Love's Charter: Book One
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.
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.
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Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted my AUDIO copy of this book. William hires Mike's fishing boat twice a year to just get away from it all., from the job he has begun to hate. Running the family business was never what he wanted to do. His time on Mike's boat is precious, because it's MIKE he comes for, not really the fishing. Mike looks forward to William's visits, because he has had feelings for William since that first time. But he could never act on those feelings. Living and working in a small town has major draw backs and he has his daughter and his mother to look out for. It takes a hurricane for these men to act on their feelings and there is a lot of water to cross before they can be truly happy. Andrew Grey has a way of writing that no other has, and I LOVED this first book in a new series. William has feelings for Mike and vice versa. One bolt of lightening, one heated look and its only a matter of time before they finally give in to their feelings. I understood Mike's hesitancy to out himself, he has his daughter and his mother to look after but it had been so very very long since Mike allowed himself to feel, to have a connection to a man, and he really couldn't fight any more. And its beautiful, their coming together, really it is!! I love William's mum and dad turning up on his "vacation" and Mike's reaction to William telling his parents of their relationship was a priceless moment! I also love the unexpected turn of events for his parents, and how that made William see them in a different light. Couple questions I am left with though. It never fully explains about Mike's friend in the Navy, and what happened to him. While I can piece it mostly together, I would like to have had the full details. And the coin Mike's daughter found? What happened with that. Bonus points for not shortening William to Will, not once! AUDIO review. Greg Tremblay narrates. And, really, need I say more? I mean, the man could narrate the bloody phone book, and I'd love it! I love the way Tremblay has with voices. William and his parents are very proper and upper class, and Mike, his daughter and mom are much softer, smoother voices. It makes for easy listening, because I don't have to concentrate too hard on making out who is speaking and I can just lose myself in the narration. Tremblay's reading voice is clear and even, and you can feel the emotions coming off each man. A true joy to listen to. 5 stars for the book 5 stars for the narration 5 stars overall. **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
3.5 slow burn stars-- Setting the Hook was a good, heart-warming romance between two busy men who made it a habit of putting everyone else first. I really enjoyed this book’s premise of a fishing charter captain in a small community paired with a businessman from the Northeast. The scenery, boating, and fishing descriptions were done well with just enough detail to set the story apart and capture my interest. The heroes were both likable and though they were a bit resistant to moving forward, the author fully explained their motivations for keeping their feelings under wraps. I liked the idea that both men had unrequited feelings for each other that developed over time and the circumstances that finally got them to act on those feelings was believable. The chemistry and longing came through for the reader as well, including the uncertainty regarding the viability of a long-term relationship. Really, Setting the Hook had all the makings of a good slow-burn romance and I was eager to see how William and Mike made things work between them. For the most part, I was happy with how things progressed. Nothing in their relationship was rushed, which made sense given their careers, families, and lifestyles. However, I wish there were more details of the final resolution or of their lives once they committed to being together. Especially after drawn out love stories, I want to experience the pay out and their happy ending, so I’m always disappointed if those details are glazed over in an epilogue. That said, I liked the resolutions with their families and careers, even if it was a bit of a convenient and quick wrap. This was a good romance featuring older heroes and with minimal angst and drama. I always like when there are different settings or circumstances in books, so the fishing and boating aspects of Setting the Hook was a win for me. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*