Open Net (Cayuga Cougars, #2)
August Miles has the world on a string professionally. Augie, as his friends and teammates call the unassuming young goaltender, is on the fast track to the pros. The starting goalie for the Cayuga Cougars, he has a year or two in Cayuga to hone his skills and all his career dreams will have come true. Pity his personal life isn’t riding the same high. He’s the only one among his group of friends without that special someone to call his own. Until he meets Salvatore Castenada at a lakeside party. The attraction is white-hot and more than a little wonderfully overwhelming for the romantically inexperienced goalie. August quickly discovers that Sal is everything he’s dreamed of in a man: mature, settled, sinfully handsome, and filled with gentle humor. Sal is also HIV positive. Will Sal’s revelation about his status end this budding relationship before it can even begin? Or will the two men be able to handle the challenges life—and a championship run for the Cougars—throws at them?

Open Net (Cayuga Cougars, #2) Details

TitleOpen Net (Cayuga Cougars, #2)
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ReleaseAug 16th, 2017
PublisherV.L. Locey
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GenreRomance, M M Romance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

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Open Net (Cayuga Cougars, #2) Review

  • Kaje Harper
    January 1, 1970
    I want to really applaud the author for putting HIV into the conversation of the MCs in a realistic way (although I really missed a discussion of PrEP that I felt should have been in there.) Augie is a great character, the MCs are excellent together in both sweetness and heat - I actually wanted just a bit more doubt and conflict there, since there were some real potential issues between them. Not just age and experience gap, but the intensity of a pro athlete life, the health issues, family, fa I want to really applaud the author for putting HIV into the conversation of the MCs in a realistic way (although I really missed a discussion of PrEP that I felt should have been in there.) Augie is a great character, the MCs are excellent together in both sweetness and heat - I actually wanted just a bit more doubt and conflict there, since there were some real potential issues between them. Not just age and experience gap, but the intensity of a pro athlete life, the health issues, family, fans, etc. Things went off too smoothly for me, with each obstacle kind of rolling over and vanishing (other than Mario being an ass with a good heart - he really saved the book from being an upbeat text on dealing with long-term HIV in a relationship.) I would love for this to be the real world, but it felt more rosy than I could credit. At the same time, good information, good intent, and characters I really cared about. A reasonable amount of hockey action, some emotions, some heat. So it's a book I enjoyed, and I will pick up the next one.
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  • Anu
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 of the Cayuga Cougars series. This one centres around August Miles and his boyfriend Sal as they meet, fall in love and tackle some scary stuff together. Oh Augie, he was just so adorable. Young, inexperienced, shy and certainly not out, everything changes when he meets Salvatore Castenada. Sal is gorgeous, older and a lot more experienced in all things than Augie - also Sal is HIV positive. It's a whirlwind romance for our two heroes, and I loved it. As usual, the book was all in first p Book 2 of the Cayuga Cougars series. This one centres around August Miles and his boyfriend Sal as they meet, fall in love and tackle some scary stuff together. Oh Augie, he was just so adorable. Young, inexperienced, shy and certainly not out, everything changes when he meets Salvatore Castenada. Sal is gorgeous, older and a lot more experienced in all things than Augie - also Sal is HIV positive. It's a whirlwind romance for our two heroes, and I loved it. As usual, the book was all in first person and we get an insight to all that's going on inside Augie's head. Sal's HIV was present everywhere, but not intrusively - as it would in real life too, well done on that point. Plenty of drama and dramatics here but the basis of it is that Augie is a sweet boy who deserves all the love.
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  • Cee Brown
    January 1, 1970
    ✫ღ•。*°•💧💦5-star Review💧✰✰.•°*✫★I am always touched and humbled when a book brings me to my knees. As a medical profession, this one made me proud. As a reader, I am in awe. And as someone touched by HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, I am more than happy to say, well done V.L. Locey, well done. It was touch and go for a while there, but I loved how you intergrated more than just public education into this story. You made it real and personal. If all our sero-pos clients can be like Sal, I would be forev ✫ღ˚•。*°•💧💦5-star Review💧✰✰¸.•°*✫★I am always touched and humbled when a book brings me to my knees. As a medical profession, this one made me proud. As a reader, I am in awe. And as someone touched by HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, I am more than happy to say, well done V.L. Locey, well done. It was touch and go for a while there, but I loved how you intergrated more than just public education into this story. You made it real and personal. If all our sero-pos clients can be like Sal, I would be forever grateful. And if persons can just gain knowledge and share information and just EDUCATE, that would help one more person. Ok, enough with the public service announcement, now onto what you came here for: the review.I LOVED August. Somewhat shy, twenty two years old and as he puts it...a semi-virgin. OK, I am still cracking up over that one. Augie was goalie for the Cougars, but once he was in the game, he knew just what he wanted. And the Latino man named Sal, 37, had game written all over it. I enjoyed the camaraderie between the team members, but I enjoyed watching Sal and August fall in love. Sal was a straight up sharp shooter but he was humbled by his sexual awareness. He did not let HIV keep him down. He was honest to a fault and he made sure August understood all of the issues that would be between them. Mario, psuedo father to August and main character of book one, Snap Shot was like the most real. He let his anger and his fear show, but he was man enough to say sorry. Some stories stay with you for a season, this one will stay with me for a long, long time. I will go out on a limb and encourage people to add this to their read list. Keep an open mind and then make a promise to get educated. It's not as scary as we think.
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  • Chris, the Dalek King
    January 1, 1970
    I kinda have a bad habit of not reading blurbs when I am reviewing later books in a series I’ve already reviewed. I knew this was about Augie–one of my favorite characters from the first book–and I knew that it was about hockey, so I was content with whatever else I was given. And while sometimes that bad habit does come back to bite me, I think I lucked out quite a bit on this one.Augie is by far my favorite character from this series. Anyone who knows me must be aware of my penchant for oddbal I kinda have a bad habit of not reading blurbs when I am reviewing later books in a series I’ve already reviewed. I knew this was about Augie–one of my favorite characters from the first book–and I knew that it was about hockey, so I was content with whatever else I was given. And while sometimes that bad habit does come back to bite me, I think I lucked out quite a bit on this one.Augie is by far my favorite character from this series. Anyone who knows me must be aware of my penchant for oddball goalies (or, as their more commonly known: goalies). By the first page I was so totally in love with him that it could have been 200 pages of him being just his crazy self and I probably would have been happy. And then he runs into Sal at a graduation party for a friend…and, well, hello there, hot stuff! Sal may be a bit older than Augie (which Mario, doing a rather good impression of a jackass for the majority of this book, is not hesitant to point out), and certainly more experienced, but these two click like no one’s business. Their interactions at the party had enough sizzle to power the grill for a week at least. Not that them getting together is easy, or anything (especially with Mario McJudgeyface), but they have a simple yet heartfelt connection from the moment they meet to the moment the books ends. It made the story very readable.One of the things that not reading the blurb did though, much to the stories credit I think, is that I had no clue that Sal was HIV positive going into this. So when the reveal came along, I was genuinely shocked. I really liked that. I also found Augie’s reaction to be rather realistic. He didn’t shun Sal, but I honestly think taking some time to think about the consequences–both bad and good–of dating someone seropositive was the adult thing to do.I honestly can’t think of anything bad to say about this story. I did think that some of the conversations about HIV felt a tad bit like Things You Need to Know About HIV! in structure, but it didn’t get too distracting. And while I don’t think it is the book of the year, it was very well written, entertaining, and had some great characters. There is not a whole lot here that is new, but I wasn’t expecting there to be. It is just a really good story and one I recommend.This book was provided free in exchange for a fair and honest review for Love Bytes. Go there to check out other reviews, author interviews, and all those awesome giveaways. Click below.
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  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars Augie meets Sal at a mutual friends' party, but Augie is deep in the closet. Sal isn't deterred and asks Augie over for dinner. The two click right away, but the deck is stacked against them, besides Augie being in the closet, they are also faced with the fact that Sal is older. This doesn't bother Augie, but his best-friend Mario has a huge problem with it and he isn't shy about letting it be known. Mario finally starts to warm up to the idea of Sal and Augie as a couple, until at dinne 4 Stars Augie meets Sal at a mutual friends' party, but Augie is deep in the closet. Sal isn't deterred and asks Augie over for dinner. The two click right away, but the deck is stacked against them, besides Augie being in the closet, they are also faced with the fact that Sal is older. This doesn't bother Augie, but his best-friend Mario has a huge problem with it and he isn't shy about letting it be known. Mario finally starts to warm up to the idea of Sal and Augie as a couple, until at dinner with friends he discovers Sal is HIV positive, something Augie is aware of, but has tried to keep his bestie from discovering. This puts the final nail in the coffin for Mario. I usually don't mention secondary characters that often in a review, but Mario was such a huge thorn in my side. I wanted to strangle him for meddling. There is a difference between caring and trying to protect someone you love and making a freaking nuisance of yourself. Mario may have thought that he meddled out of love, but I thought he was just being an ass and I wanted to throat punch him!!I loved Augie and Sal, their relationship and feelings for one another move at lightning speed, making the story very instalove, but it worked for the most part. Augie and Sal were sweet together and the love they felt for each other practically comes off the pages at you. I thought the author handled Sal's HIV status well, Sal is cautious and the issue is there, but it doesn't take over their relationship. I loved that Augie educated himself, but didn't let it stop him from acting on his feelings for Sal.This was a really sweet and easy read. The road to Augie and Sal's HEA is littered with Mario size bumps, but their journey is worth it. This story had some angst, but most of it is from outside sources *cough* Mario *cough*, but mostly the story was sweet, sexy and filled with acceptance, family and love. Speaking of love, I LOVED getting to revisit Victor and Dan and can't wait to see what Ms. Locey has in store for us next! Very enjoyable and highly recommended!! *copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Lulu Forth
    January 1, 1970
    'We fit like jigsaw puzzle pieces, tight and perfectly aligned.'This is a nice, sweet, easy read with the added bonus of hockey players! Book 2 in this series but can easily be read as a standalone. “Looking at you makes me wonder how I survived before you entered my life,”This is the story of Sal and August. August is a hockey player rookie in the AHL, he's so sweet and kind and loveable and I just adored him.Sal is a hospital orderly and HIV positive. He's so honest and sweet and a really like 'We fit like jigsaw puzzle pieces, tight and perfectly aligned.'This is a nice, sweet, easy read with the added bonus of hockey players! Book 2 in this series but can easily be read as a standalone. “Looking at you makes me wonder how I survived before you entered my life,”This is the story of Sal and August. August is a hockey player rookie in the AHL, he's so sweet and kind and loveable and I just adored him.Sal is a hospital orderly and HIV positive. He's so honest and sweet and a really likeable MC. They meet at a party and decide to meet up for a date. Sal is open and honest from the beginning that he is HIV positive and that he is not prepared to take any risks that compromise August's health. This was all very well written and whilst the seriousness of the disease was made clear it was not over done or dramatised. "I think I should be jealous of hockey.” I blushed just a little, then placed a kiss on the back of his bruised hand. “You’re number one, always.”What I disliked about this book was the Insta love. Arrghhh I HATE Insta love. Its a testament to how loveable these charcters and the overall story was that I stuck with it but I'm glad I did. Secondary characters were gray in this book. Well developed and added a lot to the overall story. There's plenty of characters from the authors other books but they are well introduced and I didn't feel like I needed to have read their books to understand their role in this story. Overall a sweet, easy read but as I said can't cope with Insta love and I feel it would have had more depth to it had they got to know each other a little slower and explored their feelings over time. Just a personal preference I guess! Reviewed by Lulu from Alpha Book Club
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  • Ruthie Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend that you read Snap Shot first, although it is not essential - there we got Mario and Lila's story, but met many of the other team members including Augie. Although this is a sports romance, and does have the issues of the Cougar hockey team as a feature, the core of the story centres firmly around Augie and Sal, their romance, and their issues. Just as Snap Sho ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the second book in the series, and I would recommend that you read Snap Shot first, although it is not essential - there we got Mario and Lila's story, but met many of the other team members including Augie. Although this is a sports romance, and does have the issues of the Cougar hockey team as a feature, the core of the story centres firmly around Augie and Sal, their romance, and their issues. Just as Snap Shot gave the reader an insight into issues of transgender, Open Net focusses on Sal's HIV status and how it affects his relationship with Augie, and both their relationships with Augie's friends and family. We are reminded of the mistaken preconceptions that are so easy to form, and of the disappointments when close friends behave in a way which hurts. As Augie opens up about his nature, and introduces his new love to those that mean the most to him, the results are at times unexpected, and unwanted, but at others affirmatory and welcome. A more thoughtful book than I was first expecting, but as I thought back to the impact Snap Shot had on me, I knew I shouldn't have been surprised; Ms Locey is good at getting to the heart of the matter.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sweet romance between a young hockey player and an older man. Augie is very young and his inexperience makes him feel younger. I suspect that this is a more accurate portrayal of a young professional athlete than most. Augie’s world is hockey and he’s pretty sheltered and naive beyond his sport. The innocence rolling off of Augie had me just as protective of him as his friends are. I’m not sure I ever liked the idea o I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sweet romance between a young hockey player and an older man. Augie is very young and his inexperience makes him feel younger. I suspect that this is a more accurate portrayal of a young professional athlete than most. Augie’s world is hockey and he’s pretty sheltered and naive beyond his sport. The innocence rolling off of Augie had me just as protective of him as his friends are. I’m not sure I ever liked the idea of a 37 year old HIV positive man for Augie - but I did eventually warm to the relationship and I did come to like Salvatore. Sal is unusually ordinary for a leading man in a romance novel. He’s attractive and charming but he is also a hospital orderly without grandiose dreams or ambitions. Augie and the other characters acknowledged my many reservations about Sal but as I came to care for him I wondered if he didn’t have more to lose in his unlikely relationship with a beautiful young athlete just poking his head out of the closet.I don’t often get quite so reflective about characters or so emotionally involved in their decisions. These two felt very real to me and I found myself completely invested in their relationship. More objectively, this is very much an instalove story without much action that moves quite slowly. There isn’t as much hockey in this story as I usually want from a sports romance. haven’t read earlier books so I struggled with characters the author expected readers to know. But there is something special about the way Augie and Sal both come to life in this story.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Augie’s story! From Mario and Lila’s book, Snap Shot, we got a little glimpse of August Miles. New goalie to the Cougars, shy, not out and so sweet. Written in first person point of view by Augie, we get an idea of how much he wants his personal life to match the shining loveliness of his hockey life. Augie is young, 22 years old. He knows who he is but so far hasn’t been able to be that person in public. Only Mario knows the true Augie and looks at him as a son (and Mario only knows because Aug Augie’s story! From Mario and Lila’s book, Snap Shot, we got a little glimpse of August Miles. New goalie to the Cougars, shy, not out and so sweet. Written in first person point of view by Augie, we get an idea of how much he wants his personal life to match the shining loveliness of his hockey life. Augie is young, 22 years old. He knows who he is but so far hasn’t been able to be that person in public. Only Mario knows the true Augie and looks at him as a son (and Mario only knows because Augie was crushing on him!). He’s sort of wistful, Augie. “I liked Lila. She was so at peace with herself and her identity. I envied her. Hell, I envied all the Cougars who could be themselves in public.” He meets Sal, a 37-year-old coworker of Heather, at a party and sparks fly. While the two of them are getting to know each other, Sal is also letting Augie know that he has HIV. Sal is so upfront and honest about it, while being so vulnerable it was heartbreaking. “I would totally get it if you walked out and didn’t come back. Most guys do, and I get it, I really do.” Sal is afraid of what Augie will face when people know he’s with a much older man, let alone one with HIV. I loved that Augie didn’t say, “no biggie, into bed we go.” No, he was responsible, researching, talking to Heather (as a medical professional) and doing a ton of research on HIV. When he makes his decision, it was an informed decision. This installment of the Cayuga Cougars has a more serious overtone than the usual V.L. Locey hockey stories due to Sal’s HIV status. I thought the response by Mario was real (jerky, sure, but he’s so protective of his Augie). I appreciated that Sal’s HIV status was important but it wasn’t everything about him. It never felt preachy or judgmental but felt real. There was real fear when Sal gets sick and real concern about thinking about a relationship. That made sense to me, especially with it being August, who does think things through. It’s not all serious, of course. We get the Cougars, who are down and dirty. Speaking of dirty, we get some mud sex. Augie in a kilt. In other words, life beyond the HIV. I really enjoyed this story, Sal and August working together to find a way that is best for them. Protective friends stepping up, especially Heather for Sal – that girl is amazing. We get to see Viktor and Dan, also, which was a bonus. I admit I was worried about who Augie would end up with after Snap Shot, because he’s just so lovely. I wanted someone worthy and I’m so happy that’s who he got. Reviewed for Hearts On Fire Reviews
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  • Carra
    January 1, 1970
    Just looking at the sensual cover of this book had me wanting to read it, let alone knowing it was Augie’s story. I found August Miles such a sweet and unassuming character in Snap Shot, and I was so happy to find out the second book of this series was his story. The fact that this is an age gap story was another draw for me.For one so young, Augie actually has a pretty good head on his shoulders and is a man who knows what he wants. His youth does shine through in the innocence he projects, som Just looking at the sensual cover of this book had me wanting to read it, let alone knowing it was Augie’s story. I found August Miles such a sweet and unassuming character in Snap Shot, and I was so happy to find out the second book of this series was his story. The fact that this is an age gap story was another draw for me.For one so young, Augie actually has a pretty good head on his shoulders and is a man who knows what he wants. His youth does shine through in the innocence he projects, something that makes his friend Mario a bit overprotective of him—much to Augie’s continual dismay. I really liked Augie, he’s become my favorite character of this author’s.Sal is a wonderful character, he’s well aware of the challenges of him being HIV positive and how it affects any relationship he wants to have. I liked how protective he was of Augie, his insistence upon keeping Augie safe for them to be together. The way their relationship blossoms feels natural, even if to others it may seem fast. To me, the two of them came across as a perfect fit for each other.There were a few things that bugged me, mostly Mario’s attitude toward Augie dating Sal, and how he would continually push Augie to keep playing the field. The way that Sal brought up his status with Augie’s friends was also another thing I wasn’t happy about. But those things aside, I loved Augie and Sal’s relationship…you could really feel the love between them.Open Net was a 4-star read for me, and I’m looking forward to more in this series! This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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  • LeeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    The cover of this book shows exactly what this book is about. Two men who love and cherish each other through good and bad times. The softness you see in their faces is what you feel when reading their story.Sal is a gorgeous older man, living with something that happened to him when he was just a young man. One drunken night, changed his life forever in one sense but didn't change who is is at his core....a wonderfully loving and nurturing man. He is also extremely hot. Augie is a younger man, The cover of this book shows exactly what this book is about. Two men who love and cherish each other through good and bad times. The softness you see in their faces is what you feel when reading their story.Sal is a gorgeous older man, living with something that happened to him when he was just a young man. One drunken night, changed his life forever in one sense but didn't change who is is at his core....a wonderfully loving and nurturing man. He is also extremely hot. Augie is a younger man, who knows who he is but is afraid of what his parents reaction will be to his truth. He is more than willing to let everyone know his secret for the love of Sal. Augie is also very hot. Both these men know that what they have is special and wonderful and well worth fighting for. I fell in love with both immediately. The fact that we get to see some of the great characters from the previous books connected to this is the icing on the cake. Yes there is amazing love making in this story but right away you realize just how much these men care for one another.There are a few surprises in this book but I will leave them for you to discover.Great story and in my opinion, a must read...if you like hot men, love, some problems, strength to get past them and hockey.
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  • Cathy Brockman
    January 1, 1970
    Once again V.L. Locey has knocked another one out of the ballpark or should I say into the net! I simply love how V.L. isn't afraid to approach touchy social issues. This one, in particular, being HIV.August Miles is a charming character that is closeted, though he wonders why since there are players on his team openly gay. He meets Sal at a graduation party for Heather, the baby momma to Victor one of Augie's teammates.Sal is a transportation orderly at the hospital and a close friend of Heathe Once again V.L. Locey has knocked another one out of the ballpark or should I say into the net! I simply love how V.L. isn't afraid to approach touchy social issues. This one, in particular, being HIV.August Miles is a charming character that is closeted, though he wonders why since there are players on his team openly gay. He meets Sal at a graduation party for Heather, the baby momma to Victor one of Augie's teammates.Sal is a transportation orderly at the hospital and a close friend of Heather's. Sal and Augie hit it off right away and their romance develops quickly but will Sal's secret be too much for Augie?As usual, all of the characters are well-developed, charming, quirky and fun. We get another look at Vic and Dan and also Mario and Lila. The topic as I mentioned is dealing with an HIV positive lover and I learned a lot. I didn't want to put this book down once I started!If you like interesting characters, Hockey players, Orderlies, a sweet romance with a touchy subject, coming out a spicy romance with some hot man-sex you will like this. If you are not a sports fan don't let that stop you. The hockey does not overpower the story and does add flavor!
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  • Patti Correa
    January 1, 1970
    What a great story. August is the shy new boy on the team, at 22 years old, he is inexperienced and hasn’t really dome out of the ‘closet’ yet. He has shown interest in only one person, Mario, but Mario is totally in love with Lila. Although, Mario has taken Augie under his wing and kind of treats him like a son, he is very protective of him.When he finds out that Sal is sniffing around Augie, Mario is not too happy. But, Augie takes a stand and goes about ‘his’ business. As the story goes on, t What a great story. August is the shy new boy on the team, at 22 years old, he is inexperienced and hasn’t really dome out of the ‘closet’ yet. He has shown interest in only one person, Mario, but Mario is totally in love with Lila. Although, Mario has taken Augie under his wing and kind of treats him like a son, he is very protective of him.When he finds out that Sal is sniffing around Augie, Mario is not too happy. But, Augie takes a stand and goes about ‘his’ business. As the story goes on, things happen to darken the relationship between Mario and Augie. Sal is older and more experienced in life than Augie. He also has his own demons that he is dealing with and that causes problems for the whole lot of them.Love this story of Love is Love, doesn’t matter who you fall for, when you fall you fall hard! I really like how we see all of the other players in this book. Cannot wait for book 3!
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  • Jaimed
    January 1, 1970
    August is really open and caring for a 22 year old male. He is smart in regards to taking time and figuring out what he wants in life and if he is able to be with Sal once he has all the information about him. Sal is honest and doesn't hide the fact that he is HIV positive. He is easy going and doesn't mess around when it comes to his health or to Augie's.The story is nice and has a lot of emotions running through it. August and Sal connect really well and just fall into a relationship early on. August is really open and caring for a 22 year old male. He is smart in regards to taking time and figuring out what he wants in life and if he is able to be with Sal once he has all the information about him. Sal is honest and doesn't hide the fact that he is HIV positive. He is easy going and doesn't mess around when it comes to his health or to Augie's.The story is nice and has a lot of emotions running through it. August and Sal connect really well and just fall into a relationship early on. Mark doesn't like them together so he puts up a fight which causes tensions between him and Aug.I liked the story, even though I think a little more could have been done with it. This is the second book in the series and while it would help you learn more about the other characters, it isn't necessary to read the first book.
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  • Emily Seelye
    January 1, 1970
    Though this did not wow! me, I really enjoyed it. In the previous book, Augie had a crush on Mario, and so far he's the only one who knows he's gay. Sal is an orderly who is friends with Heather, Victor's baby mama. They meet at her college graduation and hit it off. They start a relationship after Sal admits to being HIV+ and gives Augie time to think about if he's still interested. The bulk of the book is them getting to know each other better and introducing Sal to friends and eventually each Though this did not wow! me, I really enjoyed it. In the previous book, Augie had a crush on Mario, and so far he's the only one who knows he's gay. Sal is an orderly who is friends with Heather, Victor's baby mama. They meet at her college graduation and hit it off. They start a relationship after Sal admits to being HIV+ and gives Augie time to think about if he's still interested. The bulk of the book is them getting to know each other better and introducing Sal to friends and eventually each other's families. Of everyone, Mario has the toughest time accepting Sal, but when Sal has a health scare, he's there for Augie and he sees how serious the two are for each other, and he comes around.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I was excited to read this book since I love hockey romances. I like how it was told from just August's POV. It was interesting to get his perspective as a hockey player who is coming to grips with his sexuality and then coming out. While it was easy to see how August and Sal worked as a couple, I was disappointed that more of their relationship, especially at the very beginning, was skipped over. I wanted to see more about how they developed the love they felt for each other, especially because I was excited to read this book since I love hockey romances. I like how it was told from just August's POV. It was interesting to get his perspective as a hockey player who is coming to grips with his sexuality and then coming out. While it was easy to see how August and Sal worked as a couple, I was disappointed that more of their relationship, especially at the very beginning, was skipped over. I wanted to see more about how they developed the love they felt for each other, especially because everything happened so quickly. I feel like there also could have been more story development overall.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    So many feelings about this one. This is the story of August Miles, Augie to his fellow Cayuga Cougars and Sal Casteneda, an older smoking hot orderly. They meet at a party, and off goes the romance. The only hiccup in this express romance is that Sal is HIV positive. The good feels of this story felt interrupted by the education on HIV. While I appreciate the info, it really felt encyclopediaish. Despite this, it was an enjoyable read, with lots of tender and hot moments. This book should not b So many feelings about this one. This is the story of August Miles, Augie to his fellow Cayuga Cougars and Sal Casteneda, an older smoking hot orderly. They meet at a party, and off goes the romance. The only hiccup in this express romance is that Sal is HIV positive. The good feels of this story felt interrupted by the education on HIV. While I appreciate the info, it really felt encyclopediaish. Despite this, it was an enjoyable read, with lots of tender and hot moments. This book should not be read as a stand alone.
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  • Tammy Deighan
    January 1, 1970
    I felt that the Author did a good job talking about a situation that is becoming a big topic in today's world. Coming out is a tough thing to do and I felt the book tells a good story.
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