Length: 54,000 words approx
Cayuga Cougars Series
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?
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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, 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 flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey 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 hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
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Damn what a story! It's awesome to read a story where one of the main characters is HIV+ and the other is HIV- and they still become a couple where one doesn't treat the other differently.
To this day, despite all the advancements in science and education, there are still members of our society that shun HIV+ people. There are still those who are afraid to be friends with, let alone date, and HIV+ person. I am not one of those people. Why? Because I choose not to be.
That is why Open Net is such an awesome book. The main characters tackle the subject of HIV status disparity with common sense, tenderness and no pity whatsoever. They care for each other deeply. They love each other passionately. Taking all necessary precautions, they have an awesome sex life.
Open Net focuses on what CAN be done, not what CAN'T be done, and for this I applaud V.L. Locey. She did an incredible job and I hope to see more of Augie and Sal!
5 out of 5 stars and an absolute MUST READ recommendation.