Friday, March 8, 2019

Review Tour: Touch of a Yellow Sun (Colors of Love #2) by V.L. Locey (Series Reviews+Giveaway)

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Length: 88,600 words approx.

Colors Of Love Series

Book #1 - Lost In Indigo - Amazon US | Amazon UK


It's been a rough couple of years for Marek Hafer, roaming hockey protagonist and pugilistic expert. Ending up in Berger Lake, Pennsylvania, on a financially unstable minor league team might just be the ending his wretched career deserves. On the other side of thirty, Marek knows his time on skates is dwindling. His goal now is to spend a few quiet years playing for the Berger Lake Badgers, knock a few helmets together as needed, and then call it quits before his salty personality gets him booted out of hockey permanently.

After a bloody encounter his first night on the ice, the Badgers coach suggests that Marek find a way to lower his violent tendencies before he’s sent packing yet again. That decree leads Marek to knock on the door of his next-door neighbor, Shey Pierson, the owner of Sun Touch Yoga Studio. Shey ticks every box Marek has with his soft blue eyes, flowing golden hair, and long limber legs. The only problem is that Shey is yin to Marek’s yang.

Can a man famed for throwing punches find serenity in the arms of a man known for his tranquil ways?

~*~Lost in Indigo~*~

4 Stars!

Mat, captain of his hockey team, ends up with a severe leg injury in the first game of the Championship series. He has to watch his team win the series and Championship from his hospital bed. Meanwhile, the news about his leg doesn't give him hope for a return to the sport he loves. He returns to his house to recover with the help of his caretaker and friend, Montclair, and Montclair's son, Indigo.

Indigo is genderflux, an out and proud gay college student. He's helping his dad and Mat out over the summer before he heads back to school. His sunny disposition and wonderful personality are just what Mat needs to keep from becoming too depressed. Indigo's infrequent visits at the beginning of the book helped Mat become more motivated in his recovery.

I loved Indigo's character. He was a breath of fresh air in this story. I liked Mat, but at times I also found myself frustrated with him. While he champions LGBT causes publicly, Mat is hiding in his own sexuality from everyone. When Indigo realizes that Mat is interested in him, he lets Mat work up to admitting his attraction. They move slowly, spending time together when they can.

There's a lot going on in this story. Mat has to come to terms with his injury and what it means to the hockey career that has been his whole life up until now. He can't deny his attraction and growing feelings for Indigo, but coming out is too much to contemplate. The nurse that Mat's agent hired doesn't help; she's incredibly homophobic and religious. Even when she finally opens up to Mat a bit, and yes, I felt sorry for her loss, her actions and hatred made her nonredeemable in my mind. I was not sorry to see her leave.

While Indigo seems to be more mature that Mat at times, he is still younger. His initial acceptance of being Mat's secret began to wear, as you would expect. Without Indigo's perspective, it's hard to say why he thought he'd be okay with their secret relationship, but I'm going to chalk it up to his youth. I was happy to see him make Mat work for his forgiveness; his conditions for how Mat needed to treat him in the future were reasonable and needed.

The cast of characters beyond Mat and Indigo was great, outside of the nurse. I loved how Fran called Mat to the carpet several times. Montclair was fantastic too. I was happy that while he didn't understand Indigo, he accepted and loved him, and I thought his response to Mat and Indigo's relationship was spot on. Mat's agent, Arn, I wasn't too sure about for a long time. While he was Mat's friend and agent, he did a lot of things that made me question if he really was a friend. In the end, he came through for Mat and that made me happier with him.

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

~*~Touch of A Yellow Sun~*~

4 Stars!

Marek Hafer is on the last leg of his career. His style of play, and personality, has him just hoping to play a few more years before retiring. A place on a minor league team in the middle of nowhere isn't the best, but it's his last chance.

Shey runs a yoga studio out of his apartment, next door to Marek's place. Shey is almost the complete opposite to Marek. He meditates daily, eats healthily, and dislikes violence.

I'm going to admit that for the first half of the book, I found myself not really liking Marek, and his initial treatment of Shey didn't help. I really was at a loss as to why Shey was so nice to him at the beginning, even after Marek was a jerk to him. However, as they spent more time together, Marek started to grow on me; I actually liked him by the end. Marek really gravitated to Shey for reasons that he couldn't understand, but as more of Marek's past is revealed, it becomes more obvious why Shey appeals to him. Marek needs someone who will be there for him and who’ll listen to what he can't say. He needed someone to ground him and help him find his center. Shey does that for him, just by being himself. Marek grows and learns and becomes a better person for it.

I liked that Marek helped Shey feel safe and protected. I almost wanted to have a better understanding of Shey's perspective at the beginning, but as the story continued I found that it wasn't as important as I initially thought. While I was unsure if I was going to like this one, I was very happy I read it by the end. Marek has more layers than he shows initially, and is a good person underneath all that anger.

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

~*~Lost in Indigo~*~

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this book. I have read and loved V.L. Locey’s and R.J. Scott’s co-written series, The Harrisburg Railers, so much. These authors can definitely write some awesome hockey scenes, and the men they create capture my heart each and every time.

I was intrigued when reading the synopsis for Lost in Indigo and knew I needed to read it! So, so, so glad I did, because V.L.’s solo writing brought a lot of hot sexy scenes (not a ton but what there is *phew!* *fans self*).

Mathieu was grumpy (with good reason), but his attraction to Indigo was fast though sweet as well.

I love Indigo! His freeness was beautiful; I loved that he didn’t try to hide who he was. He gives his affection freely when he likes someone and even though he knows what he wants, he isn’t going to settle!

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

~*~Touch Of A Yellow Sun~*~

4 Stars

I have to say I liked this one more than Indigo and Mat’s tale; Marek and Shey just meshed better. Marek’s anger and Shey’s togetherness made for a sexy and beautiful time.

Marek has this heaviness surrounding him from his hurt and anger. But he refuses to confront it and while it lands him in hot water more times than not, it kinda led him to Shey at the time when he needed Shey’s calm and tranquillity. I loved how he slowly learned to calm the anger inside, which lessened it on the outside.

Shey has this tranquility to him that I have personally tried to work at. The way he begins to help Marek work on calming his anger had me smiling. The teasing had me giggling, but the feelings inside Marek had me sad for both guys.

OMG, Shey’s cat! I loved him, sooo adorable!

I will be eagerly waiting until the next book comes out!

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

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, 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 pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two 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 one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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