Shorter stories can be hit or miss for me and Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews was one that hit a lot of high points but also missed on a few. For the most part, though, an enjoyable read.
Kin and Jack were both phenomenal characters. I loved them both. They were interesting and likable from the get-go. Their awkward first encounter was hilarious to me. I couldn’t stop chuckling at the way Jack kept putting his foot in his mouth!
The way Andrews weaved in tidbits of Inuit culture and history was fascinating. I don’t know much about Indigenous people in Canada, so I really enjoyed that aspect.
There were hints of angst (PTSD, homophobia, etc.) but Andrews kept things pretty light. I can understand that, since it’s a novella, but I would have liked it if she’d delved more into these issues. I felt like I got just enough to know that everything wasn’t sunshine and daisies for these characters without getting real depth.
The end seemed too perfect to me and I wasn’t a big fan. Some road blocks were thrown up in front of Jack and Kin, but then at the last minute problems were resolved or forgotten.
While funny and interesting, Arctic Fire still had it’s faults. If it had been done as a full-length novel, then I think I would have loved it. As it stands, it is still worth reading.
This review is based on a review copy.
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 from Keira Andrews features emotional repression, hurt/comfort, adventure on the tundra, and love where you least expect it.
Arctic Fire first appeared in the M/M military bundle Unconditional Surrender in 2014.
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: October 24, 2016
Length: 91 pages
Purchase: Amazon (KU)