New Release Review ~ Safflower (A Tales of Bryant Novella #3) by V.L. Locey

Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Length: 45,000 words approx.
Tales of Bryant Series
Book #1 – Tales Of Bryant – Buy Links
Book #2 – Nine Small Sips – Buy Links
Novella #1 – Fade In – Buy Links
Novella #2 – Reserved – Buy Links

Two men are about to discover that dreams really do come true if you have love as your main ingredient.

People say Luis Duton has been incredibly lucky. Luis says that as well, but something’s been missing from his life. Even though he holds a glamorous position as cook/housekeeper/confidant for famed movie producer Caiden Dell, he dreams of attending culinary school. When he finally works up the courage to apply to one of the most prestigious institutes in all of Manhattan, he’s shocked when his application is approved. Overjoyed at first, he soon discovers that the heat is on big time as he battles with his insecurities along with one of his instructors.

With his dream about to go up in smoke, he goes to see a Broadway play to lose himself for a few hours. There he buys a box of candy from another young man with a dream: Fraser Wayne. Fraser’s passion is the theater, but his goal seems as far away as Luis’ at the moment. Drawn to the man’s devotion to his ambitions as well as the beauty of his smile, Luis soon finds himself caught up in a love affair ten times hotter than any kitchen.

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4 Stars

I’m beginning to get into a terrible habit of reading series out of order. One day I will stop doing that. Today wasn’t that day, though. This is book five in the Tales of Bryant series. It wasn’t too hard to read as a stand alone,  it I can see where you’d benefit from reading it in order. From what I gathered, this is not the first time we meet Luis, and some of the characters we meet, in this story, have their own stories told in previous books.

This was a sweet love story, but it’s not angst free. I loved Luis and Fraser as a couple. I enjoy instant connections, of various levels. I felt bad for Luis and what he had to deal with in culinary school. I hate that it’s still a thing, in books and in real life. Ignorance is disgusting.  Bullies are disgusting, and for adults to be bullies is pathetic, in my opinion. It gets me fired up. Unfortunately, it’s a real issue.

This was a well written story. The characters, minus the idiots, were all likable. They were all well written, though, including the idiots. I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by V.L. Locey, whether it’s individually authored or coauthored. She has a lot of talent, and I’m excited to see what she has in store next!

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

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.