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The Barkeep and the Bookseller | V.L. Locey

Campo Royal #3


Release Date: August 5th 2022

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 53,000 words approx

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Can two men move past their shattered dreams and create a new future together?

Corduroy Lopez is a hard-working man. He has to be. There really is no alternative. He’s a single father with a beautiful, special needs daughter to support. His mother and grandmother help when they can, but he’s a proud pan man who is determined to make it on his own. When his daughter is accepted into a prestigious developmental education preschool, Cord needs cash and he needs it yesterday.

One night, offhandedly, the cute owner of the new bookstore in town mentions wanting to start a drag story hour, Cord leaps at the chance. He’s done drag before. Once. Performing on stage at the Campo hadn’t really been his thing but donning a wig and dress to sing children’s songs while strumming a ukulele should be a much more enjoyable experience. Also, the bookshop owner is adorable, newly single, and spending a great deal of time sitting at Cord’s bar sipping virgin piña coladas after the bookstore closes.

Jagger Collins never meant to end up here. He’d been a happily married man with a swanky job in a Philadelphia bank just two years ago. Then the bottom fell out of his life. His marriage combusted, his job quickly followed, and he found himself with only his dog Hamish, his brother, and half the cash from the home he thought he would be starting a family in.

Taking the advice of his elder sibling to heart, he left the big city and bought a small brick building in downtown Wilmington. Trading in ties for tomes, Jagger is now embracing the simpler things in life. Reading, biking, knitting, and admiring the lithe bartender at the Campo Royale. Cord is ticking all the right boxes in a big way, but Jagger’s not sure if he’s ready to put his heart on the line again.

The Barkeep and the Bookseller is a single father guy next door gay romance that features a hard-working dad, a learning-to-love again bookdealer, a precocious preschooler, high heels, a loving family, flashy floral fashions, and a ukulele rich happy-ever-after.

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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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This is such a sweet romance in the Campo Royale series

barkeepThe Barkeep and the Bookseller by V.L. Locey

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I’ve very much been enjoying Vicki’s Drag Queen club set Campo Royale series and this one is absolutely delightful.

Featuring a single dad bartender whose daughter has Mosaic Downs, a bookstore owner who’s had a horrible experience, a cast of interfering siblings, best friends, family and Queens, it’s a feel good romance full of love.

It’s not quite slow burn, but there’s obvious care taken in the sexual development of Cord and Jagger’s relationship which makes perfect sense.

It’s on the lower end of the steam scale but it doesn’t mean that the narrative suffers. On the contrary, there’s deep feelings between both men which helps each of them come to positive action in their own lives.

Together they’re just sweetness and I adored how lovingly Jagger embraced Paloma’s additional needs.

Now I’m desperately waiting for the next book which features Jagger’s best friend Nate and a second chance romance with Campo Royale manager Leroy aka Clarice.

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

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