Victor’s struggles are very real in the latest Cayuga romance

Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars, #3)Coach’s Challenge by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Victor Kalinski and I don’t care that he’s an offensive arse with occasionally Neanderthal ideas about life, he just makes me laugh with his brutal honesty and cry with his deep desire to be the best man he can.

Two years into his marriage to Dan and things are going swimmingly when two big spanners are thrown in the works and it’s how Vic deals with them which forms the basis of this book.

What I love about Vicki Locey’s hockey settings is that they feel real. The reactions of the team to changes, what happens out on the ice, the relationship between players and coaches all read true.

There’s enough of the technical aspects to keep sports lovers happy and it sits perfectly alongside the romance and hot sex and this book might just have some of the hottest yet.

I also love how she writes her men and their relationships, they’re not perfect, they get angry and sulky and make mistakes but they pick up, apologise, talk and move on.

The secondary theme in this gives us more insights into Vic’s horrendous childhood and I loved the way it was handled, there’s no easy cure or magic solution to get over trauma like that. The approach is firmly along the professional help route and I’m glad for it.

Hopefully we’ll see more of how Vic is coping with the changes when we get Sander’s book next year.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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