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Slow Thaw: Escape from the Holidays

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Javier Fernandez is a climate scientist living in a research station near the South Pole. Since his husband was killed in a car crash, he’s preferred to be alone, and is less than thrilled to have a junior scientist thrust upon him by his rich patron.

Col Steele is a trans man fleeing a bad break-up. He is ready for the next step in his career, and eager to spend Christmas
Kindle Edition, 104 pages
Published December 8th 2018 by Mischief Corner Books, LLC
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Joyfully Jay
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camille
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.75 stars

Slow Thaw provides some interesting trans representation. Personally, I really enjoyed the introduction to Col who, upon first seeing Antarctica, recalls how it does and does not compare with his previous research in the Arctic. Col makes a comment about “girls gone wild” and how he used to be one of them. Upon first reading, I just assumed Col meant he’d gone “wild” himself. We find out in the next chapter or so that Col is a trans man. I liked Coatsworth’s subt
Stephanie   GooglyEyes

For a short story, this one packed a bit of action. I wasn't sure how much action there could be on a snowy tundra but J.Sco (just made that up, hope you like it) proved me wrong. I actually felt like I was out there on the great crack with them. Then when things start happening and the storm comes i was like "Oh M Gee, lets get out of here!" but we couldn't because we sere stuck!
Also, is this crack a real thing? I really need to look that up, that's scary AF and this book really made me wo
Claudia Lezár


To my ratings (thanks to amazon I had to change it again and 'upgrade' it a little bit)

5* - very very good and rare (it would be a Blow- Away-book like 'Liberty' from Seth King,
'Save the kids' series from EM Leya or 'Jesse's Smile' from Angelique Jurd), it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often reread and is a WOW-book with interesting plot and surprises
(like most of Andrew Grey books) it's like an A

3,5* - a really good book, which will be rerea
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Serena Yates
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, gay, read-2018
When scientists butt heads it can either be very civilized and dominated by formula, or it can get just as messy as when any two men disagree. In the case of Javier, a fifty-year-old Grinch, and his new “assistant” named Col, a forty-year-old transman, both are glad to be away from people during Christmas, both are experienced scientists, but neither really likes the other at first. A crisis that has both their lives threatened changes everything… and they are forced to figure out a new balance ...more
Kathryn Manzella
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Slow Thaw by J. Scott Coatsworth is an entertaining and interesting read. Two scientists at a research station in Antarctica find themselves in a dangerous situation and must learn to trust and work with each other to get back to safety.

Javier and Cole both have past hurts that haunt them, that their journey helps them come to terms with. Their story is intriguing and kept my interest. I felt for their struggles emotionally, but wanted to see them heal and maybe find a HEA. I like how the book
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: holiday-mm, reviewed
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This was a nice story but I had trouble connecting to it and seeing the connection of these characters, other than mild attraction right away they hardly even talked when the disaster happened. I get that Javier still needed to come to terms with his husband’s death and Col was healing from his break-up but they seemed to jump together after the disaster. I don’t know it seemed like the couple days of knowing eac
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