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review 2018-01-04 17:10
Goaltender's Penalty by V.L. Locey Review
Goaltender's Penalty - V.L. Locey

It was supposed to be a fun-filled night at the arena, cheering on the Harrison Hawks, ogling the blond Acadian god/goalie in the crease, and maybe, if he was really lucky, catching an airborne puck with his hands and not his face.

Unfortunately for Daryl Hamilton, his first minor league ice hockey game ends with him catching something with his face, but it's not a puck. It's the fist of his dream goalie, Ryan Amirault. But while his nose may not be thankful for the badly timed autograph request, Daryl can't say that the rest of him isn't pleased with how things are turning out.

Not only is Ryan turning himself inside out to make things right with Daryl, the spark of attraction between the two men is slowly blazing up into a roaring inferno. The only problem – aside from two black eyes – is that Ryan isn't out, there's a viral video of the nose-crunching encounter, and a rather curious sports reporter is snooping around the daycare center where Daryl works. If their new love can survive all that, it will survive anything.

Story also appears in the Scoring anthology

 

Review

Aww. I love Daryl and Ryan. This is a lovely romance where a fan gets to fall in love with a sports star They are both great character. Good stuff!

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review 2018-01-03 20:31
First Season (Harrisburg Railers, #2) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey 4 Star Review!
First Season - V.L. Locey,R.J. Scott

Layton wants success, Adler wants family, how can love make both these things possible?

Layton Foxx works

hard for what he has. The condo, the career, the chance to make his mark, is all down to the sacrifices he has made. With tragedy in his past, he doesn’t want or need love. Then he meets Adler Lockhart, the extroverted, sexy winger for the Harrisburg Railers and abruptly he can’t avoid love even if he wanted to.

 

Adler Lockhart has had everything handed to him his whole life. Cars, villas, cash, college tuition at the finest Ivy League schools. The only things he doesn’t have are parents who care or the love of a good man. Then Layton walks into his privileged life and shows him what real love can be like.

 

 

Review

 

Adler and Layton launched me back into a huge Sports Romance kick. Hockey! I also preordered the next book in the series right away.

Alder is socially awkward which is a kind of hero I love. It doesn't come out in the shy way but in the overly outgoing way. 

Layton is buttoned up and his job is crisis management. We get a great opposites attract trope going. 

I love Adler's hell bent clumsy wooing of Layton. I really liked all the complexities revealed about each hero overtime. 

Adler really wants love and Layton, eventually, can't help but love him.

We get a great subplot at Layton manages the heroes of the first book in the series coming out a professionial sports setting. All the secondary characters are great.

This book is perfect for a reread in times when you need comfort.
 
 

 

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review 2017-12-08 18:27
This one was like scoring a hat trick...
Deep Edge - R. J. Scott,V.L. Locey

‘Deep Edge’ is the third book in the ‘Harrisburg Railer’s’ series by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey and while I have very much enjoyed the first two books, ‘Deep Edge’ has definitely become my favorite book so far.

 

Trent Hanson may be a skating phenom adored by millions but that hasn’t kept disaster from dogging his heels nor has it kept the two things he loves the most from turning on him. It’s when his family has betrayed him and the sport he’s dedicated his life to has turned on him that Trent finds himself faced with the dilemma of a life time…do a reality show that will pay him enough to resolve the financial difficulties that he’s facing while leaving him in the company of members of the ‘Harrisburg Railers’ while filming a reality television series…Trent doesn’t do jocks…not football, baseball or hockey…ever! But when faced with the alternatives that his current financial state will result in. Trent decides it’s time to put on his big boy pants and do what needs to be done…after all it’s just 6 weeks…he can do this, right?

 

Dieter has spent years in the minors waiting for his chance to show that he’s got what it takes to play in the pros. When he gets called up during the Railers run for the Stanley Cup, Dieter knows this is his chance and he wants it. He’s determined not to let anything get in his way…not an injured knee that leads him to become addicted to prescription painkillers, not a personal scandal that threatens to splash his name across the cover of every tabloid in North America and certainly not the infuriating figure skater whose gotten under his skin while adding so much color and life to his world.

 

I loved Trent…he was unrepentantly Trent. His motto in life was ‘name it and claim it’. Trent was out and proud unashamed to show the world the beauty that was Trent Hanson. But for all his sparkle and flash he had a heart of gold. His passion for skating includes his Rainbow arena where he creates a safe environment for LGBTQ kids to take lessons and skate in a safe and bully free environment. He helps take care of his mom and his very feisty grandmother whom he calls Lola. Sadly Trent’s not a stranger to the world of addiction having been in one relationship with someone who was addicted to prescription drugs he recognizes the warning signs in Dieter.

 

While Dieter was a little harder character to warm up to in the end he won my heart. Initially he wasn’t willing to face the truth’s of his circumstances in the end he faced up to things and got the help he needed for both his addiction and the injury that led to it. What really won me over with Dieter was that when it came to Trent, he wanted Trent as he was. There was never any expectation on Dieter’s part that Trent would change in any way because Dieter wanted the color and flare that Trent brought into his life.

 

Just like in the first two books we were given a wonderful cast of secondary characters including the MCs from ‘Changing Lines’ and ‘First Season’ and Trent’s mother and his Lola, there’s Trent’s agent who ultimately takes on Dieter as a client as well and Dieter’s parents…I really loved Dieter’s parents they were wonder, loving and supportive parents…even if his dad is a Vancouver Canucks fan…there’s just no accounting for taste…kidding.

 

I loved Trent and Dieter’s story and as a couple they worked really, really well for me and while I know that the next book’s a new pairing…it’s Stan the big, adorable, teddy bear Russian Goalie for the Railers and I’m totally on board for Stan’s story and yes, I do have my fingers crossed for a peek or two at Trent and Dieter…these two worked hard for their HEA and I’d love to see more of these two.

 

This series just keeps getting better and better for me and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever comes next for the men of the Harrrisburg Railers and their partners…now, if I could just get my hands on a Railer’s hockey jersey…Go Railers!!!

 

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An ARC of 'Deep Edge' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-11-24 23:08
Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers, #1) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey Review
Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers Hockey Book 1) - RJ Scott,V.L. Locey

The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.

 

Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years younger and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.

 

Review

 

This is a bit of an odd read. Jared and Tennant are great characters. The hockey world building is well done and the cast is great.

The romance is sweet, hot, and steadfast. They deal with the age difference and the brother's friends troupe well. However, we miss a lot of the moments in the love story as they happen off stage and it keeps this book from really being a great romance.

I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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review 2017-10-27 21:08
Sometimes it takes more than 1 + 1 to make 2...
Improper Fraction - V.L. Locey

O’Malley is a math geek and Garrison’s a jock. They’re neighbors and have grown up living next door to each other. O’Malley’s gay, Garrison’s straight…sorta’, kinda’…almost? Except he’s not. Turns out Garrison’s bi or he thinks he might be gay…he’s not sure. This was honestly one of the best parts of this story. There was no ‘oh you’re bi, you can’t commit, I don’t date bi men’…nope, no bi-shaming here. In fact, this was where I really came to like O’Malley because he was supportive of the fact that it was Garrison’s decision whether he was gay or bi. For me, O’Malley totally rocked this one.

 

O’Malley knows that his dreams of him and Garrison as a couple are just that…dreams. So, when Garrison kisses him during a family celebration the night before they’re heading off to college. But it’s not the kisses that break O’Malley’s heart it’s the promises to stay in touch, to come back to O’Malley…the promise that there will be a them and as the weeks and months slip by and Garrison not only doesn’t stay in touch but it in fact starts to feel like he’s avoiding O’Malley that leaves O’Malley hurt, angry and heartbroken.

 

Four years pass before the former friends find themselves within proximity of each other again.

 

‘Improper Fraction’ is about coming of age, second chances, coming out, seeking forgiveness, forgiving, falling in love, falling out of love and back in love and ultimately, it’s about finding out that home’s not a place it’s a person…the person who completes you and makes you want to be more, better than who and what you are.

 

The first part of this story gives us a lot of background around O’Malley and Garrison and their family and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The friendship that O’Malley, Garrison and their families shared was sweet and heartwarming. O’Malley lost his mom at a fairly early age and Garrison’s family just absorbed O’Malley and his father into their family. These two families were close and I really loved the friendship and supportive relationship that they all enjoyed.

 

Unfortunately, it was the middle part of this story that I struggled with for me it dragged a bit at times, but it was also the part of the story where we get to see O’Malley and Garrison begin to find their way back together. First as friends and then slowly as lovers. It was also during this part of the story that we get to see a more of Garrison’s sister, Emily. I very much enjoyed this character…almost as much as O’Malley. I must admit I struggled a bit with the character of Garrison. Mostly because I was disappointed with his behavior at first, but it was actually the ending of this story that made me step back and take a second look at Garrison’s actions from the earlier part of this story and realize that ‘sure I was disappointed in Garrison’s behavior but he was young and hurting O’Malley was never his intent. Garrison needed to come to terms with things about himself before he would really be able to enter into a relationship with anyone much less the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with.

 

There was a secondary plot in this story and at times it may have seemed random and unnecessary but honestly, I was good with it felt like what it was one of those random events that happen in our lives without rhyme or reason as to why. I liked that while this event played out for the most part in the background it also had a definite impact on the ending and overall for me it worked.

 

While ‘Improper Fraction’ was not my first experience with this author as she is one of the authors of ‘The Harrisburg Railers’ series that I have also been enjoying. This was my first experience with V. L. Locey as a solo author, but it definitely won’t be my last, this author can definitely hold her own and I now have a backlist of books to get caught up on.

 

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A copy of ‘Imperfect Fractions’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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