Title: Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts #2)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 3, 2019
Page Count: 400
Reviewed by: Kristin F
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.0 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.
Second in the Frozen Hearts series – this can be read as a standalone.
If you like strong hurt/comfort/healing books, then this may be for you.
Blurb sums up the plot fairly well, if not prone to a teeny bit of exaggeration. I did think this was going to be a “Survivor” type book, our characters having to spend a week or more struggling to get out, but it wasn’t like that.
For the most part, I enjoyed this. It’s a slow-burn romance, that has strong elements of dating and getting to know the person which I always appreciated. It’s also about personal growth, introspection, and learning to stand up for what one wants in life.
A few items dropped this from a five star to a four-star read for me:
Reuben is dubbed a “silver bear” by Toby almost immediately in the book. Despite having a 14-year-old daughter, the age difference between the two main characters was not apparent. Even with the snide remarks from Toby’s family, for myself, it never really felt like Toby and Reuben were that much different in age.
Even though this character trait defined Toby, I admit to growing weary of Toby’s continual “I’ll do it myself,” attitude and his insistence on running his sister’s lives. This was almost a deal-breaker for me. By the time we hit the conclusion and resolution, I was very glad to see a much-needed personality shift which greatly improved my opinion of the overall book.
And some positives:
I’m starting to change my mind about kids in books – usually not a fan, but lately I’ve read several where the kiddo aspect was well done. This was one of them. I enjoyed Amelia’s transformation as much as Reuben’s and Toby’s.
The impetus for the book – the plane crash. Again, my impression was our characters would be stranded in the Alaskan wilderness for days and days, and it wasn’t. I liked how this event was short and initiated the rest of the plot.
And this was, ultimately, an engaging read. Interesting characters, plot was nicely written with just the right amount of tension, and the dynamic tension between our main characters felt realistic. If you enjoyed Arctic Sun, you’ll probably enjoy Arctic Wild.