Blog Tour Spotlight:
Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert
Series (name + # in series): Frozen Hearts, #1
Publisher: Carina Press (Harlequin)
Release Date (Print & Ebook): eBook: Monday, April 1, 2019 |Print (mmp): Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Length (Print & Ebook): eBook: approx. 95,000 words| Print: 384 pages
Subgenre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance, Male/Male Romance
Warnings: Publisher’s Note: Arctic Sun deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including sobriety and eating disorders.
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.
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This book is approximately 95,000 words
This book does move at a much slower pace then I am use to with Annabeth Albert's books but honestly I felt the need for that, we needed to get to know both Griffin and River better to understand their struggles. Griffin is a recovering alcoholic, a loner, and a survivor. River is recovering from an eating disorder but covers it so well most wouldn't notice if they weren't watching...but Griffin was always watching, he is full of life and while he doesn't need to be the center of attention he definitely doesn't have a problem with spending time with others.
When River and Griffin meet there is an attraction but Griffin is totally against it, even though River is constantly hitting on him. At times I was thinking will this guy get the hint and let Griffin be, I did understand why he kept pursuing him, it just seemed like it was too much at times. This story deals with difficult topics which can be a hard for some to read about but I think Ms. Albert did a wonderful job staying true to the characters struggles with their addictions and disorders. She didn't make light of the true struggles that one would have with coping with such things and I am grateful for that.
Arctic Sun is the first book in the Frozen Heart Series which for me is off to a great start. I recommend this book to lovers of MM Romance and those that enjoy the opposites attract trope. Happy Reading!!!
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Check out this teaser:
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.
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