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.
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I would rate this 3.5 stars. Set at the McMurdo station in Antarctica, this story is told through the first person POV of a janitor named Simon. It follows his crush on Asher, a new researcher. With them stuck there for four months to over winter, Simon is afraid of rejection and making it awkward in an enclosed space where they can't avoid each other, even if they want to. What starts out as a harmless bet, made in jest to get Simon to talk to Asher, ends up being the albatross around his neck as his thoughts change from lust to care. Sweet, shy, and awkward, Asher is not who Simon thought he was. Simon seems to suffer from low self-esteem and has no interest in a real relationship. Fantasies aren't usually the same as reality, and Simon has to navigate what he thought he wanted vs. what he actually wants. I understand just wanting to play the field, not wanting to get serious. I don't understand Simon's panic at the thought of a relationship; by the time he changes his mind...he has hurt Asher by not realizing he was already in one. Part of what happens is his fault for not communicating to Miranda and Oli that his feelings about Asher had changed, but it was none of their business and he didn't really owe them an explanation. In fact, they are more acquaintances than friends. They're not malicious, but they are self absorbed about their own amusement and thoughtless in their actions throughout the book. Though this is enjoyable, there isn't much detail. The Aurora is colorful and pretty. It's cold and there is much ice. Simon is never really described even when he is looking in the mirror so all I know is he has: a flat stomach; a round butt; his bangs to the side; and a smaller physique than Asher. Several months pass and not much happens. The sex scenes start slow and build up as their intimacy increases; these are the best described scenes in the book. Overall, I think they make a cute couple because Asher is actually a nice guy. Who wouldn't want to date him? The cover is by Brooke Albrecht. I assume the cover is Asher, who is described as a fit, tall man with blond hair that goes darker down his face and green eyes. I think the cover is very striking and matches the story well.
* * * * 4.325 > A Delightful slow-burn story set in Antarctica! * * * * POV > Third-person Setting: Antarctica A darker, frosty, and frozen atmosphere with the aurora lighting up in the sky and a man bundled up but keeping his full face exposed. Looks mysterious and suspenseful but the synopsis does not support that theory. The blurb sounds quite sweet, in fact! Shy kitchen and janitorial worker, Simon, has been crushing on Asher, one of the scientists, since Asher first entered the McMurdo Station. It’s Simon’s third season and he knows just about everyone. Asher may look like a hunky god but he really is shy and more reclusive than he lets on. Both are a bit insecure so the buildup to their initial contact and conversation takes a little while. It’s sweet with heat. Add a few of Simon’s meddling friends for drama and a misunderstanding for a bit of low-level angst and you have an enjoyably delightful quick read. Having lived in the northern hemisphere all my life, it was interesting to me to keep in mind the opposite seasons and to envision the joy of seeing a sunrise after such prolonged darkness. Springer delivers a solid ending with no cliffhanger. Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.325 ~ Stars: 4 ========================== ⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from Dreamspinner Press and am voluntarily leaving unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐