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.
Well, that was... okay, I suppose.
The story was fine, but if I'm 100% honest, fishing bores me to tears at the best of times, so a lot of the story left me wanting to fast forward to pages without rods, reels and bait.
I did like Matt's out and proud character, who never let taunts from John and his asshole 'friends' truly get to him. Well, not much.
And I did get where John was coming from, hiding in plain sight, with the rest of the hetero, male sheeple, but that's still not much of an excuse for his past good ole' boy behavior toward Matt.
What I wanted from the story was more in-depth conversations between Matt and John; however, if they did happen, they were off-page, which was disappointing.
The story went from them finally talking to a year-later HEA epilogue featuring their <spoiler removed>, so I could've definitely used much more time seeing their relationship grow to get any genuine feels from this one.
Plus, the some of the dialogue in the ending was a wee bit corny for my tastes, which generally leaves a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.
The sexy bits consisted of one short bear skin rug scene right at the end, which was, again, fine, but nothing that blew my socks off.
So, as a short, the story was fairly average, but I doubt I'll remember much about this 2.75 star read a few days from now.
My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publishers in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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