Victor Kalinski and his husband, Dan Arou, are living the dream. Married for over a year now, the couple have settled into life in Cayuga surrounded by friends, family, and a team that’s poised to make another championship run. Each man is enjoying professional success as well as personal bliss. Who knew life in the suburbs with a spouse and a child could be so darn satisfying? Not Vic. K, that’s for sure.
The happy times are about to turn rough, though. The Cougars have picked up a new player, Sander March, a brash young center whose sass, skill, and attitude can rival Victor’s. When it’s revealed that this new player and Dan have history, tensions begin to rise between the newlyweds.
As Victor and Dan work on those issues, the one person Victor never thought he would meet arrives in the small New York hamlet and proceeds to flip everything in Vic’s life upside down. Can Victor and Dan’s marriage withstand what life is about to drop on it, or will the challenges be too much for them to handle?
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5 Hungover Stars!!! Coach's Challenge is book 3 in the Cayuga Cougars series, but it can be read as a standalone. However, it features Dan and Victor who we met in the Point Shot trilogy, and really, you do need to read that one before reading this book. Victor is a bit of an acquired taste and they are awesome books, plus the box set is free on Amazon right now, so what are you waiting for? You can thank me later. I read the Point Shot Trilogy a few years ago and fell in love with Victor Kalinski. Yes, he's a mysogynistic jerk and he can be very difficult, however, once you look past the tough exterior, you find a man with deep abandonment issues that was abused by his mother and who despite that, can love his husband and his son deeply. My heart broke with this book I don't know how many times, I just felt so bad for Victor and all he was going through, meeting Dan's ex and having to see him on a daily basis and having to deal with the last person he ever expected to see again while working through his issues and battling his alcoholism. It was a lot and I found myself crying more than once, and now, even a few days after reading it, I was tearing up all over again while writing this review. My favorite part of the book was definitely seeing Vic interacting with Dan and their son Jack. My heart just melted everytime that Vic showed his boy how loved he was, especially considering that he himself never had that with his own parents. I love Dan and how perfect he is for Vic. He's kind and supportive and even while going through a rough patch, he was there for Victor. Together, they were real and hot and sweet, they had problems, yes, but they worked through them in a believable fashion. It was nice to see Vic in this new facet as a coach, it really suited him, and it was great seeing the rest of the team and Heather, Jack's mom, as well. Overall, I absolutely adored this book, it was great catching up with characters I love so much and I hope we'll keep seeing glimpses of them in future books. And really, even if I cried with it, Coach's Challenge wasn't an angst-fest, it was also a fun, sweet and fantastic read that I highly recommend! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***
Smokin' Hot! Wow, does this book ever start out with a bang (pun intended). We first met Dan and Victor in the Point Shot Trilogy boxed set. I haven't read that series yet and I still enjoyed this story a lot. If you've read the Point Shot books I know you won't want to miss this one. This is a very hot story with lots of sexy time between Dan and Victor but there is also a nice amount of angst. Victor had a really rough childhood and that's impacting him big time in this book. His anxiety isn't helped any when two major events happen at nearly the same time. One is revealed in the blurb so I'm not giving anything away when I say that an old flame of Dan's joins the Cougars and Victor's jealousy gets out of control. The other event I won't disclose; you'll need to read the book. Like other books I've read by V. L. Locey this one had my emotions all over the place. Victor's situation is one that made my heart hurt for him. I love that Ms. Locey has made Victor a strong character and yet one who shows his emotions; albeit not always willingly. His therapist in the story is an angel to put up with all of the crappy personal digs he throws at her. This story is a great addition to the Cayuga Cougars; it kept my attention throughout and engaged all of my emotions. The first two books in this series are also great and, while it's not absolutely necessary to read them to enjoy Coach's Challenge, I strongly recommend them because they are such great stories. An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***