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The Bachelor and the Cherry | V.L. Locey

Campo Royale #2

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Release Date: April 20th, 2022

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 63,000 word approx.

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Is he brave enough to stop hiding behind his persona and give love one final try?

Jordan Stevens has crammed a lot of living into his fifty years. Some of those years have been good, some bad, and some he would just as soon forget. The world isn’t always kind to an aging queen. Lovers begin to scamper into forbidden fields, your padding tends to slip, and you spend more time with egg whites than most pastry chefs.

Heartache is nothing new to the man who embodies the acid-tongued Sitka Patel on stage every night, which led Jordan to vow to never trust another man under eighty again. He has his club, his drag family, and his Bombay cat, Heckle. Who needs the hassle? That philosophy had served him well until a stunning young thing with dark chocolate eyes shows up at the back door of Campo Royale with a suitcase, a sad story, and a dream.

From the time he was old enough to spell the word sequin, Yampier Perez knew that someday he’d be wearing them. One of three children born to Cuban immigrants, Yampier was always a little glitzier than the other neighborhood boys. His love of fashion design and performance arts was barely tolerated at home and even less so in the hallways of his rural Georgia high school.

Yet, Yampier never let his light to be doused, not even the day his older brother caught him modeling his sister’s prom dress. Beaten, disowned, and on his own before graduation, he found himself having to work seedy jobs, doing even seedier things, until he saved enough cash to head to the Big Apple. That money has now run out, leaving him stuck in Wilmington with no food, no place to stay, and no family. Little does he know that stumbling into the Campo Royale Club, half frozen and weak from hunger, is about to bring him everything he has yearned for.

The Bachelor and the Cherry is a slow burn gay age gap romance that features an aging drag queen, a virginal newcomer, lots of sass, wigs galore, hurt/comfort, family found, and a richly sequined happy ending.

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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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Sweet Drag Queen romance with a big age gap

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is another sweet entry in this drag club set series from V.L. and I mostly enjoyed it.

It’s light and fairly angst free apart from the situation which sees Yampier land at Campo Royale in the first place.

I’m not sure what didn’t push it up into a full on 4* for me other than I think I just needed a little bit more time to pass in the development of the romance between them.

I could understand why Jordan aka Sitka Patel, owner of the club and Mother to all the other Queens would be flattered and attracted to Yampier. I could understand why a young and impressionable wanna be Queen would be inspired by and enthralled by the famous Drag star.

But, the 30 year age gap between them is a huge one which, for me anyway, I think I would have liked them to have had a proper serious “long term implications” type of conversation about at least. Rather than just the more surface level declarations from Yampier that he wouldn’t leave etc.

Yes their emotions and feelings were clearly there, but I think it was perhaps a tad lacking for Jordan to not have at least had a more serious conversation with Yampier about the age difference and how he’d already suffered at the hands of previous boyfriends leaving him with criticisms about his looks and his aging.

However, the rest of the book and the wonderful element of found family which exists at the club is something I absolutely adore and all the other Queens and the characters that inhabit this world really are wonderfully enthralling.

I’m so looking forward to Cord’s romance which is coming up next.

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

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