Book Review ~ Holly & Hockey Boots by V.L. Locey ~ (Review + Excerpt)
Holly & Hockey Boots
M/M Erotic Holiday Hockey Romance Novella
Minor league goalie Adam Seiger is a nice guy. He’s kind, cute, and a little quirky (but show me a goalie who isn’t) and he loves to interact with fans. During a meet and greet after a game Adam meets Cason Reyes, a hard-working young man with stunning amber eyes and a smile as sweet as a candy cane. Desperate to see Cason again, Adam does something more than a little naughty.
To add insult to the egg nog, it appears that one little white lie may end Adam’s chance of having a merry Christmas with a new boyfriend. Will he end up with nothing but a lump of coal in his stocking, instead of the man who owns his heart?
“So tell me about Adam Seiger, the first gay black goalie I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating spiedies with.”
I smiled around the mouthful of awesomeness. “Not much to tell,” I said after I swallowed roughly. “I grew up in Toronto, played lots of hockey, and was taken in by my aunt and uncle when my parents were killed in a motorcycle accident.”
“Ouch,” he murmured after dipping a fry into a glob of ketchup on his plate. “That must have been rough on you. How old were you when they died?”
“Four, so I don’t really remember too much about them. My aunt and uncle were the best, really.” I looked up from my food to find Cason staring at me. “Do I have food on my face?”
“No, no, you’re just,” he paused with a fry hovering in front of his face, “you’re probably the best looking man I’ve seen in this city for years. I guess I’m kind of stunned to find myself sitting here, on a date, with such a sexy jock.” I had to avert my sight, just until I could get the surge of embarrassment and white-hot lust under control. “See, that there—that is so hot. I love that about hockey players. They’re always so damn humble.”
“So yeah, enough about me or my face will combust,” I said, and Cason chuckled then shoved his fry into his mouth. “How did a kid with a dad from Argentina get into hockey? I’d think you’d be a soccer fan.”
“Oh, I am, but winter in Binghamton means hockey, so I go to the games when I can afford it. I like the speed of hockey, and the violence. Also, the goalies are really cute.”
I coughed and ducked my head. “You’re doing it again.” Cason laughed and I felt the rib pit tip dangerously to the right. Making him laugh again now seemed like the most important thing ever. “Do you always talk up your dates this way?”
“Only if I’m dreaming about a kiss at the end of the date,” he confessed, but I saw a shade of pink settle into his smooth cheeks. Seemed he was a bit of a blusher as well. That was good to know.
“Yeah, that dream is pretty sure to be fulfilled if you keep talking like that.”
*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement. *
ECHL goalie Adam is openly gay, dorky and awkward. After one of his games, he's signing autographs and falls, literally, for the guy standing in front of him. Adam is struck by how beautiful Cason is and because he is so awkward, doesn't ask Cason out, but instead invites him and his nephew to a party being thrown by the hockey team. Cason and his nephew are excited about the party, and when asked gives Adam his e-mail so Adam can contact him with more information about the party. Only there isn't a party and Adam is feeling crappy about being a liar. He tries to create a party but isn't have much luck at getting anything planned at the last minute. He emails Cason and they agree to meet up for a coffee date, where Adam has decided he's going to be honest. But he can't. And that happens every time he tries to tell him over the next few days as they start to date and become more involved with each other until Adam has no choice but to come clean and disappoint Cason and his nephew.
I really liked Adam! He's a great hockey player but has no game off the ice. He is so awkward and gets himself in hilarious situations. He is a good guy with a big heart who has good friends and a great family. When Adam is in over his head, and sad when he finally has to come clean to Cason, he finds out how lucky he is. This story is told in Adam's POV, so you see Cason through Adam's eyes and that means Cason is perfect! Cason is raising his nephew because his sister left the state and has drug issues and he takes care of his father. What is a little, white lie to most is a big deal for Cason and he has to forgive Adam when he finds out about it.
Let me just say, I don't give novellas a 5-star rating often because a lot of times I come away wanting more. And that's not to say I didn't want more of Adam and Cason, because I did, I'm greedy that way, but I wasn't wanting more because I felt like their story was incomplete. I just loved their story so much that I would take everything that author would give! I absolutely loved this book and found myself laughing out loud when reading it! This is definitely one holiday story you're going to want to read!
Rating: 5 stars!!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
Other Books by V.L. Locey
Gone Writing Publishing M/F Backlist Books and Upcoming Releases
Pink Pucks & Power Plays (Book One of the To Love a Wildcat series)
A Most Unlikely Countess (Book Two of the To Love a Wildcat series)
O Captain! My Captain! (Book Three of the To Love a Wildcat series)
Reality Check (Book Four of the To Love a Wildcat series)
Language of Love (Book Five of the To Love a Wildcat series)
Final Shifts (Book Six of the To Love a Wildcat series)
Clean Sweep (Book One of the Venom series)
Twirly Girl (Book Two of the Venom series)
Tape to Tape (Book Three of the Venom series)
Roster Addition (A To Love a Wildcat novella)
Coming 1/18/17… Angle Play (Book Four of the Venom series)
Coming 5/3/17… Playmaker (An F/F Venom series novella)
Coming 11/1/17… Flow (Book Five of the Venom series)
Torquere Press Backlist and Upcoming Releases
Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse (Part of the He Loves Me for My Brainssss anthology)
Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 2: It Came from Birmingham
Two Guys Walk into an Apocalypse 3: He’s a Lumberjack and He’s Undead
Love of the Hunter
All I Want for Christmas—A Toms & Tabbies Tale
Early to Rise—A Toms & Tabbies Tale
Every Sunday at One (Part of the 2013 Charity Sip anthology)
An Erie Halloween
An Erie Operetta
An Erie Garden Party
Back to the Garden (Also part of the Mythologically Torqued anthology)
Independent LGBT Releases
On Broadway (Part of the Changing on the Fly M/M charity hockey anthology)
Coming 3/1/17…Point Shot Trilogy Boxed Set
Coming 6/1/17… Goaltender’s Penalty (An M/M hockey romance novella)
Coming 8/1/17… Coming 8/1/17…Double Minor (A Cayuga Cougar LGBT Duology)
Coming 9/27/17…Finding the Edge (book #1 of the Brighton Wood Blades series)