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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Survival Instinct by Roxy Harte

Survival Instinct by Roxy Harte
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Sex, Fetish, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Days after discovering his husband was sleeping with his twin brother, museum curator Brian Van Zant's faced with another shocking loss. Both men are killed in a car accident, leaving him no answers, no closure. No chance to say, "I hate you," or "I love you," and not sure which he'd have said if given the chance. Now, Brian's running away from home. Just running, without a plan or a destination.

Tobias Red Hawk is a Park Ranger in Montana, where being out of the closet still seems like a dream. After saving the life of blatantly gay and thoroughly attractive Brian, he begins to question his conviction of staying secretly gay. But before he can face his own identity crisis, there is a mystery to be solved at the top of the Bitterroot mountain range and the answers may lie in the myths of his childhood. And when Hawk’s past returns to kill him, both men discover there’s nothing like facing death up close to make a man find his survival instinct.

Can love be found on a snow-slickened Montana mountain road? It can if it’s the right circumstances. But how can a snow packed road be good? It can when the man’s Survival Instinct is engaged.

I love a story that’s involved from page one. You know, one that keeps me guessing and on the edge of my seat wanting to know what’s gonna happen next. This is one of those stories. Roxy Harte writes the blossoming attraction between the two men in a tender yet provocative manner that drew me in and didn’t let go until the last page.

Hawk and Brian are interesting characters. Both have skeletons in the closet and both have hang-ups that make them realistic. Hawk knows he’s gay, but coming out scares him. Many people know the paralyzing fear he dealt with. And Roxy Harte writes him in such a fashion that I could feel his emotions as if they were my own. Brian, on the other hand, is interesting, but there were plenty of times when he wasn’t my favorite character. Why? He seems to wallow in his turmoil at times and it got a bit bothersome. I wanted to know his story and I liked how Ms. Harte revealed him. He’s got a lot going on in his past and it’s rife with emotion. I realize he wants to deal, but like many people he doesn’t know how. That’s fine, just at times it bogged down the story.

Still, the sex smolders. I felt the passion between Hawk and Brian almost before they understood it themselves. And who knew things could get so darn steamy in a cave? I had to check my screen for scorch marks.

If you want a story that’s hot and sexy, then you need to read Survival Instinct. I give it 4 cherries.

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