Friday, June 22, 2018

Review & Blog Tour ~ Overtime (Cayuga Cougars #4) by V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

Review & Blog Tour ~ Overtime (Cayuga Cougars #4) by V.L. Locey (Giveaway)

Buy Links:  Amazon US | Amazon UK 

Length: 68,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Reverie Formatting and Design

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.

4 Stars!

This is not the first time I've said this and it probably won't be the last. I'm always wary of MMM romances because getting the dynamics just right isn't as easy when you're adding a third to an established relationship, like in this case. Add to that, that we only get Sander's POV throughout the book and it can be even trickier. However, Ms. Locey made it work somehow. She showed us enough of Mat and Noah to get an idea of who they are and see that, even if things weren't perfect and they needed to adjust their expectations to reality, they made a great team with Sander, each of them bringing something to their relationship that they were missing before.

I liked Sander and my heart broke for what he had to go through as a child and still as an adult, feeling responsible for both his sister and niece and sensing the weight of it all upon his shoulders. And I liked both Mateo and Noah, too. Noah's backstory was just about as heartwrenching as Sander's, and that was how they bonded, and Mateo and Sander just clicked on another level. They worked well as a throuple, even if I wasn't too sure at first. They definitely had a lot of chemistry and the sex was very hot and passionate.

It was awesome seeing the rest of the Cayuga Cougars, even if Victor was more of a bastard than usual in this book, although he did come through for Sander in the end with some prodding from Dan.

Overall, this was a great addition to the series and I'm already looking forward to book 5!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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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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