Title: Glacier Gold (World of Love Series)
Author: Crystel Greene
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 21, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Up in the Alps, a single night can change your life.
Struggling college student and self-taught graphic artist Justin Bennet isn’t the most self-confident guy, but he knows he’s good at two things: snowboarding and sex. Why does Andi, the hot instructor at the Tyrolean ski resort, pretend Justin doesn’t exist?
Justin becomes all but obsessed with the idea of scoring with the young Austrian. Because for all the man’s reserve, he made it quite obvious he likes Justin—at least from the neck down.
When Justin books a private heliboarding trip with Andi as his guide, he thinks he’s one step away from striking gold.
But then the forces of nature take over, trapping the men in a snowstorm, and things get real. What was supposed to be about some freeriding fun and inviting a closeted guy to start exploring his options suddenly becomes about survival—and the hidden truths of the soul.
When Justin and his two dude bros Carl and Jay arrive for a week of snowboarding in the Austrian Alps, Justin is immediately, desperately, borderline stalker / attracted to Andi Fankhauser, the son of the resort’s owner.
It has been less than twenty-four hours since I first set my eyes on Andi Fankhauser, but yes, I have already done my research. There’s no point in stalling when your time frame for a quality hookup is seven days. I might lack in discipline when it comes to stuff like completing my bachelor’s degree, but I can be trusted to do a thorough job when it comes to hitting on a ten. And Andi Fankhauser is a fucking twelve.
“Glacier Gold” is told from Justin’s POV and Justin is unrelenting in his pursuit of Andi, which comprises almost 70% of this short novella, until the two men are trapped in a snowstorm. And yes, while the “sex in a two-man sleeping bag” is all kinds of hot and steamy, there is little character development of the two MCs and even less actual communication between the two before the ending, which quickly covers Andi’s coming out to his family, Justin’s future career plans and the two guys planning their next steps together.
The author does a good job with the Austrian setting of this book giving us details about the culture and customs, and I like Greene’s writing style. However, the plot is fairly flimsy and totally centered on Justin’s obsession with Andi and there is little actual development of either character. 3 stars for “Glacier Gold.”