Monday, April 1, 2019

Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert

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.

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Publisher’s Note: Arctic Sun deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including sobriety and eating disorders.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This book may have inspired a few too many mountain man fantasies. The Alaskan setting made me incredibly homesick and River is a surprisingly loveable supermodel. This book starts light with the focus on the entertaining interplay between Griff and River but when the story pushes into the men’s pasts, it becomes a more complicated and darker read.

Griff hides and River runs but both of them struggle to face their issues head on. The result is a tense emotional tug of war as they dance around each other. I enjoyed the tension between these two, but it took time to feel like I actually knew either of them. There are hints from the start about Griff and River’s personal baggage, but nothing is really explained until the midpoint of the story – maybe even later. I get that both men are supposed to be secretive and closed but it is difficult for readers to relate to characters they don’t really know.

The pacing in this story feels off. A huge portion of the book focuses on the two-week Alaskan tour where Griff and River meet while the next few months of their lives are skimmed over in a few chapters. I really enjoyed the tour part of the book. The tour group is full of fun characters and great Alaskan experiences. I love the way River and Griff interact (or don’t) during the first part of the book and I love how River just won’t fit in the boxes Griff wants to assign him. I feel like the story starts to unravel when the tour ends. Both men feel a little bit childish and readers are still guessing at Griff and River’s pasts and their motivations.

I’m excited about this book as the start of a new series – I just hope we get a little bit more emotional depth and more coherent plotting in the next books. I love the setting and Griff’s family and contacts offer lots of possibilities for interesting storylines.

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Arctic Sun (Frozen Hearts #1) by Annabeth Albert to read and review.

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