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Grab a cup of tea and settle in for this fab enemies to lovers redemption romance

Copy of christmas pundit smallThe Christmas Pundit by V.L. Locey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this festive offering from VL.

There’s nothing I like better than a good redemption story, and it was delivered with enough bite to stop it becoming overly sweet or unrealistically easy.

Gideon had made Evan’s life unpleasant as they grew up together, then one day he was just gone.

Now, almost two decades later, Evan is Mayor of his small town and his nemesis is back to cast a stern eye in his weekly editorials as Editor-in-Chief.

What I liked most about this was how Evan’s memories of Gideon’s behaviour weren’t changed or lessened. He had been awful to him, but as more is revealed, it becomes ever more clear that it was the age old “attention grab” from someone struggling with a difficult life.

There’s one reveal which comes fairly early on which I would have liked to see become more of a thing but it’s possible that may happen in the short which is coming out in VL’s newsletter.

It’s clear from the off that Gideon’s feelings are still there, and at one point I was very much wanting to give him a big hug as he exposed his vulnerability.

There’s chemistry and sexual attraction galore and I loved the heady atmosphere of their intimacy once Evan admitted he was very much attracted to Gideon.

With its small town vibe, this series is a lovely interlude to while away a couple of hours with a cup of tea and a brownie 😁

It made my heart happy.

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

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The Christmas Pundit | V.L. Locey

Laurel Holidays #2


Release Date: December 9th, 2020

Length: 52,362 words

Cover Design: Designs By Sloan

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Will two complete opposites learn to cross party lines to benefit their beloved hometown and save Christmas?

Evan Griffiths is enjoying his tenure as the mayor of Cedarburg, Pennsylvania. While it may barely be a blip on the state map, it’s where he grew up, and he’s thrilled to be at the helm of the tiny rural community. With the recent election in the past, Evan can focus on his agenda to bring Cedarburg out of the fifties. Being the first gay mayor in the town’s history is a good start but there’s plenty more to do. His first big job is expanding the yearly Christmas Carnival to lure tourists to his fiscally challenged birthplace. Things seem to be moving along at a good pace then a ghost from Christmases past arrives on the morning bus.

As soon as Gideon Pierce returns to Cedarburg he picks up right where he left off back in elementary school—tormenting Evan at every turn. Only this time instead of shoving Evan down on the playground, Gideon is bedeviling him with snippy editorials in the local paper. Gideon is no longer the gangly, bucktoothed kid he used to be. When his gaze keeps touching on Gideon’s mouth and the appreciative fire in his brilliant holly green eyes, Evan is finding it harder and harder to keep his mind on witty replies to Gideon’s cutting viewpoints.

Laurel Holidays Series


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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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