Wednesday, 22 March 2017

ARC REVIEW : Breaking the Ice (States of Love) by Tali Spencer


For Matt Wasko, February in Wisconsin is the best time of the year, and ice fishing on Lake Winnebago is his idea of heaven. With shanty villages cropping up, barbeques on the ice, monster sturgeon to spear, and plenty of booze to keep everybody warm, things couldn’t be better — until a surprise storm hits and an uninvited guest shows up at his frozen doorstep.

Matt’s not happy to see John Lutz, a coworker who cracks lame gay jokes at Matt’s expense. But John’s flimsy new ice shelter got blown across the lake, and it wouldn’t be right to leave even a jerk outside to freeze. Would it?

In the close quarters of Matt’s fabulous ice shanty, between stripping off wet clothes, misadventures with bait, and a fighting trophy-sized walleye, the two men discover creative ways to keep the cold at bay. And when John confesses his long-running attraction, Matt must decide if he can believe in John’s change of heart — and crack the ice for a chance at finding love.

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Breaking the Ice (States of Love)Breaking the Ice by Tali Spencer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is actually a very nice story about a bully (not really a bully, but a coward closeted gay) and an out and proud gay guy who happened to like fishing a lot.
But I don't know anything about fishing. I think I was a bit loss in a fishing world for a while.
This is short, and I think for a short story, I liked the dynamic of John and Matt's relationship from enemy to lovers.
Not so much romantic time, but John's intention for stalking and tried to do the fishing with no knowledge about fishing at all was kinda cute. Stupid but cute.
The epilogue was a little bit over the top with a HEA guaranteed. But I'm not complaining much.
Sometimes I need to know about the MCs future as well.
Try this one.

* ARC is provided by Dreamspinner press for an honest and fair review. No high rating required.

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