It takes a special kind of person to work in Antarctica Max Conway, an ex Navy Seal, loves working at the bottom of the world Like any other diver, he s tough and hard drinking Half the year he s stuck in the States traveling the commercial dive circuit and hitting gay bars every night The other six months he s lead safety diver at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, reveliIt takes a special kind of person to work in Antarctica Max Conway, an ex Navy Seal, loves working at the bottom of the world Like any other diver, he s tough and hard drinking Half the year he s stuck in the States traveling the commercial dive circuit and hitting gay bars every night The other six months he s lead safety diver at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, reveling in the cold blue Antarctic Sea The only drawback to life way down under is that Max feels like he has to tuck his libido into storage while he s on station, stashing all those free condoms for use back up north That is until Andre Dubois, a gorgeous French scientist, shakes up his world Not only is Andre out and proud, he s sober as the day is long And the days are long during an Antarctic summer Max must choose between his comfortable inebriated closet and a life in the sun with Andre.
August Ice It takes a special kind of person to work in Antarctica Max Conway an ex Navy Seal loves working at the bottom of the world Like any other diver he s tough and hard drinking Half the year he s stuc
Set in a research station in Antarctica, August Ice is as much about addiction, fear, and friendship as it is about love. This was my first read by this author, and I was impressed by the visceral quality of the writing. Bentham paints a vivid picture of a man in the throes of alcoholism, and of a stark, icy land where the lost come to hide.Max, an ex-SEAL and a professional deep sea diver, is trapped in the closet, drowning his pain in booze. Max's cravings, his anger and denial, are central to [...]
After reading 1000+ stories in M/M romance genre (most of them contemporary), I always long for something that feels fresh. No need to be too out there (I don't do sci-fi or tentacle sex, that's for sure); sometimes a change of setting or having older gay guys is enough (can 40 be the new 20? :p). This story offers that in particularly the setting. It takes place at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, where the winter-overs and the WinFly stay their duration for months (you will get to know what those [...]
I really appreciated the unique Antarctic setting of this story. The writing is vivid, and I could see and feel why ex-SEAL diver Max is willing to do odd jobs half the year, in order to spend the other half in the clean, white-and-blue world of the research station in Antarctica. The details felt real without being intrusive, and the setting isn't just decor, but is essential to the story.I also loved Max, a man whose past mistakes, and some injustices, have pushed him halfway into the bottle. [...]
This is the story of Max, a highly qualified professional diver and fascinated by the depths of the Antarctic sea, and Andre, a scientist. They meet while on their way for a six-months stay in Antartica and the attraction is undeniable. However, Max is deeply in the closet and refuses to admit he’s an alcoholic, so much so that he’s on the verge of losing his job, his friend and the man for whom he’s ready to break his rule of no involvement while in Antarctica.I wasn’t expecting to get [...]
*** 3.75 Stars ***I wish there'd been a bit more romance and a little less time spent on diving and addiction, but it was a well-written story with compelling characters set in a unique environment and the feels were still there.
I'm wavering on this review. I have to say it's closer to 3.5 but I can't give a 4. It's such a beautifully written book with compelling characters but boy did it depress me. I really enjoyed the slice of life down in Antarctica and at McMurdo Station, this was such an original location for a story, one I'd love to see more of in future books. The descriptions of life there in relative isolation were so interesting and one of the reasons why this is pushing closer to a 3.5I'm glad there was no q [...]
3.75 starsI asked for something not the norm and boy did I get it (in a good way)! Review coming soon.
Read this way back when, not sure why no review showing.Recall it as being highly judgemental, Andre immediately taking the high road based on a lot of assumptions. Seeing someone drunk does not always mean they're an alcoholic. Though Max was hitting the downward spiral hard.Didn't connect, didn't like the characters or situations, and my impression of it after time is still annoyance.
3,75 starsThis was a totally unexpected pleasure. Unexpected because I have never heard of this author before and I would have never read it if it hadn't been recommended to me - Thank you Christelle :) !I really liked this because * the setting was fascinating. Antarctica and the way people work and live there was totally different to anything I've come across.* the intensity of the story. I didn't quite expect how angsty and serious this would turn out - but I loved that!* Max is such a troubl [...]
4.5. Great location in Antarctica, multi-layered characters; the take on addiction realistic and heartbreaking. A little too mushy ending.
Why I read it: The author offered me a review copy.What it's about: (from ) It takes a special kind of person to work in Antarctica. Max Conway, an ex-Navy Seal, loves working at the bottom of the world. Like any other diver, he's tough and hard drinking. Half the year he's stuck in the States traveling the commercial dive circuit and hitting gay bars every night. The other six months he's lead safety diver at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, reveling in the cold blue Antarctic Sea. The only drawb [...]
I read the revamped version, so have no idea what the first one was like.I gather as Dev's writing has developed and with some good suggestions from a new editor, she has fleshed the relationship and plot out.The setting, the plot, the characters are great. If you're hesitant to tackle this book because of shortcomings pointed out by other readers, don't. Chances are those are the things that were addressed in the rewrite.And for those who aren't interested in the detail of the setting, that's l [...]
What I liked most: the setting! Antarctica has always fascinated me, so it was a pleasure to read a romance set there. The author has obviously done a lot of research, and the level of detail in the story is just right. I also liked Max and Andre. They're strong but flawed, both in different stages of struggling with their own demons. Why I didn't give it 5 stars: For all we know about Max, I felt that Andre was still something of an enigma. Max and Andre don't spend a lot of time together in th [...]
4.5 starsLoved this. The UST between Andre Dubois and Max Conway is sweet especially as things don’t go terribly well at their first meeting. I fell slowly in love with Andre. The tough compassion and understanding he eventually shows to a broken Max is enlightened and courageous. This may not be clear early on in the story but give it timeLoved the setting: the depiction of life and sea diving on an ice station in the Antarctic is well done. Loved the characters -- all of them and especially [...]
Max is an ex-Navy SEAL (man, I love those ex-seals) who now spends his time at McMurdo station in Antarctica as a diver. His job is to prepare the stations for the main season when the scientists come down to research the climate and other scientific things. He lives for diving and for the cold, cold land. He likes to keep to himself, which is something hard to do when on assignment down there. They stay in dorm type rooms, and they see the same people every single day. The food kind of sucks, y [...]
I liked the story. I just wished there was more written about the two MC's relationship and less about the diving.
Great location! And interesting situations. Good book. Was surprised that the main theme was alcoholism, but it was handled well.
Better than I expected. It was different & interesting.
Well, I'm torn!I really really liked the final couple dozens pages and I rather liked the whole final third of the book. But the beginning not so much. The whole Antarctica setting was great and I loved Max - to me he's very sympathetic character, despite his flaws, but Andre at first came across as judgemental prick. I couldn't understand why he's been so mad at Max - so, you picked up a drunk guy at the bar and he passed out, well it happens to drunk people all the time and it's not that Max's [...]
It was a pretty decent read, I liked the setup in the cold, cold Antarctic. I liked how our heroes were not your usual hero types in regards to their professions. However I felt that Bentham put a bit too little emphasis on a couple of things for me to rate it higher. First of all, I was a bit reluctant to read about a drunk because both my grandfathers were drunks in their time and I don't actually have a very good opinion about people who literally waste away their life in a bottle. Although I [...]
Another milestone, another Dev Bentham's book. My 900th book was Moving in Rhythm, therefore I postponed reading August Ice in order for it to be my #1000. Although heavy on the subject of diving and living and working in Antarctica, August Ice kept my interest throughout. I can only imagine the amount of research that went into writing this book, and I applaud the author's ability to incorporate it into the story.As far as characters go, Ms. Bentham didn't disappoint. All of the characters, inc [...]
3.5 stars, rounding up for the unusual and fascinating settingI loved the setting and found each of the main characters relatable and sympathetic in their own ways. And I could see the potential for friendship and sexual attraction between them, but I was surprised when they were suddenly in a Relationship and apparently heading for HEA. That must have happened off-page or something, because I certainly never saw it.I'm also unsure how believable Max's sudden slide was, considering how long he'd [...]
free on 17.3.16Max is a former SEAL now a diver at the Antarctic station for six months a year having taken the option of leaving the service having been found with another man doing the days of 'don't ask, don't tell'. to live with what he's lost he drinks. Andre is new to the Station, a European scientist and diver. The pair meet first in NZ when Max passes out in Andre's bed before anything can happen between them. The first 3/4 of this book focuses on Max and his drinking and how it is ruin [...]
Not For Me **Bewear**Mild Spoilers** Four -stars for the first three-quarters of the story. One-star for the last quarter of this book. There are very few things that make me as angry as I am about this book. It's hard to disappoint me like this book did. I know, I know, I'm totally out of sync with everyone else. I can't believe after setting up an incredible beginning, letting us watch this character spiral out of control. POW! We would suddenly find ourselves in rehab and then POW! There’s [...]
I should probably update this so my three peeps have a little more information. It is a very interesting storey. The writer paints a wonderful description of the land and sea scape that just draws you in. The characters and their interaction are interesting but a little shallow in the beginning - the reason behind some of the angst is just briefly touched upon and never expanded even once they decide they will move forward. Oh and not a lot of sex and a little predictable which in some instances [...]
I loved this book, Max, Andre and the other characters are well-developed and realistic and I loved the setting in Antarctica. The only thing about the story that I thought was a bit rough was the leap from Max starting his recovery in Antarctica to him being finished in N. California. It seemed to me too abrupt since so much serious growth for himself as well as in his relationship to Andre was just assumed without us seeing a minute of it. Other than this one point the book was a incredible re [...]
Another read difficult to rate. When starting I had no idea where the story would head. This was not a fluffy, easy read. It dealt with some heavy topics and although the setting was unusual, the problems of MAC soon took over and were rather difficult to follow. For me there was a huge gap between MAC's darkest point and his emerging after overcoming his alcoholism. Yes, it finished on a positive note, but overall it was a gripping read, but not easy. So I go with 4 stars.
I am very surprised at the poor ratings for this book. The books I have been reading read more like plotless poor with no character development. But this book dealt with a serious issue of alcoholism, yet to me it did not get too maudlin.I would say that on the negative side, we did not get much character development for Andre and the book was way too short.Overall, I enjoyed the book.
3.5 stars. I wish there were more non sexual interactions between the MCs.