Lost in Indigo (CrabbyPatty’s Review)


Title: Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1)
Author: V.L. Locey
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 233
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Mathieu Beresford was so close to seeing his dream come true.

The thirty-eight-year-old captain of the Buffalo Surge had led his team to the final round of the playoffs with his aggressive defensive play and leadership. During the first game of the championship series, he was taken down, and his leg snapped upon impact with the boards. From his hospital bed, Mathieu watched his team go on to win it all.

Adrift in anger, resentment, and the new direction of his life, he returns to his mansion along the St. Lawrence River. Alone and sulking, Mathieu is not prepared for Indigo Neu to enter his life. The genderflux twenty-year-old botany major signs on to play nursemaid, confidant, and groundskeeper over the summer and slowly leads Mathieu out of his confusion––one tender smile and touch at a time.

The deeper Mathieu falls, the more he wonders if being lost might not be so bad after all.


Color me somewhat conflicted about this first book in V.L. Locey’s new “Colors of Love” series. On one hand, I love the premise – Mat is a hot older hockey player who falls madly in lust / love with genderflux Indigo, a college student. Afer Mat badly injures his leg during a playoff game, he decides to spend the summer at his off-season home on one of The Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River. Indigo (“Born the year [Mat] played [his] rookie season with the Surge”) is the caretaker’s son and is hired to spend the summer as Mat’s gardener / nursemaid.

Mat is completely blindsided by Indigo and although he wishes he could “….grow a pair and be honest. With yourself and those around you” about the feelings that Indigo arouses in him, Mat has a lifetime of experience in hiding “so deep in the closet I’m finding Christmas presents.” Their relationship is intense and very sexually charged, but outside of the bedroom difficulties arise.

While I adore contemporary hockey M/M romance, I do not admire Mat and his inability to deal with reality. He’s 38 and hasn’t made any future plans other than playing hockey forever, if possible. He’s unwilling to deal with the strong possibility that his leg will not heal enough to return to hockey, he’s unwilling to even consider coming out while he’s playing, he’s willing to shove Indigo away and bring out his beard (longtime friend Fran) to stifle any rumors, and while he is supposedly an LGBTQ rights supporter in the hockey world, he allows his agent, friends and teammates to spew homophobic language without saying anything. We get a HEA eventually, yet Mat never deals on-page in any meaningful way with the public at large.

I like many things about “Lost in Indigo” – the premise of the love story between Mat and Indigo, the rich hockey background V.L. Locey brings, the way Indigo lives his life out and proud and genderflux as f@ck, the island setting on the St. Lawrence. But Mat is not a worthy partner for Indigo and personally I find it difficult to embrace his personality. And on a side note, I think Nurse Ratched, oops Nurse Rampette, is a strange and unsettling character. Finally, I don’t generally include the “Editing” rating because most of what I read is in ARC format, but there were spelling errors and missing words here and there.

I’m giving “Lost in Indigo” 3.5 stars and look forward to reading the next book in the series – “Touch of a Yellow Sun” – because V.L. Locey generally does hockey-based romance so well.

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Galley copy of Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1) provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

Author

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader
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