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
Review by Truus Vermeer-de Jong
The title says it…. Cold and Hot…..Out in the North some heat is burning.
Jack a traumatized soldier who has served in Afghanistan. After recovering from his injuries he is send (for his own wellbeing) to the Arctic. He will be on a routine mission with an Canadian Ranger.
Kin born and raised on the Arctic. Also marked by his past, but no place else he wants to be as an Canadian Ranger with his beloved Inuit community. Even if he never can come out. Being gay is not accepted.
Their start goes wrong. Jack doesn’t want to be in the far cold North.
And Kin doesn’t want a Captain who doesn’t respect the North.
When they get trapped in a blizzard they have to stay in a small tent. The sparkles flying round and the heat is on. In that small compartment they have to talk and so they do. Jack totally unknown with cold gets all the help to stay warm. Everybody knows how to stay warm with two bodies. Together they open up and bit by bit we get to know their horrible traumatic past.
This short story is decently done, the content and build up is well developed.
The environments are well described and the storyline is convincing with very nice facts. The end has a suitable HFN with perspective to a HEA.
It’s a short story with enough sexual tension to melt some parts of the Arctic 🙂
I hope there will be a continuing story with Kin and Jack
Meet Keira Andrews
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira Andrews 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.”