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Overtime | V.L. Locey

Cayuga Cougars #4

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 Length: 68,000 words approx.

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Cayuga Cougars Series

Book #1 – Snap Shot: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Open Net: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Coach’s Challenge: Amazon US | Amazon UK

 Blurb

Sander March is one season away from the pros, or so everyone tells him.

If only Sander had as much faith in his ability as the Cougar coaching staff does. Outwardly, he’s cocksure, borderline bitter, and slightly sarcastic. All that strut and sass hides a wounded soul though.

Working to hide a brutal past filled with humiliation, abuse, and a family member who still haunts him, Sander has never found the kind of comfort and understanding he so desperately needs.

Until he meets Mateo Castillo, a minor league baseball player for the nearby Elmira Egrets. Mateo and Sander click instantly, and a budding friendship develops between the two athletes.

Mateo then introduces Sander to his boyfriend, Noah Coombs, an aspiring manga comic creator. The three men find themselves bonding strongly, and that slowly gives way to sexual attraction.

Eventually, Mateo and Noah invite Sander into their relationship. The path to happiness isn’t going to be easy for Sander as he faces criticism from his friends, teammates, and the press for his choices.

The brash young star can handle all that, it’s when his abuser shows up in Cayuga that Sander fears not only for his own safety, but for the lives of the two men he has grown to love. Will Sander’s past tear him away from Mateo and Noah, or will he be able to leave the darkness behind?

Warning – This story has disturbing subject matter.

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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Darker tone to the latest Cayuga Cougars romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The narrative of this one is much darker than the others in the series but it still fits perfectly with the other Cayuga Cougars stories.

Sander has always been there on the periphery, Dan’s college boyfriend and mini ass in training, but here we find out there’s much more to the brash young player than that.

I loved the whole set up of this one. A chance meeting with a semi pro baseball player with an artist boyfriend and an instant connection between three very different young men.

Mateo was a tower of strength but it was Noah, the somewhat fae manga creator, who anchored the trio together. Both Sander and Mat naturally gravitated around him and he was quietly instigating the direction the relationship went.

There’s loads of great conversation between the three as they realise how each feels and while they work out the dynamics and OMG, this might just be the hottest smexy times that VL has written. They burn up the sheets in their various encounters.

This plot also deals well with its more sensitive aspects, the trigger warnings should be noted as both Sander and Noah have really traumatic experiences which cause anxiety.

I take my hat off to the author for how these were written and handled in this book, powerfully done and with extreme sensitivity.

I’m not going to go into much more as this book needs to be read blind, there were a few moments which truly made me gasp, and I don’t want to spoil people’s experience of those.

All in all another brilliant addition to the roster and yeah, Victor is still an ass 😉

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Release Blitz: Overtime by V.L. Locey

Overtime | V.L. Locey

Cayuga Cougars #4 

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Buy Links:

 
Length: 68,000 words approx.
 

Cover Design: Reverie Formatting and Design

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Cayuga Cougars Series

Book #1 – Snap Shot: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 – Open Net: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 – Coach’s Challenge: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Blurb

Sander March is one season away from the pros, or so everyone tells him.

If only Sander had as much faith in his ability as the Cougar coaching staff does. Outwardly, he’s cocksure, borderline bitter, and slightly sarcastic. All that strut and sass hides a wounded soul though.

Working to hide a brutal past filled with humiliation, abuse, and a family member who still haunts him, Sander has never found the kind of comfort and understanding he so desperately needs. Until he meets Mateo Castillo, a minor league baseball player for the nearby Elmira Egrets. Mateo and Sander click instantly, and a budding friendship develops between the two athletes.

Mateo then introduces Sander to his boyfriend, Noah Coombs, an aspiring manga comic creator. The three men find themselves bonding strongly, and that slowly gives way to sexual attraction.

Eventually, Mateo and Noah invite Sander into their relationship. The path to happiness isn’t going to be easy for Sander as he faces criticism from his friends, teammates, and the press for his choices. The brash young star can handle all that, it’s when his abuser shows up in Cayuga that Sander fears not only for his own safety, but for the lives of the two men he has grown to love.

Will Sander’s past tear him away from Mateo and Noah, or will he be able to leave the darkness behind?

Warning – This story has disturbing subject matter.

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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A scared baseball star and a chef come together in this romance

Catch Me (Kitchen Gods #2)Catch Me by Beth Bolden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this one even more than book one in the series as its way less angsty and has more of a gentleness to the romance even with all the heat!

Also, it’s a sports romance and they have a special place in my heart because I live for the day when someone’s sexuality has no bearing on their ability to be a great athlete.

Beth also snuck in a couple more potential new subjects for future books as I’m hoping that Chef Bastard and Kian will be next but then there’s still Xander and now I want Wyatt’s brother Tony’s story too!

Fake boyfriends is also another favourite trope and this one’s a doozy as both men fall head over heels but don’t want the other to know in case it messes up the agreement to pretend.

Seriously hot, there’s plenty of chemistry between the two but it takes a dramatic moment to pull their heads out of their backsides.

I also thought the B plot with Wyatt’s Nana’s Alzheimer’s was handled well too, although I am left with questions as to what happened with their other brother, who sort of vanished out of the narrative!

Overall, a great second book in this series.

#ARC kindly provided by the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Quirky sports romance with a mathematical twist

Improper FractionImproper Fraction by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this little quirky not quite a straight up sports romance with its little mathematical twist.

I know nothing about math, so some of the references went a little over my head (okay disclaimer I failed my maths O Level so badly I ended up with a CSE Grade 4 – that’s like a drop of about five levels into failure!) but it didn’t affect my enjoyment.

There’s friends to lovers, there’s a falling out, there’s second chances, there’s a bit of enemies to lovers there’s a lot of humour and a fairly realistic examination of the conflicts both internal and external that LGBTQ+ people go through when living with their sexuality.

O’Malley (yes I was thinking of the cartoon cat too every time I saw it written) and Garrison (of troops, yes that was in my head as well) were a perfect pair though, humorous names aside.

I loved how Mal was brave enough to let Garrison back in again and I adored how sure the baseball guy was that he absolutely was in love with his childhood best friend.

This is a new adult book but written with a believable start to a HEA that I truly could see lasting a lifetime.

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

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What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be

Given the CircumstancesGiven the Circumstances by Brad Vance

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never read this author so I had no preconceived ideas about what I’d be reading and so it was a very pleasant surprise to get a well written exploration of the pressures of fame in the sporting world for two gay men.

I loved Roger, strong reliable steadfast and true, secure in his talent and the support of his father. But Brian, oh how I wanted to hug Brian and tell him it would get better if he could just believe in himself.

I loved the world setting, I loved that there wasn’t an overt focus on the institutionalised homophobia found in big sports like American Football and baseball. I loved Jacob, Roger’s dad, who was the perfect role model and I loved Joe, who gave Brian the other father figure he’d been missing.

This book is written like a series of vignettes, peeking into bits of Roger and Brian’s lives and it worked really well. It never felt disjointed and watching their sexual and loving relationship develop over time was a clever way of drawing out the narrative.

The sex was hot, hot, hot, Roger loving how Brian just took control and made him fly. But the scenes during Brian’s worst times, when they would just hold each other were also beautifully told.

The ending felt earned, a true payoff for both men.

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