Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love #1)
Title: Lost in Indigo (Colors of Love Book 1)
Author: V.L. Locey
Release Date: July 10, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 233
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Read book blurb here
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 read this book as an ARC, 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.