Tuesday, 20 February 2018


His walls might be tall,
but I wasn't afraid of the climb.

Title: Fresh Catch
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: February 20, 2018

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.


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I've not read many M/M books but this is top of my favourites list. In fact it's top of my list of ANY contemporary romance books. The story really focuses on the couple and their relationship, and it blew me away with the intensity of emotion held within its pages.

If there was one think I'd learned since Cole drifted into my life it was that we mattered more than I.

Boom. Just fucking boom went my heart.

Two men who have insane chemistry but have been so hurt in the past that, for a long time, neither feels brave enough to make the first move. In many ways this was a slow burn but the heat and passion simmering just below the surface made it feel like a much raunchier read.

I'd never experienced sex like this before......It was the feeling of it all. The emotion behind every thrust, the intention in every kiss, the promise in every breathe we shared.

It was a book I didn't want to put down. No scratch that it was a book I couldn't put down. My mind, heart and soul were so caught up in it that my hands refused to close the book until I had read and savoured every word, and then re-read some again just for the sheer pleaure.

It's a Kate Canterbary book, so I fully expected to cry. However I did not expect the first time to be over a dog that wasn't even IN the book. Especially not when I'm a cat person through and through. I also cried for Cole and Owen and their fragile hearts. Sometimes Ms Canterbary makes us wait in agony for a resolution. Sam and Tiel nearly killed me when he went off to spend time in the woods. We don't have such a tough time in this book, but that isn't to say this story is anything less than amazing, and it will certainly stomp on your emotions. I think it's just that the world would have stopped spinning if Owen and Cole spent too long apart.

I always wanted him wrapped around me, and I knew talk of my other life wouldn't give me that. I knew it would come between us because it came between me and everything.

Through out the book, Owen seems the stronger and more dominant character. I guess you don't get to the top of the tech world by being a pushover though, and Cole certainly showed his mettle when needed.

His walls might be tall but I wasn't afraid of the climb.

I channelled a little Annette and totally fell in love with these guys. You just can't help it.

I also, despite her only appearing via text messages, adore Neera. I'm sure she has a story to tell and would love to read it.

Cole: You knew? All this time, you knew where I was and you didn't come and find me?

Neera: You didn't want me to find you.
Neera: I believe you were busy finding yourself

As so often with books of this calibre, I just don't have words enough to express how fantastic they are. I'm more of a maths person anyway so I'll use data instead. I've created a favourite reads shelf, out of the 48 books I've read this year, this is only the third book to get put on that shelf. So that puts it in my top 6%.

Kate Canterbary doesn’t have it all figured out, but this is what she knows for sure: spicy-ass salsa and tequila solve most problems, living on the ocean–Pacific or Atlantic–is the closest place to perfection, and writing smart, smutty stories is a better than any amount of chocolate. She started out reporting for an indie arts and entertainment newspaper back when people still read newspapers, and she has been writing and surreptitiously interviewing people—be careful sitting down next to her on an airplane—ever since.

Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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