Monday, June 3, 2019

Blog Tour: Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert

Arctic Wild
(Frozen Hearts #2)
by Annabeth Albert
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 3, 2019
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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.


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We are back to Alaska, this time with Toby, the pilot/guide and his solo tourist, Reuben who is a silver fox attorney. Being in Alaska alone is the last thing that Reuben wanted to do, but he is adamant to make through it intact just to prove to his friend and ex-wife. 

To be honest, I find the first half the book kinda draggy. Toby and Reuben went through the whole guide/tourist thing with Toby trying to make Reuben enjoy the trip. A lot of sight seeing things and then we have the accident with Toby came out injured and needing Reuben help with recuperating.

The second half is more engaging with the hurt/comfort scene with Reuben taking care of Toby at his rental home at Alaska. Reuben's daughter is quite an emo teen who is hard to win over. The tentative relationship development is very sweet. Toby used to be a casual hook up kinda guy, but with Reuben he finally contemplate having a relationship. It is a slow burn romance between two men who came from very different background but develop a mutual love for the wilderness. 


“Doing better?” Toby’s voice was kind, and Reuben couldn’t help but enjoy the way he really did seem to care about whether Reuben was miserable or not.
“Yeah. I am. Thank you.” And he could admit that he’d used his phone at the restaurant in part to avoid staring at the handsome guide—a trick he’d used before to keep from revealing more than he wanted to. Because Toby truly was that attractive with those soul-deep dark eyes and chiseled face and lean body, and the more time he spent around him, the more Reuben found himself caught up in his charms. He had to keep reminding himself that arousal was every bit as unwanted as airsickness.
“We’re turning into Harris Bay now. You should have a good view of the glacier field.”
Field turned out to be something of a misnomer, as it was more like undulating rivers of snow and glaciers. The whole region reminded Reuben of a giant bowl, only the walls were granite and lined with hanging glaciers and impossibly tall. It was like something out of a movie, and for the first time, he understood why Craig had been so keen on coming. The scenery was unlike anything he’d seen before, and he’d seldom felt so small and insignificant as he did when confronted with the vastness of the landscape. He was more used to feeling like the gear in the center of a machine, everything else rotating around him. These sensations of having shrunk and being a speck in time compared to eons of ice were more than a little disconcerting, but also riveting at the same time.


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. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter.  In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
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