Tom Wolinski loves his work at the bottom of the world. Damaged by his dark past, he has vowed never to get close to anyonea promise that's easy to keep in a place with no permanent residents. That is, until Emilie arrives, and he's irresistibly drawn to her warmth and inner strength.
Emilie has no desire to get involved with another adventurer, and Tom has made it clear he's not interested in putting down roots. But as they work together to survive in the harshest of climates, they turn to one another for comfort. Is the heat between them enough to melt the ice around their hearts, and bind them together forever?
"In ICEBOUND, Julie Rowe blends the perfect cocktail of action and romance. Get ready for a rip-roarin' read!"
Brenda Novak, New York Times best selling author.
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"I must be crazy." Dr. Emilie Saunderson stared out the porthole window of the cramped Twin Otter airplane at the frozen landscape of Antarctica. Snow. Nothing but snow in every direction. Cold, stark, barren.
Crazy was the only explanation for coming to a place that was nothing more than a constant reminder of her life and what she'd lost.
Grief and guilt closed their frozen fingers around her heart.
Could she ever forgive herself? It had been more than a year, yet it often seemed like only yesterday.
"Dr. Saunderson, we're getting set to land," the pilot called out to her. "It's going to be bumpy."
"Thanks for the heads-up," she replied, raising her voice loud enough to be heard over the droning engines and thrusting the uncomfortable feelings aside. "I'll hang on tight."
To what exactly? Surrounded by boxes stacked to the ceiling, she didn't have much of a handhold anywhere.
She tucked the folder of medical information on Antarctica she'd been reading into her backpack. The place had odd physical effects on people. The lack of humidity, cold and elevation caused some to experience high-altitude pulmonary edemawater on the lungsor even cerebral edemabrain swellingthat could disorient a person, or in severe cases, even kill.
The plane shuddered and jerked, throwing her against her harness. The boxes shifted, and for a moment she entertained thoughts of getting squished flat. A hard bounce and bump had her grabbing at the nearest box, but nothing toppled over and she breathed a sigh of relief.
The plane slid to a stop and Emilie opened the clasp on her harness and stood, stretching cramped muscles. It had been a long six-hour flight from McMurdo, the base on the Antarctic coast that supplied the South Pole Station. She was glad she didn't have to turn around and go right back like the pilots did.
She grabbed her backpack, squeezed past some boxes and crates and found her gear.
"You'll need all your Extreme Cold Weather clothing on, Doctor," the copilot said, coming back to open the side door of the plane. He stuck his head outside for a second before closing it again. "It's blizzarding."
"How long will it last?"
He shrugged. "This is normal weather down here. Could be a couple of hours or a couple of days."
Emilie glanced out the nearest window at the storm. "This is normal?"
"Welcome to the glacial side of hell."
"Got your stuff?"
"Okay, it'll be a few minutes before someone from the station gets here with snowmobiles to off-load the plane."
"How far away are we?"
"About two hundred yards." He turned to return to the cockpit and pick up his radio.
Her head pounded out a rough tempo between her temples as a blood-freezing chill seeped through her multiple layers of clothing. It hurt to breathe, and for the first time in her life she could actually smell the temperature. Colda sharp, metallic sting poking at the sensitive inside of her nose, making her want to cough and sneeze.
No way would she wait here slowly freezing into an icicle when warmth was only a short walk away.
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4 stars I purchased a copy of Icebound by Julie Rowe and this review was given freely. Recently widowed Dr.Emily moves to a station in Antarctica to finish her late husband's research and recover from a miscarriage. A dramatic opening followed by multiple injuries and accidents balance out general life in this emotional second chance at love romance between Emily and the Tom Station Master.
This was such a good romance. Julie Rowe created scenes that will make you shudder from both the cold and the sexiness. Icebound is an incredibly fast-paced story that will keep you turning the pages long into the night.
My Review: I became completely immersed in this book. It is shorter...approximately 50,000 words vs the normal 100,000 for a full-length novel. But I was completely taken in by the story, to the point where I actually felt like I had seen a movie rather than read a book when it was finished. The imagery and the writing is so complete and lush and it wasn't even until looking back at the book that I realize what an effortless read this was for me as the reader. I could see every single detail of the scenes completely and without doubt in my mind's eye and that takes incredibly skilled writing. I don't think that there was ever a single instance where I had to go back and re-read a sentence for clarity or confusion, and that may not sound like such a huge deal, but it really made this book a lush reading experience for me. I definitely need to pick up more of Julie Rowe's books. It's also very creative. I liked the different locale to the story. You don't think about an outpost on Antarctica as a good location for a romance story, but this was fabulous. The 65 people on this station become like a huge family and, as such, provided a great backdrop to the romantic story line with a variety of supporting characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. Tom & Emelie's love story...so rich and poignant. They are both dealing with demons that stand between them developing an actual relationship. I enjoyed watching them each grow and develop into the people that they needed to be for that to happen. The best thing is that they did this through the growth of several other characters that live on the station with them. There are some great sub-plots and story lines throughout this entire story. Emelie is the new doctor at the Antarctic station. She is there a year after her husband's sudden tragic death and the loss of their baby via miscarriage caused by stress of the incident. Her husband was working on a NASA science experiment and Em wants to carry out the research for his project. As the doctor, she works very closely with the station manager, Tom. Tom is a confirmed bachelor and NEVER plans to change that. No marriage or babies for this guy, but he has reasons for that which take some healing for him to get past. These are two wounded people who are perfect for each other. Eleven months trapped in the very close proximity of the station life may be just what they need to realize that fact. I highly recommend this book. It was simply a really, really good read!! A few of the plot twists are nothing new, but the quality of the writing and the uniqueness of the setting makes up for that fact in my mind! I really loved that I got the chance to read this one.