His walls might be tall, but I wasn’t afraid of the climb.
Title: Fresh Catch
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: February 20, 2018
4.5 Sandcastle Dreaming CROWNS
What I always love about Kate Canterbary’s books is that she always gives readers a romance with heart. Even when we get to the steamier scenes, we still can feel the love and care between the two characters, and it makes me fall in love with her characters and stories every single time.
Owen and Cole are seemingly opposites in every capacity. Owen is a man who lives in relative isolation and spends his days catching lobster and preserving the cove and his nights on the porch with a book. Cole is the famous face of a tech company looking to escape. When these two are together, though, they are perfect for each other. They bring out the best. Cole is able to think freely and get back the innovation he has been lacking, almost garnering inspiration from his love with Owen. He isn’t the only one to change. Owen, this gruff and seemingly abrasive man, reveals his soft side when he is with Cole! I just adored seeing them together, and the way they loved each other, emotionally and physically, warmed my soul.
Most of the Kate Canterbary novels I have read have been relatively slow burns, but Fresh Catch picks up steam rather quickly, and the attraction from the moment they meet charges the air around them. I honestly was consumed by their relationship and the way they care for another. I felt like I had to savor every moment between them because the book would end all too soon. What I wish I would have gotten is maybe a bit more of them as individuals. I love them together and enjoyed them as individuals, but I connect with them as a couple versus individual characters. The conflict also comes late and is resolved quickly, but for the conflict selected, the resolution matches the story and the characterization created. I absolutely adored the ending. Owen’s made my heart all weepy and happy.
Fresh Catch is another fantastic read. With impeccable writing, fantastic characters, and romance filled with equal parts steam and heart, Kate Canterbary continues to wow me.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
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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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.