Title: The Station: Gay Romance
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: January 18, 2018 (Second Edition)
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 204 Pages
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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Colin is a young man on the cusp of attending Cambridge - more his parents' desire than his own - and will soon be expected to marry some lovely young heiress. But Colin is much more interested in the stable master Patrick, mostly because of Patrick's steamy tryst with the groundskeeper which Colin secretly observed when he was 16, and which was instrumental in Colin realizing that he is a "sodomite," which was a crime punishable by death or deportation in 1840's England.
When Patrick is caught with another man, Colin saves his life by revealing that he is gay as well, and the two men are deported to Australia to serve their sentences as indentured servants. The story follows them across the ocean and across the outback as they drive a herd of cattle to a remote station. Along the way, Patrick and Colin begin a sexual relationship of convenience (according to Patrick) and true love (in Colin's mind).
Australia's history is so fascinating and so HUGE it's hard to do justice in telling the life of someone deported there, as well as the way of life in the outback on a remote station. But even if the setting isn't fully detailed and described, there needs to be an emotional component that lets the reader share in the Patrick and Colin's experiences and I didn't get that in The Station.
Patrick's character remains relatively unknown throughout the story, as we get Colin's viewpoint only, and neither character seems fully developed or engaged so it is difficult to become invested in the personal aspect of this story. The potentially interesting relationship between secondary characters Emily and Robbie remains undeveloped as well.
The Station is a rare miss for me from Keira Andrews. I liked the setting and the possibility in the plot, but the lack of character development and emotional impact left me feeling unengaged. 3 stars.