Title: World Turned Upside Down (World of Love: Antarctica)
Author: Elyse Springer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 90 pages
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
After three winters in Antarctica, Simon Bancroft is an old hand on the ice. The harsh weather and extreme isolation aren’t for everyone, but he enjoys the tight-knit community at McMurdo Station… and lately he’s enjoyed watching the hot new researcher, Asher Delaney, who’s recently arrived to study the aurora. But Simon’s just a janitor. Asher doesn’t even know he exists.
When Simon’s friends propose a wager, he gets a chance to introduce himself to Asher at last. But Asher defies all of Simon’s assumptions, and suddenly he finds himself reevaluating everything he thought he knew about Asher, himself, and falling in love at the bottom of the world.
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First of all, I am incredibly impressed the author lived and worked in Antarctica at both the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and at McMurdo Station on-and-off for three years and gives us an authentic insider’s view to life on the ice in “World Turned Upside Down.”
Simon has lived and worked on the ice for three seasons, working as a janitor. A new scientist / researcher Asher catches his eye, and Simon immediately falls in lust (Simon doesn’t do love or relationships) with the tall, muscular blonde. Admittedly Simon is attracted to the fantasy of Asher, not the real man and he’s uncharacteristically shy in approaching Asher. His friends bet him to talk to Asher and get him in the sack …. and yes, you are correct in thinking this bet will come back to bite him in the behind.
The more Simon gets to know Asher, the more he realizes Asher is not the aggressive beast of his fantasies but rather a shy gentle man who wants to take their physical relationship slowly. Almost without realizing it, Simon falls in love with Asher and treasures their moments together whether it be exploring the stars or each other in bed, until that unfortunate bet rears its ugly head. The ending is a bit haphazard, but true love prevails with Simon and Asher finding their happy ever after.
The author packs a lot into this novella, with a great setting and background on Antarctica, two interesting characters (although Asher’s background could have used a bit more depth), some steamy sex that turns into a sweet romance and a HEA. 4 stars.