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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (April 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XXTQ7NC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Breaking the Ice (States of Love) Kindle Edition
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My family used to drive up to Horicon to see and experience the Canada geese migration. UNBELIEVABLE! We would also go to Fond Du Lac for the fishing. Great fishing lakes in WI.
This story paints the residents of WI with an accurate brush. Outdoorsy, great fishermen and hunters, down to earth people. And, friendly!
All in all, a short but satisfying read.
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
This is the second book in the States of Love series that I have read. It looks like each book is written by a different author and the setting is almost as important as the main characters. Breaking the Ice is a short story at 86 pages. It is a humorous, sweet unlikely love story. The setting of this story takes place during February in Wisconsin, Brrrrr. Matt Wasko’s passion is ice fishing on Lake Winnebago. An activity that started when he was sent to live with his grandparents during his teenage years. Matt is an openly gay man. He has a good job that he enjoys. He also has the comradery with his fellow ice fishing family. What he doesn’t have is a man to love. Gay men are as rare as the elusive prize winning walleye that Matt has been trying to catch for years. Matt also has an offensive co-worker, John, who takes every opportunity to get in Matt’s face and crack jokes about his sexual preferences. When John makes an attempt at ice fishing, Matt is forced to rescue him from freezing to death out on the frozen lake and that is where this story unfolds. The chemistry between Matt and John was a little hard for me to wrap my mind around. The pacing was good. This was and easy to read, humorous story that kept me entertained for a few hours. The ending was pretty predictable, but it was fun getting there. There was a stronger character development for Matt, but we did learn about John as well. Overall the story was cute. If you need a story to cool you off during the coming scorching days of summer, this might be the perfect story to keep you company while you bake in the sun.
PLOT: 4 Stars
CHEMISTRY: 3 Stars
PACING: 4 Stars
ENDING: 4 Stars
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Mollien from Alpha Book Club
Regarding the love story of Matt and John...enemies to lovers is a great trope and with more time to explore it, it could have been a great primary plot. But like Matt and John themselves, it was secondary to the great visualization of the state. Going from enemies to friends is as simple as a foolhardy mistake that sees John's car sinking through a crack in the ice (see why it's not for me?) and seeking shelter in Matt's decked out ice shed. Wet clothes aid things along and by morning, Matt's seeing John in a whole new light. From there it's a quick slip side across the perverbial ice from first kiss to dating to love and marriage. Sweet, low angst despite the trope, and not as memoriable as the backdrop it was laid on.
Overall, 4 stars for making me even consider that I might want to go to Wisconsin when it's cold enough to grow little cities on the lakes.
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
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.
Matt is out and proud and has all sorts of pride posters and other tings tat scream gay in his office. His Ice Shack also has lots of bright pictures and he decorates over the top. Even his bowling balls are glittery and his shoelaces rainbows.
John is on the opposing bowling team and his friends told him Matt doesn't mind the gay jokes and slurs. That he plays along.When he finds out Matt is taking two weeks off to go ice fishing, John heads out on the ice not knowing how dangerous it can be.
I loved Tali's details and descriptions of the ice-fishing and everything that goes on the frozen lake. It was very informative but not in a boring way.I fell in love with the other families and how they bonded during this time, especially the Tipps.
If you like a feel-good, sweet romance, learning about different states and cultures, ice-fishing, co-worker romance and an allover fun sweet romance this is for you
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