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Definitely the best Canoli yet! Ricky and John made me smile

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely the best one yet in this series and filled with an excellent balance between the romance and the suspense.

Uncle Ricky’s been a fascinating character since the start and here we get to find out all about him following his revelation in book two that he was gay.

There’s a clever use of a different viewpoint to open up the narrative before it swings into telling the frenemies romance as Ricky does his absolute best to try and resist his attraction to his new, younger detective partner.

And what a sweetheart John is.

My heart broke for him when we find out the circumstances he’s been living under for the last couple of weeks.

Especially as it became clear that was just the tip of a very deep iceberg.

The mystery/investigation element of this book worked really well for me. I kept having guesses as to what had happened all the way through and while I had hints and ideas, I still didn’t catch on to the villain of the piece until close to the end.

I’ve no clue really how a US homicide investigation would work but it felt like it followed the likely protocols once it was established that Ricky was too close to it because of Donny.

Once Ricky accepts that he is falling for his partner, he also knows they can’t carry on working together.

Their chemistry is off the charts hot and the slight age gap works well. Ricky is a nurturer, a care giver by instinct and he sooths John’s understandable prickles simply by being himself.

It was lovely watching John blossom from being someone hiding himself away to the focused and sharp-witted detective during their investigation.

I also appreciated the way the threat to his safety was handled and, again, it felt like an organic and possible outcome.

I’ve absolutely no idea who is up next but I’m massively in love with the whole Canali clan!

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

As with the previous books in this series, I beta read for Eli.

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Release Blitz: Dusk’s Devotion by V.L. Locey

Dusk’s Devotion | V.L. Locey

Blue Ice Ranch #3

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Release Date: June 17th, 2022

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Can love warm the hearts of two enemies facing the wrath of a Wyoming winter storm?

Kyle Abbott is slowly discovering that being midway through his thirties and being married to your job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There has to be more to life than random hookups, horses, and cattle. If only he could find a person who excites and ignites his passions like everyone else has at Blue Ice Ranch, he’d be a happy man. He hopes. Confused about his life, he volunteers to spend a month out with the cattle to sort through his bewilderment. Knowing there’s a blizzard on the horizon, Kyle sets out fully prepared and ready for anything.

Anything except the unexpected arrival of rival rancher Shep McCrary. When the half-frozen man shows up at the remote cabin where Kyle has hunkered down with the herd, his conscience demands for him to allow Shep to come inside. Offering food and warmth to another human being is the least he can do, right? Even if the man is a swaggering, hateful jerk who’s far too pretty for his own good and knows it.

When the two are forced to spend time together, Kyle begins to see that there is more to Shep than he ever imagined. He might actually kind of like the pompous creep at times. Whoever said there was a fine line between love and hate sure knew what they were talking about…

Dusk’s Devotion is the final book in the Blue Ice MM contemporary western romance trilogy with enemies-to-lovers, a blizzard, lots of forced proximity, family dynamics, suspense, a mystery solved, and a happy ever after.

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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 Dr. 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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A fitting end to this fab cowboy series

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things come to a head in the final entry of the Blue Ice Ranch series and it’s a doozy with all kinds of unexpected events and secrets coming home to roost.

I really enjoyed this last visit to the guys and gals of the ranch, we find out just what’s been going on with the thefts, discover who’s behind the missing dinosaur bones and see Kyle Abbott fall head over heels for the youngest McCrary brother Shep.

Shep is in deep trouble when he lands on the doorstep of the isolated cabin where Kyle’s taking care of the herd before bringing them in to calve. He’s been beaten black and blue and isn’t saying anything but as the days move on, there’s a slow thawing between the two men that’s inflamed by their attraction.

What I liked the most about this one is how each came to rely on the other for support and encouragement, especially how Kyle stuck up for Shep with the rest of his mates – something that came with a risk given previous events between the two ranches.

The sex is chemistry filled and emotionally charged, there’s good conversation between the two men and no stupid misunderstandings. I also felt the way Vicki drew the mystery to a close worked well and didn’t feel like a plot point out of nowhere.

Overall this has been a really great cowboy series to get stuck into with a variety of story narratives.

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