Arctic Restitution (Arctic Absolution #3)

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Publication date: May 24, 2017
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As he approaches his twenty-second birthday, the three-year anniversary of the brutal attack in an alley that nearly cost him his life in a few different ways, Jaye Larson thinks he’s left behind the ghosts from his years spent incarcerated, but when he’s delivered a mysterious letter with terrifying implications, old monsters rear their ugly heads. His normal new life in remote Zus, Alaska, with his lover, Dixon Rowe, the heart of a found-family that supports Jaye in ways he’s never before dreamed possible, is threatened by old deals and ties he begins to fear may never be broken. While old alliances strive to draw Jaye backward, Dixon and the rest of their family are called to step up to keep him steady. When the letter turns out to be just the first clue in a chain leading both Jaye and Dixon back inside the walls of the Federal Corrections Institute of Sheridan, Oregon, all of them are left facing carefully-held secrets and terrible new truths that refuse to be ignored. (M/M)

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Dixon made the coffee and carried the steaming mugs back to bed where Jaye was curled up on his side beneath the blankets. A new fire was banishing the morning chill. Soon, they would have to get ready for work, but there was some time to talk first. Jaye was glad. There were things he needed to know.

With his head nestled in a pillow, and most of his drowsiness shaken off, Jaye mentally shuffled the stack of notes he’d privately taken while scrutinizing Dixon’s behavior since he got home the night before. He’d already pieced together some of what Dixon was about to say, but was eager to learn how the pieces would fit together.

“He called you, didn’t he?”

“Yeah,” Dixon admitted.

“And what’s the verdict?”

“You don’t want to know what he had to say?”

“Not really. I know him pretty well. You don’t. This was more about you and him than me. But I do want to know what you plan to do next, because I can tell you’ve decided.”

Dixon sat heavily on the side of the bed and cupped his hands around his favorite porcelain mug. It had a hand-painted moose on the side and a chip on the handle. Jaye steered clear of using it if there was a chance Dixon might need it. But if Dixon had already gone to work, sometimes Jaye used it specifically because he knew how much Dixon loved it.

“He was different than I expected,” Dixon muttered, like he would have rather been getting a root canal than talking about this. “And not. I don’t know. I mean, I get the whole doesn’t-take-any-shit thing. He’s gotta project an image, after all. But I didn’t think he’d…” Dixon shifted restlessly, tucking one leg under the other.


“He needs to talk to you.”

Jaye breathed out a laugh and sat up. “I fucking know that. Yeah.”

“No, I mean the whole thing. I’m sure there’s a favor involved here somehow. He didn’t get into it. But I’m pretty sure that to him, getting to talk to you and making sure you’re okay is the whole point. He was…” Dixon exhaled heavily and rolled his head on his shoulders. When he started to talk again, he gestured with his hand, getting more agitated. “He really laid into me so I understood I would never have met you without him. He says I owe him for that. And what he wants to even the scales is to talk to you.”

With wonder, Jaye guessed, “And you’re going to let it happen, aren’t you?”

1 review for Arctic Restitution (Arctic Absolution #3)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    Arctic Restitution is the second book in the Arctic Absolution series (third if you include the prequel Caged Jaye) by Lynn Kelling, which includes Arctic Absolution. While the other two books in the story could be read in any order they should be read before Arctic Restitution.

    It would be impossible to write this review without including some spoilers so please read the other books in this series or continue at your own risk.

    The journey Lynn Kelling creates in the reading of Arctic Absolution followed by the prequel Caged Jaye and finally these characters’ conclusion in Arctic Restitution is an emotional experience that will stay with me a long time.

    Kelling has a true gift of creating multi-level characters. The dichotomy of the sweet, sensitive cop; the angelic whore; the psychopath with a soul.

    This is the story of emotionally and physically abused souls coming together and finding the strength to survive, heal, and eventually flourish in life.

    Arctic Restitution opens with a look at the quiet domesticity which Jaye and Dixon’s lives have become after almost one year together. They have friends, jobs, and a peaceful existence in a community they love. Ghosts start to reappear with the upcoming celebration of Jaye’s 22nd birthday, the third anniversary of his brutal rape and attempted murder which led to his conviction and incarceration. Jaye has received a letter from Cash, his protector from FCI Sheridan, asking for a favor and to reestablish ties after a year apart. Cash builds a good case for why he needs to see Jaye and this has Dixon feeling frustrated and powerless.

    The emotional struggle Dixon goes through over Jaye and Cash’s relationship, and the parallels between his own relationship with Marcus, have him questioning his ability to be the man Jaye needs right now. Dix knows he must put these feelings to rest, so he can reclaim his power in the relationship and overcome his own demons. Dixon’s pain is so beautiful. He is such a sensitive and caring man and his journey as he works through memories of his abuse left me loving his character even more.

    All of Jaye’s ghosts, which had been kept at bay thanks to his loving relationship with Dixon, are dredged back up.

    Jaye realizes he needs to come clean with Dixon about the magnitude of his abuse as well as his past motivations for securing protection.

    Jaye tells Dixon:

    “I had no reason to think I’d ever have a better life than just surviving, so I didn’t hold myself to any standards. I wasn’t a person, I was meat. A hole.”

    And Dixon replies:

    “But you made it through…You’re the hero, Jaye. You’re the strongest man I know. Look me in the eye and tell me even a guy like Cash could have survived what you went through in there.”

    Jaye comes to accept that Dixon’s love for him – the love Jaye had wished for all his life – will help get him through his meeting with Cash, his visit to FCI Sheridan and allow him to embrace the fulfilling existence he wants for the rest of his life.

    I love the peek we get into Cash’s psyche. There are allusions into his many layers in Caged Jaye but to see them first hand now, and to know how Jaye’s leaving affected him, gave me shivers. Lynn Kelling does a marvelous job humanizing the psychopath.

    It is a wonderful journey watching Jaye and Dix, two damaged men, find each other and make it through to become both strong, secure individuals and a supportive, loving couple. Jaye and Dixon realize that everything they went through, all the abuse, made them who they are today. Their love wouldn’t be the same if any of it had happened differently.

    Arctic Restitution and the entire Arctic Absolution series are so beautifully written, Lynn Kelling’s characters and their relationships are always my favorite part of her stories.

    She goes deep into their damage and gives them so much to overcome. Each character must both grow independently and deal with their individual issues as well as become the support network for his partner. The story of Dixon and Jaye will stay with me for years to come.

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