Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews

Arctic Fire* * * 1/2

When two strangers are trapped in a blizzard, heat rises.

Haunted by what he lost in Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is at a crossroads. While the last place he wants to go is the Arctic, at least the routine mission gets him out from behind his new desk. But he starts off on the wrong foot with the Canadian Ranger guiding him across the forbidding and dangerous land, and Jack would rather be anywhere than sharing a tent with Sergeant Kin Carsen.

The Arctic is in Kin's blood, and he can't seem to leave the tundra behind. He wishes he could live openly as a gay man, but the North isn't as accepting as the rest of Canada. Although he's lonely, he loves his responsibility as a Ranger, patrolling the vast land he knows so well. But he's on unfamiliar ground with Jack, and when they're stranded alone by a blizzard, unexpected desire begins to burn. Soon they're in a struggle to survive, and all these strangers have is each other.

Note: This gay romance features emotional repression, hurt/comfort, adventure on the tundra, and love where you least expect it. 

Arctic Fire first appeared in the military bundle Unconditional Surrender in 2014.


The location of this story is what initially drew me in.  Not often do you find a story set in such a remote setting (deserted islands not withstanding).   The Arctic was completely new territory for me so I was intrigued.  And I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
The author did a great job of imparting a level depth that is difficult to find in short stories and novellas.  In only 100 pages the reader becomes emotionally invested in two not so different characters from completely different backgrounds.   Watching Captain Turner fumble and make a number of offensive remarks that Sergeant Carsen refuses to brush off was an excellent way to not only educate the reader but also provide the conflict needed to make their relationship progress within the confines of the story.   With Kin Carsen as his guide, Jack Turner adapts to his new surroundings while learning a whole new mode of survival.  And, of course, there is adventure and love along the way. 

My only complaint was that the ending was a little too “happy for now.”  It left me unsatisfied and NEEDING to know if Jack and Kin get their Happy Ever After.  I can only hope Ms. Andrews is planning on a follow up for these two lonely guys who have only just found each other.  If she does, you can bet I will be purchasing it in a heartbeat.


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