Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
He’s creeping up on retirement age, has some dings and dents, and says what’s on his mind. Not exactly what most would consider a luxury ride, but his beautiful Lila – the transgender woman who stole his heart – loves him like no other woman ever has despite a little rust here and there.
Everything is good – no, great – aside from the distance issue, until a surprise from Lila’s past crops up and moves in with her. Can Mario be the family man that Lila needs, or is this one game the old vet is unable to skate in?
Snap Shot is the first volume in a new series by author V. L. Locey revolving around a hockey team and their members’ romantic adventures. Although this is my first book by this author, she has written several other novels taking place in the same universe.
The story is told through the eyes of Mario McGarrity – or Seamus, as he is referred to by his lover Lila. I took an immediate liking to this grumpy, big-hearted half-Scottish, half-Italian man in no small part thanks to the author’s wonderfully humorous and fast-paced style of writing. Reading his inner thoughts and monologues (as well as his prayers/dialogues with Holy Mother Mary) was very entertaining.
Lila (or Madame Lila) is a truly lovely and endearing person and it is not hard to see why Mario has fallen for her the way he did. The way he describes all of her little habits and quirks in vivid detail make you realize how enraptured he is by her. Their relationship is one of the two main focuses of the story but there is little to no drama or confrontation there – they both love each other dearly and express that love freely and openly. The point of conflict stems largely from the second focus: the way Lila’s teenage son Langley suddenly enters Mario’s life with her.
Although I liked the way Langley’s relationship to Mario develops over time, I really wish he would have been flashed out a bit more as an individual rather than mostly being presented as just a “typical” teenager rebelling against his parents. We get to see brief glimpses of his personality and interests here and there but all in all he came off as a bit generic. This was rather surprising as the other characters felt much more lifelike. Arguably, this might have been intentional due to Mario’s narration and his perception of Lila’s son.
The characters accompanying the protagonists were all quite interesting and colourful. As far as I understand, some of them get to play bigger roles in other books by the author. My personal favourite was August, an adorable young hockey player who takes quite the shine to Mario.
The novel contains several sex scenes between Mario and Lila including the use of toys. They are all written in a very explicit way and there is certainly no shortage of erotic moments over the course of the book.
All in all, this was an enjoyable read and most of the characters felt quite real and likeable. The author maintained a quick-paced and snappy writing style that motivates you to keep on reading.
The cover art by Rêverie Design and Formatting seems a bit bland. Something more colourful and eye-catching would have been much more suitable for the dazzling Madame Lila in my opinion.
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2ocuqD3
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2ndEqMN
ebook, 198 pages
Published April 4, 2017
by Self Published
Edition Language: English