Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Calvin Lynch and Troy Hoffman have been best mates since they were fourteen years old. They’re both hard-working tradesmen, both love weekends away fishing, both gay, but have never been single at the same time. Until now.
What is supposed to be a weekend away fishing with a group of mates, changes at the last minute when friends bail out in an attempt to give Cal and Troy some alone time.
With more than just hooks on the line, can these two see what’s been right in front of them the whole time?
The Perfect Catch is a short story about falling for your best friend hook, line, and sinker.
A 20K short story which was part of the It Was Always You anthology.
I missed out on this anthology somehow but I thrilled that I got to read NR Walker’s Perfect Catch as a standalone. This is as close to perfect a ‘friends to lovers’ story can be in a short format. The author gives us Calvin and Troy’s background as tight mates from their teens, their circle of friends, who by the way have long recognized how much these men have loved each other, and the deep, abiding bond that exists between Cal and Troy. One weekend of camping and fishing, something the men have always done together, brings out all the hidden feelings, all the longing, all the revelations in a way that I can only call the NR Walker way. Its superb, heartwarming, and delightful.
Told from Calvin’s pov, we get the sense of old friends working effortlessly as they prepare for their camping trip, the Ute packed, gear stowed as it has hundreds of times. Yet this trip? New thoughts are churning in Cal’s head, and perhaps, Troy’s too. Put there by their friends who deliberately backed out of coming with them and their own desires.
Slowly, bit by bit, over the trip, as they fish, eat, and watch each other, the sexual tension and knowledge that things are changing builds. Its delicious, we want it to never end and we want it to stop immediately. Because we have fallen in love with these men and we want them to be happy.
Oh, those sex scenes are hot when they finally happen. Fans self.
Only the ending kept this from being 5 stars. It was either too long or not long enough. I still can’t decide. Probably not long enough. It is N.R. Walker after all. I can never get enough of her stories or couples.
If you missed out on the anthology, or this story, grab it up immediately. This is one you definitely won’t want to miss! I’m on my way to rereading it once more.
Cover art is perfect for the story and couple
Kindle Edition, 63 pages
Published January 10th 2017
Original TitlePerfect Catch