REVIEW: Fresh Catch by Kate Canterbary

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“But I was already wound up, long past silly, on my way to lovesick.”

Back of the book blurb:

Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley's back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever.
 Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.
 There's one small issue:
 Owen Bartlett doesn't know who I am. Who I really am.
 I don't like people.
 I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises.
 No strings, no promises, no problems.
 Until Cole McClish's boat drifts into Talbott's Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.
 I don't know Cole's story or what he's running from, but one thing is certain:
 I'm not letting him run away from me.

Chase’s thoughts:

Publication Date: February 15, 2018
Publisher: Vesper Press
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781985603479

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My rating:

            There are some books that I just have to review. They wiggle their way into your life and there’s no other choice but to talk about them endlessly until all of your close friends and family members have read that book. That book (at least recently) was Fresh Catch for me. Kate Canterbary is a new-to-me author and I am profoundly grateful that somehow I stumbled upon her. I am trying to curate a list of queer romances that I really enjoyed and one that I found was Fresh Catch. (The list will be posted at a later date as I’m still curating it.)

            Written with wit and sincerity, Fresh Catch is romantic, real, and completely sexy.

“Summer loves only led to autumn heartbreak, and that was why I needed the fantasy.”

            Fresh Catch starts with Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove and Owen Bartlett isn’t having it. Apparently neither is Cole as Owen is met with the barrel of a gun. Behind that gun? Cole. Soon enough, Cole realizes he could use this accidental getaway and maybe he could spend it with the sexy loner that is Owen. Little does he know, Owen is much more into that idea than he leads Cole to believe.

            Like I said above, I’m trying to find well-written queer romances. So many queer romances are cheesy or they’re tragic or they’re so stereotypical, you just know that a woman is writing out her GBF fantasies. And while those are all fine and dandy, sometimes I want to read about two men falling in love without someone dying (but also including lots and lots of sex). And while I will be including “tragic” romances to my list, it’s nice to find some that aren’t so tragic.

            Fresh Catch was a breath of fresh air. It was sexy, it was fun, and it was absolutely romantic. Kate Canterbary is an absolute wizard with her words and I was blown away a few times with how poetic she could be.

“Summer love was never meant for me. It wasn’t mine to keep. I built sandcastle dreams and the tide washed them away every time.”

            Owen and Cole are two of the cutest characters that I’ve ever read. God, I loved their dynamic. The surly guy and the charismatic one. Their relationship was so fun (and funny) to experience. They were so romantic, too. The chemistry was out of this world from the instant they met. It was beautiful.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my time on this planet, it’s that I can’t wait for people to be perfect.”

            I really fell in love with the plot of Fresh Catch, as well. There was some angst and definitely some darker parts, but overall, it wasn’t entirely soul-shattering and I was thankful for that. Sometimes, I just want a book that doesn’t completely ruin my life. Those books are perfect, too!

            Fresh Catch is a wonderful, romantic, and entertaining read.

Happy Reading!

The Wandereader

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