Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review & Giveaway: OVERTIME by V.L. Locey (Cayuga Cougars #4)

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Length: 68,000 words approx.

Cayuga Cougars Series
Book #1 - Snap Shot: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Open Net: Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #3 - Coach's Challenge: Amazon US | Amazon UK


Sander March is one season away from the pros, or so everyone tells him.

If only Sander had as much faith in his ability as the Cougar coaching staff does. Outwardly, he's cocksure, borderline bitter, and slightly sarcastic. All that strut and sass hides a wounded soul though. Working to hide a brutal past filled with humiliation, abuse, and a family member who still haunts him, Sander has never found the kind of comfort and understanding he so desperately needs. Until he meets Mateo Castillo, a minor league baseball player for the nearby Elmira Egrets. Mateo and Sander click instantly, and a budding friendship develops between the two athletes.

Mateo then introduces Sander to his boyfriend, Noah Coombs, an aspiring manga comic creator. The three men find themselves bonding strongly, and that slowly gives way to sexual attraction. Eventually, Mateo and Noah invite Sander into their relationship. The path to happiness isn't going to be easy for Sander as he faces criticism from his friends, teammates, and the press for his choices. The brash young star can handle all that, it's when his abuser shows up in Cayuga that Sander fears not only for his own safety, but for the lives of the two men he has grown to love. Will Sander's past tear him away from Mateo and Noah, or will he be able to leave the darkness behind?

Warning - This story has disturbing subject matter.

Carra's Review

I’m always up for a hockey romance, and the fact that this one is M/M/M just made it all the more enticing to me.  I’ve been enjoying this series, and this latest book following the Cayuga Cougars fits well with the series even if it includes some darker points in the story.

Sander knows he’s good at playing hockey, but everything in his life is colored by the reality of his past and that he is constantly on alert for that past to come crashing back into his life.  But when he allows himself to let go, all of that can fall into the background—especially once he meets Mateo, and then Noah.  Sander and Mateo click almost instantly, while Noah takes a bit more time thanks to his own past that still haunts him.  But together, the three men form a solid friendship where they fully complete each other, and watching that evolve made for some really good reading.

We get to see the team dynamic at work again, and it’s always a pleasure to revisit these guys.  I liked how Vic and Dan played an important role in this story, and got a kick out of how Sander teased Vic later in the story.  As for drama, there’s definitely an injection of it at several points in the book thanks to Noah’s past making itself known in his present.

When it comes to M/M/M, some authors can overdo it with the sex scenes, but in this story that’s not the case.  Here, those scenes are used only as needed to show the growth of Sander, Mateo, and Noah’s relationship; the story is more focused on the interactions between them, and how that contributes to the development of their bond together.

Overall, Overtime was a solid 4-star read for me.  I could have gone higher, but it was too easy for me to guess what was coming when the dramatic conflict near the end of the story came about.  Fans of the series will be pleased with Overtime.  It could conceivably be read on its own, but you’ll get a lot more satisfaction out of this story if you read the series in order.  This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and some disturbing subject matter.

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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