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Release Blitz: The Viking and the Drag Queen by V.L. Locey

The Viking and the Drag Queen | V.L. Locey

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Release Date: January 5th, 2022

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Blurb

Who will emerge the victor on the battlefield of love?

Tyr Hemmingsen had his life mapped out at a young age. The only son of the late Danish hockey great, Elias Hemmingsen, Tyr has always done his best to follow the plans his father had laid out for him. Finish school, make it into the pros, become team captain, find a biddable young lady to marry, and win a championship so the Hemmingsen name lived on eternally on the side of a massive silver cup. Like the good son he is, Tyr has done as his father wished, no matter how it peeled away layers of his true self.

Then, all the neatly placed supports that hold up his so-called life come crashing down during a night on the town. Tyr might be known as the “War God of Wilmington” on the ice, but there’s no battling the effect Gigi Patel LeBay has on him.

Elijah McBride lives for the spotlight. As Gigi, he bewitches and bedazzles the crowds at the Campo Royale Club. His vibrant stage persona is the face he presents to the world. Underneath the rouge, eyeliner, and lipstick is a young man who still feels the sting of his parents’ disapproval and rejection of the son who wears wigs and dates other men.

With his drag family and older brother in his corner, he’s finally found peace in his life. Until the fateful night a massive hockey player shows up at the club. There’s a world of hurt in Tyr’s soft brown eyes, and Eli finds himself falling for the big man, despite all the barriers he’s built around his tender heart.

The Viking and the Drag Queen is an opposites attract gay romance with heavy checking, lipstick worship, an out and proud queen, a closeted athlete, family lost and found, twink/jock, a new beginning, and a well-cinched happy ending.

About The Author

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, 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, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey 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 hand.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fabulous introduction to Vicki’s new series featuring a Drag Queen bar and its inhabitants.

Book one has a touch of the familiar as well, it includes a closeted ice hockey player in the minor leagues, and the utterly delightful Gigi Patel LeBay aka Elijah McBride, the sweetest and sassiest Queen to grace the stage of the Campo Royale.

There is a very strong sense of family in this book, not only from the found family at the club, but also from Elijah’s brother Hank, who has championed him in the face of parental disapproval which forced Elijah to leave home when he was just 16.

Hank, once he left the Marines, went searching for his baby brother and has had his back ever since and I really loved their strong bond. Before Hank found him, Elijah found his home with Mother Patel and the rest of the gang at Campo Royale.

I loved Mother (and cannot wait for book two, which is her story), she is fiercely protective of her girls and wary of the motives for why ice hockey giant Tyr Hemmingsen is coming back to the club. Closeted jocks only bring heartache she warns Gigi.

But Tyr’s different. The attraction between the two is off the charts hot. He’s under insane personal pressure due to a promise he made to his dying father and this drives a lot of the narrative.

For me, Vicki pitches this perfectly, he doesn’t want to hide Gigi or Elijah, but he’s afraid he’ll fail his promise if he comes out and his ice hockey career implodes. I liked the way the narrative unfolds with this plotline and it felt genuine.

This book just gave me a big smile the whole way through, even with the troubles on the way and I firmly believed in their long term future!

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

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Release Blitz: The Wishing Tree by RJ Scott

The Wishing Tree | RJ Scott

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Release Date: December 10th, 2021

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Blurb

It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.

Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.

When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.

The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.

The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.

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Excerpt

“Hey, Angel.” He bent at the waist, stretching, but twisting his neck as he did, so he could send me a smile. His caramel eyes were such a beautiful shade, just this side of topaz, and his lips were lush and pink and pillow-soft. He called me Angel because according to him my hair, all blond curls and long made me look like an angel. I didn’t mind him calling me that, I secretly loved it, but when my brothers did it too, then I wanted to murder them in their sleep. 

I loved seeing him because he was my entire world and I wanted to tell him everything. 

I hated seeing him, because I didn’t know what to say to him, and how in God’s name would I ever be able to tell him anything? 

“Hey.” I sketched a wave, the card obvious in my hand and, embarrassed, I shoved it deep into my pocket, hoping he didn’t notice. 

“Are you adding a wish?” he asked, then he stalked over to me, and I swear I was going to die on the spot. “I should do that as well.” He lifted the lid to the sheltered card box, and picked up a pen, which he proceeded to tap on the surface. “I’ll have to owe the tree a dollar. I’ll bring it back later.” He glanced up at the tree as if he was apologizing to the skeleton of branches. “I don’t know what to wish for.” He side-eyed me. “What are you wishing for?”

Oh god, my tongue was a hundred times too big for my mouth. I couldn’t tell him all my secrets; I wouldn’t have known where to start. I let out what sounded like a squeak, and same as my brothers, he didn’t pause to let me answer, because he knew as well as they did that I didn’t talk much, that I was shy.

He was a professional hockey player, a star in his own right, twenty-one and with the world at his feet. I’d loved him forever, and I hated that I didn’t see much of him. Just man up and say it. I love you, Kai. Can you kiss me?

About The Author

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Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always with a happy ever after.

She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing. The last time she had a week’s break from writing, she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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