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Length: 75,000 words approx.
Colors Of Love Series
Book #1 - Lost In Indigo - Amazon US | Amazon UK
Book #2 - Touch Of A Yellow Sun - Amazon US | Amazon UK
After the Syracuse Stallions clinch the championship, Nathan Zinkan, the renowned wild man of the AHL is arrested for a DUI. Again. When a no-nonsense judge adds a heavy dose of community service to an already stiff sentence, Nathan has to forget a summer of partying and slide on a pair of gardening gloves. His entire future now rides on how well he can behave while helping elderly urban gardeners tend to their tomatoes.
Watching local garden center owner Bran Cavanaugh working without his shirt is a benefit he wasn’t expecting. Pity Bran is also the one in charge of the community garden as well as keeping tabs on Nathan’s hours served. The two men are instantly at odds due to Nathan’s rebellious nature and Bran’s icy demeanor. Yet there’s no denying the attraction that begins to build between the hot-headed athlete and the cool as a cucumber master gardener.
Will their attraction grow into something deeper, or will it wither and die on the vine?
Nathan has been chasing his demons with hard alcohol, partying and ice hockey for a long time. At the tender age of twenty he’s on the cusp of moving up to the big game if only his latest DUI doesn’t derail his plans. Thankfully hours of community service and a driver’s ed course handed down in lieu of jail time are all Nathan has to do this suck-filled summer break. Of course all that has to be accomplished by bus because he’s also had his license suspended. Basically Nathan is fu…well, unhappy. It doesn’t help that the guy who will be supervising his community service time seems to have a rod stuck up his you know where and essentially hates Nathan already. Too bad Bran Cavanaugh is not only hotter than hot and looks good in his tight white tee and jeans but also the nephew of the very judge who ruined Nathan’s summer. Oh well as far as Nathan is concerned life could be worse. Then his driving course instructor recommends attending alcoholics anonymous and Nathan discovers he may not be able to keep the past demons riding his back buried for much longer.
The Good Green Earth is V.I. Locey’s third book in the Colors of Love series and I think, one of the best. I marvel at how this author is able to create characters who have this wickedly snarky humor that makes them so endearing. This kind of behavior can sometimes grow old pretty quickly but Locey never allows characters to become one dimensional or cliched. Instead the author makes Nathan vulnerable and multi-layered—making him someone you care about and want to see succeed. I loved Nathan from the very start. His life leading to this point had been littered with sadness and loss and his way to cope was to party hard and live out loud—something that the hockey world didn’t always appreciate. When he crashes into an elderly couple’s shed, he is forced to finally understand that his behavior could have led to accidentally killing someone and that becomes the impetus behind the desire to get sober while forcing him to reevaluate his life choices. It most certainly has nothing to do with Bran or his growing attraction to the icy cold gardener who has control over his life for the summer.
Bran has made it his mission to help rehabilitate recovering addicts by overseeing their court mandated community service hours. His reasons are his own but definitely are tied to his late husband and his dying wishes. Bran lost his spouse two years ago and has yet to recover from his loss. The bratty, privileged hockey star that has been given to him to oversee is certainly nothing but an irritation he will have to endure. It’s uncanny how Nathan reminds Bran of his late husband…yet they are so very different. Bran is not impressed and certainly not attracted to the much younger man. Nope, not at all.
Oh Bran—you are so bad at hiding your feelings and I just love that about you. Honestly these two are just magical together. It’s not just that both guys are a bit wounded and deserve the happiness that eludes them but that they work so very well as a couple. This novel is a classic example of opposites attracting and the fighting prior to their finally admitting they like each other is really fun to watch. For me, everything in this story just molded into this beautiful romance full of hope and healing. Bran and Nathan were good for each other—giving a much needed sense of direction to the wounded souls that resided inside both of them. This story is incredibly well done and I read it in one sitting—I could not put it down.
Once again author V.I. Locey gives us memorable characters in a story that pulls at our heartstrings and leaves us wanting more. The Good Green Earth is a second chance love story that I will reread again and again.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. 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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