Cover: Designs By Sloan
Length: 70,695 words approx.
The thirty-eight-year-old captain of the Buffalo Surge had led his team to the final round of the playoffs with his aggressive defensive play and leadership. During the first game of the championship series, he was taken down, and his leg snapped upon impact with the boards. From his hospital bed, Mathieu watched his team go on to win it all.
Adrift in anger, resentment, and the new direction of his life, he returns to his mansion along the St. Lawrence River. Alone and sulking, Mathieu is not prepared for Indigo Neu to enter his life. The genderflux twenty-year-old botany major signs on to play nursemaid, confidant, and groundskeeper over the summer and slowly leads Mathieu out of his confusion--one tender smile and touch at a time.
The deeper Mathieu falls, the more he wonders if being lost might not be so bad after all.
A May/December romance always piques my interest, especially when it’s done by an author whose works I’ve enjoyed previously. Throw in a touch of hockey, even better. In this case, the story isn’t centered on Mathieu playing so much as him trying to recover from an injury; him playing comes as flashbacks instead. The story concentrates more on the development of the relationship between him and Indigo, and Mat’s self-imposed barriers to that happening.
Mathieu has always been a great hockey player, though at 38 years old he’s aware that his time on the ice may not last too much longer. He’s been deeply closeted and doesn’t want to be the first to come out in his sport, and the fact that he’s not out while Indigo is very much so is one of the points of contention in the story, and the main cause of conflict between the two men.
Indigo is a wonderful character. Very much out and proud, easily moving between masculine and feminine depending on how he feels at a particular time, and also about eighteen years younger than Mat. Indigo is totally comfortable in his own skin, and one of the things I wished we could have had during this story was his point of view (this is told entirely from Mat’s viewpoint).
The attraction between Mat and Indigo is almost immediate, and even with the age gap they still click together easily both emotionally and physically. It’s not really their difference in age that’s an issue—it’s Mat’s need to continue hiding in his closet, someplace Indigo is definitely not going to go with him.
There are some really good supporting characters in the story, in particular Mat’s longtime friend and “beard”, Fran, as well as Indigo’s father—who is also Mat’s friend as well as the caretaker of his island home. The one character that I was completely incensed over (and I’m sure most readers will say the same) was Mat’s nurse. The fact that she was allowed to stay as long as she did made me a bit ticked off with Mat considering her blatant homophobia and her treatment of Indigo.
Overall, I really liked this story and thought it was a great start to this new series, which I’ll definitely be following as more books in it are released. Lost in Indigo gets a solid 4 stars from me, and I recommend it to any M/M romance fan. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.
When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.
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