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Series: Frozen Hearts #3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: Sept. 23 (ebook/audio), Oct 1 (print)
Length (Print & Ebook): 89,000 words
Subgenre: m/m contemporary romance/ action adventure m/m romance, interracial romance
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Praise for ARCTIC HEAT:
“Annabeth Albert's delightful characters and thoughtful emotional touch give a lovely spin to opposites attract when they're forced together in a cabin in the woods. We root for these guys--lone wolf Quilleran is a true foil for Owen, who is enthusiastically embracing his new lease on life.” -Bestselling Author, Amy Lane
“I really enjoyed the story. It was a fun read and believe it or not, I have been to the Hatcher Pass area of Alaska. The story was fun, sexy and passionate enough to melt an Alaskan snow field.” -Bestselling Author, Andew Grey
“I eagerly await every new Annabeth Albert release and ARCTIC HEAT did not disappoint. Sexy and snowbound with a touch of danger - do not miss this one!” -Bestselling Author, HelenKay Dimon
“Arctic Heat by Annabeth Albert ... Owen and Quill are so wow...witnessing their friendship build is tangible and engaging ...Albert’s ability to have characters connect without needing sex is astounding and speaks to this author talent!” -Denise, Shh Mom’s Reading Book Blog
A lasting connection needs more than simply surviving a winter together—they’ll have to outsmart danger, let down their defenses and open their hearts.
Owen Han has a fresh lease on life—he’s kicked cancer’s ass and is roaring through his bucket list. The former investment banker hopes to find his next challenge in Alaska, volunteering alongside park rangers and fulfilling his childhood dreams of snowy winters and rustic life. Of course, those dreams did tend to feature big strapping mountain men in vivid detail…
Ranger Quilleran Ramsey would like to be anywhere other than dealing with newbie volunteers. And really, the only thing he needs less than a green volunteer “partner” is the flirty attentions of a buff city boy who doesn’t look ready to last a week, let alone an Alaskan winter. They’re all wrong for each other, even if Quill’s traitorous body enjoys the flirting more than it should.
As the weeks pass, the two snowbound men give in to temptation. But can their seasonal romance last until spring? For them to have a future together, each will have to trust the other…while hoping that the harsh elements and omnipresent dangers don’t destroy what happiness they’ve found in the moment.
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This book is approximately 89,000 words
Owen and Quill make an interesting couple, one is out and proud and the other is so far in the closet he can't even see the light seeping in under the door. Annabeth Albert does an amazing job bringing these two together and giving them each what they need in order to form a friendship and a deep love for one another.
This has been a great series and Owen & Quill's story was a wonderful addition to it. I loved the slow pace that solidified their friendship and helped cultivate it into something deeper. Yes there is a bit of an age difference and yes they come from two different backgrounds but their friendship conquered that and their love conquered everything else.
Annabeth has taken us on another journey to the picturesque state of Alaska and like Owen, I have it on my bucket list....yes we have bucket lists for the same reason but mine does not include being a forest ranger for the winter there because lets face it I wouldn't survive the cold but I would most definitely go there for a couple of weeks on vacation to see all that the beautiful state has to show us.
I swear each time I have read a book in this series I have felt as if I was there looking at the beautiful scenery because of the Annabeth Albert writes, she makes you feel as if you are right there with them watching everything unfold as it's happening and it's a beautiful thing.
If you enjoy MM Romance, Interracial Romance, May-December/Age-Gap Romance then I urge you to grab a copy of this book because it is definitely worth the read.
“Tea for everyone. Then a hot shower and lots of blankets,” Owen declared as they entered the building, bossy streak making a blessed reappearance right when Quill really needed to not be the one thinking. If Owen had a plan, so much the better because Quill wasn’t good for much besides stripping off his gear, stowing his piece, stomping upstairs, and flopping into a kitchen chair. Owen draped one of the blankets from the couch around his shoulders before doing the same for himself, wearing it like a cape as he made tea. “Bourbon in yours? I found a bottle in the cabinet the other week.”
“Yeah.” Quill didn’t often imbibe, but he needed the burn of the liquor even more than any warmth-giving properties. The bourbon was there exactly for nights like this one where Quill had done his best and it still hadn’t been enough. Fucking universe and its random acts of cruelty.
After adding a healthy glug of liquor to each of their mugs, Owen shoved a cup at Quill. He also put a plate of cookies from the batch that got baked on the table. “Here you go. Eat something so the alcohol doesn’t hit too hard.”
“Feels like I should be the one taking care of you,” Quill admitted after he’d had a few sips of tea, let the warmth and burn work past the tightness in his throat and chest.
“We can take care of each other,” Owen countered, pulling his chair close to Quill’s. “That’s what we’re here for, right?”
A few hours ago, Quill would have argued that being alone was the best way to cope with something like this—find a way to push through and on to the next day either with the aid of some strong drink or just a restless night spent replaying the events until sleep did its thing, softened the edges of the awfulness. But when Owen grabbed his hand, squeezed, and looked at him with such compassion in his eyes, Quill couldn’t find it in himself to pull away.
“Yeah,” he said, even as he knew that he shouldn’t let himself come to need Owen like this, to lean on him. He and Hattie had always tended to retreat to their own corners after a hard shift, and he prided himself on being a strong man. Sure, accidents like this affected him as they would anyone, but he’d always tried to handle those emotions on his own. Harsh memories of his father’s comments about men who showed their feelings didn’t help any, but lately all those memories, all the family drama, seemed more distant. Less sharp.
And funny how without that mantle of a painful past, his present seemed somehow more hopeful, old wounds and past fears no match for Owen. In fact, they’d been on the verge of another disagreement when Owen had dropped everything to come help. And now here he was, taking care of Quill yet again. Owen simply didn’t seem to have it in him to hold a grudge too long. Quill would be a fool to pull away now, even if he knew the next night like this, the inevitable one after Owen left, would hurt that much more. But that moment, all he wanted to do was hold Owen close, take every comfort he offered from Christmas lights to hot toddies to underdone gingerbread to that strong hand of his, holding on when Quill needed it most.
NB What do you like to do when you aren't writing?
AA Knitting! Right now I’m knitting stockings for my kids for the holiday and then I’ve got a few shawls and such in progress for others. And I want to knit myself some colorful fingerless mitts for fall because my office gets a bit drafty!
NB What are some books that you enjoyed recently?
AA I’ve been on an R. Cooper binge! Loved every one that I’ve read so far by them! Also, Layla Reyne’s Dine with Me is recently out and just delicious—emotional and deep.
NB Name three things on your desk right now.
AA Diet Root beer over ice, empty coffee cup, and notepad with wordcounts on it from the day’s words!
NB What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
AA I love the gradual progression of a real, lasting friendship between Quill and Owen along with their scorching chemistry. But those real emotions really got me in the feels, and I so enjoyed writing them.
NB To get to know you a little bit better... do you have a pet or something that is special to you that you could share with us?
AA This is Shiny (pic below, fashion styling by my kids). She’s almost two years old now, and we adopted her from the humane shelter when she was a puppy. She’s been the best writing companion ever. She loves peanut butter containers, stealing trash, and naps under piles of blankets. Her favorite thing to do is to stand on top of the picnic table in the backyard and squeak her favorite toy, a stuffed unicorn head.
Meet Annabeth Albert:
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 #FrozenHearts, #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.
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