Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Breaking The Ice
SERIES: States of Love Wisconsin
AUTHOR: Tali Spencer
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 86 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 19, 2017
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.
The States of Love series is taking us to Wisconsin with this fun, entertaining and very informative, eye-opening story. To be honest I didn’t know much about Wisconsin or people who live there. Being from Europe we didn’t get to learn much about it during geography classes. I love going to places in my reads where I have never been before and learn new things, new habits and traditions I have never heard of.
Though I had read about ice fishing before, never about spearing sturgeon or the whole amazing tradition of moving out to a frozen lake with a small community to spend a few days trying to hunt for fish and enjoy fun times with your friends and family out on the ice.
Matt Wasko is a central figure in this fishing community and it’s high time one hot guy appeared to complete his life like no other has ever had. This is a sweet from enemies to lovers kind of story with lots of heart, great background story set in the cold winter of Wisconsin but definitely will warm your heart no matter the chill of the weather. There is bare minimum angst, more like a I-finally-accept-who-I-am-and I-stop-hiding-and-being-a-jerk-by-association kind of conflicts that are easily solved by some real conversations. Matt and John are great together. They have great chemistry even when they are in their enemy status.
Entertaining story-line, detailed and very vivid portrayal of both the setting and all the characters and a very easy on the eye writing style make this story a real page turner. I read it in one sitting and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.