Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ARC Review: Breaking the Ice by Tali Spencer

Breaking the Ice (States of Love)
From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

Something is wrong with me when it comes to blurbs, I swear. In my rush to get this book, my brain ignored the cover and wording of the blurb and latched onto the word "ice"... I started this book thinking I was going to read a hockey romance (my weakness). I was wrong.

Once I adjusted to the fact that this was, indeed, a FISHING story, I found that I was pleasantly surprised.

Breaking the Ice is an enemies-to-lovers story, done with a sweet, home-town atmosphere and with lots of fishing details. You have to be in the mood for something more wholesome, maybe, to enjoy this one because it isn't go to blow your mind in a sexy, razzle-dazzle way.

It's a quick story, so the relationship development is not quite there, but I found it satisfying, nevertheless. If you are into ice fishing, then this is certainly the romance for you.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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