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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Augie is by far my favorite character from this series. Anyone who knows me must be aware of my penchant for oddbal ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
But I'll still be reading the next book in the series, Coach's Challenge.
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