 01:41

    3.5 starsWhat surprises me the most about ‘Winter Hearts’ is the writing style. I’ve read Alexander’s Angel and the Assassin series and loved all three books. I guess I was expecting something of the same here, but assassins and D/s/daddy relationships ain’t even close to sweet lovin’ on the prairie.Luke and Sam’s story takes place in the late 19th century. They’re farmers who meet and fall in love while working claims on the prairie. The narrative voice is quite simple, plain and… sweet. It suits the time and the story. Life was ‘simpler’ and more connected to the land. And love between men was a criminal offense. The act of sodomy would get you arrested and hung or lynched. Luke, older than Sam by ten years, and from the laborer class, is fully aware of the dangers. But Sam, his sweet sunbeam of a lover, is gentle-born, the scion of a wealthy Boston family. He’s not only young and naive, but has an infectious, positive outlook on life.While I appreciated the writing style— for its show of versatility— ‘Winter Hearts’ felt too much like Little House on the Prairie to me (think The Long Winter...) For about the first three-quarters things are fairly slow-moving and staid. There is a lot of talk about the labors and difficulties of farming. But Sam’s ‘nesting’ in the little house where the two men attempt to live together also gets a lot of time. Sam takes on the ‘little lady of the house’ even though he also helps work the land. Any tension in the story is from the requisite homophobic small-town people and (more interestingly) the class difference between Sam and Luke. While this read might not be a favorite of mine from this author, it may be great for readers new to M/M rom and looking for a sweet (that word, again), sedate historical read.

  • Adrianamae, Marco's fan
    2019-03-06 05:41

    Barely 3 star rating--and even though I liked quite well one of the characters, Sam, who pursued "his darling man" with passion and devotion, it was only an ok, forgettable read.

  • Dee Wy
    2019-03-10 02:36

    Luke and Sam couldn't be more different in thinking, personality and upbringing, but they seem made for each other from the start. Sam, is a bit naive about what it takes to survive on the prairie, never having had to work for a living or been away from his wealthy family. He believes his book smarts will be all he needs to farm a parcel and make a go of it. He's desperate to strike out on his own and avoid the pressures of family expectations back in Boston, including marriage to a woman - shudder. When Sam arrives at Luke's door in the middle of a blizzard looking for shelter for himself and his horse, he finds a reluctant host in Luke who is unable to turn him away.Unlike Sam, Luke comes from a middle class family who owned a butcher shop and has experience of living and working on his own. He has farm experience and knows what it will take to make a go at farming his land. He and Sam are wintering in a small house on the edge of town until Spring when they can move onto their parcels. Sam seems to think he's found his dream man and Luke was lonely but he knows their little house and budding relationship will be dangerous for both of them. Sam is a romantic and Luke never really stands a chance of turning him away. Luke's solitude had been hard on him and Sam just doesn't give up. A very nice setup for romance! I enjoyed reading their story and I'd recommend it to all MM Romance readers.

  • K
    2019-03-19 04:51

    Very nice historical telling the story of Boston butcher's son Luke, who goes out to De Smet just before the winter of 1881 to take up a land claim, and Sam, an upper class Bostonian who wants to try and make his own way and has the claim next to Lukes. In the depths of winter Sam stumbles into Luke's rented cabin in town and ends up staying as the pair start a relationship. But this is a time when homosexuality isn't acceptable and sodomy a criminal offence. Add to this pressures from Sam's wealthy parents, who expect him as the only son to take over the family business, and marry a suitable woman, and it all makes for some decent storyline. Okay, now a but... the winter of 1881 in De Smet, is a very familiar setting to anyone who has read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books, particularly The Long Winter which actually tells the story of the hardships faced by the people of De Smet. The author here has done some research, but for me there were a few issues of historical accuracy which had me going back to my reference book to double check facts. This probably won't bother anyone who isn't very familiar with the Little House books though.

  • ~ Lei ~ Reading Is An Adventure ~
    2019-02-28 05:56

    ★★★☆☆½ ~ 3.5 StarsIn the late 19th century, Luke has learned from bitter experience to keep his sexual orientation under wraps and he's doing a pretty good job in the Dakota Territory until a blizzard brings Sam to his door and worms his way into Luke's life against all odds.Sam is young and is the only son and heir and is in the Brahmin class of rich Bostonians. But he wants to try his hand at farming in the Territories with only enthusiasm and book learning. He's going by an assumed name and has changed his dialect to fit in and doesn't share with Luke who he really is. Then when he does plan to tell him, he finds out that Luke was betrayed by someone Sam knows and ends up not telling him.As time goes on, Luke begins to trust again and falls for young Sam. Until betrayal comes on a different front. Will Luke and Sam be able to pick up the pieces and move on?This was different than the author's Angel and Assassin series but it was mostly realistic for the morals and adventure of this historical period. I enjoyed it.

  • Riina Y.T.
    2019-03-09 02:00

    LOVED it big time. Had me engrossed and up reading til 3 AM. Pretty wonderful story in my eyes :)LOVED Sam to bits. Damn those lies though... *sigh* Glad it all worked out in the end for them.

  • Sonia ~Ruber's fiancé in Crystal Court universe~
    2019-03-05 00:33

    DNF at 20%Awkward writing style, there isn't enough character development so I can't really say I like/connect with any of the MCs. But it's not exactly bad, so a lot of other people might like it just fine. It's probably me :P

  • K
    2019-03-15 00:57

    Fyn Alexander is back with a new release titled Winter Hearts. I became familiar with this author a few years back when I stumbled upon the series, The Angel and the Assassin. A series that I absolutely love and have read more than once. I immediately started looking for more books by this author because the writing style, the emotion the characters portray, the hot sex (of course) and the storylines were all something that I connect with and feel pulled towards when reading.A lot of her characters also have a tendency to lean towards one being the more alpha male while the other takes on more submissive qualities.Another facet that I like in my stories. Winter Hearts has all of the things that I have mentioned plus much more that had me reading from start to finish without stopping.The story and setting take place in 1881 in the Dakota Territory. Winter has set in hard, which meant very few people left the area or came into it either. Most of the town’s folk rented rooms and stayed close to town. Trains had come to a complete stop, due to the weather, therefore leaving most people close to starving. Having claims to land on the outskirts mean very little if they can’t make it until spring to take ownership.Luke Chandler is trying to get by with as little as possible. Keeping to himself most days is getting harder to do. To avoid suspicion and not give away his sexuality, he spends a lot of time alone. That all changes one evening with banging on his door. Who could possibly be out in weather that was halting everything in its tracks?Unbeknownst to Luke, his world is about to change, and in a big way. Sam Smith also has a claim of land but it won’t do him any good if he dies before he gets to build anything on it. Being caught in horrendous snowdrifts and winds that make visibility impossible, Sam bangs on the first door he finds. His hope is to maybe spend a day or two with Luke, wait out the storm, and then head onto his land.What he didn’t foresee even when is vision was clear was how attracted and turned on by Mr. Luke Chandler Sam would be.If there are miracles out there than Sam is praying this is his because he doesn’t plan to ever leave. Trying to convince Luke they are meant for each other, even in Dakota Territory, will take every bit of strength, good fortune, maybe a white lie or two, and if he has to keep some secrets that, if Luke knew, would surely go against him, well…what’s a boy to do? With perseverance, a really cute smile, home cooking, and cuddling against Luke in the cold of night may just get him the man of his dreams.I was completely glued from start to finish with this story. The author’s characterizations including, but not limited to, gestures, speech, and actions were spot on for the time period. The attributes that each character possesses make them someone you only want to succeed and be happy. I found the portrayal of the land, their small community and small town beliefs to be believable and aid in a nice visual of their surroundings.On the surface, Luke and Sam are living their dream. They quickly create a domestic home life, each doing their respective chores, coming together at the end of the day, enjoying discussion and laughter over the dinner table. They both have become laid back with the interactions throughout the daytime. It has become common practice to share small touches, kisses on the cheek, hugs, and what have you only allowing themselves to break completely free from those restraints behind lock doors and pulled curtains. Throughout all of this, I felt their joy, I laughed at their banter. I was smiling more often than not with their carefree behaviour.But…you just know in your gut something is going to happen. I was on the edge of my seat/waiting/hoping I was wrong. When Luke’s biggest fear becomes his reality, what will happen? When those lies in the first few pages that seemed not so important, in the context of all they were dealing with, now seem to have multiplied, will forgiveness be a false hope? One lie becomes two to cover the first lie and so on. I think we all know how quickly that can snowball and become your biggest regret. These two men had it all. They laughed, they loved, and they fell IN love. Will they lose everything including each other?Fyn Alexander writes a beautiful story showing that love, regardless of your pedigree, can happen between two men. Her characters begin to believe, as did I, that even with the backward ways of their time, they can have it all. She didn’t pull any punches or mislead you with the secondary characters disliking their situation. The resistance that Luke and Sam were up against and the hateful vitriol of the community was appropriate even though it was hard to read at times.Overall impression: I loved this story. I loved the time period, I loved how Luke was all alpha badass and sweet, lovable Sam loved to cook and clean and even make curtains and Luke was not turned off by it. I loved that Sam made Luke talk even when he would rather not. And most of all, I loved that they loved each other. Whether their love is enough, I strongly recommend you read this amazing story and see.

  • Angela Goodrich
    2019-02-23 02:53

    Winter Hearts is a lovely tale about two men who fall in love in the old west. Although the era and setting are not my preferred for romances, something about the blurb enticed me to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. Ms. Alexander does a great job of creating a realistic feel to the town of De Smet and the natural perils that Luke and Sam encounter as they each try to make a go of it on their land-claims in the Dakota Territory in 1881.I loved the way that Sam’s sweet and cheery nature complemented Luke’s gruff and stand-offish personality. They are a study in contrasts and I loved watching Sam draw out Luke’s softer side. Considering his past, Luke’s aloofness is completely understandable, but that’s what made Sam’s success so much sweeter. Sam’s early seduction scene was both sexy and funny. I mean come on, when you have to tackle a man to make him understand that you really do want him and said man is significantly larger than you … well how could I not laugh at that? Despite Luke’s inability to acknowledge and discuss his feelings, Sam understood how Luke’s feelings for him changed over time by Luke’s actions. Unfortunately societal pressures to be “normal” were far worse back then than they are today and Sam and Luke found themselves in a bad situation on more than one occasion.I really enjoyed reading Winter Hearts. Ms. Alexander has a smooth writing style that made this an easy read. The parts of the book I didn’t like had nothing to do with her writing, but rather the realities of life for a gay man in the 1800s – which helps to demonstrate how well the author did at portraying the era. The trials and tribulations that Luke and Sam faced throughout the book were realistic and heart wrenching – not counting the seriously hot sex scenes – and kept me turning the page. I loved the way in which the book ends and I look forward to reading more of this author’s work. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!

  • Juxian
    2019-02-27 07:30

    5 stars. No, 4 stars. No, okay, 5 stars. Perhaps the book was not perfect but I enjoyed it for five star worth. I'm not sure it read one hundred percent realistic (maybe not even fifty percent realistic) to me as far as farming, animal tending, characters' vocabulary and their opinions were concerned, and I'm usually very good at suspending disbelief. But it was very engaging. I mean there was time when I did feel worried: "Oh my God, what if they don't get together in the end? What if there is no HEA? Please, please no!" And it felt good. I also was sympathizing with the main characters, Luke and Sam, madly. It happens so often than I start growing cold towards characters when they do something I don't approve, even when it's a thing most people don't even notice. And both Luke and Sam did a lot of things I don't approve, (view spoiler)[like Luke being violent (and I cringed a bit every time he had rough sex with Sam), and Sam... well, his lies and his indeciseveness nearly ruined Luke's life. But even when I was angry with them, I never stopped caring.What was a bit of let down to me was the resolution of the big crisis. It felt somewhat... not cathartic enough. With the huge pile of problems they faced, I felt the resolution should have been somewhat more dramatic, like, I don't know, life and death situation. And they just talked... well, talking is good, don't I always say characters should just talk to each other :)But the ending was so sweet I couldn't help feeling all sappy and content. It's always feels like a miracle when the characters have all the odds against them, like there is no way they can have what they wish - and then they can, all the package, with flowers in the pickle jar and the gingham tablecloth :) (hide spoiler)]

  • Heather
    2019-02-26 03:50

    In the first chapter, we get to see Luke and his wintery existence in DeSmet and the author's eye for detail had me immediately hooked. As someone who has lived their entire life in Wisconsin, winter can be grueling, even though I have never experienced the kind of blizzards that were in 1881, it can still be extremely lonely and emotionally exhausting. When the author captured that in one chapter I knew this was a story for me and I was right, Luke and Sam have very little in common and yet their chemistry was palpable. Sam's eagerness to succeed is naive but honest and if anyone can get through Luke's stubbornness and into his heart, Sam is the one to do it. Watching their journey can be heartbreaking at times but also uplifting and if you are as big a historical lover as I am I highly recommend Winter Hearts, even if they aren't your thing but you do love a well written tale, this is one to add to your list.

  • Lorraine Lesar
    2019-03-14 01:32

    Really, really liked this one, yeah, there was inconsistencies/confusions but do you know what? I don't give a dam, it totally worked for me! The confusions was basically the timeline - it may sound odd, but I couldn't identify it with the 1800's, sometimes I felt I was reading something more modern. I would love to know if anyone else thought the same? The storyline is a heart wrencher - two men falling in love in a time when, if caught, it meant a death sentence and every time Luke said "People like us" it left me hughly sad and my heart crumbled. Did they have twinkly twinks in the 1800's? again it didn't matter to me, I adored Sam's character and the gingham tablecloths? a nice touch by the author and Luke? loved him, the big grump! For me, it wasn't milky sop but cream all the way!

  • Dutchgirl
    2019-03-03 02:57

    I enjoyed this book very much. In the beginning it reminded me a bit of an adult m/m version of The little house on the prairie books, there's even a mentioning of a family named Wilder in it :). This is one of the first historical books i read and i loved it. Both main characters are very loveable. Luke is a bit of an alpha male, Sam is very sweet he loves to cook and clean and take care of Luke. They fit well together. Overall it's a story about love in a time were they could only love behind closed doors. There is a bit of angst mainly because of the fact they can't be open about there love and because of Sam who did't tell Luke the whole story about him and his family.

  • Tess
    2019-03-24 23:53

    *3.5 stars*It was enjoyable and had a good HEA. I didn't love this though because of some overused plot devices (e.g. the lies that will come back to haunt one of the MCs and the fact that one MC was the heir to an extremely wealthy family).

  • Latashia
    2019-03-23 05:43

    I loved this story! Fyn always does an amazing job! I loved me some Luke! He is my ideal man.

  • Td
    2019-03-06 04:31

    2.5 Stars

  • Ramsi
    2019-03-02 23:57

    This was my first book from Fyn Alexander and I already read it two times because I enjoyed reading it so much!Great work.

  • *Nan*
    2019-02-26 07:51

    3.5 stars

  • Julie
    2019-03-18 03:30

    What a great book to finish the year off with. Loved it!!

  • Bhs
    2019-03-17 07:38

    Great book. Really enjoyed it, particularly Sam :)

  • Love Bytes Reviews
    2019-02-28 06:59

    4.5 star review by DanI don’t normally DO historical fiction. But something about this one appealed to me and I picked it up. I’m really glad I did. I really liked the story of Sam and Luke. Enough so that I couldn’t put it down and was up until 2AM finishing the book!Luke has come to the Dakota Territory to escape the rampant homophobia of the time. He made a mistake in New York City and smiled at a man in a bar. Before he knew it he had been dragged outside and beaten severely. Prior to that, he was involved with a man in Boston, who he thought was another workman, but discovered too late was a wealthy married man only “playing” on the side. Luke has vowed to work his claim and build a new life for himself. Who needs the complication of a man in their life anyway?Then one dark and snowy night in the middle of a blizzard, a knock sounds on Luke’s door. It is a young man, on his last legs, asking to come in.Samuel Porter-Smith III has run away from his responsibilities to his wealthy family in Boston. He wants to prove that he can make it on his own, far away from the privilege of his old life. He knows, as the sole heir, that he will have to return to Boston at some point and take over the family business. He has lied and said he is 21 to file a claim on land, and is set to become a farmer. Sam left Boston after his family learned he was indulging in “inappropriate” activities with other young men while attending Harvard. Sam grew up on Beacon Hill and he knows nothing of surviving in the wilds of the Dakota Territory.So…a blizzard…a one room cabin…and two men who fancy other men. Something is bound to happen! But remember we’re talking the Dakota Territory in the early 1880’s. Man on man action wasn’t condoned, and arrest, jail and even hanging could be the result. It isn’t somewhere that you can just come out and ask another guy if they want to hook up! The interplay between the characters as they get to know each other and discover that they both like men, is entertaining. Luke is written as being quite dominant and Sam as being quite submissive, something I also don’t really like, but with this pair it seemed to work. I did especially like it though when turnabout happened and Sam finally got a chance at Luke’s hairy butt! Lots of “a little bit of spit” and shove it in sex, which didn’t sound too comfortable, but it was the 1880’s after all. Not like the general store carried lube!When the town finds out what’s going on, things get dicey. Along the way we have hostile homophobia, beatings, an arrest, abduction, threats of hanging, threats of disinheriting, a forced marriage proposal, lots of family drama and other general mayhem.Will Sam and Luke ever find love with each other, or will society tear them apart and force them into societies “norm”? Pick up the book and find out. You won’t be sorry. I highly recommend the book and think you will enjoy it.A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. Please visit www.lovebytesreviews.com to see this and many more reviews, author interviews, guestposts and giveaways!

  • Milica
    2019-03-16 23:36

    Well,I don't know how fair is it to rate a book since I just skipped some 30% of it...but I'm going to do it anyway. Setting of the story was nice and I think author did a good job of making this story historically believable (I don't know how accurate is it,I'm not an expert). I mean,of course you'll find flaws,we're talking about relationship between men in 19th century here,but as far as I am concerned,that aspect of the story was nicely done. That being said,problem I have with this story is Luke and the fact how much of a problem Sam was not. Yes,I have problem with Sam not being a problem. Because,let me tell you something,if I lived with someone like Luke for one whole winter,we wouldn't have to worry about sodomy,or buggery or whatever,'cause one of us would be long dead before then. I can't explain how irritating Luke was...In some extent,I understand him,I mean he's been through a lot,and it wasn't nice. But Sam was just...perfect - he brought food,cooked,cleaned,he was so genuinely nice and giving,and Luke on the other hand was always mad and angry about something,and what bothered me the most - really selfish when it comes to sex (which was,by the way,highly unsatisfying,bland and emotionless). For the life of me,I just can't understand why would a guy like Sam fall for Luke,I just really don't... And there you have it - one extremely unlikable character,one extremely likable (even unbelievably so),prairies and Pip and Pretty Girl,HEA (yeah...no comment on that one). When you think about it,I rated it pretty high... Do I recommend it? Well...no.