Breaking the Ice (Natosha’s Review)

Title: Breaking the Ice (States of Love)
Author: Tali Spencer
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance
Page Count: 86 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.

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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 were 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 how Matt was treated by John when they first met.

Yes, John is a grown man and yes, John needed to man up and just let Matt know that he had a crush on him but I think that John was scared that he would be rejected for one and for another I think that John was scared of being in the place that Matt was in as far as being picked on by haters.

To say that Matt was not impressed with the way that John acted is like saying the sky is pink. In other words he was not impressed at all. It made Matt think that John was homophobic and that he had something against gay people. So when Matt learns the truth, he is actually in shock I believe.

Can two men that seemingly have nothing in common find common grounds together and build a lasting relationship or has things started out on the wrong footing and there is no getting past it?

This book is one of those books that while you are reading it you find yourself smiling or laughing at some of the things and predicaments that John finds himself in. What makes it even more funny is the way Matt seems to get caught in the middle of the messes that John finds himself in. But in the end what made it such an amazing read was how these two men came together. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think others will also. Great read!!!!!

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Galley copy of Breaking the Ice (States of Love) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Hello, I am an avid reader of male/male books. I do not have a favorite genre when it comes to male/male books because I love all of them from romance, dark reads, paranormal, shifter, threesome, whatever I see that catches my eye at the time. I read books about rock stars, CEOs, military, cops, and just the original plain old good boy types of books. Basically when it comes to a book, I read whatever I am in the mood for at the time. So my tastes varies from day to day and sometimes even hour to hour.

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