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Below Zero by Ali Hazelwood
Narrator: Savannah Peachwood
Series: STEMinist Novellas #3
Published by Penguin Audio on April 5, 2022
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hours, 43 minutes
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Hannah’s got a bad feeling about this. Not only has the NASA aerospace engineer found herself injured and stranded at a remote Arctic research station—but the one person willing to undertake the hazardous rescue mission is her longtime rival.
Ian has been many things to Hannah: the villain who tried to veto her expedition and ruin her career, the man who stars in her most deliciously lurid dreams…but he’s never played the hero. So why is he risking everything to be here? And why does his presence seem just as dangerous to her heart as the coming snowstorm?
The final STEMinist Novellas is Below Zero. The audios are releasing before the ebooks by 3 months or so. The audio is about half the length of a regular audio. I still wish these were full length books and we got more development. The past and present timelines are utilized here as in the first two books.
Now we have Hannah’s story. Hannah didn’t start out being interested in school, at all really, even STEM classes. She was a poor student. But then she saw the landing on Mars and became dedicated to learning everything about it, which fueled her studying of sciences. When one of their PHd classes requires interviewing someone in the field, it turns out Mara has a distant cousin, Ian, who works for NASA. The interview is really fun for both of them and they are attracted spending a really good afternoon together.
Years later, Hannah goes on to work at NASA after school, where Ian is still working. They don’t work together on the same team but there’s still an attraction. Hannah comes up with a brilliant project which to be tested for the cold weather on Mars would be tested in the Arctic. She finds out from her team leader that Ian is the one who vetoed the project, but the team leader found a different source of funding. She’s furious with Ian, but excited to get on with her project.
Hannah goes to execute her test and ends up alone and injured with a snowstorm coming. Her team leader says no one can get out to her, but then Ian contacts her to let her know he is on his way. With the rescue, Hannah learns a lot more about Ian and the funding. Ian is an awesome guy. He totally stole my heart. I’ll never go to Lowe’s Home Improvement without thinking of him. I enjoyed these characters and the story very much. It felt quite realistic, and a bit like a second chance romance.
I’ve listened to this narrator before and I appreciated her performance again here. I thought the voices sounded appropriate which allowed me to lose myself in the story. A female narrator felt right with the main point of view being Hannah. I listened comfortably at 1.5x speed.
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