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Release Blitz: Pines & Violets by V.L. Locey

Pines & Violets | V.L. Locey

Colors of Love #7

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Release Date: September 14th, 2021

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He never thought he’d find love again, but one summer changes his entire life.

Greg Mattar always had a clear path in life. The son of wealthy professionals, he and his sister wanted for nothing growing up in Montreal. His skills playing hockey led him to be picked first in the draft and a successful career as one of the premier defensemen in the league. He married his college sweetheart and within a year, they’d been blessed with twin girls. Then the unthinkable happened, and Greg’s life was turned inside out.

After losing his wife to cancer, he’s left alone to raise his daughters and at the same time balance his career. After a rough year of mourning coupled with a dismal season, Greg and his girls travel to a small vacation community deep in the Catskills.

There he meets Aiden Burke, a local artisan with a past who enchants not only Greg’s daughters but Greg as well. During a vacation filled with laughter, acceptance, and morning goose parades, the two men fall for each other, which begins a journey down a winding road of revelations and romance.

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Lost in Indigo – http://vllocey.com/Read-indigo

Touch Of A Yellow Sun – http://vllocey.com/Read-yellow

The Good Green Earth – http://vllocey.com/Read-green

Slow Dances Under An Orange Moon – http://vllocey.com/Read-orange

A Brush Of Blue – http://vllocey.com/Read-Blue

Songs of A Red Currant Wine – http://vllocey.com/Read-Red

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/237345

About The Author

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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, 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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What a beautifully realised interracial romance from Vicki

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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This is, hands down, my favourite out of seven – yes seven! – superb books in this fabulous series from Vicki.

I’ve rated all but two of them at 5* and the other two were 4.5* stars so it was almost a clean sweep but in this one, I think Vicki just got the balance between the serious subjects under examination in the narrative and the wonderful romance at its heart.

I’m not sure if there is a trigger warning on the book, Vicki is usually good with those, but I will say it covers the deaths of two characters who were important to the MCs, one through cancer, one through an accident caused by the MC’s drug addition, as well as continuing discussions of both those events. There is also parental rejection and mild homophobia referenced in the past.

Greg is such a wonderfully realised character, he’s solid and I felt like he could just walk off the page at any moment. He’s grieving his wife’s death and facing bringing up their almost five-year-old twin girls alone when he’s forced to take a break in the Catskill Mountains over his break from professional ice hockey with the Buffalo Surge.

There he meets Aiden, who has a flock of geese and two goats and who lives a very simple life away from most people. His leg injury and scars speak of a tumultuous past which, as it is revealed, broke my heart so many times.

But this is not a depressing book by any stretch of the imagination because the spark which lights between the two of them, and the new family life they stumble into with the girls feeding the goats, building fences for ducks, and generally just taking things day by day, is beautiful.

Greg’s always known he was bisexual, but having fallen in love with his late wife at college, he’s not thought about it for years until Aiden stumbles along and wakes up all his feelings.

This book has such huge emotional kicks throughout, both of sadness and happiness, and it’s full of joy and interfering sisters who do it out of love, wonderful English brothers-in-law who write books about Presidents and offer up support, best friends who will have your back no matter what, and parents who offer a cautious hand and an apology and try and heal some of the earlier hurt.

The twins provide enough comic relief that the tone of the book never becomes overshadowed by either grief or sexual confusion. The intimacy between Greg and Aiden is beautifully realised, the interracial elements of the relationship subtly revealed rather than shouted out loud.

There is no stupid miscommunication, no manipulation, just two men who meet and fall in love at the perfect time.

Not sure if this is the final book in the series but if it is, what a high to go out on.

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Release Blitz: Leaning Into Box Set by Lane Hayes

Leaning Into Box Set | Lane Hayes

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Release Date: December 8th, 2020

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Lean in to love, to the fall, to a forever kind of wish…

A peek into the lives of a group of college buddies is the beginning of a special journey showcasing the unique bonds of friends who become true family.

Friends to lovers, age gaps, second chances, hurt/comfort, coming out, and a couple of holiday shorts too! Take a trip to San Francisco and wine country to meet this compelling crew in this complete box set.

Five complete novels, two novellas, and two brand new short stories…

Leaning Into Love

Leaning Into Always

Leaning Into the Fall

Leaning Into Touch

Leaning Into New Beginnings – *Bonus Short Story

Leaning Into a Wish- Holiday Novella

Leaning Into the Look

Leaning Into Forever

Leaning Into the Holidays- *Bonus Short Story

This box set includes all the original titles in the Leaning Into Series, as well as two previously unpublished short stories. An additional, brand new chapter has been added to Leaning Into the Holidays.

Be sure to find out how leaning into love becomes a forever HEA.

About the Author

Lane Hayes

Lane Hayes loves a good romance! An avid reader from an early age, she has always been drawn to well-told love story with beautifully written characters.

Her debut novel was a 2013 Rainbow Award finalist and subsequent books have received Honorable Mentions, and were winners in the 2016, 2017, and 2018-2019 Rainbow Awards.

She loves red wine, chocolate and travel (in no particular order). Lane lives in Southern California with her amazing husband in a not quite empty nest.

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