Author: Keira Andrews
Genre: contemporary M/M, action/adventure
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.
Kin and Jack cannot be pigeonholed into a trope like opposites, enemies, friends, etc. They are thrown together for what they think is just a quick check of the area to determine its viability as a military training post, but Jack's visit to this remote hamlet turns in to much more than that. I really liked both of their characters, Kin for his intelligence and skills; Jack for his broken past. Both men have things that have happened in their lives that tore them apart, so they have something in common with each other. They slowly get to know each other while their attraction simmers quite a while before everything comes to a boil.
There's a dose of drama that brings events from the past front and center again for both Kin and Jack, but the majority of the story consists of the two of them learning about each other and surviving in the frozen, desolate land they are patrolling. And oh yes-a very nice dollop of hot and steamy scenes-enough to keep them both nice and warm ;-)
This was a light, 5-star read for me, and I'd definitely recommend this to any M/M romance fan. This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content. Arctic Fire is a great, quick read that I know I'll be re-reading in the future.