Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Touch of a Yellow Sun by V.L. Locey Blog Tour

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?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a lovely story of a battering ram hockey warrior finding his peace in his neighbour, the local yogi. From the very beginning these two men are miles apart, one with a reputation for violence, one for his peaceful ways. V.L. Locey manages to write such a convincing story that by the end, both men have travelled towards each other, although it has to be said that by Marek releasing his demons, he draws closer to Shey than the other way around. He will, however, I am sure, always prefer coffee!

I really enjoyed the hockey elements, even though they served as a harsh reminder of how Marek has used the anger in his life to forge a career, and the people he has damaged along the way. The way it ends is inevitable, but I thought showed a touch of class, given the words that caused him to act. It also throws up an interesting issue – of violence attracting fans, but being against the rules, so enforcers tread a fine line all the time, which has to mess with their heads.

Shey was an immediately endearing character, for his yogi pronouncements, his cat Chula, and his desire to do good by Marek. He is no softy though, and is old enough to stand up for himself – he is also honest about his background, but definitely not limited by it. His grandmother was less dictatorial than I expected, which was a good thing, and as family relationships healed, she was important in the process.

By turns cute, but also containing Locey's trademark level of grittiness, I really enjoyed this story, and definitely envied them the epilogue!

3.5 stars

This is a sweet and slightly silly story about a washed up hockey enforcer who finds love with a new age yogi. Marek is a hot mess who finds himself broke and playing for a small town, minor league team at the end of his career.

The improbable relationship between the yogi and the goon made me smile. Shey’s Zen-like approach to life is bloody irritating but he definitely grew on me. I loved the early moments of Shey and Marek’s relationship, but I was less keen on the storylines around Shey’s ex and his grandmother and his secrets.

This story is at its best when it focuses on Marek and his hockey. I enjoyed the interplay between teammates, coach, and owner. I also loved Shey’s yoga women and his fabulous cat. I’m not a huge fan of the ending – I’m not sure we get enough resolution for Marek and the simple story of two very different men kinda spirals into Harlequin fantasy territory. It’s a fun read and I really loved Marek.

Also Available in the Colors of Love Series

Book 1
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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 Doctor 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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