Release Blitz ~ The Ballad of Crow Sparrow by V.L. Locey (Review + Giveaway)


Cover Design: Designs By Sloan

Length: 74,337

Sometimes a man’s biggest blunder can turn into his greatest triumph.

Orphaned at fourteen, Crow Poulin now has to hunt and trap the White Mountains of Arizona, as his father had taught him, all alone. It’s a lonely existence, until one morning, while checking his trap line, Crow finds more than a rabbit in a snare. He stumbles across the outlaw Jack Wittington lying half dead in the wilds. He takes the wanted man in, heals him, and in return for saving his life, the smooth-talking criminal invites Crow to join his family. Starved for human interaction and a father figure, Crow leaves the mountains behind for what he assumes will be a brighter future.

Six years pass. Crow is now a man, as well as a member of the Wittington Gang. He may be considered an outlaw, but his father’s morals are warring loudly with the lifestyle of his adopted family. When the gang decides to rob a train, Crow has no choice but to go along to keep a tight rein on the more bloodthirsty members. It doesn’t take long for the scheme to go horribly astray.

Instead of gold-filled coffers, the gang finds Spencer Haughton, son of cattle baron and railroad tycoon Woodford Haughton, cowering in the family’s opulent private car. The outlaws grab the sickly heir in hopes of ransoming him off. Things then go from bad to worse for them when the law rides down on the Wittington hideout and Crow is given Spencer to hide until the ransom is paid. The pretty young man is nothing at all like anyone Crow has ever met before. Delicate, refined, well-educated, and possessed of a singing voice to rival the songs of the birds in the trees, Crow slowly finds himself falling for the winsome rich boy. But can two such opposite souls find the love they’re both seeking in each other’s arms?

4 Stars!

I’m not really a fan of historical fiction but something about this particular story drew me to it. I wasn’t sure if V.L. Locey would be able to pull it off, she’s a great author and wonderful at what she does but I assumed this would be outside of her usual genre or themes. Luckily though, my fears were unfounded and she created a very believable and engaging story.

What I Loved: the vivid picture that was presented felt authentic and had me emotionally invested in the story and the characters. I experienced a myriad of emotions alongside Spencer and Crow as they navigated their lives and the circumstances they were thrown into. It was nearly impossible not to fall in love with them both.

What I Liked: there is so much to this and it makes this more than just your everyday romance story or some fluff.

What I Didn’t Like: While I was very much into it, there were some places I couldn’t help but feel as if they dragged. The pace was good overall but the few slow parts were in my opinion much too slow and it bordered on pulling me out of the story. I enjoy slow burn but I’m picky about how it’s done.

Overall, I have to say I really enjoyed The Ballad of Crow and Sparrow. If you are a historical romance aficionado this may be right up your alley. If you’re a fan of V.L. Locey, it’s cool to see she’s got chops for more than just great sports-themed stories.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not 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.

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