Title: Arctic Wild: An Alaska Romance (Frozen Hearts Book 2)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 3rd, 2019
Page Count: 400
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When a plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, the best place to land is in the arms of a younger man…
Hotshot attorney Reuben Graham has finally agreed to take a vacation, when his plane suddenly plunges into the Alaskan wilderness.
Just his luck.
But his frustrations have only begun as he finds himself stranded with the injured, and superhot, pilot, a man who’s endearingly sociable—and much too young for Reuben to be wanting him this badly.
As the sole provider for his sisters and ailing father, Tobias Kooly is devastated to learn his injuries will prevent him from working or even making it back home. So when Reuben insists on giving him a place to recover, not even Toby’s pride can make him refuse. He’s never been tempted by a silver fox before, but something about Reuben is impossible to resist.
Recuperating in Reuben’s care is the last thing Toby expected, yet the closer they become, the more incredibly right it feels, prompting workaholic Reuben to question the life he’s been living. But when the pressure Toby’s under starts closing in, both men will have to decide if there’s room in their hearts for a love they never saw coming.
I love the feeling I get when I finish an Annabeth Albert story. It’s like everything just falls perfectly into place and I have a bit of happiness and hope in my heart. This newest book of hers is no exception.
Reuben is a rapidly aging attorney in the tri-state area and has worked himself silly to provide and care for his ex-wife and teenage daughter. When his co-workers/friends bail on an Alaskan vacation, he’s stuck going himself. But it’s not all bad. He meets tour guide Toby, who’s young and fun, but with a ton of baggage. When their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere they both get a chance to save each other, and then possibly save themselves.
I love how Annabeth Albert sets up a story. It’s never some random made up city. Every detail is calculated and each decision is metered, her obvious research adding so much to the book.
Both MC’s had issues, but there wasn’t a ton of angst, nor was there a huge communication gap, which I am always grateful for. Toby worked hard for every cent he made and used that money to take care of his sisters and father. He had a lot of pride, which became a point of contention.
Reuben was able to find his way into being part of his daughter’s life with the help of Toby. He was able to see how much his work ruled his life and how much he was missing.
I also LOVED the mention of Adrian Gottlieb’s game Space Villager from her book Status Update. Easter Eggs are super fun!
Overall, this was a lovely read with some wonderful characters who both find what they are looking for and become better for it. Recommended read.