Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review & Giveaway: ONE-ON-ONE by V.L. Locey (Cayuga Cougars #5)

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Length: 57,000 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
Book #4 - Overtime - Amazon US | Amazon UK


The past few years have been a bit chaotic for Cougars new associate coach, Lancaster Hart. After an amiable divorce he began living his life as the gay man he’d kept closeted for far too long. With the recent move to Cayuga, he’s away from his support system and properly made sweet tea. Despite a roster filled with new friends and associates, he’s spending his nights alone.

As his team gears up to make a run at the Calder Cup, Lancaster discovers that not everything in upstate New York is wine, woodlands, and chilly conservative ideals. At a summer music festival, he first lays eyes on Townsend Harris, folksy/blues singer by night and mayoral office assistant by day. Lancaster is enraptured with the man’s powerful sultry voice. Also, Town just might be the most beautiful man he has seen in all his forty-one years.

The two hit it off at an informal meet and greet after the show, where they spend the night talking and sipping wine. One evening of conversation and an incendiary goodbye kiss leads them into a scorching love affair that might be exactly what Lancaster has been searching for his whole life. Can his team pull off professionally what he’s hoping to do privately as well? Or will capturing their dream evade both the Cougars and Lancaster?

Carra's Review

For the final book in the Cayuga Cougars series, One-On-One was surprisingly no-angst and super sweet on the romance side; the excitement came from the hockey side with the Cougars making their run for the championship.  

Lancaster with his Southern manners and charm and Townsend who’s so easygoing and laid-back make a great couple.  Lan takes things slow, and Town is happy to go at whatever speed is comfortable for Lan.  That means that while both of them seem smitten with each other from the moment they meet, the relationship develops at a slower pace but every step of it you can see both men are fully committed.

On the hockey side of things, we get to follow the team through the end of their season and playoffs as they make their run for the Calder Cup.  There’s also a thread of uncertainty introduced with the upcoming league expansion since it might mean the loss of some of their players.  The guys all remain pretty focused though, and they keep up the teasing and banter you’d expect from them—including some aimed at Lancaster.

The overall feeling of this story to me was more relaxed, even with the playoffs and championship in the mix.  This one was a 3.5-star read for me, and I think fans of the series will be happy with how the author wraps things up for the team here.  It definitely doesn’t hurt to know there will be a spinoff series ;-)  This story, even given the sweeter tone, is still meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

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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