My rating: 4 of 5 stars
V.L. signs off the Kalinski saga with Jackie Blue, the absolutely fabulous genderqueer son of Vic and it’s a beautiful ending.
It’s got everything you’d expect, the fiery Polish ex-hockey star being an arse, explosive and outrageous reactions to the news Jackie is in love with a guy 25 years older than him, heart-warming emotions, inspiring LGBTQ+ representation, and hope for the future.
Vic and Dan are still strong, some 20 years after the first books were set. Jackie is studying fashion when he sets eyes on the new guy playing with his dad’s gsy ice hockey team.
Martin was a delight, a Boston Marine firefighter chief, out and proud, with two kids older than Jackie, but he was smitten from the get go too.
What I really loved about this book is that it wasn’t easy, everyone didn’t just go with the flow.
There were doubts raised, arguments had, fears expressed, and issues to overcome.
A sub-plot with a series of arson attacks worked well enough, it didn’t overtake the narrative and gave impetus for some much needed humble pie being eaten by Vic.
The rest is just a really lovely romance between two people for whom the age gap is an irrelevance. They are perfect for each other.
As a bit of a cheeky aside, Martin has pear-green eyes, I know that because it’s mentioned a whole lot 😉
I shall miss Vic, Dan, and the rest of the crew, the foul mouthed Pole is one of my most beloved assholes in fiction.
#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.