Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The summer is coming to an end and with it, Dr. Cannon Malloy’s temporary job at the hospital and his stay at Mountain Shadows. And now that Cannon should be preparing to say his goodbyes to Flaggstaff and the people he has gotten to know so well, he finds that’s the last thing he wants to do. His reluctance to leave especially applies to the relationship that has grown up between himself and Prof.Finn Lorensson. Cannon has figured out that he loves Finn but what does Finn feel about Cannon? That Cannon sets out to explore. He wants to wine and dine and plain romance the heck out of Finn before its too late.
But Finn Lorensson has other things on the mind, huge problems that are getting bigger and bigger. His brother Siggy is due in court on the trumped up rape charge, And someone is out to get Finn at all costs. Finn is beginning to think that Cannon is safer far away from him and Mountain Shadows even as the thought of Cannon leaving seems unbearable.
What happens when romance and danger collide? Will the evil hunting Finn keep the men apart just when love has found them both?
This story and series (like its companions) is getting harder and harder to review. Why? Because the reviewer ends up saying the same things repeatedly. The standards here are so high for excellence in character, plots, and writing that its hard to find something new to say. But I’ll give it a whirl.
Out In The Cold is the penultimate story in Lee Brazil’s In From The Cold Pulp Friction 2014 group series. There are five stories individually and then one sixth story written by all four authors for a finale. So as you can imagine, things are getting ready to explode for all the characters living in Mountain Shadows. The past is returning in multiple ways to each and every one. Old friends are showing up. So are old enemies and lovers. And you can feel the mountain air crackle with suspense.
Lee Brazil’s Cannon Malloy is a character that has found himself in Mountain Shadows. He’s come into his own skin and sexuality over the course of the stories. And that solidification of character has made him someone the readers can love. What a redemption for a man who almost single handedly destroyed Chance Dumont (from the PF2013 series). Then Cannon was a figure of contempt and pity. Now? Lee Brazil has painstakingly turned this persona around until we believe in him as much as he has begun to. What a tremendous journey we have been on with him.
The person who has not only witnessed that turn about but caused most of it is Prof. Finn Lorensson. An intelligent, Thor lookalike, Finn has layers upon layers to him. And all those layers are in love with Cannon Malloy. Finn is deeply connected to his town and the people there, including his brother, Siggy. Siggy is in trouble and it points back to Finn. Finn has had problems at the college he teaches at, and they inadvertently involved Cannon as well. Brazil has taken great care to make Finn as vulnerable, and fallible as possible to offset the image of a Nordic god made human. Finn needs his human frailties in order for the readers to connect with him and for Cannon to believably fall in love with him. Give us someone too perfect and it just wouldn’t work amidst this oh so human cast of characters. How I love Finn too with his sense of honor and loyalty.
Someone is out to get Finn, no matter the cost to him and those around him. With Out in the Cold, Lee Brazil’s narrative turns the proverbial corner as the race is on to the finish. The plot set up is done. The suspense has been building as has the mystery. Now as Cannon’s opens himself up to the pain of rejection in his quest for love from Finn, the stakes are heartbreakingly high for each man. How high becomes apparent by the end of the story. Danger is everywhere. It”s personal, it will get physical, and the anticipation is nigh killing me here.
What a magnificent series, what a fantastic set of characters and mysteries to boot! Will Cannon and Finn make it to their HEA? I can’t wait to find out! Neither will you. I hope you have been following along with me with this series (and their connected series). But if this is a new story, or author, then make haste and check out the list of the Pulp Friction 2014 authors and series at the bottom of the review. Read them in order. They are like the best bonbons in the world. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop. These are fictional delights for the soul and all of them will have their special place on ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords Best of 2014!
Cover art by Laura Harner. Everything about these covers works wonderfully. The PF2014 logo with the mountains at the top, the models, and the landscape at the bottom. Perfect for the story and for branding the series!
Published July 31st 2014 by Lime Time Press
seriesPulp Friction 2014 #14,
The Pulp Friction 2014 series in the order they were written and should be read to understand the characters, events and plot:
Firestorm (Fighting Fire: 1)by Laura Harner
Cold Snap (In From the Cold: 1) by Lee Brazil
Blown Away (Whispering Winds: 1) by Havan Fellows
Higher Ground (Earthquake: 1) by TA Webb
Controlled Burn (Fighting Fire #2) by Laura Harner
Cold Comfort (In From the Cold #2) by Lee Brazil
Blown Kisses (Whispering Winds #2) by Havan Fellows
Moving Earth (Earthquake #2) by TA Webb
Backburn (Fighting Fire #3) by Laura Harner
Cold Feet (In From the Cold #3) by Lee Brazil
Blown Hard (Whispering Winds #3) by Havan Fellows
Tremors (Earthquake #3) by T.A. Webb
Flare-up (Fighting Fire #4) by Laura Harner
Out In The Cold (In From the Cold #4) by Lee Brazil
Blown Chance (Whispering Winds #4) by Havan Fellows
Aftershocks (Earthquake #4) by T.A. Webb
Round 4.5 Side Stories:
Taking Chances by Lee Brazil (a In From the Cold story)
Wicked Winds by Havan Fellows (PF2014 4.5)
Round Five: to be released
Radiant Burn (Fighting Fire #5) by Laura Harner
Cold Day in Hell (In From the Cold #5) by Lee Brazil
Final Blow (Whispering Winds #5) by Havan Fellows
Terra Firma (Earthquake #5) by T.A. Webb
Sixth Book Series Finale Written by all the Authors