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Arctic Sun

(Frozen Hearts #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,329 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Everything’s bigger in Alaska, especially the HEAs. Annabeth Albert kicks off the brand-new Frozen Hearts series with Arctic Sun, an opposites-attract romance between a rugged outdoorsman and a smoking hot former male model.

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.

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 384 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Ugh, I hate, hate, hate giving middling/bad ratings to authors I adore, and I adore Annabeth Albert. I've read 23 of her books (holy hell), and I'm a huge, huge supporter of her work. That being said, I struggled with Arctic Sun.

I'm going on vacation to Alaska this summer, so I was really excited to read a book that involved the Alaskan wilderness and romance. I spent a good portion of the story trying to convince myself that I liked it... but I didn't. I felt that the Alaska details were nice,
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~

Something about this book spoke to me. The descriptions of the setting made Alaska come alive. It wasn't all snow and ice. It was sweeping vistas, wildlife, and log cabins. There was a focus on photography and family.

Griffin has a wonderful relationship with his mom and uncle. He tries to do right by them, even as he's battling his own demons. When his injured uncle asks Griffin to do a photography tour in his place, Griffin wants to say no. He's not a people person. He likes to fly alone.
3,5 stars

This book wasn't what I expected. But I ended enjoying it. It has a sadness vibe. Or at least this is how it felt to me.

It's the first book in the Frozen Hearts series by Annabeth Albert.

For some reasons I couldn't quite connect to the characters. At first I thought it had something to do with Griffin's determination to keep his distance from everyone. But after meeting the beautiful ex model River, he was even harder to approach. It's such a slow - slow burning.

We get great descr
2.5 stars

I wanted to love ‘Arctic Sun’. I thought I’d love it. It’s a perfectly fine read with well-rounded characters, angst, and the beginning of a happy ever after. However, it just didn’t resonate with me.

‘Arctic Sun’ introduces readers to two complex MCs - cranky mountain man Griffin Barrett and former supermodel River Vale. The two men are very different, yet find common ground.

Both men have not-so-perfect histories. And they’ve paid their dues. Griffin’s a recovering alcoholic and River s
Wendys Wycked Words

I think this was a nice enough read,  I am gonna be honest though and say that wasn't completely blown away. Its the first book in a new series though, so I hope that the stories will keep getting better and better... It did make me want to take a nice long vacation to Alaska ;)

alaska wilderness gif - Google zoeken

Both of the MC's struggle with some serious issues, which sets a bit of a serious tone right from the beginning. 

Griffin is a bit of a lone wolf, but when his uncle needs his help he feels like he has to step up...which h
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2019, net-galley
I've always found Alaska fascinating and its landscapes captivating. "Arctic Sun" is not just a romance story set over there. It's an adventure interwoven with that place. It takes place in Alaska and the setting isn't interchangeable because it's a huge part of the story. The characters are outdoor types and travel all over by any means they can. This book isn't just a story about two people finding each other, it's a story about Alaska and its wild beauty.

Griffin is a local, he served in Air F
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

Full review tomorrow when I'm at the laptop.

I am so torn over just what I think about this book because: A) Annabeth is one of my favourite authors and B) I actually loved a lot of this book.

But, for me at any rate, it seemed to take forever to actually get to the meat and bones of the story. My status update should explain a bit about how I felt, it seemed like I'd read almost a whole book but I was only at the half-way point.

Both characters are wonderfully expressed and both are dealing wi
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it

Undoubtedly, the star of this book is the scenery. It’s almost like a third main character. The descriptions of Alaska and its people, and the varied, stunning landscape are breathtaking.

This book addresses serious issues like addiction and eating disorders. Griffin is an army veteran and a recovering alcoholic. River left modeling but still struggles with his body image and his eating disorder. It’s an ongoing battle for both characters but strangely, I didn’t find it overwhelming. On the contr
Mar 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: dnf, m-m
DNF 38%

I can't believe I DNFed an Annabeth Albert book. :(

The pace felt really sloooow, and I wasn't feeling much chemistry between the MCs.

No rating.

++I still have crazy love for this author and remains a favorite of mine. ++
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was good. My parents just went to Alaska in June and they said it might be the most beautiful place they have ever seen. I believed them and this book just adds more proof.

I loved the setting of this book. Although I am sure words just can’t do the scenery justice I feel like the author did a great job of putting the reader in Alaska and providing a great visual with just using words on the page.

Addiction scares me in my books. I don’t think I realized this was a thing in this book but I fe
Sarah Meerkat
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Arc review: contains spoilers and discussions of consent

Content warnings

Coercive behavior/dubious consent: no means yes and not listening repeatedly when someone says no. First 30% book
Toxic masculinity
Disordered eating
Intrusive thoughts
Fetishizing of queer men by heros bff. Not called out verbally at all
Threats of violence
On page grief related to death of loved ones including mother

Arctic Sun was something that should have been an immediate hit out of the park fo
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I wanted to like this book because the premise and setting seemed up my alley, but I continuously grew frustrated with one protagonist's selfish actions and that ultimately ruined my belief in their HEA.

The Premise:

Griffin Barrett is an air force veteran who has moved back to Alaska to live near his family. His family heads up an Alaskan tourist/wilderness guide business
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in a new series for Annabeth Albert. The first half of the book takes places during a very special nature photography tour in Alaska, and the descriptions made me feel like I'd had my first visit there! The sexual chemistry between River and Griff pulls them together even though Griff fights against it, and the sexual dynamics between them were really hot! But both men are dealing with problems from their past, and they have to work through getting stronger before they can ...more
Denise H.
***** Healing hearts meet in Alaska. Griff is an Alaskan pilot/guide/photographer in a family business. He's a big mountain of a man who is a recovering alcoholic. Blue haired River is a world famous model/writer, taking a break from his world by going on this photographic hike. This lovely story is lyrical and explicit in it's words, so we get the vivid pics in our minds. We can feel their emotions, and we clearly can tell what each man is worried about, or what his desires are. Their role-pla ...more
I loved this book. I loved this book because there was so much communication between the characters and it was a VERY refreshing change.
3.5 Stars.

Not my favorite Annabeth Albert book...I did like how River hid from his problems by traveling (something I could see myself doing if I allowed it) and had to recognize it for the issue it was. And I took a lot of notes for when I finally get to Alaska (next summer? *crosses fingers*) because OMG this was almost a Tourist Guide with its many excursions and trips and hikes...

Otherwise, yeah...I thought it very slooooooow going.

Even a decent Narrator couldn't keep me engaged; I kept stop
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Arctic Sun by Annabeth Albert was book that grabbed my heart and would not let go!
I adored Griffin and River's journey to a happy neither ever imagine.

This story was so well done, attraction didn't solve anything and even love was not enough as each man needed to decide what makes them truly happy.

It made my heart happy that this story was not rushed.. the character development, the look at both sobriety and eating disorders were so well done... that I think th
Rachel Emily
This book has a slow start, but just hang in there, because the last quarter of the book is just everything I love about Annabeth Albert's writing.

I loved the descriptive writing of Alaska and where Griff and his family live and work. I have never been to Alaska, but it was easy to imagine what they were seeing - and I'll have to bump Alaska a bit higher up on my want-to-visit list, because it does sound beautiful. Griff is a tour guide and pilot working for his family business, and trying to li
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review

3,5 stars rounded up because of the audio

Annabeth Albert and a brand new and shiny series?
- I'm so there. I couldn't wait to listen to this book.

I loved the idea of this book. Two lonely and dented men, still struggling with their respective issues, addiction and disorders. Neither of them were looking for that special someone, yet couldn't stay away from each other once they met. Set in the Alaskan wilderness was a definite bonus. In theory this should have really worked for
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slow and beautiful. Got a bit bored in the middle so not a full 5-star read. But close.

Reread July 2021 - It was much better the second time around. Probably because even though it's slow, I knew what was about to come.
B+ for narration, B for content, so 4.5 stars (ish).

Annabeth Albert’s Out of Uniform series put her on my “must read/listen” list, and I’ve picked up several of her backlist titles in audio over the past few weeks while I waited for the first in her new Frozen Hearts series, set in the wilds of Alaska, to come out.  Arctic Sun is that book, and it tells the story of Griffin Barrett, who, after leaving the military, returned home to Alaska in search of peace, quiet and somewhere to put hi
I gave this a B- at All About Romance .

Sometimes, if I’m familiar with an author, I can overlook flaws in a story – especially if/when the author is trying something new; I’ll round up and qualify the recommendation to AAR readers with the reasons why. But that familiarity can be a problem when I can’t quite decide if the problems I have with a book are down to me or the story (or both!), and that’s what happened with Arctic Sun. Ultimately, I’ve decided it’s both – the pacing is off (the sto
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Wow. I did not expect to like this book as much as I did, but I am super glad I read it. It's long, with a very slow burn romance. Neither man is looking for romance. In fact, neither s even looking for a hookup.

Both have addictive disorders that are painfully difficult to discuss and even more painfully difficult to admit out loud and seek help for. I respect the way the author approached both the alcoholism and the food addiction. In my mid career (I've have had 3) I worked as an addictions c
Kaity B
Sep 07, 2021 rated it liked it
3 stars

this was like a mm version of The Simple Wild, with a bush pilot and a city liver.

The way that Alaska was described in this book made me want to get on the nearest plane and go explore.

I do think that Griff and River were a good balance, but they had their own issues that they had to figure out first before they dove head first in to the relationship. I will say that the main issue/breakup scene was annoying but I liked how to me it didn't feel as drawn out as it could have been. ALSO T
I think this is a 3.5.

After having read and enjoyed multiple series by Annabeth Albert, it was exciting to get into her new series with a very different location this time. I think I went into this one with not many expectations and that definitely worked in my favor.

The thing that stands out for me in this book is the setting - Alaska. As Griffin is a tour guide and River is a tourist/ travel author, we get to see this beautiful place through their eyes and it was an amazing experience. The aut
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

My nail art for this book

I really love how Albert handles the issues she gives her MCs. There is no magic D here. A relationship, some good lovin' or a big declaration are not the things that magically solve their problems, and I really appreciate that.
That being said, these guys both have a lot of backstory and it felt like the story had a lot packed into it while somehow not enough. The romance was slow burn, maybe so much so that it was more slow than burn. Their history was packed,
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-romance, kebb
Two broken men, each a lost soul dealing with internal struggles; what will it take to breathe new life into them? Annabeth Albert takes us on their journey to happiness with Arctic Sun, the first in her new Frozen Hearts series.

Rugged and handsome Air Force Veteran Griffin Barrett is a loner trying to tame his demons the only way he knows how. He isolates himself to his close-knit family, while diving head first into his responsibilities at their tourism and transport company.

River Vale has hit
Sometimes a book just speaks to you and this book was that for me. I love to travel and I'm very outdoorsy. Nothing settles me like being outdoors and hiking/camping. I also do photography which one of the MC's (Griffin) does. I loved the detailed descriptions of the scenery and it made me long to go to Alaska (which is already on my bucket list).

My real draw though was River. His character spoke to me for a lot of personal reasons. He was one of those characters that you see yourself in and I r
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
The setting of Arctic Sun is against the backdrop of the beautiful Alaska. Griffin is a recovering alcoholic and ex-military pilot who basically become a hermit while working for his family business. He hates socializing and try to keep to himself, but when his family needs him to take over a new tour, Griffin was force to step up and out of his comfort zone. That's when he met a blue hair celebrity-writer, River.

River is a total opposite from the gruff mountain man. River is an ex-supermodel t
B.A. Wilson
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, lgbtqia
I confess, I almost didn't buy this book, due to some of the negative reviews, and I'm so glad that I ignored those and forged onward. I found this to be a difficult, emotional read that hit all the right notes. Yes, it does take time for these trouble characters to get a handle on their issues and figure out how to be together, but that is what makes this such an interesting read.

I love the contrast between the two men, as well as their similarities. I enjoyed that they both had challenges but
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Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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