Tour & Review – Life According to Liam by V.L. Locey

A big welcome to V.L. Locey a part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Life According to Liam.


I loved the setup for this story, and how the author made it so believable. Both Mike and Bryn are nice guys who have convinced themselves they’ll never find Mr Right, and I loved that never of them gives up who they are as a person to fit into the other’s world and life.

One of the things that drew me to the genre of contemporary hockey romance is the feeling that the team is family, and that is a big part of this story. I loved the banter between Bryn and his team, and they way they all gathered around to give him dating advice. On the flip side I liked the way Kelly and Mike are so protective of each other. He comes across as a typical older brother when she’s dating, and she encourages him to follow his heart. I really liked how she doesn’t want to hold him back, and doesn’t take for granted everything he’s done for her and Liam.

Liam is very much a typical four-year-old. I had to smile at the plumber being on speed dial for stuff being shoved down the toilet. I can relate to that one! I liked how the author didn’t shy away from the more fun parts of having children like the tantrums and being vomited on. I liked how Bryn got introduced to the reality of what he wants, while Mike finds out about what it’s like to be a big hockey star, with the thought of how long Bryn can stay in the role as he gets older.

I love this author’s writing style. I always find myself invested in her stories and characters very quickly, and sit up late reading as I need to find out what happens next. The epilogue made me very happy. I’d love to see at least of these guys in another book some time.

I’d recommend this feel good contemporary romance to readers who enjoy three dimensional characters, a team who is family, and a story that keeps you turning pages. 5 out of 5 stars.

Length: 40,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


There’s always that chance that your heart’s desire is one click away.

Someone needs to pinch web designer/humor blogger/Pittsburgh Ravens mega fan Mike Kneller. Hard. For years, Mike has been living his life for his younger sister Kelly and his four-year-old nephew Liam. He’d opened up his home to Kelly when she found herself pregnant at sixteen and facing having a baby alone. Sure, his days are filled with skinned knees, snotty noses, and the occasional mishap with stuffed superheroes, but he’s perfectly happy because he loves Liam as much as he loves his baby sister. Giving up a social life and going to bed alone is a small price to pay. Little does he know that someone on the Ravens is about to show Ravens goalie Bryn Mettler one of his vlog posts. Of course he’s not going to believe it when his phone rings and the world-famous netminder—and his goalie crush—is on the other end. I mean, life doesn’t work that way for ordinary, hardworking uncles like Mike. Does it?

Bryn Mettler is a superstar athlete and a major part of the Pittsburgh sports society. He seems to have it all. He’s well-dressed, handsome, wealthy, an elite goaltender, a famed philanthropist, and the holder of numerous medals and trophies. To date, there are two things that have avoided him: lifting that big shiny silver cup over his head and finding a man to settle down with. Now that he’s over thirty, Bryn is finding the gay club scene is wearing thin. His teammates’ wives have decided it’s their duty to the team—and to Bryn—to find him Mr. Right. He’s relatively sure the man who’ll capture his heart surely won’t be found on a humor blog. Funny how life likes to take the things that you’re most certain about and flip them—and you—on its ear. When Bryn meets Mike, he is instantly drawn to the warm, funny, sexy man who shares his hectic days with thousands of Pittsburgh natives. Now he just has to convince Mike he is who he says he is so he can get to know him better. Thankfully, Bryn isn’t a quitter. But does he have what it takes to leap into life with Mike, Kelly, and Liam?

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.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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