Book Reviews

Setting the Hook by Andrew Grey at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Mature Lovers / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-May-2017

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

When two men are very different, like educated businessman William and practical charter fishing service co-owner Mike, one of two things can happen when they meet. Either they can’t find anything to talk about and don’t get along, or the sparks fly. ‘Setting the Hook’ takes its time revealing what the case will be with William and Mike, and because they are both multilayered characters who each have their own history, issues, and passions, I found it fascinating to watch their journey from a sort-of-vacation friendship to a hurricane-induced maybe-romance. As is typical for an Andrew Grey novel, there are multiple obstacles, deep emotions, and several secondary characters who bring the main story line to life and made me want to meet all of them in real life.

William is a family man: he has towed the parental line, studied what his father told him was needed to keep the family business going, and is bored out of his mind doing a job he doesn’t enjoy. He may be well educated and professionally successful, but he is neither fulfilled nor happy. His bi-annual fishing trips to Florida are his one escape, and if it isn’t just the landscape and activity that attract him but Mike who is his focus, who will be the wiser?

Mike is an ex-soldier and also a family man – but his is in a very different place than William’s. First of all, it is not traditional – his loved ones consist of his mother, who has a remarkable talent for “knowing things”, and his ten-year-old daughter, Carrie, whose mother was never interested in raising her. Mike will do anything to keep them safe and happy, and earning a living by running a charter fishing service is his best option. Finding a man to love him and a personal relationship just isn't in the cards for Mike – or so he believes.

Hurricanes are known to cause chaos, and this is definitely the case for the one that strands William and causes Mike to take him home to wait out the storm’s effects. When they open up to each other and discover the attraction each thought was one-sided is actually mutual, things quickly get physical. But their minds need time to deal with what they have done and take a lot longer to catch up. Not to mention what everyone else thinks they have a right to say – especially William’s family. I was severely tempted to wring their necks more than once! As for William? Yeah, he takes his time figuring out what’s important, but a relationship with a man and being open about it is all new to him, so I could see why it took him a while.

If you like romances with enough obstacles to make your head spin, if you enjoy watching adults growing and changing once they meet the partner they are meant to be with, and if you’re looking for a read that is engaging, shows how difficult – and yet rewarding - it can be to compromise, and has a deeply passionate love story at its core, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s got a great setting as well as a whole set of wonderful characters, but it is William and Mike’s struggle that made it all into a spellbinding whole for me.





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 200/62670 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-May-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle, $19.95 audiobook
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