Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
This was an interesting story. Matt has been looking forward to his vacation during sturgeon season and is highly disappointed when his coworker, John, shows up on the lake. When he gives John shelter he gets the opportunity to see a different side of the man than the one he has been working with for months.
So….basically John has been acting like an idiot trying to blend in and hiding himself. We see how much his actions have been hurting Matt and his presence at Matt’s refuge puts an immediate damper on things. John has really been hurting himself too but once he has a chance to admit his feelings to Matt he doesn’t want to hide anymore. These two jump pretty quickly into their relationship and it’s a little hard to believe that Matt is able to let go of John’s past actions, but they seem to build a pretty solid relationship. The community of people who gather to spear sturgeons and everything along with it are quite interesting.
Cover art by Anne Cain is a great background for this story.
ebook, 86 pages
Published: April 19, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English
Series: A States of Love Story