Friday, April 5, 2019

Blog Tour Review: Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Sun
(Frozen Hearts #1)
by Annabeth Albert
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2019

Everything’s bigger in Alaska, especially the HEAs. Annabeth Albert kicks off the brand-new Frozen Hearts series with Arctic Sun, an opposites-attract romance between a rugged outdoorsman and a smoking hot former male model.

He’s built a quiet life for himself in Alaska. But it doesn’t stand a chance against the unrelenting pull of a man who’s everything he shouldn’t want.

Ex-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…

River has his own methods for coping. Chasing adventure means always moving forward. Nobody’s ever made him want to stand still—until Griffin. The rugged bush pilot is the very best kind of distraction, but the emotions he stirs up in River feel anything but casual, and he’s in no position to stay put.

With temptation lurking in close quarters, keeping even a shred of distance is a challenge neither’s willing to meet. And the closer Griffin gets to River, the easier it is to ignore every last reason he should run.

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Publisher’s Note: Arctic Sun deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including sobriety and eating disorders.

The setting of Arctic Sun is against the backdrop of the beautiful Alaska. Griffin is a recovering alcoholic and ex-military pilot who basically become a hermit while working for his family business. He hates socializing and try to keep to himself, but when his family needs him to take over a new tour, Griffin was force to step up and out of his comfort zone. That's when he met a blue hair celebrity-writer, River. 

River is a total opposite from the gruff mountain man. River is an ex-supermodel turn travel writer and visiting Alaska as his latest adventure. River is playful, fun, flirty, sociable and he was instantly attracted to his broody tour guide. The first half of the book was dedicated to their trip with River trying to befriend and coax Griff to come out of his shell. I thought River did a wonderful job at that and manage to tempt Griff into some sexy escapade despite Griff reluctance in the beginning.

I enjoy their tentative friendship in the beginning with Griff slowly opening up and sharing part of himself to River. They have something great going on but the truth is River is there as a tourist and he will be leaving soon. What kind of future will they have when one of them is rooted to Alaska, while the other can't stop at one point long enough? 

The story touched on some heavy subject matter such as past addiction and eating disorder. River might seems functional but beneath his facade is a total mess especially after he left Alaska behind to join back the bustling society. Both Griff and River are stubborn as a mule. They kept trying hide their vulnerability and always act tough and fine. I just knew their tough act is a recipe for disaster. What really warms my heart though is the way they both want to protect the other from themselves. River trying to be the perfect boyfriend without showing his less than perfect self and Griff trying to be sociable and fit into River's lifestyle. 

In the end, they need to do some soul searching before they work on their HEA and the part that I admire most is that they finally face their demon and work on getting better.

The mountain man scowled at River. The older guy next to him was the one splashed all over the website— well-known photographer Roger Barrett—with the sort of craggy features that suggested a long life lived in the sun. He smiled at River, shaking his hand, and telling him what a fan his sister-in-law and nieces were of his book. But it wasn’t the old guy who held River’s attention at all. No, that was all reserved for Mr. Tall, Dark, and Cranky, who clearly didn’t share Roger’s good opinion of River, but good heavens, the man certainly made all those rumors about mountains and fresh air resulting in larger-than-average humans seem true. 
He totally looked the mountain man part too— shaggy brown hair, the sort of tan that River’s friends would pay good money to emulate, hazel eyes that re- minded River of the greenish brown stone of a mosque he’d visited in Istanbul. And muscles for days. Big, broad shoulders stretching the fabric of a denim shirt, thighs like tree trunks, and that scowl. This was a guy who would be at home playing the sheriff in some old west drama. Or maybe a gunslinger... 

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance series include the #OutOfUniform, #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat, #RainbowCove and #PerfectHarmony series.

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