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 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 more about John was also enjoyable.
While I have mostly read Spencer’s fantasy books – I did still enjoy this read!