Author ~ Keira Andrews
Published ~ 25th October 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
Arctic Fire first appeared in the military bundle Unconditional Surrender in 2014.
This is a short one, but Keira Andrews gets the job done with sexual tension, a beautiful but dangerous landscape, and two hurting men who suit each other better than they expected.
Things don’t get off to a great start between Canadian Ranger Kin Carsen and Captain Jack Turner. Jack basically lets Kin know that he thinks he’s wasting his time on this trip. He’s disgruntled about his job and it shows. Things have not gone well since his return from Afghanistan and his superiors don’t know what to do with him, but deep down he realizes he is there to do a job and he needs to do it well and regrets his initial dismissive treatment of Kin.
Kin is proud of the work he does and of his home and expects Jack to be a military professional, not the arrogant ass he meets that first day. Kin left his home in Nunavut to attend school, but the place is in his blood and he couldn’t imagine living elsewhere so he returned to work as a teacher and a Ranger. Being gay isn’t something that would be easily accepted in his community, but even that isn’t enough to make him leave although it means a life of loneliness and fending off neighbors’ attempts to set him up with a nice girl. That’s just part of the pain he hides every day.
Jack is suffering from nightmares and probably PTSD after what he went through in the desert and Kin is harboring some guilt and regrets of his own that still haunt him. As their journey to scout the potential for a new base begins, tensions start to ease. Once alone out on the tundra the beauty of their stark surroundings helps to quiet their minds and they let their guard down around each other. They manage to start opening up over a shared love of astronomy and Star Wars. Their simmering attraction doesn’t hurt things either.
A blizzard confines them to their tent and makes their journey even more dangerous and that’s when their lust flares. They can’t deny their attraction and the need for comfort and a connection that they have both been hiding for so long. As they give in to what they both want, uncertainties are pushed to the backs of their minds, but scars don’t remain hidden for long and their lust quickly turns into something deeper as they share some of their pain.
Keira Andrews’ writing is, again, wonderful here. The descriptions of the town, the Rangers and the landscapes set the scene and had me running for Google maps to check out this area of Canada that I knew so little about. The story is short but she managed to pen a well-rounded tale of not quite enemies to lovers, mixed in with some danger, some heat amongst the frozen landscape and two men who both deserve the comfort and companionship they found in their short time together. With a HFN ending, I’d be more than happy to read more about Kin and Jack who won’t have an easy road ahead of them of trying to make things work.
Meet Keira Andrews
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”