Release Day Blitz + ARC Review: Finding North by Carmen Jenner

Title: Finding North
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Erotic Romance M/M
Release Date: February 25, 2016

descriptionRed Maine’s blue-collared bad boy, North Underwood, has a dirty little secret—Will Tanner.

Friends since kindergarten, North had been the one to jump first, and his fall into Will’s bed ten years ago had been no exception. Will and North had been inseparable, but things change, people grow apart, and even a blazing flame can dwindle to a dying ember over time.

The more things change the more they stay the same.

After a run in with a bottle of Bundy rum, Will and North find themselves in a compromising and all too familiar position.

Blurred lines, bad decisions, and one wrong foot after another lead these two down a spiral of sarcasm, secrets, and sex, but when North’s hetero status is called into question he can’t figure up from down. And despite Will telling himself he wouldn’t fall again, he’s head over heels and wandering without a compass.

Love is love.
Love is truth.
Love … shouldn’t be this damn hard to figure out.

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I push my glass towards him for another refill, downing the shot of liquid courage. “You ever think about what might have been?” 

Will scoffs and sets his glass down. “You’re seriously asking me this?” 

“What?” I say, getting pissy now, because he acts as though he’s the only one who lost something. “I can’t ask a question?” 

He takes another sip, avoiding my gaze. The humour has left his face; his mouth forms a tight line as he stares down into his drink. “You can’t ask that question.” 

“Okay then,” I say, agitated that he’s calling the shots. I ask a question I’ve been wanting the answer to for a very long time. “Why didn’t you leave?” 
“Jesus, not you too.” Will shakes his head. “You sound like Josh.” 
“Who the hell is Josh?” 

He slams back the rest of his drink and beats his fist against his chest. “Fuck buddy.” 

“You have a fuck buddy?” I clench my jaw. I’m starting to see why Bundy has a bad name. Right now, I’d like to find Josh and beat his fucking head in. 

Will laughs. “Look at you getting all jealous.” 

Is he fucking kidding me? 

“How long?” I say through my teeth. 
“How long have I been fucking him? Or how long is his cock? It’s about five for both.” 
“Five what?” I snap. “Days? Weeks?” 
“Months.” He rests his elbow on the bar, dangling his glass from his long fingers. “And inches.” 
“You been fucking this Josh for five months, and you didn’t think to mention it?” 
“I’ve fucked a lot of men in the last twelve years, North. Why would I mention any of them to you?” 

“I kissed you.” 

“Yeah, and I didn’t ask for it,” he says, swirling the liquor in his glass. “How many women have you slept with in the past twelve years?”

I don’t have an answer for him. I don’t even remember half of their names, only that I was fumbling around in a drunken stupor, trying to grab onto just a little bit of happiness. On the outside I have all my shit together, but inwardly I’m hollow. I’m the worthless piece of shit my father always told me I was, and I’d bury my dick in anyone in an attempt to find something that made me feel even half of what Will had that summer.

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ever since I read Revelry, Carmen Jenner can count me in every time she writes a book! Add to this the fact Finding North is an M/M book and I'm in heaven.

Before going any further, I should clarify my rating right away. When I start a book they all start at 4 for me. I only keep my 5 star rating for books that blow my mind away and when I have loved everything. So being a 3 star book for me means I liked the book. It's very true for Finding North.
You start the story with Will who owns a bar in a small town in Australia. He's gay, the whole town knows and a lot of people don't respect it. Does he care? Nope

North is a guy who loves fucking around but is miserable most of the time? Why? Because he cares too much what others thinks, because he doesn't know how to be happy. At the same time, you can't really blame the guy, he was beaten by his own father who also told him countless time how useless he was.

Twelve years ago, Will and North were best friends, now they are barely talking to each other. Throughout the book, you'll understand what happened and put them in a situation where one has crushed the other's heart.


Finding North has something I've never read in an M/M book. Usually I read GFY trope but here we face a more realistic situation. Both guys are attracted to one another but one is gay while the other doesn't know how to come out.

Treating such a touchy subject was very well done by Carmen Jenner. You can see North struggles to accept who he is or more precisely what he feels. His whole life he has been told not too be that way. And even at 30 it was hard for him to just let it go.

Things were also hard for Will. He never forgot his best friend and the moment spent with him. He's still in love with him but he also remembers the way things ended, how his heart was crushed and how North let his own father and the whole town control his life. He resent North for it.


While I enjoyed most of my read, I wanted things to go a little deeper. I wanted more background on North, to get to know more what he suffered in his childhood. We get glimpse from his past and we get small insight with his father but to me it wasn't enough.
I also didn't understand why the sudden change in North. To me, it was like he didn't speak with Will for a long time and then they share past memories and goes back together. I needed a real reason to make it more believable.

As in all good M/M books, the sex is taking a huge part. I don't know if Carmen Jenner has already written about two guys together before but she has found some inspiration for sure because these two are definitely hot for each other!

Author Bio

Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA TODAY and international bestselling author of the Sugartown, Savage Saints, and Taint series. 

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU 2015. 

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore MAC addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny north coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child. 

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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