Review: Andrew Grey – Setting the Hook

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Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

It could be the catch of a lifetime. William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen’s fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn’t the only view William enjoys, but he’s never made his move. A vacation romance just isn’t on his horizon.

William Westmoreland escapes his unfulfilling Rhode Island existence by traveling to Florida twice a year and chartering Mike Jansen’s fishing boat to take him out on the Gulf. The crystal-blue water and tropical scenery isn’t the only view William enjoys, but he’s never made his move. A vacation romance just isn’t on his horizon.

Mike started his Apalachicola charter fishing service as a way to care for his daughter and mother, putting their safety and security ahead of the needs of his own heart. Denying his attraction becomes harder with each of William’s visits.

William and Mike’s latest fishing excursion starts with a beautiful day, but a hurricane’s erratic course changes everything, stranding William. As the wind and rain rage outside, the passion the two men have been trying to resist for years crashes over them. In the storm’s wake, it leaves both men yearning to prolong what they have found. But real life pulls William back to his obligations. Can they find a way to reduce the distance between them and discover a place where their souls can meet? The journey will require rough sailing, but the bright future at the end might be worth the choppy seas.

Review:

I always enjoy Andrew Grey’s stories and this is no exception. In fact, I liked this a bit more than the last few I read. Maybe because this one featured two strong MCs, or maybe it was simply the way the story unfolded.

William is a businessman from Providence, Rhode Island, in the Florida Panhandle area for his annual fishing vacation. He’s going out with Mike on his charter boat again this year as this excursion always proves to be fun and he really likes Mike. But this year, when they return after skirting a hurricane storm front, his rental car won’t start and Mike, always a kind and thoughtful man, offers to put William up overnight until the storm passes and the rental company can bring another car to him.

But the storm doesn’t pass quickly and the rental company doesn’t have another car available for a few days so William hangs around, even helping Mike with a charter a few days after the storm. William realizes he loves this life—the great outdoors with sea and sun—and dreads going back north to the cold, dreary weather and his management job with his father’s company. That’s drudgery and he doesn’t know why he let his parents talk him into this career path. He’s also feeling down because on this year’s trip, he and Mike really hit it off well and one thing led to another… Now he’s wondering how he can bear to part with this sweet man, his 12-year-old daughter and Mike’s mother—a wholesome, warm-hearted family whom he’s grown very fond of during this vacation.

Though it’s tough, he departs, and this time his discontent is huge, so much so, that his parents notice and William finally verbalizes how he feels. The story goes on to a reunion with Mike, an opportunity to spend a few weeks with him and his daughter in the Caribbean, an unexpected visit from his own parents, and finally, a restructuring of his life and his career. But can Mike go along with William’s plans? After all, his area is not known for its gay-friendly citizens and Mike’s career might be on the line if he comes out publicly.

Typical of Andrew Grey, he finds a way for the characters to come together for their HEA and provides food for thought and multiple life lessons along the way. Longer than some of his more recent work, this one is great for those who love a simple MM romance between a man with child(ren) and a man with a major life choice to make to be able to find his happiness when he chooses his heart over family expectations.

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