Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert
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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.
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Griffin gave what he hoped passed for a smile. “Someone else’s turn?”
“I’ll go.” River offered another of those supernova smiles. “I’ve ridden an elephant, I once had to wear a live cactus on my head, I’ve got six piercings, and I love my unicorn tattoo.”
“No way on the tattoo,” Griffin growled, forgetting to let one of the customers go first. “Pretty sure that’s not allowed in modeling, right?”
“I’m a rebel.” River waggled his eyebrows at him. Judging by their shade, his natural hair color was brown, a bit lighter than Griffin’s own hair, in keeping with River’s pale coloring.
“Live cactus?” Dan snorted. “That sounds painful.” “It was.” River gave another of those musical laughs. “Then it must be the piercings. I remember the elephant riding from your book.” Melanie beamed at River like a kid expecting a good grade.
“Yup. Only got four.” River looked right at Griffin as he delivered this bit of news. Griffin tightened his jaw. Now he was going to wonder about the location of those piercings and that tattoo all night, and he had a feeling that might have been River’s goal. His ears were the obvious choice for two piercings, but where else? Nipples? Tongue? He did not need to let his thoughts wander down this path.
|I really enjoyed reading this book. Set in Alaska, we get to enjoy the scenic beauty and see the beautiful place through their eyes.
River and Griff are opposites but also so similar. Both are wounded men and together they help heal each other.
Giffin is a former military pilot who now works for his family business as a tourist guide. He has an amazing relationship with his family but also yearns for a place quiet of his own.
“He was in too deep already, no life raft in sight, and worst of all, he wasn’t sure he wanted rescue.”
River is an ex supermodel turned writer who comes to Alaska for a visit. He is a “blue haired siren” and Griff was a goner from the start.
“All he needed was this man right here, this moment, and River was going to appreciate the hell out of both for as long as he had this.”
The book deals with recovery eating disorder and alcoholism and I must say I haven’t read many books that deals with these topics.
“Griffin might be the pilot, but River was the one who had taught him to fly on wings he hadn’t even realized he possessed.”
Their chemistry is off the charts and the sex is really amazing too (love that it isn’t focused on penetrative sex). I loved the side characters and I’m looking forward to read Toby’s book which is releasing in June.
*ARC provided by the author via A Novel Take PR in exchange for an honest review
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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. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
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