Saturday, September 25, 2010

White Out

Title: White Out
Author: Heidi Champa
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-60272-733-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Cameron Phelps is a brilliant young environmental scientist and he’s dedicated to working on finding the cause of global warming. He didn’t expect to be doing his research on a cold and desolate scientific research station in Antarctica but that’s exactly what happens when Avery, the supposed love of Cameron’s life, steals a fellowship he wanted. Then to make his pain even worse, Avery’s final hateful words nearly shreds his heart.

Living with a bunch of strangers at the coldest place on earth takes some getting used to and more than once, Cameron doubts his judgment for agreeing to the six month commitment. That changes when he meets Ryan, an ice driller and five-year veteran of the station. The older man intrigues Cameron and instead of staying safe and warm inside his lab, he suddenly finds himself accompanying the driller outside to investigate the beauty of the brutal frozen landscape. It’s not long before Cameron and Ryan are deeply involved but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing because both men carry around painful emotional baggage that could destroy their new relationship.

White Out is a first for me by author Heidi Champa and it won’t be my last. Let me say that what first attracted me to this story was the unusual location. I never expected to see a romance set in the cold and dangerous wasteland of Antarctica, so finding this 25K novella was a pleasure. It was obvious from the outset that Ms. Champa did her research when it came to the important details of living life safely in the blistering cold world of a scientific station at the bottom of the world. Her descriptions were full-bodied and well-written, making the station and its inhabitants come alive.

Cameron was easy to like from beginning—a nice guy that would make a great best friend or brother and Avery’s treatment of him was horrid. Ms. Champa skillfully shifted his personality in a matter of a few pages and turned him into a villainous character, easy to dislike, for causing our guy Cameron so much pain. Well done, Ms. Champa. The initial meeting between Ryan and Cameron isn’t the fiery chemical reaction typical of many romances but is, instead, a simmer that turns into a full rolling boil over a period of days.

The way this romance unfolded I found a little unusual in that Cameron didn’t more than literally run into Ryan until page 34 and they didn’t have any personal contact until a little later. After that, it was full steam ahead but it was done in such a way that it didn’t feel rushed, which now that I think back on it, I find surprising, so thumbs up Ms. Champa. Anyway, I found this to be an enjoyable afternoon read that kept my attention from the first page to the last.

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