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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According to Phoebe from Friends, ‘lobsters mate for life,’ and while scientific research doesn’t support her declaration, the essence of what Phoebe is saying is applicable to finding one’s soul mate…the one person destined to fit that person in ways that no one else can.
And while Owen Bartlett, a lobsterman, clearly understands the crustaceans that he catches, he can’t help but think and perhaps even hope that there’s some significance to Phoebe’s view because when Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Owen’s cove, his solitary existence is upended, and he finds himself wondering if the man who contrasts him in almost every way can be the one who stays and allows his tender heart to freely love in a way that has never been possible.
Kate Canterbury does a great job of illustrating Owen and Cole’s differences, showcasing what makes each man who he is and the reasons behind their differing demeanors. But while Owen and Cole clearly come from different backgrounds, different cultures, and different worlds, their contrary attributes actually complement one another and allow their ‘true’ selves to be exposed and explored in tangible ways.
I appreciated the fact that Canterbury provides readers with both heroes’ perspective. Hearing Owen and Cole’s mental musings and understanding how they feel allows a well-rounded view of these two dynamic men and the reasons they held themselves back from each other until they couldn’t resist any longer.
Throughout Owen and Cole’s story, readers witness their individual journeys as well as the steps they take to become something more than a Summer Fling or a one-night stand. It’s clear that both men have deep feelings for the other and as those feelings develop, the risks grow as well, so much so that I was worried Cole’s ‘truth’ would ruin everything between them, even though he has been the version of himself he has always wanted to be in the time he’s been with Owen.
I’ll be the first to admit that by the end of Fresh Catch, I was suffering from both the #Talbott’sCoveEffect and the #ColeMcClishEffect. The setting is just as pivotal as the two men whose lives fill the pages of the book because it’s that peaceful and serene lifestyle that helps Cole realize how he should be living his life and who he should have beside him to calm his brain and show him that there is more to life than computers and coding.
This was my first read by Kate Canterbury, but it definitely will not be my last; I truly enjoyed her storytelling, the way she characterized Cole and Owen to fit in the worlds in which they lived, and the slow progress Cole and Owen made at becoming each other’s lobster. I do have to admit, though, that the ending felt a little bit rushed and I didn’t get quite the comprehensive resolution that I was looking for when it came to Cole’s truth being exposed and the repercussions of those actions, but that little blimp didn’t detract from my enjoyment of Fresh Catch, and I would love to head back to Talbott’s Cove some time!
4.5 Poison Apples
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.