The Other Side of Winter

The Other Side of Winter Not all wounds are visible Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week But that was a year ago and they ve been apart ever since Then Alex escapes the corrupt a

  • Title: The Other Side of Winter
  • Author: G.B. Gordon
  • ISBN: 9781626492660
  • Page: 377
  • Format: ebook
  • Not all wounds are visible.Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week But that was a year ago, and they ve been apart ever since Then Alex escapes the corrupt and destitute island nation of Santuario and comes to live with Bengt Happy ever after Alex s lifelong dream of leaving Santuario has come true at last But he finds hNot all wounds are visible.Skanian investigator Bengt fell in love with fellow policeman Alex Rukow in a week But that was a year ago, and they ve been apart ever since Then Alex escapes the corrupt and destitute island nation of Santuario and comes to live with Bengt Happy ever after Alex s lifelong dream of leaving Santuario has come true at last But he finds himself adrift in a society he doesn t understand Worse, past nightmares come back to haunt him, and after so many years of suspicion and self reliance, it s harder than he imagined to trust someone else.Bengt just wants Alex to share his comfortable life But the he tries to give, the Alex pulls away Their physical connection couldn t be better, but Bengt can t seem to get through to his difficult, taciturn lover outside the bedroom Meanwhile, he has his own demons to confront not to mention a serial killer on the loose.Bengt and Alex must dig deep for the courage to face their pasts, but it may be too late to save their relationship or their lives.

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    1. 2 stars. DNF @46%. Review posted April 26, 2015My review in pictures (gifs):Exhibit AExhibit BExhibit CExhibit DExhibit EExhibit AI actually did care. That's why I abandoned ship because I didn't want to waste any more time.Exhibit BAlex wasn't much of a talker. Baba, are you kidding? He had a hard time finishing a sentence. Exhibit CI was like, 'Ugh…talk already.' Why can't they have an interesting conversation once in a while? Let's go straight to exhibit D, shall we?Exhibit DAlex preferred [...]

    2. There are a small number of books which defy ordinary book-hood (Bookness? Bookmanship?), and for me become something extraordinary. Mile markers in a well-read life. A perfect book for me at the place and time when I read it, but also a book I can return to over and over again.G.B. Gordon’s Santuario and The Other Side of Winter are among that small number of books. Everything I loved about Santuario grew and expanded in Winter. Every raw emotion that Santuario evoked was stripped down and po [...]

    3. Buddy Read w/ Kristie & Gaby:I was the only one who had read book 1, Santuario. We were told book 2 could be read as a standalone. I think both Kristie & Gaby agree with this to some degree, but both felt the desire, moreso than the need, to go back and read book 1. You miss the entire world-building of this series w/o itKristie: The first chapter had me feeling like I was a fish out of water. You kind of have to dive in head first, into a world you don't know, a culture you're not awar [...]

    4. So. Wow.This series was really something great.In this book, there is a stronger focus on the relationship that naturally has to develop here. At the end of book one, Alex and Bengt only just started to fall in love and trust each other, only to then be separated for over a year. Especially Alex has a hard time adjusting to everything and finally work through his past, and while it was really straining to see him struggle so much, it was very much believable. But seriously, the author chose no e [...]

    5. Damn, this is good. It's basically the second half of Santuario, with Alex and Bengt finally together and having to live with each other, and themselves. Finally safe and loved, Alex basically finds himself falling apart, and the book is basically how/if he can handle the psychological consequences of his horrifically scary previous life now that he's no longer fighting to survive. Very well written, moving, intense, and also hot. Love it.Not star rating because professional connection, but real [...]

    6. Fan-bloody-tastic 4.5 starsTerrific book, reading this directly after Book 1 was just right, full review with the Stig-across-the-water closer to the release date.I have been thinking about how how this affected me, and I've just been re reading, picked up things I missed first time, 5 stars.

    7. I discovered Santuario last year around QRM and I was pleasantly surprised by clever mash of several genres author managed to wave into quirky story that ended up being quite original.The Other Side of Winter didn't quite live up to expectations I had after reading Santuario. After I gave it some thought, I would say, it all comes down to what you liked about first book and wanted to see in second.-for me, absolutely that best thing about first book was setting. Santuario is set in precarious ti [...]

    8. 4.5 StarsThis is a profoundly good book, profoundly well-written. Gordon is one of a handful of writers in m/m who I'll read for their prose styling (virtually the only other ones that come to mind are Harper Fox, Alex Beecroft, and Alexis Hall) as much as the story and the relationship (a Camus quote as the epigraph is a good sign that the writer you're reading has an eye for good prose!). And that's not to say that the story and the relationship in this book are in any way lacking, because the [...]

    9. A buddy read with Susan and Gabby I just want to say that this was really fun to read with two amazing ladies. We had a great time chatting our way through this book. Susan's review for the blog is here. She's summed up what the three of us talked about quite well. I'd also like to add that these characters are still on my mind. That says a lot about a book, right? A lot of good things. Because despite the little things that drove me crazy, I still really liked this a lot. I'll be going back to [...]

    10. 3.5 starsThe Other Side of Winter had a very strong beginning. It was so good that I thought I would surely be blown away by the book. Alex and Bengt reunite in Hentavik a year after the events in book 1 and the first chapters were more emotional for me that anything in Santuario. This book was about Alex’s healing - all the traumatic events of his past that he had carefully stored in the back of his mind came uninvited to the surface from the moment he felt safe. It was also about Bengt‘s s [...]

    11. Falling through cracks In a perfect world this should not happen but it still does, we still fall through cracks or we're still are unable to save others from falling.Gordon's writing, what can I say, I love it, it pings with me.Once in a blue moon I come across a book which just makes me want to curl up with it, with no care or interest to stop and update or talk or anything, just to be with the book, with the story. I admired Gordon's ability to set me in Santuario, a hot latin-russian mix, no [...]

    12. Alex has immigrated from Santuario to be with Bengt. Alex is a stranger in a strange land. The strain of that, coupled with the year he spent running and hiding to stay alive, has left him defensive, and apprehensive about his new life. Their two lives have been so different, but there is a bond that neither can deny. Bengt's desire to protect Alex, and the PTSD that Alex suffers from lead them to constant misunderstandings and arguments. Neither thought that being together would be this hard. S [...]

    13. Things I Find While ShelvingI received a free ARC via NetGalleyI have been waiting for this book since I read Santuario. It was well worth the wait.Watching Alex deal with this strange new world, struggling to deal with everything he’d gone through on Santuario, trying to keep it all locked up so he won’t break. Oh, my heart.Watching Bengt trying to help him. Second guessing his instincts. Fighting to hold on while he feels Alex slipping away.I don’t have enough words to describe just how [...]

    14. Some books are very challenging reads and I mean that in the best of ways. Oh the feels! For this second part of Bengt and Alex's story the author slowly fractured them and then painstakingly put them back together again. I was hard-pressed to keep reading a few times because these two guysh! They broke my heart and roused my ire in turn. I went back and forth between wanting to hug them (and I'm not a hugger) and thumping them on the back of the head (really hard). One of the most difficult reu [...]

    15. Dos aclaraciones iniciales: la primera es que el castellano tiene muchas más precisiones y particularidades en cuanto a las referencias de género que el inglés, por lo que es más difícil evitar asignar alguno al querer referir a una persona. Por eso, he decidido ser estricta y recurrir al masculino, ya que es la forma en la que suele declinar el neutral en castellano. Así es que usaré "el autor", pero sin estar asignando por default ese género de manera deliberada. La otra es que yo creo [...]

    16. BR with Susan and Kristie! :)The Other Side Of Winter is the second book in the Santuario series by G.B Gordon. Confession time: I haven't read the first book, yet. I will do it soon, though. We were told that this book could be read as a standalone, and for the most part that's true. I feel like unfortunately I missed the build up of both the world that the author created for this book, and also the build up of Bengt's and Alex's relationship, which it's a pity and it's why I think it's still i [...]

    17. The Other Side of Winter picks up a year after Santuario ends. The promises of the borders falling between the two places has happened. Some Santuarian’s have been granted visas to allow them an escape from the hell they have been living in. Alex is on the first plane out and goes directly into Bengt’s arms. Now both men are left bumbling through the beginnings of a relationship that sparked over the course of a week. This magical and intense week happened a year ago and neither of them have [...]

    18. Damn you, book! When you were good, it was soo good, but when you went bad, I was close to throwing my e-reader across the room.So, The Other Side of Winter picks up where Santuario left off, so we're going to be right there with Alex and Bengt when they meet again and learn where to go from here. As with the first book, it's better to forget that everything is supposed to happen on another planet, but, again as with the first book, the writing is damned good. I could feel Bengt's frustration an [...]

    19. This is the second book in a series, and it is best to read them in order.Alex is a Santuarian, and a refugee to Jarvegur where he reunites with Bengt a Skanian cop. Alex and Bengt spent one tense week working on a muder investigation a year ago, where Alex finally acknowledged his attraction to Bengt on their last night together. In Skanian society (Bengt's worlds) ther eis no stigma associated with same-sex couples, but in Santuario, the islad of Alex's birth and where he lived his first 30 ye [...]

    20. The Other Side of Winter is utterly absorbing. I read this as a stand alone book and was completely invested in Bengt and Alex's relationship.The writing was immersive and this was one of those stories where life is put on hold, reading late into the night and first thing in the morning to discover what is going to happen next.I found the story telling exquisite and deeply moving as Alex arrives to begin a new life with his lover Bengt in a country he knows little of and a culture that is very d [...]

    21. While I completely adored Santuario, I loved The Other Side of Winter EVEN MORE. In this book, we get to see more world building, this time for Bengt’s world. It brings to light even more of the cultural differences and challenges facing Alex and Bengt. For me, this book is more, because it has more of the personal growth and relationship development. There are significant secondary stories with mystery and other characters introduced, but I was wrapped up in the personal journeys. See more an [...]

    22. I had plans this morning, but it's not like I didn't know what would happen to those as soon as I started this book. Thank goodness for guilt-free rainy days! This was even better than the first. So good. Like really, really, really, ridiculously good. I hope there will be a third book in this series because I sincerely can't get enough of this world. Or these characters. I'll take any of them. Even Søren. I need to know why he is the way he is. And quite honestly, it should be illegal to throw [...]

    23. I liked this second book better than the first, but at the same time, I feel that you would need to read the first to get the most out of the second. The pseudo-Nordic didn't bother me, but there were a few instances of measurements where I got the feeling the author isn't used to the metric system. No way does Bengt weigh 175 kgs, even if he's tall and built like The Rock (which I don't really believe he is, just tall, strong and muscular). No way does it get -55 degrees centigrade in winter, t [...]

    24. 3.5This book is quite different than the first, it is more about the relationship between Alex and Bengt, but because Alex is now in Hentavik, that is in a totally new culture, suffers of PTSD, it is difficult for him to adapt. Add the imbalance of power and the lack of communication in the couple, and you can imagine the disasters waiting to happen. The secondary characters were also well done. There was a bit too much sex and angst, and some sappy moments. Still, a good book, that's why I roun [...]

    25. 4.5*I loved this book, the characters were three dimensional, flawed and realistic. This applies to the entertaining secondary characters, as much as the main protagonists. The story was lush in its description of the snowy world this exotic, hot, emigre had found himself. We are presented with a heartbreaking picture of very new lovers who were separated then finally reunited, but finding it difficult to settle into a new life together. Alex is not only an emigre, but also suffering from some k [...]

    26. After going true the book I am little bit disappointed with whole story plot. Author "G.B. Gordon" wrote a complex story plot but its based on "emotion hurricane" between Alex and Bengt. I could go into details what I did not like but I am just to dissatisfied with whole book.

    27. This book was a roller coaster of emotions, was really good and the world building left you thinking about a lot of stuff. I can't think of something better to say atm, just so good

    28. I really enjoyed this continuation of the series. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars was the long drawn out miscommunication. But I guess, if it weren’t for that, the book would lose some tension.

    29. 3.5/5 starsIt's been a year since Bengt and Alex finally succumbed to their mutual attraction, the night before Bengt had to return to Skanian without Alex. Bengt has longed for the day his lover could escape Santuario and join him in Skanian and now that Alex is finally in his arms, in his bed, he vows to never let the man leave. ​Alex is so used to living his life in a constant state of fear and distrust that he has a hard time adjusting to a somewhat normal existence. The slightest noise ma [...]

    30. This was a solid follow-up to Santuario.You definitely need to read the books in order. This book deals heavily with Alex trying to get a hold on his own demons after finally escaping Santuario. But it doesn't rehash that ground, so if you don't already know what Santuario was like from the first book, you won't understand the mess in Alex's headKED:1. Much more romance in this one. It pays off on all the friendship building done between Bengt and Alex in the first book. The chemistry is much be [...]

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