Author: Elyse Springer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Publication date: August 9, 2019
Reviewed by Truus
After three winters in Antarctica, Simon Bancroft is an old hand on the ice. The harsh weather and extreme isolation aren’t for everyone, but he enjoys the tight-knit community at McMurdo Station… and lately he’s enjoyed watching the hot new researcher, Asher Delaney, who’s recently arrived to study the aurora. But Simon’s just a janitor. Asher doesn’t even know he exists.
When Simon’s friends propose a wager, he gets a chance to introduce himself to Asher at last. But Asher defies all of Simon’s assumptions, and suddenly he finds himself reevaluating everything he thought he knew about Asher, himself, and falling in love at the bottom of the world.
What a delightful read this was. The Antarctica located, isolated McMurdo Station has a close community and Simon works there, as a janitor, for his third winter. He has all the time to dream and fantasize. And fantasize he does! The most delicious daydreams about the new hot researcher Asher. He wants this tall, rugged man badly, it’s been a while. Simon made himself some rules: no strings, certainly not dating, only enjoy the warmth and sexiness of each other’s body in his bed. But with a head full of fantasies he lacks confidence. Even worse, Asher doesn’t see him. And when he finally does he is not the person Simon expected him to be.
From the first page, I was into this story. It wasn’t a ponderous story but it’s one where the feelings were real and the characters were lovable. The moments where the men connect were deliciously sexy, super kind, sweet and considerate. The way the story was written made the whole picture enchanting. The environments were wonderfully original. It wasn’t hard to picture the panorama with the way the author presented them. The feelings and thoughts of the two men felt real and with the right weight, they made my heart leap at times.
For 105 pages this story is quite enough and developed, no unnecessary distraction from the outside world. Because in the end, the story is all about the connection between Simon and Asher, against the background of stunning auroras and the beautiful breathtaking landscape of Antarctica!
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