Someone needs to pinch web designer/humor blogger/Pittsburgh Ravens fan Mike Kneller. Hard. For years Mike has been living his life for his younger sister Kelly, and his four year old nephew, Liam. He’d opened up his home to Kelly when she found herself pregnant at sixteen and facing having a baby alone. Sure, his days are filled with skinned knees, snotty noses, and the occasional mishap with stuffed superheroes, but he’s perfectly happy because he loves Liam as much as he loves his baby sister. Giving up a social life and going to bed alone is a small price to pay. Little does he know that someone on the Ravens (his favorite hockey team) is about to show Bryn Mettler (his favorite goalie crush) one of his vlog posts. Of course he’s not going to believe it when his phone rings and the world famous netminder is on the other end talking about adorable kids, Mike’s beautiful green eyes, and a possible dinner date. I mean, life doesn’t work that way for ordinary, hardworking uncles like Mike. Does it?
Bryn Mettler is a superstar athlete and a major part of the Pittsburgh sports society. He seems to have it all. He’s well-dressed, handsome, wealthy, an elite goaltender, a famed philanthropist, and the holder of numerous medals and trophies. Two things that have avoided him to date are lifting that big shiny silver cup over his head and finding a man to settle down with. Now that he’s over thirty, Bryn is finding the gay club scene is wearing thin. His teammates wives have decided it’s their duty to the team – and to Bryn – to find him Mr. Right. He’s relatively sure that the man who’ll capture his heart surely won’t be found on a humor blog. Funny how life likes to take the things that you’re most certain about and flip them – and you – on its ear. Bryn is instantly drawn to the warm, funny, sexy man who shares his hectic days with thousands of Pittsburgh natives. Now he just has to convince Mike he is who he says he is so he can get to know him better. Thankfully, Bryn isn’t a quitter. But does he have what it takes to leap into life with Mike, Kelly, and Liam?
Length: 40,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Alright, so it’s no secret, I love a story about a single dad and/or Uncleor big brother or anyone who cares for a child. There’s just something about a hot guy who’s good with kids or animals, I just can’t resist them. In this one, we have Mike, who’s single and helps take care of his 4-year-old nephew after his sister gets kicked out of their parents’ house for getting pregnant as a teenager, just as he got kicked out when he came out.
He plans his life around his nephew Liam and has even developed a blog about his life according to Liam. It’s cute and anyone with kids knows the shenanigans one can get up to with a toddler, so that’s where Bryn finds him. One thing standing out, Liam’s obsessed with local hockey legend, Bryn whatever his last name is and Mike is too!
Bryn is said pro hockey player who’s friends and teammates wives all good-naturedly try to set him with cousins or friends that he’d just be great with. So far, it hasn’t worked out, but when one wife shows him Mike’s blogs and a video of Liam and Mike, he’s immediately smitten. After watching all their video’s and reading all their blogs, he leaves a comment and asks Mike to get ahold of him. As unlikely as I think this would be, both as someone who watched vlogs on youtube, but also just the meeting of a celebrity and a fan, it was just too easy for me to believe. I mean, I wish….
In saying that… another problem I had with Bryn especially, is that he’s supposed to be a professional sports player, but both he and Mike though really really, Bryn, their dialogue sounds as if they’re from the 1800’s. I’ve never heard anyone say “foist” so many times in my life. And Bryn longs for Mike a lot… I dunno, the dialogue just didn’t hit me as a professional sports player and a modern blogger, maybe two 70 year olds who’d weathered life and seen many different decades… it bothered me.
Other than that, there is no drama or angst, which I liked, there wasn’t any turmoil or breaking up or any disagreements at all, so I enjoyed watching these 30-year-old, old coots get to know each other and fall in love. It ended sweetly, though the 4-year old was sometimes 4 years old and other times seemed much older, so I think he was still 4 by the end… but cute nonetheless.
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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.
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.