He’s built a quiet life for himself in Alaska. But it doesn’t stand a chance against the unrelenting pull of a man who’s everything he shouldn’t want.
“Whether making my heart melt or my head burst into flames, Annabeth Albert draws the reader in and keeps them captivated.” —Gay Book Reviews
Ex-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…
River has his own methods for coping. Chasing adventure means always moving forward. Nobody’s ever made him want to stand still—until Griffin. The rugged bush pilot is the very best kind of distraction, but the emotions he stirs up in River feel anything but casual, and he’s in no position to stay put.
With temptation lurking in close quarters, keeping even a shred of distance is a challenge neither’s willing to meet. And the closer Griffin gets to River, the easier it is to ignore every last reason he should run.
Book 1: Arctic Sun
Book 2: Arctic Wild
Book 3: Arctic Heat
Also by Annabeth Albert:
Book 1: Sailor Proof
Book 2: Sink or Swim
Out of Uniform
Book 1: Off Base
Book 2: At Attention
Book 3: On Point
Book 4: Wheels Up
Book 5: Squared Away
Book 6: Tight Quarters
Book 7: Rough Terrain
Albert's capable but slow-moving first Frozen Hearts contemporary opens with Alaskan loner Griffin Barrett reluctantly agreeing to lead a tour group to scenic Denali. One of the guests, River Vale, is a blue-haired former supermodel who is determined to get the uptight Griffin to relax and have fun. As a rule, Griffin never picks up customers, but somehow, River proves irresistible especially when the men share a room and a bed and have role-play sex. Mountain man Griffin, a former drinker, likes routine, while River, who has an eating disorder, thrives on spontaneity. Despite their different outlooks, they decide to continue their relationship after the trip ends. Though they spend perfect days together, neither man is good with relationships, and a rendezvous in Vancouver threatens to break them apart. Albert (Status Update) features some truly tender kisses and romantic moments, but also plays up River's self-destructive tendencies and triggers. What makes Albert's book resonate is the lovers' realization they can be imperfect together. The story feels a little long, but it's worth persevering.
Awesome new series
Awesome book loved the characters and how they came to be together. Also lved the descriptions of being in Alaska. Can’t wait for the rest of the series.
Great slow burn story
I really enjoyed Griffin and River’s story. I love books set in wilderness surroundings. This is very much a slow burn and slow paced story but I think due to the issues of the mc’s it had to be more drawn out than usual. Both characters have a lot of baggage to work through but I think this makes them seem more real. This story isn’t as raunchy as some of Annabeth’s other story but I still found it sexy. There are issues with anorexia and alcoholism that may be a trigger from some people.