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.
August 9, 2019
This was a sweet, very cute, and interesting story. Despite the predictable moments, I found myself really invested in Simon and Asher. A good portion of the story is informative since I’ve never been to Antartica. I mean, not many people have, right? Knowing that this story is told by someone who’s actually been there and experienced what it is like, it made the story more authentic and interesting.
Asher and Simon were too cute. I found them simply adorable, and while it was clear where the story was headed, I enjoyed the ride the entire way. Simon is sweet and unsure of himself, while Asher is exactly the same, even though you really have no idea until he and Simon start to get to know each other. I loved that the stereotype of the big and burley dude who is a scientist was totally smashed when we meet Asher. He’s a big guy, wicked smart, and 100% sweet and kind, not at all what people might think he’s like. Asher and Simon were really great together. I loved the slow burn and the entire getting-to-know-you part of the story. I loved that it was not rushed, and it felt so real.
Extra points go to Springer for all the cool info I learned about being on the ice. I know it’s just a drop in the bucket, but it was really cool to read about.