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Trigger Warnings:
Mention of past and present physical and sexual abuse.
Author's Notes:
This series must be read in order

Book Info

Author:
Series:

Oliver & Jack

Series Type:
Interlinked
Number In Series:
3
Publisher:
Blue Rain Press
Published:
21 June 2022
Book Type
Words:
10,000
Pages:
506
Heat Level

Review

Reviewed By: Josh Dale

5/5

We all know how your world can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. This is exactly where Oliver and Jack find themselves in the horrid Axminister workhouse.

You might think these two young men have had a rough time in the previous books, but boy do things get much darker in book three.

Their situation is dire as they are under the care (control) of Workmaster Chalenheim, who instantly takes a dislike to Oliver doling out severe canings for the pettiest of issues.  Be warned there are several scenes that the faint hearted may be tempted to skim past, though If you manage to brave it out with Oliver you will see how remarkable he is.

Jack is struggling at the workhouse; he cannot abide having to watch Oliver being subjected to the brutality doled out by Workmaster Chalenheim.  When Workmaster Chalenheim offers him a deal that if Jack agrees, he will leave off Oliver.  Jack agrees but he soon realises he can not do it and it brings up his past.

Oliver being Oliver, tries to help the fellow inmates of the workhouse, only to get another severe beating, but he would not be Oliver if he did not try.

This book shows us another side of Jack, we see the usually cocky, no care in the world jack in a totally vulnerable and almost broken young man. We find out about his horrible childhood, and the truth about what happened when he was extradited to Australia.

Both characters grew so much in this book, as did their relationship.  We get to see how much they love and need each other.  The author awards the reader with a warm fuzzy ending that sooths all the horrid drama from the workhouse.

One of my favourite scenes is when Jack is treating Oliver’s caning wounds with balm, and Oliver returns the favour by treating a wound Jack has too.  The scene just oozes love and care and makes you feel that these two guys can get through anything if they are together.

As with book 1 & 2, Jackie has done an amazing job of creating an authentic 19th century story world, with all the grime, dirt and brutality that was rife, unless you came from money.  I think concentrating on two characters who have nothing but each other, makes a nice change from the well to do people who attend balls and have not a care in the world

Writing for love, working towards that happy ever after.

Biography

Jackie North has been writing stories since grade school and spent years absorbing the mainstream romances that she found at her local grocery store. Her dream was to someday leave her corporate day job behind and travel the world. She also wanted to put her English degree to good use and write romance novels, because for years she’s had a never-ending movie of made-up love stories in her head that simply wouldn’t leave her alone.

As fate would have it, she discovered m/m romance and decided that men falling in love with other men was exactly what she wanted to write books about. In this dazzling new world, she turned her grocery-store romance ideas around and is now putting them to paper as fast as her fingers can type. She creates characters who are a bit flawed and broken, who find themselves on the edge of society, and maybe a few who are a little bit lost, but who all deserve a happily ever after. (And she makes sure they get it!)

She likes long walks on the beach, the smell of lavender and rainstorms, and enjoys sleeping in on snowy mornings. She is especially fond of pizza and beer and, when time allows, long road trips with soda fountain drinks and rock and roll music. In her heart, there is peace to be found everywhere, but since in the real world this isn’t always true, Jackie writes for love.

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