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Release Blitz: Safflower by V.L. Locey

Safflower | V.L. Locey

A Tales of Bryant Novella #3

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Release Date: October 8th, 2020

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Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 45,000 words approx.

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Blurb

Two men are about to discover that dreams really do come true if you have love as your main ingredient.

People say Luis Duton has been incredibly lucky. Luis says that as well, but something’s been missing from his life. Even though he holds a glamorous position as cook/housekeeper/confidant for famed movie producer Caiden Dell, he dreams of attending culinary school.

When he finally works up the courage to apply to one of the most prestigious institutes in all of Manhattan, he’s shocked when his application is approved. Overjoyed at first, he soon discovers that the heat is on big time as he battles with his insecurities along with one of his instructors.

With his dream about to go up in smoke, he goes to see a Broadway play to lose himself for a few hours. There he buys a box of candy from another young man with a dream: Fraser Wayne. Fraser’s passion is the theater, but his goal seems as far away as Luis’ at the moment. Drawn to the man’s devotion to his ambitions as well as the beauty of his smile, Luis soon finds himself caught up in a love affair ten times hotter than any kitchen.

Tales of Bryant Series

Book #1 – Tales Of Bryant – Buy Links

Book #2 – Nine Small Sips – Buy Links

Novella #1 – Fade In – Buy Links

Novella #2 – Reserved – Buy Links

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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Another wonderfully sweet addition to the Bryant Park series

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was one of the sweetest romances I’ve read in an age and I loved this wee journey with Luis and Fraser.

It’s not all happiness though, there’s a horrendous example of the type of prejudice people of colour have to live with every day as Luis sets off on his journey to become a professional chef at a school where some people don’t want him to succeed.

But from the moment they meet at a play, Luis and Fraser are on fire. Their instant attraction plays out in a hot hook up which turns to more as they find a soul deep connection.

I also really appreciated that V.L. took the road less travelled with Fraser’s ambitions to be an actor, there’s a particular scene which had me almost crying with laughter.

This Bryant Park series has just been a delight from the start.

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

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Rachel Reid skilfully weaves the tensions in this smoking hot romance

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how Rachel Reid can take an oh so common trope and then give it a refreshing update to make it feel like you’re reading something totally new.

Here it’s a “fear over the age gap” between the two men making both wary and unwilling to admit feelings are developing.

And, in spite of the fact that a lack of communication is usually one of my most hated plot tension points, here it was absolutely believable.

We’ve met both main characters before. Eric is the goalie for book one’s Scott Hunter and Kyle is Scott’s fiance Kip’s friend and workmate.

Both have very real reasons for why the 15 year age gap between them is a stumbling block.

This is also, bizarrely considering just how hot and steamy it gets, a slow burn romance.

But it completely works. Eric is facing retirement and, a year on from his divorce, has been thinking about exploring his bisexuality.

Kyle has been badly hurt by an older, married man, and the fall out from that is still smarting seven years later.

What I loved most about this book was the powerful juxtaposition between the two men in bed – where Kyle lets loose on all his control needs and Eric is a willing participant – and in their daily lives which are very much an equal exchange of stimulation conversation between adults with so much in common.

It’s funny seeing from the outside what everyone else knows, that they are a perfect partnership if only they can get over themselves.

Rachel Reid skilfully weaves the tensions right past the annoying 75% plot point 😉 and almost to the very end before bringing things to a very satisfying conclusion.

#ARC kindly received from the publisher Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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