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Family According To Liam | V.L. Locey

According to Liam #4

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Release Date: July 1st, 2021

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 52,000 words approx

Buy Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-According-Liam-ebook/dp/B09769438H

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09769438H

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Blurb

The bonds of family aren’t regulated by blood. They’re defined by love and an open heart.

Bryn and Michael Mettler have lived a life that many can only dream about. The two men had a whirlwind romance and ended up happily married. Bryn played hockey for the Pittsburgh Ravens, and Michael worked at a job he loved in web design and writing a successful humor blog. They also doted on Mike’s nephew Liam as all good uncles should.

They’ve welcomed a new member into their small but loving clan. Made strides to heal a fractured past hurt. Traveled the world and settled into their new home and lives with great joy. The only thing missing was a child of their own. That absent piece is now here, and their lives are about to change in a million charming, unexpected ways.

According To Liam Series

Book #1 – Life According To Liam

Book #1.5 – Christmas According to Liam

Book #2 – Love According To Liam

Book #3 – The World According To Liam

About The Author

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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The family expands and Liam has to learn to live with it

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I liked this, but I missed some of the humour that’s been part of the previous books as Liam wasn’t really as present in this one as it focused more on Bryn and Michael adopting a daughter.

There’s plenty going on in both men’s worlds, with Bryn in the playoffs and Mike and his friend Jamie about to break out and set up their own web design business.

On top of that, Liam’s got a new baby brother and the arrival of Bridgette turned him into an understandably grumpy puss as he tried to adapt to a new world where he wasn’t the centre of everyone’s attention.

Overall, though it just felt a bit more “educational” about aspects of being part of the LGBTQ+ community or the adoption process and less about the relationships at the heart of Liam’s family.

That said, it was still an enjoyable read, with most of the hallmarks of this series and the devotion between the two men being as strong as ever.

I didn’t realise it was the final book in the series, but Vicki leaves them in a really beautiful place and I can only see them growing stronger and stronger as the years go by.

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

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Learned Reactions is another powerful POC romance from Jayce Ellis

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jayce Ellis is rapidly becoming an auto read author for me with her superb glimpses into the lives and loves of queer men of colour.

I hadn’t realised when I started this ons that it would have an element of overlapping on the timeframe of book one, but now it makes perfect sense.

Carlton and Deion were already in their strange, mixed up non relationship when they were introduced in Jaq and Matt’s story and here we get the full tale.

And there were times I wanted to shake them both so hard and make them just get over themselves.

But, at the same time, Carlton’s fears that the only solid and permanent rock in his adult life would somehow find him lacking if he admitted he’d been in love with him for as long as Deion had felt the same, were heartbreakingly real.

The narrative never drags though, even while the two are not so much mis-communicating as utterly failing to deal with the serious consequences that pretending to be a family to help Carlton’s adoption of his niece caused.

It’s usually one of my most hated tropes, but Jayce gives it such weight and meaning that it would have felt completely wrong if they had just sat down and talked.

When it eventually happens, the blast point sets off a chain of events which ultimately leads to one of the sweetest chapters in the book and a fabulous ending that actually made me tear up – something I rarely do!

Wait til you read those words that pass between them and see if you can hold out better than I did!

Now, I am soooo hoping Lawrence will be next and we’ll get to find out what happened with Vance.

Given the age gap, I’m betting it’ll be a riot 😁

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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