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review 2019-03-14 14:54
not sure I liked Ryker!
Ryker - V.L. Locey,R.J. Scott
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. **This review will be short, I really dislike writing the three star reviews!** Ryker is hockey royalty, coming up as 4th generation championship winning players. Jacob works his family farm with his mum and dad. Both end up at hockey camp for the summer, and are polar opposites in most things. Sharing a room brings them closer, then camp is over and they are on opposite sides of the country. When Ryker switches college to be closer to Jacob, will Jacob let him? I can't put my finger on why this one didn't work for me, and ya'll know how much that does my head in! So, here's what I DID like. Both Jacob and Ryker have their say, so we get both sides of the coin. Both voices are clear and very different, and their voice is in the first person. Each change is clearly headed, and comes as the chapter changes. I saw no spelling or editing errors to spoil my reading. I tagged it as a short read, because it does NOT seem as long as the billed 196 pages! One sitting read, too. There are some characters from the series this one spins off, and that makes me want to go back and read THEIR series, or at least, Jared and Ten (Ryker's dad and step dad) stories. I just . . . .DON'T know what didn't work! Or at least, that was what I thought when writing this review. Now I'm typing it up, I *think* it might be Ryker himself. I dunno, maybe. Possibly. So, gonna leave it at that. 3 good solid but maybe not for me, stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2019-03-12 02:03
You are the sunshine of my life...that's why I'll always be around...
Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors of Love #2) - V.L. Locey

A while ago I was given the opportunity to read a book entitled ‘Lost in Indigo’ by V.L. Locey and I really loved it so when the opportunity came to read and review the second book in this series ‘Touch Of A Yellow Sun’ saying anything other than ‘oh hell yeah!’ wasn’t even an option and once again I loved the story that I was presented with.


While I really loved this story I have to admit at times I struggled with the character of Marek Hafer, but in the end I was won over by Marek and then there was Shey…I cannot lie I loved Shey just for his name…ok, maybe not just for his name but honestly I just love the name Shey, so he had brownie points before I even started reading the story.


Now the story…Marek Hafer has anger issues and while one might think this could be a bonus for a hockey player...it’s not since often times decisions made in anger are not made with good judgement and Marek frequently displays poor judgement both on the ice and off, but he’s also got issues…issues that cloud his judgement and contribute to his ongoing anger. Marek’s got a past that’s filled with pain and hurt and unanswered questions.


Shey Pierson is Marek’s new neighbor and Marek quickly comes to realize that Shey is also a source of a peace and calm that Marek has rarely if ever known in his life and while his initial attraction is more about lust than love as the two men get to know each other those feelings begin to change.


Shey teaches yoga classes for a living and he’s as drawn to Marek as Marek is to him, but he also sees the internal turmoil that Marek’s fighting with and he wants to help him find peace.


Shey definitely made Marek want to be a better person, while Marek helped Shey to lighten up a little and then there was the tea…so much tea!!! Shey reminded me of a dear friend whose solution to all things like Shey was to make tea. I loved it. The lesson here…when in doubt make tea! And one of my absolute favorite parts of the story was a sweet little meesie named Chula. I’ve got a huge soft spot for Siamese cats so Shey having one and the fact that Marek loved Shey’s cat as much as I did pretty much guaranteed that at the end of it all I was going to adore these two men. But if that wasn’t enough there was the fact that I really enjoyed their interactions…well this one started out good and for me just kept getting better and better.


Marek and Shey were two very different men and yet they both had a common problem that took a different form for each of them…both men had things in their past to deal with and I loved that they did this together…giving each other the love and support they needed to deal with the challenging things and move on.


If you didn’t read ‘Lost In Indigo’ and for whatever reason it’s not your thing but this one appeals to you, reading it without benefit of that story is a total non-issue there is zero overlap in terms of story lines and the only character from that book that appears here is Marek’s agent…so like I said it’s definitely a non-issue to read book two even if you skipped the first one.


‘Touch Of A Yellow Sun’ was a feel good story that just needs a cozy chair and a cup of tea to round out the reading experience and maybe a cookie or two would be nice while you’re at it.




A copy of ‘Touch Of A Yellow Sun’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2019-03-07 14:35
not quite as good as book one
Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors of Love #2) - V.L. Locey
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Marek has been sent a lower league after one too many outbursts on the ice. He knows this could be his last posting. After yet another outburst, Marek is forced to try to lower his anger levels and who better than the most lovely neighbour of his, Shey, who just happens to be the owenr of a yoga studio? Helps that Shey pushes all of Marek's buttons, but does Marek push Shey's? Can Marek get his temper under control enough to help Shey when his past comes back to haunt him? I really enjoyed this one second book in the Colors of Love series, not quite as much as book one though! My only gripe (and this WILL make you laugh once you read my review for Lost In Indigo!) was that only Marek has a say! Told ya! I'll explain. In my review for Indigo, I said that Ms Locey has a way of negating my dislike of single point of view but strong voiced characters. And while Marek has a strong voice, it's not AS strong as Matt in Indigo, and here, I really missed that! I have NO clue why Marek isn't up to muster cos the man has a LOT to say: about his hockey, his career, his attraction to Shey, his feelings (once they hit him square in the face!) for Shey, and just how he feels about that cat! It's maybe just Marek himself, who didn't push MY buttons, maybe it's just me, I dunno! I hate not being able to say! I did enjoy the way Shey's home crept up on Marek, very quickly, he was calling Shey's apartment, HIS home. I loved Shey's history, and his grandma! The twist with the past was a surprise, and I loved how Marek handled that, even if it cost him so much. Shey really is his whole world! Other than the hockey theme, and the colours in the titles, I'm not sure I see a commen thread, but is Arn, Marek's agent, the same one that is Matt's agent?? The name rang a bell, is all! I'm sorry this is far shorter than my usual fayre, I'm not doing so well with my reading at the moment, and my reviews are few and far between. A very VERY good. . . . 4 star read **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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review 2019-03-07 13:34
loved this!
Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) - V.L. Locey
Faced with the end of his hockey career, Mathieu goes home to heal. His long time friend brings his 20 year old son to help Matt around. But Matt is not prepared fro how he feels about Indigo, especially as he has managed to keep his sexuality a secret. But Indigo is a unique young man, genderflux, out and proud. Can Matt recover enough to play again, can he and Indigo be happy in secret? Ordinarily, I would say here that I wanted to hear from both main characters. Indigo does not have a voice here, and ORDINARILY that would be a major gripe of mine. BUT!! I actually rather enjoyed this, with only Matt having a say! I made a new shelf for it and everything! Matt is deep in the closet, he knows it, and up to now, has just made do. Breaking his leg, and going back to Canada and meeting the now grown up Indigo again makes Matt question a lot of things. And as time goes on, he realises that maybe being in the closet is not a good thing, especially when he wants Indigo in his life, and Indigo wants to be in that life, but Indigo will NOT be a dirty secret. I loved that Matt has a dawning revelation about Indigo. His feelings grow, over time, but Indigo was all in, right from the start! Loved that his NEIGHBOUR, of all people, had Matt sussed, right from way back when they first met, but his AGENT, who knew him so much longer, had not a clue! I loved that Indigo's dad, Matt long time friend, was, while not totally against Matt and Indigo being together, he was "don't hurt my boy, or I'll break the other leg" on Matt. Papa Bear at his very best! I loved that, when called on it, Indigo gives Matt a deadline, and Matt delivers! Loved the way he does that! I read another series by this author, The Point Shot trilogy, and I said in that review, that I loved it because it was single person point of view, so Ms Vocey has a way of negating my dislike of single person points of view, with strong minded, loud voiced characters! I need MORE of this author, I really do! There are a few pages of hockey commentary, I skipped those, I'm not any kinds of sports fan, at all, but I didn't feel I missed anything by doing so. Just don't hate me! 5 full and shiny stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**


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text 2019-02-27 16:06
REVIEW TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors of Love #2) by V.L. Locey
Touch Of A Yellow Sun (Colors of Love #2) - V.L. Locey

It's been a rough couple of years for Marek Hafer, roaming hockey protagonist and pugilistic expert. Ending up in Berger Lake, Pennsylvania, on a financially unstable minor league team might just be the ending his wretched career deserves. On the other side of thirty, Marek knows his time on skates is dwindling. His goal now is to spend a few quiet years playing for the Berger Lake Badgers, knock a few helmets together as needed, and then call it quits before his salty personality gets him booted out of hockey permanently.

After a bloody encounter his first night on the ice, the Badgers coach suggests that Marek find a way to lower his violent tendencies before he’s sent packing yet again. That decree leads Marek to knock on the door of his next-door neighbor, Shey Pierson, the owner of Sun Touch Yoga Studio. Shey ticks every box Marek has with his soft blue eyes, flowing golden hair, and long limber legs. The only problem is that Shey is yin to Marek’s yang.

Can a man famed for throwing punches find serenity in the arms of a man known for his tranquil ways?

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