In Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews, two strangers get caught in a blizzard and the heat quickly starts to rise. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews
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Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books (October 31, 2016)
Genre: M/M, Contemporary
Heat Rating: 2
Star Rating: 4
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.
Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews is a relatively short story, however the author does an amazing of job making great use of every word. There is a wonderful amount of backstory created for each of the main characters, a unique and vivid setting, and just the right balance of heat and drama to round out the book.
Jack is not assimilating well back into his job now that he is back from his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has been through some traumatic things, which we get to witness as periodic flashbacks to make his story that much more vivid. His boss has sent him to the Arctic tundra in a last ditch effort to find somewhere that he can actually do his job without going slowly insane. You can really feel how seriously messed up Jack is not only with the flashbacks but with periodic episodes of paranoia and panic attacks. My heart goes out to him and his character definitely tugged at my heart strings quite a bit.
Kin was born and raised on the Arctic tundra and it is where he feels most at home. However, he has to hide the fact that he is gay because the Inuit people in his small hamlet are not as open minded as other areas. He is in charge of taking Jack out on a mission to explore the tundra and he is immediately drawn to the man. Kin is definitely a quiet man and he doesn’t open up easily. He and Jack, however, really seem to connect and find themselves enjoying the whole ‘keeping warm in the tent’ thing that they have to do to survive a blizzard.
I truly loved the amount of detail that the author put into creating the setting of Arctic Fire. There is a wonderful amount of culture, history, and assorted random facts scattered throughout to really help build the story from the ground up. It was a unique setting and Keira Andrews did a phenomenal job of painting a picture of what life in the Arctic tundra is really like..
I finished this book in one sitting and was definitely drawn to keep turning the pages. I was a little unhappy with the ending, although it was realistic. You get a happy for now ending to the story that, while not perfect, seems to be the best scenario for this budding love affair.