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- Publication Date: February 26, 2017
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- Language: English
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Point Shot Trilogy Box Set Kindle Edition
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This should be enough to get you interested and see if Vic and Dan get their HEA. This was my first book by this author and I enjoyed it very much....I am sure you will too!
Two Man Advantage: 4 Stars
Game Misconduct: 4 Stars
Full Strength: 3 stars
V.L. Locey is a new-to-me author. I found the writing style easy to read, quick to fall into the story, detailed but not burying the storyline beneath the inane, with lifelike characterization.
Review of Two Man Advantage: To be quite honest, I struggled to connect to Victor when I started the first novella. If it hadn't been for the fact that Cayuga, New York is in my local area, I may have stopped reading. But I was curious, so I continued. I'm sure glad I did.
What was a struggle for me was the way Victor spoke- his narration. Like the author was trying too hard to make him sound 'alpha male', as well as with other characters, such as the coaches. In the author's defense, Victor is a self-admitted D-bag. While some of the commentary was inventive yet hilarious (mad props on that), it felt way over-the-top, distracting me from the storyline. But after a few chapters, this leveled out to a few of these phrases per page, instead of every sentence.
Our narrator, Victor's bad attitude has him being shipped from the pros to the minor leagues in hockey. A tough exterior, foul mouth, and serious attitude issues are the makings of a bad boy with a hurt heart. As I said, I had a hard time with Victor, but as the story unfolded, showing a small glimpse into his past, I could tolerate Victor. But it was Dan who won my heart.
Daniel Arou- Dan is Victor's new teammate and hotel roomie while at away games. Dan is outgoing, helpful, an all-around nice guy who is loved by all. Dan tries his hardest to smooth the rough edges off of Victor's attitude.
Their relationship unfolded slowly, even with this being a novella. Tension. Smack-talk. Banter. Heat. When Victor & Dan gave into their impulses, it was hotter than Hades.
At the end of the novella, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it, as well as feeling completely satisfied... which is why I've yet to start the 2nd novella yet. I will be rectifying that now. Be back to review once I've finished.
Review of Game Misconduct: The second novella in the trilogy picks up months after the first ended, tying up threads left unwoven. Victor & Dan are living together, both playing for Cayuga after Dan was shoved back to the minors by new draft picks in Boston.
The main conflict is two-fold: a thread from the previous book rears its ugly head, causing a fracture in the budding relationship. Truth be told, I see this from Victor's POV. In a new relationship, with Dan moving to Boston & Vic staying behind in Cayuga, I felt they were finished (conflict of the first story). They had only been casual, never speaking 'forevers', and Dan leaving felt final. So any acts taken by Victor were none of Dan's business, up and until Victor felt like sharing.
I believe in life, we all have the right to privacy, especially in our own minds. We don't have to share bits of ourselves with friends, family, or the person we are building a relationship with. It takes time, trust, and the conversation to make it exclusive. It's not lying. It's not lying by omission. It's 'none of your business until we make it your business. So in books, and in life, when I see a person fling out, "you're lying to me" when someone holds back info that belongs solely to them, that gets my ethics riled up. It's impossible to relay every second of your life from birth to death and lay it at your partner's feet.
When whatever act impacts the new relationship, then it is the other person's business. In this, Victor immediately tells Dan what happened- or tries- but Dan flees for the hills. I'm on Dan's side with this part. If he needed space, he deserves space. But I'm with Vic on another point. If you just spent many months in a committed relationship when info that predates said relationship rears its ugly head, to flee without communicating is an immature move. Bratty. After many months together, if you can't read your partner's intentions, then maybe you both need to reevaluate the relationship.
In reading, and in life, miscommunication is a no-go for me. It's reserved for emotionally stunted adults and children who have yet to voice their feelings and thoughts- neither of which describes Dan. Dan, who I thought was awesome- I understood his need for distance, but not his reluctance to hear what Victor had to say. It went against the characterization for Dan to run and give the silent treatment for the sake of conflict.
The second thread is what weaves into the last installment, so I won't spoil it by explaining. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.
This is a vent, but it didn't impact the rating of the book. However, it did impact the overall enjoyment of the book. I think this went a few steps too far to sound 'manly'.
One peeve of mine is the negative way women are spoken about in this series of books. One of the most derogatory MM books I've read to date, out of 500+ books. While I understand Victor after the way he was treated by his mother, as a bisexual man, he seems to loathe women. This makes no sense. Even when he acts like he likes the woman, the 'blah, blah, blah' he's thinking negates it, leaving it as tolerating women at best.
Gay men don't hate women- they just don't want to sleep with them. Straight men don't hate men- they just don't want to sleep with them. Straight women don't hate women- they just don't want to sleep with them. Gay women don't hate men- they just don't want to sleep with them.
Why all the hate? The being nasty to women?
The way all the characters speak of women, as a card-carrying uterus & ovaries owner, this stings. Keeping it authentic is one thing- acting as if ALL men loathe women is another. Not all women talk nonstop, try to get impregnated to get someone to pay their way, then are demanding and smothering and controlling. Even if they are, that doesn't make them bad people- people out there do love them. The way it was written, as if a woman's only worth is between their legs, as long as they shut up and are perfectly hot (no fatties, oldies, or uglies need apply). Other than a select few having value due to the genetic lottery and their chronological age, the rest of us may as well go lay down and die, because we don't deserve respect by these perfect specimens of men.
I could understand if this wasn't from a bisexual man. I could understand if this wasn't coming out of the mouth of every single male in the books- straight, gay, bi- they all LOATHE women.
In this, I finally understand the bi-erasure commentary. Just because a bisexual man partners with a gay man, that doesn't mean his attraction to women evaporates. Not only that, the entire female gender is hated on a cellular level.
Review of Full Strength: This installment I can't go deep into the details without spoiling major threads of the entire box-set. So I will comment overall on all three books tying together. Most readers will enjoy the continuity of how well they flow together, tying up all threads. I thought the author did a good job with the flow.
However, since I wasn't a fan of how women were portrayed in the series, a major thread was difficult for me to swallow. (I just about broke my Kindle when Victor voiced to his therapist how she shouldn't be having sex because she was old and fat). Heather- how immature she behaved. As if 14 years old, when she was supposedly 21 and ready to graduate. How the author wrote her as dropping everything to run to Dan & Victor's side, when neither needed her there, or asked her there- never once meeting Dan previously, and only seeing Victor 3 times in her entire life. Then saying she had to ride back to Cayuga with them, after flying out. Who ever buys a one-way ticket? Who buys a one-way ticket when they know they have to go home? It's more expensive than round-trip. Who buys a ticket for 'nothingness' because they want to stick their nose where it doesn't belong? Then makes Victor pay for it after the fact because she used her rent money? This was an unsuccessful ploy the author used to push Heather in Victor & Dan's orbit- one that was not palatable because it made Heather look manipulative when the author was trying to make her look cute, friendly, the guys' ally and new buddy.
Heather was an issue for me- not the storyline per se, but how it was written and executed. How Heather was written. Paying for her college? Her living expenses? Excuse me, what? Why? Victor & Dan don't know her, and from what I saw of how she was written as a tween, I don't know why they would want to know her. Apparently hot girls with big boobs are giggly morons who pout and get what they want. Hooking up with Brooks? Eww. Just eww. Have some maturity and wait. Yuck.
I'm sorry, but all of this, a major plot that I'm trying to talk around, especially with all the 'women hate'- it made my gender look flighty, moving from one guy to the next in a matter of minutes, with the intelligence of wet paper. Whatever guy can provide is the right one. I wasn't the intended audience of the plot featuring Heather. She gives my gender a bad name- she's exactly why I try to educate women to be better, more logical, responsible people who don't wait to be rescued for not using the brain in their head- people who take responsibility for their choices, without shame but learning from the situation. It's not cute- it's ridiculous. Require more out of women than what's between their legs.
Truth be told, and this is only my opinion overall, but I would have been satisfied with the HFN ending of the first book, and been perfectly happy not to read the following two novellas. Simply because that's the type of reader I am. Once a couple is together, for me, it feels like drawing out the story. I'm positive I'm in the minority, but this is the type of reader I am. So I had more enjoyment in novella one, mild curiosity in novella two, and was slightly disinterested during novella three.
One portion did keep me interested, the locale. I live in the Twin Tiers of Southern New York & North Central Pennsylvania. The Finger Lakes is my region. So I got a kick out of Cayuga, Seneca, and even an added bonus of seeing our neighbor to the south- Scranton. I wasn't aware we were such hockey fans, or that the press was 'that' interested in the personal lives of minor league players. But the fantasy of it, the angst, made for a good read once I suspended belief.
I do recommend this trilogy of novellas, and do look forward to more stories by the author. This did and didn't work for me, because of my own personal issues with how women were portrayed.
This is a single review for the box set of three books that were originally published separately. If you are going to read these books, I STRONGLY recommend you wait til you have all three books in your possession. There are cliffhanger endings to both book one, Two Man Advantage and book two, Game Misconduct. Book three, Full Strength, rounds everything up in a big fat bow.
I'm just gonna throw this at you, and see what your reaction is.
Single. Person. Point. Of. View. In the first person.
And your reaction to me saying that would be thus: " I didn't like it, I hate it, we needed to hear from so and so" And ordinarily, yes, that would be my reaction.
But here?? HERE???
Freaking loved it!!!
Victor is, in his own words, an ass. And he is, at the beginning a mean spirited hockey player with a chip on his shoulder the size of the Major Oak (google it :-0) And he wise cracked one time too many, and ended up a league down, for the foreseeable future. Dan is the alternate captain for the lower league team. But Dan and Vic have an instant and powerful reaction to each other. And I loved watching Vic fall, and fall hard and so bloody fast he couldn't keep his skates on the ice.
There are, along the way, a .....minor....no MAJOR hiccup or two the pair have to deal with and it is almost painful watching Vic deal with Dan being called up, then the parental issue, and then with his's head injury. But equally its heart warming and lovely and hearts and flowers.
Victor himself says:
'Kissing my fiance was damn dreamy too, but if anyone ever talks about the fact that I used such words, I will flatly deny it, then pummel that person about the head with a hockey stick'
Because that is who Vic is. And I just wanted to do what Mrs Arou does, and hug him up and tell him its not too late to have a mother who loves you.
Because of the wonderful personality that Vic is, I didn't really miss Dan not having his say. But now I'm typing it up, I can honestly say, had Dan had a say, I might NOT have enjoyed this so much, because we would have gotten much LESS of Vic and this is, really, HIS story. And I loved him.
First I've read of this author, that I can see. Would love to read more (but not the zombies, oh no, never the zombies!) in the future.
5 full stars
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