Title: Where the World Ends
Author: Kade Boehme
Publisher: Loose Id
Characters: Will Cooper, Colin Sharp
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Multicultural, Erotic Romance
Will Cooper is a Deputy in the Sheriff’s office of Western Washington’s coastal Gray’s Harbor County. While searching for a stolen vehicle, he gets lost and meets Colin Sharpe who’s a member of the local Native American tribe. The two are attracted to one another but after a run-in with some tribe teenagers that ends in bad blood between the sheriff’s department, Will and Colin’s father, the two can’t think of worse people to get involved with.
When Colin’s father and the tribal council wage a war against Will in the form of a lawsuit with some nasty allegations from a troubled teenager, Colin and Will must face the reality that they have no future. But after running into each other in a more neutral environment, they decide to throw caution to the wind and get each other out of their systems. What was supposed to be one night turns into an affair that neither sees having a happy outcome.
Will’s been hurt by falling for the wrong man before. Can he and Colin put aside the tribe’s prejudices and make a stand for love?
Hate, prejudice, racism, and homophobia erode what is good in people, as this story demonstrates with vivid, realistic nuances. Even love has a hard time fighting against them.
Will is a cop who tries to do his job in a Native American area in the boondocks where everyone hates him because he’s white. One day he stops two tribal teenage boys for car theft, but the arrest goes awry—and things escalate from there. Adults, who should know better, turn this tempest in a teacup into a hurricane of character smearing and outright violence. The only bright spot in Will’s life is the half-Wichinow, Colin, and their powerful attraction, but even that changes when it’s Colin’s bigoted father who spearheads the witch hunt.
This book is layered in themes. First and foremost is racism. The white folk hate the Wichinow, and vice versa. It’s a cycle that’s been going on for so long people are used to it and can’t let go. Colin’s father, Victor, and the tribe lawyer, Tully, stir up trouble every chance they get, Victor because he’s a racist dickhead and Tully ’cause he’s a greedy dickhead. Eloquent, eh? The county sheriff shows the same hatred as the other side, and this hate permeates the entire society in the area.
The second theme is the habit of smear campaigns and law suits for nothing and the political sphere slithering into everything. Will is targeted as a pedophile abusing his position of power, and this doesn’t stop even though visual evidence is on his side. Plus, sociopathic kids, like Johnny here, should not be believed so readily by adults, even those with agendas of their own. These things have a way of backfiring, and thankfully this tale as well has a silver lining in the end.
Will and Colin. They feel like real men. The way they speak to each other and can’t help but want one another are beautiful things. Their sexual interactions are hotter than hot, showing what these men are made of. I liked them as a couple as much as I was intrigued by their careful characterizations. Well done.
Now why didn’t I give this five stars? Toward the end there were loose threads that didn’t get resolved. The consequence of the violence Will endures, Victor’s fate in the tribal council, and the very status of the tribe (change or no?) are left annoyingly blank. A tribe this small gets shaken by such a twister of a scandal (and, oh boy, is it a whopper!), and nothing is told or shown about the repercussions? Disappointing.
All in all, however, a good, angsty read, with serious hair-pulling and tearjerker moments. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan