Arctic Wild by Annabeth Albert
Series: Frozen Hearts #2
Published: June 3, 2019 by Carina Press
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
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.
I really enjoyed Arctic Wild and it brought a lighter tone to the series compared to the previous book, Arctic Sun. On top of that, the stranded theme is one of my favorites and while it’s only a small portion of the story, it’s the catalyst for the rest of the character’s actions and decisions. As always, the writing was spot on and Albert has such a sense of pace when writing a romance.
Reuben was easily my favorite character and I loved that he was a softer, gentle kind of guy. He’s dedicated everything he has to his work at the cost of his personal life and his relationship with his 14 year old daughter, Amelia. After the plan crash, Reuben reevaluates his life and decides to take the summer to assess what he wants and reconnect with his daughter. While Reuben lets go of his workaholic ways pretty easily, I didn’t mind because it was great to watch him fall in love with Alaska and a more balanced life. Reuben loves to care for his partners, in and out of the bedroom, and I liked this side of his personality. He might be too obsessed with his work but he’s also a genuinely nice guy. It was also really sweet to watch him deal with a moody teenage daughter.
Toby is the carefree, fun loving, pilot who is used to casual flings. He’s given his all to care for his younger sisters and his father whose health is deteriorating. From the outside, Toby is always trying to prove his competence and take care of everything on his own. Being confined to a wheelchair while he heals just about kills Toby as he’s forced to rely on Reuben and deal with the mounting bills and no income. I never connected as strongly with Toby but I did like him as a character and I thought he was a great match for Reuben. Both men are used to taking on a lot of responsibility but that handle it in very different ways.
The only thing I really struggled with was Toby’s family who I felt were kind of awful most of the time. His father and his sister don’t like Reuben and hate the idea of Toby being with him. Toby’s father is also the one who’s constantly pressuring Toby to be a man and take care of his own business. While his sister begins to come around to the idea of Reuben I still dreaded anytime they appeared in a scene because they were just both downers.
ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
4 stars – it was enjoyable
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