Arctic Fire by Keira Andrews
M/M Romance Novella
Released: October 24, 2016
Reviewed by Mandi
Home from Afghanistan, Captain Jack Turner is sent to the far arctic to the Nunavut Province to evaluate if a permanent naval training base is needed in the area. As Jack and his soldiers know the sand well from the middle east, they are not trained as well for the Arctic. Not thrilled with going to sub-zero temperatures in a dry town with nothing really to do, Jack trudges up and meets his guide, Sergeant Kin Carsen. Kin is short for Kinguyakkii, a native, he left for college but came home to teach. Kin doesn’t want the base operating again as it brought in no money and he is afraid of the negative impact it would have on the environment.
He takes Jack out on an overnight trip where it’s super cold, which leaves plenty of time for snuggles. Jack and Kin don’t hit it off well at first – but once they get to know one another and understand what the other has lived through, they form a bond and explore a romance.
A novella length, this could have used more pages to explore both characters. Overall it’s pretty predictable. Jack and Kin don’t like each other, then they get snowed in, they fight, then they make out, a dramatic event happens and the book ends. Jack has demons from the middle east and Kin is not 100% out in his community – both conflicts I would have liked explored more. Especially after Kin and Jack “hook up” – how is the very small community going to react/embrace the news?
While I enjoyed the setting and learning about the remote area, I did feel at times the story was dragged down with this information.
A quick and light read – and I will say I love it when a couple is snowed in – or in this case, stuck in a tent in the arctic, and some lovey-dovey time happens. I just wish it has been longer.