Reviewed by Tammy
SERIES: Frozen, #2
AUTHOR: Scarlet Blackwell
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 103 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 12, 2016
Trucker Marshall Westray travels up and down the inhospitable Dalton Highway in Alaska delivering equipment to the oilfields at Prudhoe Bay. Leaving the town of Deadhorse for his last trip to Fairbanks before his vacation, he stops en route, climbs behind the cab and finds a man in his bed! The stowaway is half-naked and very easy on the eye. Luka tells Marshall he was desperate for the ride and begs him to take him all the way to Fairbanks. With Marshall’s job at stake, he’s not sure what the right thing is to do. He’s instantly attracted to the stranger and he knows the guy is in need of help – there’s more to his story than meets the eye. What should he do for the best when it’s just him and Luka and 498 miles of wilderness?
Marshall Westray is a truck driver who makes his living delivering loads around Alaska. Marshall has been driving the Dalton highway for so long he knows all the other drivers but he can’t afford to let them know him. If the other drivers find out he’s gay, he’ll be ostracized and he just couldn’t stand to lose all the friends he’s made.
Luka made the unfortunate decision a year ago to move to Deadhorse with a guy he’d just met. Little did Luka know that the man he had hooked up with would turn into a total asshole. Luka was kept locked his room and used, this was when Luka decided it was time to leave. The only way he could find to escape his purgatory was to stowaway in a truck that was leaving town.
Marshall didn’t find his stowaway until he’d stopped at the next town and when he did he was horrified, having a passenger was grounds for instant dismissal. All Marshall could see was someone finding out about Luka and him losing his job. When Luka tried to explain how he arrived at Deadhorse Marshall immediately jumped to the wrong conclusion; that Luka was a rent boy! Even though Luka was used to people believing what they wanted about him for some reason the fact that Marshall believed this hurt a lot and he’s only just met him.
Marshall couldn’t help but start fantasizing about him and Luka which just made him angrier. Marshall is determined to dump Luka anywhere he can until the time comes for Luka to find a ride at the next truck stop and he is accosted by a pair of thugs who think they’ll be able to take Luka and use him. Marshall decides to take Luka to a bigger truck stop!
During the ride we find out that even though Luka is an incredibly good-looking man he hasn’t exactly had the best of luck with the men in his life. Luka has pretty much floated from man to man job to job anything so that he would have somewhere to sleep. Marshall doesn’t let on to Luka that being on the road for such long stretches means that he always ends up alone because the guys who say they can handle being left alone for long stretches find out pretty quickly that they actually can’t and he’s alone again.
A lot of issues and misunderstandings arise along the way but they make it back to Fairbanks. Marshall is now on his holidays and can’t wait to start his downtime. Luka lucks out and finds a job in a bar in downtown Fairbanks but he misses Marshall. Marshall is determined not to even think about Luka, this is not exactly the easiest thing to accomplish when everything makes him think about him! Marshall is lonelier now than he can remember being in a long time but he’s not going to give in and look for Luka! Until he walks into a bar with Luka serving drinks and all bets are off.
Goldilocks is about two men at very different stages of their life, with two very different upbringings finding each other and eventually giving in to the unbelievably strong attraction they have for each. What makes this such a good story is the way they each to deal with the obstacles life throws in their paths. I have no hesitation in recommending Goldilocks to everyone.