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Open Net

(Cayuga Cougars #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  138 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
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 am
ebook, 200 pages
Published August 16th 2017 by V.L. Locey
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Shelby Burk I read this as so and would say, yes. Though I do believe book one covers another couple mentioned in the book.

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Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute romance carrying an important message

This was really sweet age gap romance focusing on the wonderfully clueless goalie August and the older hospital orderly Sal.

That Sal was HIV positive was addressed in both an educational and sensitive way, and it addressed a lot of the myths and misconceptions about living with this status.

I loved how both men talked through their fears and their expectations for each other, although Augie needed a bit of a kick up the bum for the way he dealt with takin
Kaje Harper
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, m-m
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
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 not as smooth

Having a Poz character can be challenging I think, since authors want to educate without being preachy and show the realities of living with the threat without dragging the book’s tone down too far. The subject was presented well here, with the exception of not mentioning PrEP. Sal was shown to be adamant about protection even with oral sex and I didn’t enjoy seeing that level of fear about his condition. I wouldn’t want it not taken seriously but it wasn’t quite balanced enough
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Cee Brown
✫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
Chris, the Dalek King
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
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
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
Lulu Forth
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
'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

Ruthie Taylor
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
3.5 Stars. Augie is super sweet and Sal is super hot. This makes for a lovely little hockey romance that deals with having a partner that is HIV Positive and coming out.

It is great to see a circle of friends as close as Augie has and I love all the hockey details and especially how quirky Augie is like most goalies.

We could have had more character development and back story for Sal and less insta love but it was a nice way to spend a afternoon.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Augie and Sal's story!

Open Net is book 2 in the Cayuga Cougars series. We met August (Augie) Miles in the first book, Snap Shot. As the starting goalie, Augie is one of the newer members of the Cougars hockey team. He's only recently admitted to himself that he's gay and that he wants a real relationship like the ones that a few of his teammates enjoy. This story is told in first person POV, from Augie's perspective.

Augie meets Salvatore (Sal) Castenada at a party and they hit it off but
Cathy Brockman
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
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Little Augie! How darn adorable did he come across in book 1, Snap Shot. Suffering from hero worship, crushing on his team mate Mario (who wouldn’t?) he was stumbling and finding his way and I hoped to hell he got his own story.

I knew this wouldn’t be an easy story reading the blurb, and also after reading the Point Shot series and the first book in the series, I knew the author would have some real talk and real problems for poor little August before he finds any happiness. It’s one of the many
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca Austin
Oct 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-kylie-s
August Miles is 22 years old and the goalie for the Cayuga Cougars. He is looking for that special someone in his life but hasn't quite come out of the closet yet. When he meets Salvatore Castenada, 37, at a party he thinks his life is about to change for the better.

But Salvatore has HIV and August must decide if love is worth the risk. But he also has to keep his mind on his hockey game as his team tries to make a run for the playoffs for the first time. Will the pressures be too much for Augus
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

For the full review visit on 1/22

From that review: " The second in the Cayuga Cougars series, Open Net is a marvelous joining of hockey and romance by V.L. Locey.  This author is amazing at this love/hockey combo because of her in depth knowledge and love for the game which flows through her narrative like a hockey puck on ice.  Here the hockey player who falls in love is a goalie, that special quirky t
Patti Correa
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Emily Seelye
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Shelby Burk
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely 100% loved August and Sal! I, also, loved that V. L. Locey incorporated a very real disease and the struggles that come with it. I'm not one to tell the story in my review, but being the 'bystander' in this relationship was amazing! The feelings between Auggie and Sal are truly palpable and well hot as hell in many instances. They have such spectacular chemistry that imagining them not together would be a travesty! V.L., you have a new reader for life! Thank you for an book and brin ...more
Lea Setegn
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a little different read for me, but it was enjoyable. The relationship between August & Sal was sweet with a lot of passion. I was happy with how the author wrote about Sal's disorder and how the couple was responsible in handling it. I liked reading about the other hockey players' relationships and how they were a family and (mostly) had each others' backs on and off the rink. I felt that the ending seemed a little abrupt, however. Looking forward to reading more.
Deirdre Stokes
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice story about August trying to keep being gay a secret but like every story love always makes you come out of your shell and experience new things. As August explores his new friendship with Sal and play hockey. You see his struggles and his friends be there for him. I liked this book and August who the author did a good job on building up this character for this book.
Tammy Deighan
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really like Auggie and Sal. Auggie changed a lot from that quiet and shy kid that followed Mario around. I enjoyed their story. However, what I didn't enjoy is Mario's attitude about their relationship, especially once he found out about Sal's HIV status. Somehow it didn't jive with what he was like in previous books. Their resolution at the end seemed a little forced and contrived to me.

But I'll still be reading the next book in the series, Coach's Challenge.
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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, Dr. Who, Torchwood, belly laughs, yoga, reading and writing lusty tales, walking, 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, two Jersey steers, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day

Other books in the series

Cayuga Cougars (4 books)
  • Snap Shot (Cayuga Cougars, #1)
  • Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars, #3)
  • Overtime (Cayuga Cougars #4)