Title: Arctic Fire
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: 25th oct, 2016
Genre(s): Romance, Military, Novella
Page Count: 100
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
When two strangers are trapped in a blizzard, heat rises.
Haunted by what he lost in Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is at a crossroads. While the last place he wants to go is the Arctic, at least the routine mission gets him out from behind his new desk. But he starts off on the wrong foot with the Canadian Ranger guiding him across the forbidding and dangerous land, and Jack would rather be anywhere than sharing a tent with Sergeant Kin Carsen.
The Arctic is in Kin’s blood, and he can’t seem to leave the tundra behind. He wishes he could live openly as a gay man, but the North isn’t as accepting as the rest of Canada. Although he’s lonely, he loves his responsibility as a Ranger, patrolling the vast land he knows so well. But he’s on unfamiliar ground with Jack, and when they’re stranded alone by a blizzard, unexpected desire begins to burn. Soon they’re in a struggle to survive, and all these strangers have is each other.
“Arctic Fire” by Keira Andrews is a novella, the kind of which we get every year by this author during the holidays. The main element of this book is hope; hope to move on, hope to find love, hope to be free and hope to belong. There is a high amount of feels in this story. The MCs are both suffering from losses and trying to cope with the present when they meet. In the frozen land of Arctic, they find something special enough to give them the ever important “HOPE” for a better future together.
Captain Jack Turner is a man tormented. He has lost someone important while on tour in Afghanistan and his life from that point onwards has come to a complete standstill. He is emotionally exhausted and doesn’t know how to lessen the hurt and move on. His romantic adventure in the Arctic Tundra gives him hope in the form of Kin to fall in love and eventually thaw his hurt. A few days spent in a tent in the beautiful frozen landscape of the Arctic brings the two men together and ignites a passion to last a lifetime.
Kin Carsen belongs in the Arctic. It’s his home and he does not want to be anywhere else. But he hides a very important part of himself and lives with the guilt of losing someone very close. Jack annoys him at first with his ignorance but close proximity with the man helps Kin discover his vulnerable side and deeply effecting wounds. Kin relates with Jack’s loss and he could not help but feel the attraction to the emotionally broken captain.
The author has provided a very scenic backdrop to this romance. The raging emotions and passion between Kin and Jack amidst the frozen Arctic Tundra is showcased brilliantly.
The writing and character development was flawless. I loved the snark and witty banter between the MCs, felt their pain very deeply and got warmed a thousand times over by their passion. The pace of the story is very smooth and engaging with the right amount of angst to make it an enjoyable read. The ending was a little rushed but other than that this read is a great and engaging holiday novella.