Breaking the Ice

Breaking the Ice

Tali Spencer / Jun 03, 2020
Breaking the Ice 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
  • Title: Breaking the Ice
  • Author: Tali Spencer
  • ISBN: 9781635334142
  • Page: 228
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 notFor 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.
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      • Tali Spencer

        I am fascinated by swords, mythology, and everything ancient and magical Sword and sandals I m in But I also love bodice rippers, Regency romances, magical realism, pulpy detective stories, cozy mysteries, and South American literature Though I grew up as a bit of a nomad, I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband and travel whenever I can Every destination yields a story or three.When not writing, I read everything really, everything , experiment with food, and take long walks with my loving, if slightly neurotic, poodle.

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    1. Something is wrong with me when it comes to blurbs, I swear In my rush to get this book, my brain ignored the cover and wording of the blurb and latched onto the word ice I started this book thinking I was going to read a hockey romance my weakness I was wrong.Once I adjusted to the fact that this was, indeed, a FISHING story, I found that I was pleasantly surprised Breaking the Ice is an enemies to lovers story, done with a sweet, home town atmosphere and with lots of fishing details You have t [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. Tag Team Review with Sara 3.5 HEARTS Ice Fishing.I knew of it, but this book is definitely an ode to the sport.Let me tell you something I m the least sports appreciating person you might meet And sadly, I m surrounded by the sports people My BFF is a fisherwoman Like she takes joy in sitting around with live bait and catching fish any free time she can Do I join her Fuck no I tune out the moment she mentions bait So I took my fishing non love to this book, it seems.This book is a lot about the [...]


    4. Ice fishing I love ice fishing The best turkey dinner I ever had was made on a cook stove in an ice house while watching the Vikings game on TV Breaking the Ice with its backdrop of sturgeon fishing on Wisconsin s Lake Winnebago is totally in my wheelhouse For most of the year, Matt Wasko has to deal with gay bashing, corn fed homophobic idiots who comment on his glittery balls bowling, that is , rainbow shoelaces and the beer he drinks with a unicorn on the label But for two weeks every Februar [...]


    5. This is actually a very nice story about a bully not really a bully, but a coward closeted gay and an out and proud gay guy who happened to like fishing a lot.But I don t know anything about fishing I think I was a bit loss in a fishing world for a while.This is short, and I think for a short story, I liked the dynamic of John and Matt s relationship from enemy to lovers.Not so much romantic time, but John s intention for stalking and tried to do the fishing with no knowledge about fishing at al [...]


    6. 2.75 Stars rounded up.This is a quick, low angst, low steam romance with a HEA.Every February Matt Wasko takes two weeks off and goes ice fishing to get away from it all Unfortunately this year one of his jackass co workers follows him out to the ice Turns out John Lutz, his nemesis, is actually very interested in Matt John s definitely gotten off on the wrong foot, but is determined to try to put things right.I liked that Matt is out and proud, the way he deals with the taunts and insults from [...]


    7. Breaking the Ice is a cute enemies to lovers story Heavy on the ice fishing, low on the steam, and plenty of sass I loved Matt s sass Being the poster boy for out proud in this small Wisconsin town doesn t even matter to Matt He likes what he likes, does what he does and isn t going back in anyone s closet for anybody John is new to town, and with all new people they find the popular people and try to fit it Its what he did here, regardless of the homophone taunts could have been aimed back at h [...]


    8. A Tag Team Review withSRAL 4.5 HeartsI have the biggest soft spot for boys in the closet The deeper they are they softer I get I also love a good enemies to lover s story and this gave me both Oh boy, my soft spot is a puddle of goo for John Lutz and I fell this story This was adorable Sure, it s short and things move fast and some things are told than shown but I loved it I adored Matt and would so bowl on his team I loved his dedication to Sturgeon fishing even though I wouldn t want to be a [...]


    9. 3.5 starsJohn was an idiot an adorable one when he was trying to catch Matt s attention, but still an idiot Matt was great I loved him for being out and proud despite the bully that he experienced The fishing activity was a bit technical for me, but it also made this novella different that other contemporary MM romance I usually read.More thoughts MAYBE later


    10. Title Breaking the IceAuthor Tali SpencerSeries States of LovePublisher Dreamspinner PressReviewer MollienRelease Date April 19, 2017Genre s Male Male Romance Page Count 86 pagesHeat Level 2 flames out of 5Rating 3.5 stars out of 5Blurb 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 could [...]


    11. 3.5 stars, rounded up.Full review can be found at On Top Down Under Book Reviews.This was a cute, short story My very first gay romance was an enemies to lovers story One of Those Days so I kinda have a soft spot for them, as long as they re written well Matt and John would definitely be considered enemies Coworkers, John has a bad habit of going along with the guys when they throw out homophobic slurs to Matt, who s out and proud Matt pretends it doesn t bother him but it s obvious that it does [...]


    12. Wisconsin, I have to admit, is not a state I have ever visited, or know a lot about Since all books in this series have been great at giving me a local flavor of whatever state of the US they are set in, I was looking forward to learning about The Badger State Of course, also typical for the States of Love books, in addition to geographical detail and regional customs, I got to know two men and their struggle to find love as well And boy do Matt and John know how to make things difficult for th [...]


    13. Breaking the Ice is a sweet story about Matt, a PR manager, and John, a co worker that is constantly tossing gay jokes around along with his buddies.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 slurrs That [...]


    14. I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads This is a quick read, which I recommend you read in a nice warm place, because the ice cold will cause you to shiver I can t say I am a huge fishing fan, but it wasn t really an overwhelming part of the story Matt is comfortable in his skin thanks to a great Grandad it has to be said but that doesn t mean he is hardened to prejudice John has unwittingly made a huge mistake by offending the very man he is attracted to, and no [...]


    15. A Joyfully Jay review 3.5 starsBreaking the Ice is part of Dreamspinner Press States of Love collection, a set of stories that each take place in a different state Tali Spencer describes this book as a love note to Wisconsin and I think that is a good way to explain it The state, the people, and the sport of ice fishing are all lovingly detailed and I think that really helped make the story work for me We get a great sense of the culture and the vibe of the people who live near Matt, and the sto [...]


    16. Rating 4.5 out of 5When I read fiction that takes place in an area I know well, I always pay extra close attention If an author is going through the trouble of setting their story in a specific place, they d better get it right or it takes me out of the story completely And yes, I may still be salty about Jim Butcher s geographical mishaps in Chicago in the first Dresden Files book, but that s neither here nor there.I m pleased to say that Tali Spencer s novella Breaking the Ice nails Wisconsin [...]


    17. This was an enjoyable read for me Having grown up in Northern Minnesota I grew up around ice fishing So getting to read a book that was centered around ice fishing was a great joy for me.Matt was a good character to follow along And I must admit that Spencer did a great job at making me hate John s character But as the story progressed, I came to really feel for John It was fun getting to follow along as John came into his own And also getting to watch as Matt found out about John was also enjo [...]


    18. Cute story and I liked both the MCs but I really loved the setting, the community and reading about their favorite sport ice fishing This book was all about ice fishing in icy Wisconsin and I enjoyed it very much I admit, having lived my whole life in Greece, it appeared pretty exotic to me.


    19. Sweet love story between Matt and John, and to Wisconsin ice fishing The characters are all a hoot Minimal bedroom scenes, which was fine, the story does well on it s own.Bought from dreamspinner



    20. Of the States of Love books I ve read, Breaking the Ice is the one that provided the most state imagery The author was dedicated to bringing Wisconsin ice fishing to life and, for me, it was the main character of the story Now, this Floridian doesn t fish, nor would I consider taking up temporary residence on an iced over lake However, I was totally captivated through Matt s inherent love of the sport and just briefly considered that it might be something I might want to see read not participate [...]


    21. This was such a cute, sweet read Though I guess in Matt s opinion it was not all favorable but I have my own opinion on that one.Do you remember when you was younger and there was always this kid that used to pick on you and when you went home and told your mom about it Your mom probably told you the same thing mine did, that the one you thought was mean in kindergarten that was picking on you was only doing so because they liked you and did not know how to say that, well that is my opinion on h [...]


    22. A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review Rating 3 stars out of 5This 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 sically John has been acting like an idiot trying to blend in and hiding himself We see how much his action [...]


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