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Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun. Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior. Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered fo Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun. Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior. Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered for the dangerous work as an Explorer in Old Europe. It’s crazy and the mortality rate alone should’ve made her think twice. But that’s the trouble with my friend; she thinks she’s immortal. My hardest job right now is protecting her from herself. Indiana’s and Aubri’s life-long friendship is put to the test as they find themselves settling into a new life far from home. Her unpredictable and impulsive behavior drives him mad. Without the watchful eyes of her family, Aubri finally feels free to test, try, and discover. Influenced by the Europeans’ relaxed relationship with sex, Aubri develops a fascination that puts Indiana in a difficult bind. Will he break his promise to Aubri’s father and let her explore while she can? Or will he do what no one has managed to do before: make her see reason? The Explorer is the twelfth installment in Elin Peer’s popular dystopian romance series, Men of the North. To avoid spoilers, this series is best read in order.


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Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun. Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior. Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered fo Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun. Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior. Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered for the dangerous work as an Explorer in Old Europe. It’s crazy and the mortality rate alone should’ve made her think twice. But that’s the trouble with my friend; she thinks she’s immortal. My hardest job right now is protecting her from herself. Indiana’s and Aubri’s life-long friendship is put to the test as they find themselves settling into a new life far from home. Her unpredictable and impulsive behavior drives him mad. Without the watchful eyes of her family, Aubri finally feels free to test, try, and discover. Influenced by the Europeans’ relaxed relationship with sex, Aubri develops a fascination that puts Indiana in a difficult bind. Will he break his promise to Aubri’s father and let her explore while she can? Or will he do what no one has managed to do before: make her see reason? The Explorer is the twelfth installment in Elin Peer’s popular dystopian romance series, Men of the North. To avoid spoilers, this series is best read in order.

30 review for The Explorer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Louise H - ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐

    Whilst The Explorer is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of love, it is also so much more. There is adventure, political intrigue, cultural exchange and lots of foreshadowing of exciting events that will unfold in future books. However back to the main event, which is Aubri and Indiana's story. Once Aubri got over her crushing self-doubt, their path to love was fairly smooth and uneventful. The same cannot be said of the rest of their life, which is where a lot of the interest and excitement is fou Whilst The Explorer is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of love, it is also so much more. There is adventure, political intrigue, cultural exchange and lots of foreshadowing of exciting events that will unfold in future books. However back to the main event, which is Aubri and Indiana's story. Once Aubri got over her crushing self-doubt, their path to love was fairly smooth and uneventful. The same cannot be said of the rest of their life, which is where a lot of the interest and excitement is found in this book. And a welcome change it was, as a longer series like this could otherwise become repetitive. That said I still very much enjoyed the romance aspect, which was a well written and totally believable friends-to-lovers tale. I was quite surprised when I got to the end of this for two reasons. Firstly it had flown and secondly, whilst the love aspect of their story was complete I felt that Aubri, at least, had more to tell us. I'm guessing (hoping?) that we will see her challenge the oppression she experienced in future books. There also felt like there were a few loose ends, but again I believe that these will be dealt with in Banni and Freya's stories. I can't wait to see how these play out, and will definitely be waiting with baited breath for the next book! Elin Peer is a master of writing about personal growth and how humans interact with one another. Through her finely crafted future Earth, and it's three very different cultures, she opens our eyes to injustices within our societies and our own preconceptions/bias. As an outsider it's easy to see how each culture has some wonderful traits, but also plenty of quirks, prejudices and intolerances. It can also be a bit of a jab on one's conscience to try and be more tolerant and accepting, which really gives the story so much extra depth. Roll on the next book as I already want and need more!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Inna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4 stars - really enjoyed this book because it took the story to Old Europe and explored a different part of the storyline more thoroughly. I know that this series is likely going to focus a lot on OE going forward, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that at this time. This book was good because it didn't feature any of the sexually-liberated Europeans as MCs. SWE; this book is safe with the exception of one scene that's more towards the beginning. The hero and heroine are both northlande 4 stars - really enjoyed this book because it took the story to Old Europe and explored a different part of the storyline more thoroughly. I know that this series is likely going to focus a lot on OE going forward, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that at this time. This book was good because it didn't feature any of the sexually-liberated Europeans as MCs. SWE; this book is safe with the exception of one scene that's more towards the beginning. The hero and heroine are both northlanders and have been best friends their entire lives. The hero has feelings for the heroine but she doesn't feel anything towards him. She does flirt with OM in front of him. Then they go to a club and the hero is surrounded by women which makes the heroine jealous. The heroine is hit on by OW, and in the spirit of trying new things, she convinces the hero and heroine to have a threesome with her. They begin to go through with it - although both are uncomfortable and unwilling to admit it. However, the OW starts to take video of their encounter and they both freak and throw her out. They don't get very far with OW- but it was still a super uncomfortable scene. Safe otherwise.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ezi Chinny

    3.5 Stars I enjoy this series and what I love is that all the characters are connected and an intregal part of the plot. The sassy heroine Aubri is the daughter of the Nmen's greatest warrior Magni and Laura and the hero is Indiana, son of Boulder and Christina from Book 1. Aubri is definitely a mini Magni. She's headstrong, competitive and single minded. Indi felt like a good mix of his parents. I enjoyed how they travelled to France and had a chance to grow away from their family. 3.5 Stars I enjoy this series and what I love is that all the characters are connected and an intregal part of the plot. The sassy heroine Aubri is the daughter of the Nmen's greatest warrior Magni and Laura and the hero is Indiana, son of Boulder and Christina from Book 1. Aubri is definitely a mini Magni. She's headstrong, competitive and single minded. Indi felt like a good mix of his parents. I enjoyed how they travelled to France and had a chance to grow away from their family.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Was getting bored of this series but… this one starts to turn it around. We have anal and “forced” sex. (Consensual… just forced play ) and spanking … and dirty talk…. Threesome… Story was better than the last few. And I appreciated and enjoyed a couple that everyone approves of. No family drama. Rejoicing and happiness! I liked that! Virgin rating: Innocence of virgin hero: 3/5 (how do you rate a guy who has never touched an unrelated female but has had sex with a “sex-bot”?) Innocence in losing i Was getting bored of this series but… this one starts to turn it around. We have anal and “forced” sex. (Consensual… just forced play ) and spanking … and dirty talk…. Threesome… Story was better than the last few. And I appreciated and enjoyed a couple that everyone approves of. No family drama. Rejoicing and happiness! I liked that! Virgin rating: Innocence of virgin hero: 3/5 (how do you rate a guy who has never touched an unrelated female but has had sex with a “sex-bot”?) Innocence in losing it: 2/5 Build up to losing it: 5/5 Hotness of losing it: 5/5 Busted touching himself: no POV of losing it: female

  5. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I think what I liked about this one was the adventures that Aubri got to go on. Sure Indiana was there too and I figured they would end up as a couple, but for Aubri this trip gave her freedom and let her find her place. In the Northland she is so restricted from everything, where in Old Europe she can do anything. I liked how she pushed Indiana, but also how the women looking at Indiana changed the way she saw him. He wasn't just her old friend she grew up with, he was a man that women wanted. I think what I liked about this one was the adventures that Aubri got to go on. Sure Indiana was there too and I figured they would end up as a couple, but for Aubri this trip gave her freedom and let her find her place. In the Northland she is so restricted from everything, where in Old Europe she can do anything. I liked how she pushed Indiana, but also how the women looking at Indiana changed the way she saw him. He wasn't just her old friend she grew up with, he was a man that women wanted. It worked out well for Indiana because he had a crush on Aubri for a long time. The summit at the end was fun. Nice to see the Northlanders let loose and also how they manipulated the others. It benefited everyone, so it didn't bother me what they did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    She was one of the guys but not I mean come on she was from the North so nope nada it wasn't happening. She saw her chance and jumped on it. It washer chance to soar consequences be damned. Of course she wouldn't stay there alone and it was his chance to hope she would see him as more than JUST a best friend. Cultural challenges, far from home, new ideas, jealousy. . . . exploring, yeah both of them would be doing something they loved, but. . . OK yes I am in love with this series and each book She was one of the guys but not I mean come on she was from the North so nope nada it wasn't happening. She saw her chance and jumped on it. It washer chance to soar consequences be damned. Of course she wouldn't stay there alone and it was his chance to hope she would see him as more than JUST a best friend. Cultural challenges, far from home, new ideas, jealousy. . . . exploring, yeah both of them would be doing something they loved, but. . . OK yes I am in love with this series and each book just draws you further into their worlds. And yeah they may be on the same planet but each colony is so different yet they have more in common than they want to admit. This author has dropped us into a dystopian adventure that wont quit. You have to check it out from the beginning and watch as the first contact is now sitting back and watching their hatchlings. The hatchlings are making their own way in this series and it's time to show them all what they can do. All they have to do is . . . . change everything. Awesome read as each one of the series has been. It's a journey worth taking and while each book is a stand a lone they should be read in order. Me, I am team NMen all the way!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reva Parks

    I love the debates Elin Peer creates between societies, especially ones that will probably always be with us. One is how to interpret and apply the idea of equality between men and women. Just as her mother escaped into Motlander territory to prove herself a worthy fighter, in this new generation, we have her daughter Aubri jumping into an unbelievable opportunity to be just that same radical adventurer: an Explorer in Old Europe, where only outcast French dare to trod, a place to experience the I love the debates Elin Peer creates between societies, especially ones that will probably always be with us. One is how to interpret and apply the idea of equality between men and women. Just as her mother escaped into Motlander territory to prove herself a worthy fighter, in this new generation, we have her daughter Aubri jumping into an unbelievable opportunity to be just that same radical adventurer: an Explorer in Old Europe, where only outcast French dare to trod, a place to experience the toxic wilderness as they collect samples for scientists and sow seeds to aid in the growth of plants useful for cleansing the atmosphere. And, naturally, on the spur of the moment, Indiana volunteers as her 'protector' to prevent violent war between The Northlanders and the French, who encourage free sexual relationships limited by law to three encounters, as opposed to the 'no-touch' rule until married understood in the Northland. These are two of the entirely different extreme ways cultures of the dystopian have to handle difficulties arising because of the attraction between the sexes. Ponder how this quote from the summit in this book portray today's experience: "In the protection law of 2061, it is stated that a breakdown of civil communication led to increased division and outrageous lies, which flamed the toxic war. Motherlands value censorship because history shows that lies spread faster than truth. Democracy depends on shared truths while autocracy relies on shared lies." Peer shows cultures 450 years from now debating how to protect free speech and civil discourse while saving would-be believers from lies. And without saying so, warns us of potential nuclear war imminent even today! Great reading; recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This book is a wonderful addition to the Men of the North series, a series set in a future time in an imaginary place, simply a wonderful created world! There are lots of adventures, dangers, and also romance as the story progresses. I was a little bit confused by some references to characters from previous books in the series and was glad of the character description list at the end of the book. I would suggest moving this list to the beginning of the book. Other than that, I have no further re This book is a wonderful addition to the Men of the North series, a series set in a future time in an imaginary place, simply a wonderful created world! There are lots of adventures, dangers, and also romance as the story progresses. I was a little bit confused by some references to characters from previous books in the series and was glad of the character description list at the end of the book. I would suggest moving this list to the beginning of the book. Other than that, I have no further recommendations for improving a great book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Harter

    History repeated. in all we want to be heros .but with 3 different societies and social studying. There are always some disagreements. Whether it be social or societal differences or agreements. AN idea to one can also be used agaist a another or to be used as leverage for others. Its would be ideal if we were all the same .but, we aren't and neither do I want to be. That's answer for another day. History repeated. in all we want to be heros .but with 3 different societies and social studying. There are always some disagreements. Whether it be social or societal differences or agreements. AN idea to one can also be used agaist a another or to be used as leverage for others. Its would be ideal if we were all the same .but, we aren't and neither do I want to be. That's answer for another day.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Ms. Peer has been keeping her readers coming back to the Northlands time after glorious time! Her romances will have you swooning, smiling, sometimes, laughing out loud. This was Aubri and Indy's story and I loved every word of it. Wanting to "do something wonderful," have an adventure, Aubri becomes an explorer in Old Europe. And, of course, there won't be a Northlander woman, especially not Magni's daughter, there on her own, unprotected. Enter Indy, hers and Mason's life-long friend. Could th Ms. Peer has been keeping her readers coming back to the Northlands time after glorious time! Her romances will have you swooning, smiling, sometimes, laughing out loud. This was Aubri and Indy's story and I loved every word of it. Wanting to "do something wonderful," have an adventure, Aubri becomes an explorer in Old Europe. And, of course, there won't be a Northlander woman, especially not Magni's daughter, there on her own, unprotected. Enter Indy, hers and Mason's life-long friend. Could this be a friends to lover story? This reader sure was hoping so! I would say this ends on a cliff-hanger, but that's okay; Ms. Peer's stories are always worth the wait! I received an advanced reader copy, and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    Indiana and Aubri have are best friends so when she decides to go on a mission he decides to do the same under the guise of protecting her. The journey they went on brought them closer in so many ways and I loved the way these were around each other, especially Indiana

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Absolutely fantastic as always. Trying to be one of the guys isn’t so easy. The characters are superb in their role and make you a part of the story. Enough action to keep you hooked. Definitely need more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Masja

    This installment of the men of the north series was, of course, as good as expected! Love the friendship to eventual lovers trope! I also loved the discussion between the different people at the summit. Thank you, Ms. Peer for another amazing story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tony Sommer

    Just like all of her work, this story is terrific. Another clash of cultures that forces two people who are in love to action. I highly recommend this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marianne W

    Once again, Elin Peer has knocked her legs off under me with the book "The Explorer" # 12 in the series about "Men of the North". This time we hear about Aubri and Indiana (Indy). The book is about Aubri's and Indiana's experiences as an Explorer. And about their ups and downs, jealousy and attraction to each other. From the first page, you are just caught, and the nights are taken into use, because it is simply not to be put down once you have started. I'm already looking forward to book # 13. Hurry Once again, Elin Peer has knocked her legs off under me with the book "The Explorer" # 12 in the series about "Men of the North". This time we hear about Aubri and Indiana (Indy). The book is about Aubri's and Indiana's experiences as an Explorer. And about their ups and downs, jealousy and attraction to each other. From the first page, you are just caught, and the nights are taken into use, because it is simply not to be put down once you have started. I'm already looking forward to book # 13. Hurry up to order the books, you will definitely not be disappointed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Explorer, Men of the North, Book 13, by Elin Peer. Sometimes I have a hard time starting or writing a review. That's not because I wouldn't say I like the book, but mainly because I don't know exactly where to start.   That's the case with Elin Peer's brilliant new science fiction romance, The Explorer. I think that's probably because it starts at the end of a previous adventure and lands me in the middle of a new one where I have to figure out what went before and how the action fits into the The Explorer, Men of the North, Book 13, by Elin Peer. Sometimes I have a hard time starting or writing a review. That's not because I wouldn't say I like the book, but mainly because I don't know exactly where to start.   That's the case with Elin Peer's brilliant new science fiction romance, The Explorer. I think that's probably because it starts at the end of a previous adventure and lands me in the middle of a new one where I have to figure out what went before and how the action fits into the unique experience. But that's only part of it.   While this book is up to her usual standard for romance, I kept being sidetracked by her brilliant comparing and contrasting three different societies and their interaction with each other. How she keeps it all straight in her mind while writing is only a minor miracle.   In this book, she has created three different societies, two of which we have seen before--The Northlands and the Motherlands. To these, she has now added the Europeans, specifically the French.   In the Northlands (Canada and Alaska), women are so scarce they are fought over and protected from even being touched. Men are tough and taught from birth how valuable women are to their continued survival as a nation.   In the Motherlands (most of the rest of the Americas), women dominate and run society. Men are depicted as not exactly emasculated but as subservient to women, and their testosterone is held in check by various civilizing influences such as meditation and collaboration. Men are more feminine,   and participate in family societies, but do not dominate.   In Europe, specifically France, women are sexually free to mate with anyone, but by a certain age are expected to bear children or face prosecution by the state. Men are free to have as many sexual contacts as they wish--with the proviso that love and family contracts are banned.   As you might imagine, the rubbing together of these societies creates conflict for Elin's romantic characters.   I loved the romance between the heroine and her consort, but I kept getting drawn into the conflicts Peer created for the characters in her societies and kept wondering how things would play out.    Motherlands and Northlands are beginning to slowly agree, given the fact that so many women from the Motherlands have moved north, married, and have created families. The situation with both those societies and the French is problematic.   And that's part of the genius of Elin Peer's stories. She has created a world of differing societies trying to sort themselves out after a Toxic War, yet tells those stories and conflicts through the characters she has created. I can't think of another author who has done such a thing, except maybe for David Weber, the writer who created the Honor Harrington series.   I look forward to more from Northlands and France. The irony for me is that the French have always been very contrarian, even in European society. Here in Canada, we're familiar with that. It's not that they're difficult. They think differently about many things.   Peer promises at least three more Northland adventures. Go for it, Elin! 

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Marvel

    The latest installment of Elin Peer’s Men of the North series, The Explorer does not disappoint! With all of the excitement and passion we’ve come to expect, it’s a page turner to be sure. Highly recommend that you read this series in order, so if you have not read The Artist yet, go do that now (you’re welcome) and then come back to continue the story. Also, don’t start this one late in the evening or you may regret it in the morning when you haven’t slept a wink... “just one more chapter” is a The latest installment of Elin Peer’s Men of the North series, The Explorer does not disappoint! With all of the excitement and passion we’ve come to expect, it’s a page turner to be sure. Highly recommend that you read this series in order, so if you have not read The Artist yet, go do that now (you’re welcome) and then come back to continue the story. Also, don’t start this one late in the evening or you may regret it in the morning when you haven’t slept a wink... “just one more chapter” is a big risk here! My favorite part of the series is the world-building. I’ve always been a big fan of dystopian novels, and sci-fi, and authors like Margaret Atwood (Handmaid’s Tale) or George Orwell (1984) - stories where the author has created a culture that is both highly recognizable and remarkably different in some way. The “what could be” is what pulls me in. In The Explorer, Elin digs deep into the culture of Old Europe. Aubri has agreed to serve as an Explorer for a year (no spoilers, you need to read The Artist to find out why). Her childhood friend Indiana steps up to stay with her as her protector. Not that Aubri needs a lot of protection, given that she is a total badass and a stronger fighter than most of the men in Old Europe. I’m not going to give away any plot points, but as the story unfolds, we do get to see how Aubri and Indiana connect and come to rely on each other, and how they interact with their new French friends. The two cultures have very different outlooks on relationships! What one culture calls variety, another sees as monotonous - but what fascinates me is how that actually gets flipped both directions. Please note that this book, as with Elin’s other works, does not shy away from intense and occasionally moderately graphic descriptions. There was nothing that I found offensive but a sensitive reader looking for a sweet and gentle love story may be best served elsewhere. This one will get your heart racing and it will feel very real, you’ll connect with the characters. Enough from me, stop reading reviews and just go read the book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A pleasing, friends to lover story set in the future… This series just keeps growing on you. There are many wonderful characters each with an appealing love story of their own. How they end up together with their partners is the awesome part since there are always challenging barriers to cross and ideologies to reconcile. The scope of these stories continues to broaden and raise new questions to ponder – regarding the role of women vs men; promiscuity vs marriage; controlled politeness vs blunt h A pleasing, friends to lover story set in the future… This series just keeps growing on you. There are many wonderful characters each with an appealing love story of their own. How they end up together with their partners is the awesome part since there are always challenging barriers to cross and ideologies to reconcile. The scope of these stories continues to broaden and raise new questions to ponder – regarding the role of women vs men; promiscuity vs marriage; controlled politeness vs blunt honesty; conservative dress vs all-out self-expression; government restrictions vs freedom…now we are getting closer to home, yes? Elin Peer is talented at weaving these concerns into a romantic and adventurous plot that deals with societies set apart way in the future after surviving world upheaval. Does each have the answer to avoid repeating the past or will they resolve problems together? Our lead characters in this book grew up together and end up working on a clean-up team to restore life above ground in an area of Old Europe that has been “dead” from radioactivity for many decades. It is also an opportunity for the two of them to explore in more ways than one, being away from their own culture and families. And so, it gets very interesting and soon discover that there is more to their attraction than just friendship. I highly recommend this entire series, Men of the North. Book #12, The Explorer, lives up to the series’ reputation of being well-written, thought-provoking and entertaining with a satisfying conclusion and lead-in to the next book (#13) – hopefully! I received an arc and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kat Hall

    Can love be right in front of you? What does it take to make you aware that you are in love with your best friend? Aubri loves adventure and is like her mother. She needs to prove to herself that she is as good as any of the N-Men. Headstrong, acts without thinking, is a great combination for getting herself in trouble. Indiana (Indy) will protect his best friend at all costs. When Aubri jumps into a political nightmare in Old Europe and has to stay there, Indy stays with her. The Northlands wan Can love be right in front of you? What does it take to make you aware that you are in love with your best friend? Aubri loves adventure and is like her mother. She needs to prove to herself that she is as good as any of the N-Men. Headstrong, acts without thinking, is a great combination for getting herself in trouble. Indiana (Indy) will protect his best friend at all costs. When Aubri jumps into a political nightmare in Old Europe and has to stay there, Indy stays with her. The Northlands want her back but she insists on staying. In Old Europe, you don't love or marry, you sleep with everyone. This intrigues Aubri and she starts to explore this different way of life, but she soon finds out that she is jealous when any female turns their attention to Indy. Her jealousy creates many problems. Aubri and Indy are part of the exploration team in Old Europe and they have some scary and intriguing adventures. When they get to go home for a visit, they drop a bombshell on their families. And the fallout creates even more political problems. Just like in today's world, there are always going to be different political views that create turmoil. It is how you resolve the issues with diplomacy and keep the peace. Can the Northlands do this with the situation that Aubri and Indy created? I wanted the story to continue in this book but it will in the next book. I love this series as it shows the differences in these cultures and the ways in which they evolve in better understanding. This book is with the third generation showing how some things remain unchanged but others have evolved for the better of everyone. Fascinating stories to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amyiw

    This was good but not the really good that I normal expect. Mainly it was because it was slow to start and then had lulls in the story to get to the next part. The ending mainly had to do with setting up the next couples and the next step in coming more together as cultures. And we are left with a little hanging plot line of a promise in the future. Don't consider it a spoiler as we don't know what it entails. So the couple was pretty good though I though Aubri acted younger than her age. Might h This was good but not the really good that I normal expect. Mainly it was because it was slow to start and then had lulls in the story to get to the next part. The ending mainly had to do with setting up the next couples and the next step in coming more together as cultures. And we are left with a little hanging plot line of a promise in the future. Don't consider it a spoiler as we don't know what it entails. So the couple was pretty good though I though Aubri acted younger than her age. Might have been the suppression of the north and the new culture but it really was more about creating angst where there is none. (view spoiler)[ this is making me jealous so I'll make him jealous back stuff. And no, I cannot say what I feel... (hide spoiler)] Other than that, we get their past and how she was knocked down from what she wanted to do even though she could keep up. Luckily she did have Indianna and Mason as support. Indianna is not the Solo type nman but can fend for himself. He has silently loved her but don't think he had a chance as she didn't see him that way. Actually without this "vacation", from how she thinks, he may not have had a chance. It got her to look at him a different way. She it was a slow burn, which if the story wasn't stopped in places, might have worked better. A little complaint is the first gay nmen we meet here and they are asshats. It is a past memory and then comment later. The gay Motlanders in the past are only twinks not sex on a stick. And France is a free for all with no "couples" so don't know how they will be portrayed but so far not in a positive, IMO.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerstin

    The Explorer the 12th book in the Men of The North series Young leaders from the three countries The Northlands, Motherland and Old Europe/France meet regularly to get to know one another and learn about the differencies in culture and way of life , form friendships and realise that they have a lot in common. Aubri, an adventurous and trained female warrior from the Northlands volunteers to spend a year in France. She knows about the freedom regarding sex which is quite the opposite from the way s The Explorer the 12th book in the Men of The North series Young leaders from the three countries The Northlands, Motherland and Old Europe/France meet regularly to get to know one another and learn about the differencies in culture and way of life , form friendships and realise that they have a lot in common. Aubri, an adventurous and trained female warrior from the Northlands volunteers to spend a year in France. She knows about the freedom regarding sex which is quite the opposite from the way she has been brought up. She is 27 and no man has made her choose to marry. So of course she is wondering what she can expect in France. Her best friend since childhood, Indiana, goes with her to keep her not going too far in exploration of what is at hand. They agree that "whatever happens in France stays in France", . They are both given lots of invitations to explore sex but nothing really happens. Aubri is confused when she finds herself jealous when lots of women try to seduce Indiana and begins to wonder if he is more to her than just a best friend. They are engaged in helping to tidy up in parts of the country after The Toxic War, a dangerous task where anything can happen, they even risk their lives. During their work they are being closer, sleeping in the same bed in the tent with the other explorers. Is it real love or is she just not willing to let another woman have him?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yogi Rogers

    Aubri and Indiana's story. They grew up together best friends. When duty separates them from their country and family they only have each other to rely on. They become Explorers in France which is a dangerous and life threatening job that only a French Outcast undertakes. To the French, being an Explorer is the choice you make when the other choice is too horrible to imagine. To a Northman, being an Explorer means starting new adventures and embracing an excitement that gets the blood running thr Aubri and Indiana's story. They grew up together best friends. When duty separates them from their country and family they only have each other to rely on. They become Explorers in France which is a dangerous and life threatening job that only a French Outcast undertakes. To the French, being an Explorer is the choice you make when the other choice is too horrible to imagine. To a Northman, being an Explorer means starting new adventures and embracing an excitement that gets the blood running through the veins. It's an opportunity to show the world that NMen are the superior race. The French culture practices promiscuity and as a law they are only allowed to sleep with one person 3 times. As you know, NMen are very possessive of their women and are not allowed to touch them. So what happens when Aubri and Indiana are exposed to a culture that openly encourages sexuality and a freedom that neither of them ever experienced before. Enjoyed this book and love that Elin has a story for the adult children of some our my favorite NMen. Sometimes Aubi went overboard with her need to compete with the men but overall it was a good read and I'm looking forward to the next book in February 2021.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    The Explorer is the story of two characters we already know Aubri and Indiana. Both are strong and important Northlanders, part of their summit group. Based on the end of the previous story you knew this would involve Old Europe more than previous books. I loved getting a bigger picture of what the French culture and Old Europe are. And how different the three cultures are from each other. The job Aubri and Indiana d as explorers, and checking the wider countryside for contamination and prepare f The Explorer is the story of two characters we already know Aubri and Indiana. Both are strong and important Northlanders, part of their summit group. Based on the end of the previous story you knew this would involve Old Europe more than previous books. I loved getting a bigger picture of what the French culture and Old Europe are. And how different the three cultures are from each other. The job Aubri and Indiana d as explorers, and checking the wider countryside for contamination and prepare for clean up is awesome. It was great meeting new characters. The exploration team, especially Banni, are a fun group of new characters that really show what the culture is like. The way the story ended has me on the edge of my seat for the next story. I absolutely love Elin Peer and her writing. Her ability to take me to another time and place and feel invested in all these wonderful characters, even jerks like Victor. Love these books

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Sasada

    One of the most unique and amazing series out there. Elin Peer just keeps getting better. When the series started I wondered how this series would stay interesting once the basic information was out there. No need to worry these books just keeps getting better and better. Strong characters, excitement around every corner, passion and love, and personality conflicts, which are so funny. This book brings Indiana and Aubri to Europe. Their jobs are dangerous and very important for Europe. Of course One of the most unique and amazing series out there. Elin Peer just keeps getting better. When the series started I wondered how this series would stay interesting once the basic information was out there. No need to worry these books just keeps getting better and better. Strong characters, excitement around every corner, passion and love, and personality conflicts, which are so funny. This book brings Indiana and Aubri to Europe. Their jobs are dangerous and very important for Europe. Of course they have to deal with Victor, but its worth it for the job they do. Indiana and Aubri have been friends since childhood, they have always loved each other, but now as adults can they take it up to more without damaging their friendship. I suggest you read the entire series to know the characters, and especially to understand the backstory. Best unique series to come along in forever. The writing is fantastic, the characters are all consuming with great personalities. a must read series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This book is about the love of Abri and Indiana who have been friends since their early childhood. They become Explorers in Old Europe which is mainly what is left of the their world. They learn so many strange things in their culture. Their main language is French. Their boss is Banni. They will be in France for a year. They go back home, The Northlands, for the summer while they go for their yearly summit. This year they are meeting in the Motherland with the Northlanders and Old Europeans. All This book is about the love of Abri and Indiana who have been friends since their early childhood. They become Explorers in Old Europe which is mainly what is left of the their world. They learn so many strange things in their culture. Their main language is French. Their boss is Banni. They will be in France for a year. They go back home, The Northlands, for the summer while they go for their yearly summit. This year they are meeting in the Motherland with the Northlanders and Old Europeans. All countries have their own values, beliefs, and cultures. They meet to try to learn from one another hopefully. I cannot wait for the next installation. I love how you become to know about each generation. I have loved each book. You feel like you know the characters through Elin's descriptions.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally C

    After the toxic war only three countries survived, the Northlands, Motherlands and Old Europe. But many of the people in Old Europe still live underground because of contaminated land that needs to be cleaned by the Explorers. When an opportunity presents itself to Aubri to live in Old Europe for a year and become an Explorer, she jumps at the chance. But because she is from the Northlands and a female, she must have a protector, so her best friend, Indiana, volunteer to stay with Aubri. Togethe After the toxic war only three countries survived, the Northlands, Motherlands and Old Europe. But many of the people in Old Europe still live underground because of contaminated land that needs to be cleaned by the Explorers. When an opportunity presents itself to Aubri to live in Old Europe for a year and become an Explorer, she jumps at the chance. But because she is from the Northlands and a female, she must have a protector, so her best friend, Indiana, volunteer to stay with Aubri. Together they learn about the customs and lifestyle in Old Europe, but they also discover something about themselves that will change their lives forever. This is another excellent story by Elin Peer with loads of drama, likeable characters, suspense, and romance. Aubri and Indi’s story kept me glued to the pages from start to finish. Loved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy L Prosek

    The Explorer, the twelfth book in Elin Peer's Men of the North series. The children of the ruling family and their friends are now adults themselves. Aubri has a competitiveness inbred in her which challenges the men in her life to keep her safe. When she takes up a dangerous job in Old Europe, Indiana steps up as her protector and joins alongside her. They find themselves exploring more than the environment, if you know what I mean. I enjoy the author's portrayal of take charge, monogamous, opi The Explorer, the twelfth book in Elin Peer's Men of the North series. The children of the ruling family and their friends are now adults themselves. Aubri has a competitiveness inbred in her which challenges the men in her life to keep her safe. When she takes up a dangerous job in Old Europe, Indiana steps up as her protector and joins alongside her. They find themselves exploring more than the environment, if you know what I mean. I enjoy the author's portrayal of take charge, monogamous, opinionated, purely alpha Male type of men. I love how Elin makes this dystopian world come to life on the pages of her books. Although set in the future, it has many references to our present. I'd recommend you take a chance, pick up an Elin Peer book, and become one of her many fans. You'll be in good company.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An excellent dystopian romance. I really enjoyed both the hero and heroine in this novel. The heroine was an aggressive adrenaline junky, and I really appreciated her existential crisis regarding the fact that she loved her homeland while at the same time hating the constraints put on her there blocking her true potential. The hero was the level headed one of the pair, but he was so deliciously dominant during the sexy scenes. I found this novel to be an especially sizzling one in the series, be An excellent dystopian romance. I really enjoyed both the hero and heroine in this novel. The heroine was an aggressive adrenaline junky, and I really appreciated her existential crisis regarding the fact that she loved her homeland while at the same time hating the constraints put on her there blocking her true potential. The hero was the level headed one of the pair, but he was so deliciously dominant during the sexy scenes. I found this novel to be an especially sizzling one in the series, because of it. The characterization was top notch in this novel, and the development of the romantic relationship was organic and hot. The world building was great, and the plot and pacing were tight and exciting. I look forward to reading the next book in this series with great anticipation.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lupe McClan

    A 5+ Star book… again! Thank you Ms. Peer for sharing your world building stories! Once again you’ve given us an awesome book ♥️. Aubrie’s story picks up with her & her best friend Indiana staying in the French part of Old Europe. The people of this present day France, have vastly different attitudes about quite a few things - but really, are they all that different? Abbie & Indiana make a pact that whatever happens during this year of exploration will stay between them but can either of them let A 5+ Star book… again! Thank you Ms. Peer for sharing your world building stories! Once again you’ve given us an awesome book ♥️. Aubrie’s story picks up with her & her best friend Indiana staying in the French part of Old Europe. The people of this present day France, have vastly different attitudes about quite a few things - but really, are they all that different? Abbie & Indiana make a pact that whatever happens during this year of exploration will stay between them but can either of them let each other go long enough to really explore? Contaminated land, water & soil - will this year far from their homeland contaminate their life long relationship? Read this now - unless you haven’t read the other books in this series yet! You will NOT be disappointed!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa H

    More stories to explore in this series. Some familiar dichotomies. Men are stronger than women, women must dress a certain way so not to tempt men. But the exciting exploration is what happens in Old Europe, stays in Old Europe. Aubri is a tomboy who has always tried to keep up with the boys (Mason and Indy). She’s fearless, or rather determined to achieve the same things as they boys can physically (totally understand. I had to climb the same mountains as the boys and I accomplished it in slip on More stories to explore in this series. Some familiar dichotomies. Men are stronger than women, women must dress a certain way so not to tempt men. But the exciting exploration is what happens in Old Europe, stays in Old Europe. Aubri is a tomboy who has always tried to keep up with the boys (Mason and Indy). She’s fearless, or rather determined to achieve the same things as they boys can physically (totally understand. I had to climb the same mountains as the boys and I accomplished it in slip on heels). Indy is torn between his physical attraction to Aubri and his responsibilities To keep her safe at all cost. Aubri just wants to have fun and explore and test all boundaries. Smart, thought provoking, well written. Highly recommend. Purchased.

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