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    Very enjoyable

    I enjoyed this story very much. Great characters all around and they gave the story life. We have Reuben, 48 yr old corporate lawyer, Amelia his 14 yr old temperamental teenager, and Toby the 31 yr old tour guide who bears the weight of financially caring for his entire family. Reuben is the typical east coast workaholic who ends up going solo on what was suppose to be a group vacation. At first he's abrasive but then he seems to mellow (thankfully)! Reuben and Toby are involved in an airplane accident that leaves Toby injured. Feeling responsible Reuben offers to stick around and help Toby during his recovery. The romance between these two builds slowly and when Amelia joins them they form a nice little family unit. But can this last considering how different these two men are? Will Reuben and Amelia stay and make a home with Toby or will he return to his high powered job? Their story is one I would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys a nice M/M romance.
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    Gripping and Exciting

    Gripping, exciting and a love story that will blow your mind. Reuben Graham is taking a vacation in the Alaskan Wilderness alone - well him and his pilot Tobias "Toby" Kooly. They have a natural attraction to one another but after they go through something together they both wonder if what they are feeling is real and worth fighting for. I loved this book, I actually read it all the way through because I just couldn't put it down.
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    3.5 stars- Slow burn with a likable couple

    Arctic Wild is the second standalone in the Frozen Hearts series and a good slow burn, May-December romance. Despite liking the characters and the bulk of the story, I’ve gone back and forth over how to rate this book, reflecting on what did and didn’t work for me. In the end, I realized that some of the things that didn’t work for me weren’t necessarily problems that needed correcting, but rather an honest portrayal that life isn’t always clean and perfect, even after finding a special love, making Arctic Wild worth the read and one I’d recommend. From the outset I liked the characters of Arctic Wild. Toby was outwardly engaging and happy and Reuben curt and disinterested, a classically good opposites attract pairing. However, the dual point-of-view narrative ensured readers knew early on that there was more to both men than initial impressions suggested. I was excited to get to know more about these men and eager to see a relationship develop, but the book suffered from a pacing shift. Arctic Wild starts off fairly quickly with the characters involved in a plane accident early on. Once their ordeal resolved, the book downshifted for me, taking on a more meandering pace and allowing room for the slow-burn romance between Toby and Reuben to grow. Unfortunately, the abrupt change in pace meant my interest wavered a bit through the middle of the novel. I liked that these two took their time and the things that gave both Toby and Reuben pause in pursuing a relationship were completely valid for the characters, I just wasn’t as interested as I’d expect. The familial situation also threw me off a little. I loved how the author included Reuben’s teen daughter in the story, developing her character along with Toby and Reuben. And while I admired Toby’s commitment to his family and loved how that part of his personality fit with Reuben, his sister and father’s negativity and nay-saying got old for me. After sitting on this review for a bit though, I realize what rankled me was that things weren’t perfect for these two as the book closed… instead they were a bit messy and an honest look at a couple who chooses love for one another and for their family, even when it can’t be all tied up with a neat little bow. So yes, though Arctic Wild wasn’t all I thought it might be at the start and the pacing change threw me off a little, I would recommend this title, especially if you appreciate the beauty in love when things aren’t so easy. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    A little different from my usual reads.

    Arctic Wild was a little different from my usual reads and I'm curious as to how many readers can say that. We have all read books with an age difference I'm sure, even some where they outright call the man a silver fox but can you say that you have read one about a silver bear? Or what about religion, I don't think it's mentioned in the majority of books I've read and I honestly can't remember the last time I read a book where the main character was Jewish. So yes this book is a little different because Reuben Graham is both a silver bear and Jewish. ;) He's also a lawyer who works crazy hours, divorced, the father of a teenage daughter that he just doesn't know how to connect with, and about to embark on the trip of a lifetime without his two friends that were supposed to join him. Tobias, Toby, is a tour guide in the beautiful state of Alaska. He takes care of his ailing father and is raising his two younger sisters. If I said he had a lot on his plate that would be the understatement of the year, but he works hard and is doing everything he can to make sure his sisters finish college and his father is taken care of. His pay helps but his tips help even more so when he finds out that two people of his three person tour has cancelled he's not happy but is committed to make the tour the best one possible so maybe the lone tourist will leave him an even better tip. What neither Reuben nor Toby expected was the attraction they would feel toward the other, or the way meeting would impact either of their lives. I enjoyed the slow burn between Reuben and Toby, watching them progress from tour guide/client to friends and then to lovers. I also LOVED a couple of the secondary characters, Reuben's daughter Amelia and Toby's sister Nell, for me these two young ladies added a lot to the story. I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I have to say that the narrator did a wonderful job with the different characters. I never had to guess who was saying what at any point because each of his different voice inflections were very precise and held true throughout the book. Arctic Wild is the second book in the Frozen Heart series but can easily be read as a standalone. I would recommend this to any one that is a fan of Annabeth Albert's work, and if you haven't read any of her books before this is a great place to start. If you enjoy MM Romance that has a slow burn, a silver fox/bear, or low angst I would recommend this book to you as well. Happy Reading!!!
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    Great series, can be read as a standalone

    I would rate this 4.25 stars. This is the second book in this series, but can be read as a standalone without any issues. Rueben's best friend Craig, the spouse of a colleague at his law firm, has talked him into finally taking a vacation for his 48th birthday. Unfortunately, his friends cancel, leaving him alone with his guide. This trip wasn't his idea and he doesn't want to be in Alaska. It takes time for the scenery and companionship to grow on him. After Rueben unplugs from his phone and laptop, he is grudgingly starting to have a good time, and flirt with his guide. Tobias may be a smooth talker, but he has hidden depths behind his charming personality and quick smile. He also digs out his ethics and doesn't sleep with his client when he has the chance. By the time the plane crash happens, I was already hooked on both these characters. Tobias is devastated his injuries might keep him from helping his sisters and his dad. He has little choice but to accept help from Reuben while he recuperates. The crash mades Rueben question his future and what he wants out of it. He vows to spend more time with his 14 year old daughter Amelia. What could go wrong with renting a house for the summer for all three of them? For a relationship guy like Rueben, who likes to care for people, to agree to a summer fling is rare. For a hookup guy like Tobias to be friends with, and basically live with someone he's having sex with, is equally unusual. I liked watching them both learn more about themselves. It's not the age gap coming into play so much as the fact that this is Tobias's first real relationship; he is not used to dealing with sharing his feelings or burdens. It's also the first time he has prioritized something he wants for himself. Tobias's father is such a large influence on him and his thought processes, that it takes him time to navigate through his inner conflict. Rueben hasn't had the best luck at relationships, learning to put his job first because it gave him most of his sense of self worth. He has to work through breaking old habits--relearning to prioritize his daughter over his job, his life over his work. This had all of the great writing, depth, and hot love scenes I would expect from this author. This book had an expansion of characters without making them flat or sacrificing any of the love story for the main characters. I thought the interactions with their respective family members all rang authentic. As a long novel, this really takes its time to immerse the reader in details about the activities, scenery, and characters. I found the plane crash to be realistically described while actually adding to the character development, rather than only as an excuse to trap the MCs together. This has some great tropes: opposites attract, fish out of water, age gap, slow burn, hurt/comfort and second chances. I would recommend reading both of these and look forward to the third one.
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