Blake Manning spends his summers in his favorite national park, Yosemite. He runs an outdoor adventure company with three friends. This year he and his BFF/business partner, Ali, will serve as guides for a hike over the Grand Traverse Trail. Blake will find it’s not nature or the wildlife that are most hazardous, but traversing the uncharted waters of a potential relationship with one of the hikers, Zac North, who doesn’t appear all that happy about being the object of Blake’s attention.
Stormy weather and stormier tempers keep all the hikers on their toes as Yosemite tests them, bringing some closer together…and breaking others apart.
Part of "Summer Bigger Than Others - A Summer Anthology" from Beaten Track Publishing.
|Publisher:||Beaten Track Publishing|
|File size:||231 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Many moons ago, with the encouragement of a writer friend, K.C. Faelan wrote her first fanfic story. After a few years, her muse went into hiding, and then suddenly re-emerged, urging KC to participate and write a story for one of the prompts in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group's 2014 Love's Landscapes DRitC event. The story she wrote was "If At First You Don't Succeed," a romantic comedy about established couple, Evan and Julien and their unsuccessful attempts at kinky sex. KC prefers to write contemporary male romance, but enjoys reading about them in almost every setting from paranormal, to sci-fi to historical backdrops. She loves men, from the Alphas to the omegas, and all the pretty boys in between. Intelligence and humor whet her appetite. Toss in a course of UST, a dash of angst, season with fluffiness, and she dives right in. Oh, and don't forget the extra-large side-helping of sex. For dessert, it's HEA all the way. She loves dark chocolate truffles and candies, and food often plays a part in her stories, and in the ones she enjoys reading. KC lives in Northern California with her husband and two birds. Their female bird hates women and wishes KC would go play in the middle of traffic or take a long walk off a short pier. KC however, believes she adds spice to their bird’s life and this is where the bird and her have a vast difference of opinion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Aligning North is a well-written, light and fun read without a lot of over-the-top angst and drama. Blake and Ali are two of the founders of a hiking tour group geared specifically toward members of the LGBTQ community. Since Ali and Blake have been best friends since they were kids, she doesn't hesitate to tease him unmercifully about his obvious attraction to Zac, one of the hikers that they will be guiding on this week-long trek. At first it seems that Zac isn't interested in Blake's attentions but in reality, he's just getting over a recent break-up. As their trek continues they get to know each other better and Zac begins to open up and relax. While these two men are growing closer, another couple on the trek are falling apart and this causes some tension for the rest of the group. It also provides the opportunity for Blake and Zac to give into their attraction for each other. Will their hook-up lead to something more or will it just be a pleasurable vacation fling? The gorgeous cover drew me to this story and the blurb made it a must read for me. I am a huge fan of the great outdoors and in my youth, I really enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing so I was sure that I would be able to find something about this story that I liked. I'm also a former Meteorology and Geology major so I for one truly enjoyed the description of the geologic formations in Yosemite and that of the thunderstorms that plagued the group during the beginning of their hike. The descriptions were so well done that I could envision myself hiking along that trail myself! I really liked the main characters too, although there wasn't a lot of backstory or in-depth characterization to describe who they all were as people. I found that approach to be both refreshing and easy. I got to know them a little as they got to know each other. Well done! For me, this was a solid five star read.