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Arctic Wild (Frozen Hearts #2)
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1488051275 (ISBN13: 9781488051272)
When a plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, the best place to land is in the arms of a younger man…
Hotshot attorney Reuben Graham has finally agreed to take a vacation, when his plane suddenly plunges into the Alaskan wilderness.
Just his luck.
But his frustrations have only begun as he finds himself stranded with the injured, and superhot, pilot, a man who’s endearingly sociable—and much too young for Reuben to be wanting him this badly.
As the sole provider for his sisters and ailing father, Tobias Kooly is devastated to learn his injuries will prevent him from working or even making it back home. So when Reuben insists on giving him a place to recover, not even Toby’s pride can make him refuse. He’s never been tempted by a silver fox before, but something about Reuben is impossible to resist.
Recuperating in Reuben’s care is the last thing Toby expected, yet the closer they become, the more incredibly right it feels, prompting workaholic Reuben to question the life he’s been living. But when the pressure Toby’s under starts closing in, both men will have to decide if there’s room in their hearts for a love they never saw coming.
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“What do you mean she’s not coming?” Reuben tried to catch his breath after the long dash from the security checkpoint to the gate for his flight. While waiting for Craig to explain this turn of events, he slipped off his suit jacket. He wouldn’t ordinarily wear a suit for a long day of travel, but after an early morning meeting ran late, he’d had no time to change.
“She just called. Someone leaked the Henderson Motors buyout news, so now they’re having to work double time to both get the deal done and find the source of the leak. Heads are going to roll, and she’s on the warpath. You know Leticia. Damn it.” Craig looked both impressed by his spouse’s reputation and ready to kick something. “And now I’ve taken a week off to spend time with my wife—no offense, Rube—and she’s going to be in meetings while I’m four time zones away with no cell coverage. Fuck this. Last three vacations we’ve planned have all either been canceled or turned into working trips.”
“I know.” Reuben wasn’t sure what else to say. This whole trip had been Craig’s idea. Ever since another partner at Reuben’s law firm had returned from seeing his adult kid in Alaska, Craig had been full steam ahead on the idea of going on an Arctic wilderness adventure and had settled on Reuben’s impending birthday as an excuse to drag him along. The argument that Reuben and Leticia worked too hard at their law firm was an old one, and Craig had made a passionate case for the trip. He’d also lobbied for Reuben bringing someone along, but that plan had fallen through when Dan broke up with Reuben around Passover. Still smarting from that dismissal, Reuben had no desire to bring someone just for the sake of not being a third wheel. And zero time to date. That too.
“I seriously don’t know what to do anymore. We never see each other, and when I do see her, she’s shackled to her cell or laptop.” Craig rocked back and forth on the balls of his feet. “My marriage is crumbling, and hell if I know how to save it.”
Reuben was the absolute last person to hand out relationship advice, but he tried for a sympathetic tone. “Do you want to just forget the whole thing?”
“You’d love that, wouldn’t you?” Craig’s eye roll was worthy of Reuben’s teen daughter, not a fortysomething corporate event planner. Unlike Reuben, he was dressed more casually in a pullover and khakis and his rumpled hair suggested he’d spent more time that morning worrying about his wife than his appearance. “More time to work for you. But, no, much as I want to run after my wife, we can’t completely cancel. This is the family company that Vale’s kid’s boyfriend works for. They’re counting on our business, and it would be beyond rude if all three of us back out. And it’s your birthday in two days. Come on, Rube, you seriously want to turn what…forty-eight this year in an office with a stack of papers in front of you?”
“Eh. It’s just another day.” Reuben shrugged. And really, it was. He wasn’t a big sentimental guy. Amelia, his daughter, had made noises about skipping her end of the year eighth grade field trip to spend the day with him, but he’d insisted she go with her class. It was simply another number on the calendar for him, but Craig loved making productions about holidays. And unlike Reuben, Craig was obsessed with how close to fifty they both were now, something Reuben really tried not to stop and think about. “And I’m not saying to cancel for me. You’re going to be miserable. If you stay, at least you can try to see Leticia when she’s free, maybe go out to dinner, catch a show with your time off. Staycation or whatever. Try to talk to her, maybe.”
“You’re not wrong.” Craig slumped against a nearby concrete column. “I really do want to save this thing before it’s too late. But I know you. If I say I’m not going, you’re going to back out as well. And then you’ll be at your desk on your birthday.”
“Priority boarding for flight 435 to Seattle-Tacoma should begin shortly,” a female flight attendant announced over the loudspeaker. Fuck. Not much time to argue with Craig, who was clearly spoiling for a fight.
“Let me worry about my birthday. If I say I’ll go ahead and go, would that help?”
“You’d really do that? Go to Alaska without either of us?”
“Is it really that big of a deal?” Reuben didn’t like Craig’s implication that he’d be helpless on his own. “Sure, it’s a long flight, but I did Brisbane and Tokyo last year, Jakarta the year before. Did Europe with Natalie back when we were together, more than once. It’s not like I’m a stranger to travel. And there’s a guide, right?”