Book Review & Tour – Loving Layne by V. L. Locey

A big welcome to V.L. Locey as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Loving Layne.

Review

This is the 2nd of this series I’ve read, and I enjoyed it just as much as the first one. This story is a feel good easy read, and I read it one sitting.

I loved Roman, his geekiness, and his determination. The Star Trek references were great, and I liked how he didn’t know anything about sport, or what was going on at the hotel, so was attracted to Layne on looks and personality, then learnt who he was. Layne’s a good guy who has been put in an impossible situation by someone who meant well. I loved his and Roman’s relationship and how they bonded over their love of journalism. The name of the puppy is brilliant.

I liked Professor Willis, Roman’s faculty advisor. I’d love to read his story.

I thought the story played out well, and enjoyed the friendship between Roman and Dillon too, despite the rockiness of it. It felt realistic, as did the steps toward mending bridges between all those affected by the secret.

Although I did guess some of the plot it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story, as I had to keep reading to see how both Layne and Roman reacted, and to make sure they got their HEA.

Another enjoyable read by this author, who is a favourite.

5 out of 5 stars.


Buy Links: Amazon US | Amazon UK

Length: 36,500 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Blurb

Sometimes the last thing you expect to happen might turn out to be what you needed all along.


Roman Kennedy’s first trip to the Windy City isn’t going quite as planned. Mysteries intrigue him, and his best friend Dillon seems to be sitting on a whopper. So, with his grandfather’s favorite hat on his head and his notebook in hand, the journalism major starts digging. Sadly, getting his bestie to spill the beans on what the secret is isn’t as easy as Roman had hoped.


Now, through no fault of his own, he’s stuck in an expensive hotel attending a bachelor auction of all things. He’s surrounded by lumbering jocks who, he’s sure, are just waiting for the chance to poke fun at the skinny, gay Jewish guy. Imagine his surprise when one of the big lugs sits down with him and talks Bernstein and Woodward.


Layne Coleman is sexy as sin, smart as a whip, considerably older, and has the same passion for investigative journalism as Roman does. His deep blue eyes and dark hair make concentrating on anything but the soft kisses they’re now sharing difficult. Roman’s keen instincts are understandably clouded by romance, so when Dillon reveals his secret in a highly public way, it’s hard to say who is more stunned—Roman or Layne, the man at the center of it all.


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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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 https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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