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The Ballard of Crow and Sparrow | V.L. Locey

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Release Date: May 11th, 2021

Cover Design: Designs by Sloan

Length: 74,337

Universal Link: http://www.vllocey.com/read-crowandsparrow

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Blurb

Sometimes a man’s biggest blunder can turn into his greatest triumph.

Orphaned at fourteen, Crow Poulin now has to hunt and trap the White Mountains of Arizona, as his father had taught him, all alone. It’s a lonely existence, until one morning, while checking his trap line, Crow finds more than a rabbit in a snare. He stumbles across the outlaw Jack Wittington lying half dead in the wilds. He takes the wanted man in, heals him, and in return for saving his life, the smooth-talking criminal invites Crow to join his family. Starved for human interaction and a father figure, Crow leaves the mountains behind for what he assumes will be a brighter future.

Six years pass. Crow is now a man, as well as a member of the Wittington Gang. He may be considered an outlaw, but his father’s morals are warring loudly with the lifestyle of his adopted family. When the gang decides to rob a train, Crow has no choice but to go along to keep a tight rein on the more bloodthirsty members. It doesn’t take long for the scheme to go horribly astray.

Instead of gold-filled coffers, the gang finds Spencer Haughton, son of cattle baron and railroad tycoon Woodford Haughton, cowering in the family’s opulent private car. The outlaws grab the sickly heir in hopes of ransoming him off. Things then go from bad to worse for them when the law rides down on the Wittington hideout and Crow is given Spencer to hide until the ransom is paid.

The pretty young man is nothing at all like anyone Crow has ever met before. Delicate, refined, well-educated, and possessed of a singing voice to rival the songs of the birds in the trees, Crow slowly finds himself falling for the winsome rich boy. But can two such opposite souls find the love they’re both seeking in each other’s arms?

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, 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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Really solid historial romance between two very different people

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a really solid historical novel set in the Arizona deserts of the 1800s just as the railways were expanding their reach and the cattle barons were making a fortune.

It’s an interracial romance between Crow, who is half French Canadian and half Mohawk, and Spencer, who he nicknames Sparrow, one of the twin sons of a railroad tycoon.

The plot is an interesting one, I loved how Vicki wove it around Crow’s youthful naivety against the very much more worldly wise knowledge that Spencer has gained during his time away at school in New York.

Their meeting is very much not a “meet cute”, Crow saves Spencer during the robbery of his father’s train and then has to flee with him when the Pinkertons catch up with the outlaw gang he’s ended up getting involved with – see his youthful naivety.

I won’t go into more detail, it worked for me as a period piece. It felt historically accurate and definitely of the times, with the hateful ways the expansion into the west disturbed the Native American way of life.

The romance is very much slow burn but, again; it fits beautifully within the narrative and the ending is one which I don’t think would have been all that unusual at that period.

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

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