Title: Arctic Sun (Frozen Hearts #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press – HARLEQUIN
Publication Date: April 1, 2019
Genre: MM Romance, Mystery/Suspense
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 95,000 Words / 384 Pages
Rating: 3.5 Stars rounded Up
Everything’s bigger in Alaska, especially the HEAs. Annabeth Albert kicks off the brand-new Frozen Hearts series with Arctic Sun, an opposites-attract romance between a rugged outdoorsman and a smoking hot former male model.
He’s built a quiet life for himself in Alaska. But it doesn’t stand a chance against the unrelenting pull of a man who’s everything he shouldn’t want.
Ex-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…
River has his own methods for coping. Chasing adventure means always moving forward. Nobody’s ever made him want to stand still—until Griffin. The rugged bush pilot is the very best kind of distraction, but the emotions he stirs up in River feel anything but casual, and he’s in no position to stay put.
With temptation lurking in close quarters, keeping even a shred of distance is a challenge neither’s willing to meet. And the closer Griffin gets to River, the easier it is to ignore every last reason he should run.
Publisher’s Note: Arctic Sun deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including sobriety and eating disorders.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Annabeth Albert is back with yet another new captivating series, “Frozen Hearts” set in Alaska. The first entry brought together opposites characters; an air force vet with issues and a former supermodel turned writer. It’s a clash of personalities, presented Albert’s style that took readers along the MCs on an emotional roller coaster ride.
As the first in the series, this book introduced the general premises and characters – main and secondary. “Arctic Sun” brought readers adventuring to wild Alaska, witnessing the dynamic exchange between Griffin and River, noting the gradual changes in their view of each other and how they carried themselves. Moreover, it’s a journey of two battered souls to find peace with themselves and each other.
One of the delights in Albert’s books for me is her talent to generate various types of tangible yet unique characters. I liked Griff and River, although Griff could be such a gloom-and-doom often times. I especially loved how creative River was in coming up with fond moniker(s) for Griff throughout their acquaintance. Their romance didn’t feel rushed and even understated. That saying, there was this scene close to closing chapter that had me bemused (view spoiler). Personally that bit felt like patchy sequence in the timeline – not that I begrudged the result of said scene, though. That glitch aside, “Arctic Sun” is a joy to read and for sure, “Frozen Hearts” is another promising series to look out to. Can’t wait for the next book!
Advanced copy of this book is kindly given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.