Book Review – Rebound by V.L. Locey


Overtime #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 174
Characters: Vic/Dan
POV: 1st
Genre: Hockey Romance, Series.

Blurb:
If there’s one thing that’s a certainty in life, it’s change.

It’s taken Victor Kalinski years to settle into the kind of happiness that he thought he’d never find. The small town of Cayuga, New York, has welcomed him warmly. It’s given him a championship team to coach, a tightly-knit group of friends, a father who he has reconciled with, and a safe place to raise the son he adores. The small town has also blessed him with Dan Arou, his husband and his soulmate, and one of the most skilled forwards on the Cougars. Given Dan’s outstanding play in their recent Calder Cup win, it was inevitable that Dan’s time in the minors was about to come to an end.

When Dan is given a starting position in Boston, Victor’s serene life is thrown into complete chaos. Pride over Dan’s accomplishment fills his heart but facing a long, lonely season in Cayuga is causing no small amount of discord. Add in a wedding that will give his son a new stepfather, health issues for his dad, and Victor’s own penchant for saying things that aren’t exactly politically correct, and the impending explosion is guaranteed to blow Vic’s life to bits. Life-altering choices will have to be made. Will Victor rebound from the challenges, or will he be unable to accept the upheavals that life has dealt him?

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Review

I loved Vic’s voice in this story. His personality comes across loud and clear, and it was easy to be swept away on the rollercoaster of his emotions. I liked how he says it how he sees it, which isn’t always very PC, yet makes him feel very real.

I really felt for his feeling of abandonment as his life explodes around him, and his demons do their best to entice him into places he shouldn’t go. The story kept me turning pages and I got drawn into his and Dan’s world very quickly.

I love Vic and Dan’s relationship, and how although Dan loves Vic completely he’s still aware of his faults, and worries he might enable him. They fit together well with their different personalities. The strong sense of family is something I always enjoy in hockey romances, and this story is very much about family, with Vic and Dan’s family issues, their parenting of Jack, plus the Cougars and Dan’s new team. I liked the glimpse of characters from other books, and the two therapists totally rock.

I enjoyed the story’s conclusion, and am looking forward to reading what happens in the next stage of their family’s journey. 5 out of 5 stars.

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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