If there’s one thing that’s a certainty in life, it’s change.
It’s taken Victor Kalinski years to settle into the kind of happiness that he thought he’d never find. The small town of Cayuga, New York, has welcomed him warmly. It’s given him a championship team to coach, a tightly-knit group of friends, a father who he has reconciled with, and a safe place to raise the son he adores. The small town has also blessed him with Dan Arou, his husband and his soulmate, and one of the most skilled forwards on the Cougars. Given Dan’s outstanding play in their recent Calder Cup win, it was inevitable that Dan’s time in the minors was about to come to an end.
When Dan is given a starting position in Boston, Victor’s serene life is thrown into complete chaos. Pride over Dan’s accomplishment fills his heart but facing a long, lonely season in Cayuga is causing no small amount of discord. Add in a wedding that will give his son a new stepfather, health issues for his dad, and Victor’s own penchant for saying things that aren’t exactly politically correct, and the impending explosion is guaranteed to blow Vic’s life to bits. Life-altering choices will have to be made. Will Victor rebound from the challenges, or will he be unable to accept the upheavals that life has dealt him?
Told in alternating 1st person pov, the reader is easily pulled into the character's heads, becoming fully engrossed in their emotions. And don't doubt it for a minute, this one is full of emotions and carries a sad overtone throughout.
Dan and Vic have a lot they are dealing with. In Rebound, we see them dealing with a lot of changes in their relationship and careers. One is coaching while the other is moving to another town. The alcoholism is still front and center, as the author excels in treating this as a lifelong issue, in which one never stops craving that drink. And they have a slew of decisions to make.
Their story is one of frustration and loneliness as they miss one another. Their story is one of anger as they deal with things out of their control. Their story is also one of spice and heat.
I love the writing style, which is quick and fluid as I've come to expect from this author. She excels in writing dialogue that is natural and entertaining. The plot is riveting, fast paced and includes a few surprises.
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.