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- Print Length: 128 pages
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- Publication Date: April 7, 2020
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B086H5DR4B
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I won't lie, I was expecting a completely different kind of set-up with a series titled Hockey Allies Bachelor Bid but I wouldn't want Layne and Roman's story any different than the one VL Locey has written. May/December romances are not something I generally seek out but nor to shy away from them, Miss Locey has done a wonderful job showing that age is just a number and that you don't have to be within 5 years of each other to be a perfect fit.
As for Roman, well his love of nearly everything "old"(and I am not referring to Layne😉😉) was a welcome element. I love so many things classic and it's just not an aspect you often find in main characters when reading so it was a point that I not only welcomed but highly appreciated. When it comes to Layne, well I loved him, it wasn't hard to see what drew Roman in. Not making Roman feel like an odd duck for his love of everything classic was also highly appreciated. There really is no doubting their connection from the getgo.
As for Dillon's bombshell, well I won't go into that and spoil anything but I truly loved the reactions and how each character dealt with the news. Perhaps Dillon's original dropping of the bombshell could have been handled better but we have to have some drama, don't we?😉
Could Loving Layne been even better with a few points explored deeper? Maybe. Did the story being on the shorter side leave some lacking gaps? Perhaps. Personally, when written well, "gaps" that happen off-page pull me in even deeper because it kicks my imagination in high gear to help the author "write" the journey. So in short: Loving Layne is an amazingly fun, dramedy with real characters that entertained me, and I can't ask for nor want anything more.
I loved everything about the two main characters. Roman has a film noir feel, with his love of old music and wearing fedoras. I loved that he found a kindred spirit in Layne. And that Layne saw past a young age and the person Roman was.
Truthfully, I loved everything about this story.
It's not a hockey tale in the least (yay, Brits tend not to know much about it and most hockey tales go over my head) though the older lead, Layne, is a player who's about to retire. It's more along the lines of a road trip, I thought, and then once at the destination, things go very wrong and Roman's friendship with his childhood best friend fractures, before it all comes out and comes good.
I think that the author had to do a novella because of the multi-author series that this tale forms part of, but she missed a trick because Roman is one of the most unique leads that I've read about. I liked his quirky brain, his love of words, his passion for his job (a reporter in training) and I really would have liked a longer tale for him. She rushed quite a bit after a slowish start and it felt like the tale was ambling along and then picked up and galloped all out until the end. There was also a discrepancy with the age gap - I'm pretty sure it was 16 years, but there was also mention of 22 years, which was how old Roman was, so...
A family got fractured in this tale and part of it got put back together and got bigger and stronger for it. The other part had already lost something precious and went on to lose more, which was sad and I would have liked to read more about whether that fracture got resolved. I suspect that it won't, but hey, life isn't always happy families.
Still, it was a good enough tale for me to want to read more by this author.
ARC courtesy of the author and Bayou Book Junkie, for my reading pleasure.
Roman accompanies his friend Dillon to Chicago for the All Star game and meets Layne during breakfast. They discuss authors and reporters that they both enjoy reading their work.
Roman and Layne hit it off despite their age gap until everything comes crashing down when Dillon drops his bombshell that his reason for being in Chicago is to confront his father that didn’t want him.
Roman is stuck trying to figure out the truth on Dillons father, keeping his friendship with Dillon and his relationship with Layne.
Quick read - had a little mystery but a whole lot of anger from Dillon.
~~~ ARC kindly provided by the author for honest review ~~~