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.
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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
About the author: 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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The mountain man scowled at River. The older guy next to him was the one splashed all over the website— well-known photographer Roger Barrett—with the sort of craggy features that suggested a long life lived in the sun. He smiled at River, shaking his hand, and telling him what a fan his sister-in-law and nieces were of his book. But it wasn’t the old guy who held River’s attention at all. No, that was all reserved for Mr. Tall, Dark, and Cranky, who clearly didn’t share Roger’s good opinion of River, but good heavens, the man certainly made all those rumors about mountains and fresh air resulting in larger-than-average humans seem true.
He totally looked the mountain man part too— shaggy brown hair, the sort of tan that River’s friends would pay good money to emulate, hazel eyes that re- minded River of the greenish brown stone of a mosque he’d visited in Istanbul. And muscles for days. Big, broad shoulders stretching the fabric of a denim shirt, thighs like tree trunks, and that scowl. This was a guy who would be at home playing the sheriff in some old west drama. Or maybe a gunslinger…
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.
They headed back to the van, most of the group more cheerful than they’d been prior to Griffin’s big idea, but River’s stooped shoulders and heavy sighs said he was sulking. Fine. He’d just have to deal. Griffin had a dual responsibility to show him a good time but also keep him alive. Before he got in the van, River took a long drink from his water bottle, and Griffin didn’t look away fast enough, instead finding himself mesmerized by the long line of River’s neck. Forget the wildlife. Griffin wanted a picture of that, those full lips wrapped around the bottle’s spout, head tipped back, eyes half shut…
Shaking his head, he forced himself to walk around to the driver’s side. He could not let himself get caught up in River’s spell for so many reasons including that the guy clearly wanted to court disaster. There was no sense in getting wrapped up in wanting someone who was a walking danger sign. Griffin had had enough risk and danger to last a lifetime. Wasn’t going there again.
Griffin was not going to be done in by a simple smile. He just wasn’t. He was thirty-six years old, not sixteen. And it didn’t matter that River’s floodlight-bright grin revealed gleaming white teeth and two shallow dimples on either side of a full, lush mouth that had to be a big part of what had made him such a hit modeling. Griffin looked away because he wasn’t going to get pulled under River’s spell. He had a job to do, and he was going to do it, but he wasn’t going to make the mistake of liking it.
Again, Griffin seemed sheepish to be sharing something more than just the schedule. River found his discomfort adorable. Big gruff mountain man had a mushy streak, and River wanted to see more of it.
He also wouldn’t mind seeing more of the muscles Griffin displayed as he loaded the van after they were all done eating, expertly stowing luggage in the rear and roof storage compartments, turning down all offers of help.
“Hey, I can be plenty sweet.” Griffin sounded a little offended, which River found funny, considering how standoffish the guy seemed determined to be.
“Barista certainly thought so.” River settled back into the passenger seat. “You should get her number.”
Griffin’s entire face shut down. “I don’t date.”
“Now isn’t that a darn shame.” River really wanted to ask a follow-up or ten, but Griffin’s expression didn’t invite further inquiry. But that didn’t stop River from trying to lighten the mood. “Thought I saw a sign back there for Virgin Creek…”
Griffin totally didn’t take the bait, didn’t even crack a smile as he navigated back toward the highway. River forced himself to focus on the scenery. Hell. One would think River was the one belonging at Virgin Creek the way he was all twisted up over his cranky guide. And the I don’t date comment had just made more questions buzz around in River’s brain. Like did he not date ever? Or not date women and didn’t want to put it like that? Or he was more of a hookup guy going between one-night stands? Or he’d taken some bizarre vow of chastity? Whatever his reasons, River dearly wanted to know them. And if there was one thing River was good at, it was finding out people’s stories. Griffin didn’t stand a chance.
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Arctic Sun is the first book in Annabeth Albert’s new series Frozen Hearts. This is my first time reading her work and it will not be my last.
“There was something between them, right from the start. Something big and scary and special.“
Griffin lives in Alaska and takes comfort in his small town life and routine. He’s not a people person but when his family needs him to help out on a nature photography tour he has no choice put to agree, even if it means interacting with people and being personable. Former model River, travels from place to place, experiencing all life has to offer. He’s popular, well-known and friendly. Both are instantly attracted to one another but where Griffin sees warning sings, River sees a green light. He is all about having fun and what would make a week in nature better than getting close to rugged handsome Griff. Griffin isn’t a casual type of guy, he doesn’t do flings, and tries to resist the temptation but can only hold out for so long. When the week ends and their vastly different realities return will the connection between them be enough to last.
My favorite aspect of Arctic Sun was how real and imperfect both Griffin and River are. They are both are in recovery of sorts and while both are technically surviving, they are both running from their problems just in different ways. I loved their innocent role-playing and the honesty they were able to bring out of each other. Their physical encounters had passion and vulnerability to them that made them perfect.
“I’m not gonna lie and say it’s easy, but you make me want to take risks again. Good ones, ones were the payoff might just be worth it.“
I very much enjoyed Annabeth Albert’s writing style. She brought the Alaska scenery to life with beautiful descriptions and details. I also greatly appreciated that the final conflict in the book wasn’t haphazardly resolved. When things go wrong there’s a decent amount of the book left and the characters are given that time to find themselves and get the help the need in order to be better reversion of themselves before reconnecting. The forgiveness isn’t instantaneous, making the story even more realistic and relatable.
Overall, Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert is a wonderful story. An opposite attracts romance between two men who live such different lives but find peace and comfort in each other. A story about learning to love yourself and a happily ever after worth fighting for.
“The moment that “will we or won’t we“ changes into “ when will we“ is just the best. Like the air almost crackles.“
“I don’t want just one part of you, I want it all. The good, the messy, the hidden – all of it. I want you.“