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Felice brings two hurt hearts together in this romance

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

That was hard work, but in a completely satisfying way rather than an annoying one.

Felice used the narrative well to show how the actions which affect us in our childhood and youth can have lasting consequences into adult life with this slow burn, and sometimes pretty angsty, romance between two more mature men.

Walker is in his 30s, his high achieving baseball career brought short by an injury, the cause of which probably had a lot to do with him being an open gay player.

This is hinted at rather than outright stated but the impression you get from Walker is that he decided to take this career changing event and turn it into a positive.

He owns a bar, he raises money for LGBTQ charities and for kids who come from less privileged backgrounds, and he’s a loud and active advocate of “doing better”.

But he’s also hiding a deep wound, caused by those who should have been his biggest protectors and this slowly becomes apparent as the book moves along.

The other MC is Colin and oh boy did he make it hard to like him, while also having immense sympathy for how much he’d been shaped by his life experiences. He’s sharp, spikey, judgemental, quick to opinion and stubborn.

But he’s hiding a soft centre and his walls are there to protect a heart that’s already known too much pain, which is why I ultimately fell for him as hard as Walker does.

Theirs is a long journey to happiness but it’s worth every bit of the fight, the misunderstandings aren’t ridiculous ones, they’re the tenuous steps each man takes towards opening themselves up to being hurt again and there’s obviously some stumbles along the way.

Throw in a fabulous set of secondary characters, Felice’s wonderful drawing on Jewish heritage and traditions, and you ultimately end up with a believable and fulfilling romance between two men who should never work on paper but simply do.

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Release Blitz: The Bachelor and the Cherry

The Bachelor and the Cherry | V.L. Locey

Campo Royale #2

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Release Date: April 20th, 2022

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Length: 63,000 word approx.

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Is he brave enough to stop hiding behind his persona and give love one final try?

Jordan Stevens has crammed a lot of living into his fifty years. Some of those years have been good, some bad, and some he would just as soon forget. The world isn’t always kind to an aging queen. Lovers begin to scamper into forbidden fields, your padding tends to slip, and you spend more time with egg whites than most pastry chefs.

Heartache is nothing new to the man who embodies the acid-tongued Sitka Patel on stage every night, which led Jordan to vow to never trust another man under eighty again. He has his club, his drag family, and his Bombay cat, Heckle. Who needs the hassle? That philosophy had served him well until a stunning young thing with dark chocolate eyes shows up at the back door of Campo Royale with a suitcase, a sad story, and a dream.

From the time he was old enough to spell the word sequin, Yampier Perez knew that someday he’d be wearing them. One of three children born to Cuban immigrants, Yampier was always a little glitzier than the other neighborhood boys. His love of fashion design and performance arts was barely tolerated at home and even less so in the hallways of his rural Georgia high school.

Yet, Yampier never let his light to be doused, not even the day his older brother caught him modeling his sister’s prom dress. Beaten, disowned, and on his own before graduation, he found himself having to work seedy jobs, doing even seedier things, until he saved enough cash to head to the Big Apple. That money has now run out, leaving him stuck in Wilmington with no food, no place to stay, and no family. Little does he know that stumbling into the Campo Royale Club, half frozen and weak from hunger, is about to bring him everything he has yearned for.

The Bachelor and the Cherry is a slow burn gay age gap romance that features an aging drag queen, a virginal newcomer, lots of sass, wigs galore, hurt/comfort, family found, and a richly sequined happy ending.

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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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Sweet Drag Queen romance with a big age gap

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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is another sweet entry in this drag club set series from V.L. and I mostly enjoyed it.

It’s light and fairly angst free apart from the situation which sees Yampier land at Campo Royale in the first place.

I’m not sure what didn’t push it up into a full on 4* for me other than I think I just needed a little bit more time to pass in the development of the romance between them.

I could understand why Jordan aka Sitka Patel, owner of the club and Mother to all the other Queens would be flattered and attracted to Yampier. I could understand why a young and impressionable wanna be Queen would be inspired by and enthralled by the famous Drag star.

But, the 30 year age gap between them is a huge one which, for me anyway, I think I would have liked them to have had a proper serious “long term implications” type of conversation about at least. Rather than just the more surface level declarations from Yampier that he wouldn’t leave etc.

Yes their emotions and feelings were clearly there, but I think it was perhaps a tad lacking for Jordan to not have at least had a more serious conversation with Yampier about the age difference and how he’d already suffered at the hands of previous boyfriends leaving him with criticisms about his looks and his aging.

However, the rest of the book and the wonderful element of found family which exists at the club is something I absolutely adore and all the other Queens and the characters that inhabit this world really are wonderfully enthralling.

I’m so looking forward to Cord’s romance which is coming up next.

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