Wendy and Melissa review 63 Days Later: A Holiday Tail by Adrienne Wilder Published December 2nd 2017, 90 pages.
63 Days later takes place after the novel WILD. This can be read as a stand alone story.
However, it might be more enjoyable if you read WILD first.
Trigger Warning: Christmas music, trees, presents, and all around holiday cheer.
It’s been almost two years since Keegan and August escaped the Alaskan wilderness, and they finally get to celebrate their very first Christmas together.
But their plans of peace and quiet get turned upside down when Santa leaves more than just presents under the tree.
A complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
What a sweet peek at the lives of Keegan, August and of course Daisy, after they’ve settled into domesticity a bit. I loved Wild, it had all kinds of things going on all the time. Plenty of action, angst, suspense and drama along with one of the sweetest romances that I’ve ever read. This short story doesn’t have nearly that much happening, but it isn’t without its share of drama and a few good chuckles. I liked seeing a lighter side of the boys. One where they weren’t struggling every minute just to stay alive.
It also showed some of the issues that Keegan faces in trying to acclimate to living in civilization again. He doesn’t want to feel the panic when he’s in a crowd of people but he isn’t interested in medication that will make him foggy. He knows that it’s going to be an ongoing issue that can strike anywhere at anytime. I applaud the author for sharing this part of Keegan with us and making the story that much more believable. I really could have sworn that I saw the sweat bead on his forehead and felt his heart pumping wildly in his chest when he tried to push through a panic attack. Then there is his other side. It was cute to see Keegan pretend to not like Daisy yet be the first one to pitch in and help with her when it was needed or when he was sneaking pets and scratches to the sweet, scary smart wolf. August is still living with a disfigured leg that causes him some pain, but he isn’t interested in dozens of surgeries anymore than Keegan is in medication to help his panic attacks. And together they still have one of the sweetest love stories that I’ve ever read and some of the hottest sexy times. And who couldn’t love how much August loves Keegan and Daisy? He practically breathes his love and concern for them 24/7.
I also love a story that sends me off researching because I need to know what something is. That happened a couple times in the book and I feel smarter now lol. Daisy plays a big part in this book and a big part of my research too. I will be the first to admit to biting my nails waiting to see if all would be well in their world.
I know that this was supposed to appease us readers and give us the Keegan and August we needed to move on, but I find myself hoping that maybe we can revisit them again at some point in the future because I don’t know if I will ever have enough of this couple.
Oh, yeah! As soon as I finished WILD I wanted more of these characters, especially Daisy. Wild was such a fantastic story and I fell in love with August and Keegan – they came together under the most extreme of circumstances and survived the wilderness of Alaska as well as the revenge seeking bad guy (gangster? Mafia? Eh, bad guy works). After all these men suffered I wanted to see them together with just quiet time, where they could relax and not have the pressure of survival constantly hanging over their heads.
63 Days Later: A Holiday Tail does give me more of them and Daisy together, but all is not quiet and relaxing. Keegan is still adjusting to living “free” and suffers from anxiety attacks when he needs to go out in public. August physically is fine but he never had his leg repaired so he walks with a limp and the cold weather still hurts him sometimes. But overall he is doing good – except for his worry over Keegan. And Daisy, ahhh, sweet Daisy. Such a precious girl!!! I don’t know if I should reveal what happens. The blurb tells you it’s been 2 years since Keegan and August left Alaska, so the title is not a reference to how much has time has past since Wild ended. Nope, 63 days is about something else. Can you guess what it is? Google wolves + 63 days, and see what you get. 😉
There was soooo much cuteness in this story and I was all warm and fuzzy during those parts. When Keegan suffers from anxiety I hurt for him. You get the full gamut of emotions here and if you loved Wild, you won’t be sorry to read this. In fact, if you are like me you were demanding and not-so-patiently-waiting for more of these characters.
This does have a very nice HEA and this isn’t a short story like you might think; there is actually a full plot and story here which is so much more than I expected! And, haha, I am still not satisfied. I want more! Leave it to AW to make me feel this way. Sometimes there are characters you just don’t want to say goodbye to, and for me, Keegan, August and Daisy are it. So I will say, “until we meet again.” 🙂 ❤
Georgia born and bred, I am an artist, a writer, and a general pain in the ass.
I spend most of my days working on my next book or designing cover art for other writers. For stress relief I do olympic lifting and occasionally run (but hate it). I have been in love with writing since I was very young but it wasn’t until recently that I decided to pursue it as a profession.
I have experimented in several genres and found that since I identify as male, male romance has been the most comfortable for me to write. I don’t discriminate in my books. All characters are fair game. I do however, prefer a happy ending at some level.
I don’t write the standard romance book. Some might even argue that what I write isn’t romance at all. Personally I think of them as love stories, where even in a fantastical world, there are realistic outcomes to the obstacles the characters face.
Many of my books have dark turns and twists where the characters fight for the light at the end of the tunnel. I write action, fist fights, gun fights, down right dirty evil people who have to be stopped, things catch fire, blow up, and fall in. My characters come in a unique range. They are not all good guys, but the majority of them have very good hearts. Many of them have been through hell in their lives, and many of them have a laundry list of faults. But hopefully they manage to surprise you with their tenacity and loyalty.
If all goes well, there will be a myriad of different kinds of books available this year. If I am really lucky, you will enjoy them.