Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Minor league goalie Adam Seiger is a nice guy. He’s kind, cute, and a little quirky (but show me a goalie who isn’t) and he loves to interact with fans. During a meet and greet after a game Adam meets Cason Reyes, a hard-working young man with stunning amber eyes and a smile as sweet as a candy cane. Desperate to see Cason again, Adam does something more than a little naughty.
To add insult to the egg nog, it appears that one little white lie may end Adam’s chance of having a merry Christmas with a new boyfriend. Will he end up with nothing but a lump of coal in his stocking, instead of the man who owns his heart?
Adorable, totally adorable. That describes both the story and the main character of Adam Seiger. Gay, black, Canadian, minor league hockey player, adopted by his Aunt and Uncle when young, this man could have been a Mountie, he’s so sweet, nice, and yes, adorable…even in his faults. That would be the lag time in between what comes out his mouth and the time it takes his brain to think it might be a bad idea to say that. His brain goes awandering while the mouth just motors on. Not always a great thing as Adam finds out when he spies the man of his dreams during a game.
I’ve enjoyed V.L. Locey’s stories before. The author always manages to put in enough interesting quirks to their characters and storylines that it makes me take notice. Extra spice, a V.L. Locey punch as it were. Its the same here. The other character? Cason Reyes, is biracial with a fascinating background and a nephew to raise. Both men have background that actually made me growl in frustation that I didn’t get enough time with each man’s family or get to delve deep enough into their stories. They are that interesting and the people in their families we get to know are believable enough that we want more time with them too.
Other special touches? The interaction with the team members. Ray, Adam’s roomate with his own special kink? Hilarious! Plus I liked their acceptance of a gay teammate without any special acknowledgement or fanfare while mentioning that might not be realistic in the major leagues. Nice reality check. And then there was the holly branches. I’ll leave the significance of that to the story.
I’d love to see Locey continue this into a series or at least give us a followup story. These two certainly deserve it. We need to see what happens next. I want more! After reading this, you will too.
Cover art doesn’t really pull me to the book, Doesn’t say holidays, and doesn’t really speak to the story.
ebook, 78 pages
Published December 5th 2016 by V.L. Locey
Original TitleHolly & Hockey Boots