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One on One

(Cayuga Cougars #5)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The past few years have been a bit chaotic for Cougars new associate coach, Lancaster Hart. After an amiable divorce he began living his life as the gay man he’d kept closeted for far too long. With the recent move to Cayuga, he’s away from his support system and properly made sweet tea. Despite a roster filled with new friends and associates, he’s spending his nights alon ...more
Kindle Edition, 182 pages
Published January 14th 2019
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vicki signs off this wonderfully diverse ice hockey series with a gentle paced romance for assistant coach Lancaster and musician and mayoral aide Townsend.

It's super sweet, focused as it is on a man who has only come out later in life, having lived the traditional closeted married and had kids experience so many go through.

I loved Lan's ex wife and his twin kids, there was no drama in their relationship, just acceptance and continuing support and it was great to read.

And his relationship with T
Kaje Harper
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reread, light, m-m
I have really enjoyed this series (and went back and reread the others after this one.) This is a lighter, warmer story with less angst and less challenge and conflict than the others. It's a sweet story about a gay man who was in a long marriage to a woman who was his best friend but the wrong gender to interest him in bed. They have kids, who are now grown, and he finally got up the nerve to come out and get a divorce two years ago. As the son of a Southern preacher, and having been a hockey p ...more
This is a pretty sweet sendoff for the Cayuga Cougars. I really enjoyed Lancaster’s rather old-fashioned, mild-mannered, Southern character. He developed beautifully, going from a reserved, sort of goody two-shoes to showing the steel underneath that made him a hockey player and coach. His relationship with Townsend was slow and smooth, as meeting him allows Lan to achieve complete peace with himself as a gay man. I have to say, I’ve absolutely been spoiled by Victor Kalinski for all other Couga ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tag-arc, tag-reviewed
I recently came across Stephen King's concept of "the Ideal Reader — the person you are writing for. It can be someone you actually know...but more often it’s an idealized person, representative of your target audience." On that basis, this is what I'm going to guess about V.L. Locey's Ideal Reader.

She's almost certainly married/in a long term relationship: Town and Lan meet in Chapter 3, and it's monogamy at first sight. Here are their first words to each other:
I found myself looking into deep
Emily Seelye
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hockey, m-m, sports
This is the last book in the series and it’s a good one.

There’s Lan, who’s been closeted all his life, but at 41 is finally ready to live life authentically; and Townsend a mayoral aide who happens to sing and play guitar in a local blues band.

I love that they actually go on dates and take things slow. Town, 11 years younger, let’s him set the pace, and never pressured Lan to do things he wasn’t ready for.

Lancaster’s family (ex wife and twins) and most of the team are very supportive of him.
Cee Brown
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
(.• (.•`ღThe end of an era?

So this story focused quite a bit on the hockey aspect of things, given Lancaster's coaching and all. It also light-heartedly perused the romance that blossomed between Lancaster and occasional singer, Townsend Harris. Quick to love, slow burning yet sweet, I found myself savoring this book as it was the one that ended the series and tied it all together.

The premise was good and the author was able to lay it out so that the reader was able to understand wh
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me start off by saying, I dearly love this series, every single couple, their families and all the players are written so amazingly well, you really feel like you are part of the story!! Assistant coach Lancaster Hart, divorced and living his true identity as a gay man. He has a lot of support from his ex-wife and college age twins. Now if he could just find the man who would be the one. When he does meet Townsend Harris, he is absolutely blown away, not only by his looks but his voice when ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we have Lancaster and Townsend’s story in book 5 of the Cayuga Cougar series. I got such a warm feeling reading this one, the way that they came together just seemed so natural and sweet; nothing was forced, and I adored Townsend’s patience and quiet support as Lancaster found his footing in the relationship as it was still all relatively new to him – forty-one years old and been married with children before being brave enough to tentatively test the waters with another man. He and Town jus ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review to follow on release.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-books
This book....

So I did like this book, however it took me a really long time to read and was my least favorite of the series, though the 4-star rating tells you how much I loved all the books in this series. I kept putting it down and having to come back to it, reading just a little at a time. The way it was written worked well overall and I know most people will thoroughly enjoy this book, but some of the conversations and interactions the main characters had were so odd to me, and their manneri
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the fifth book in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order, but this is also a lovely romance which could stand alone.

Lancaster (Lan) is finally living - or starting the journey to living - as the gay man he always knew he was. Sadly his intolerant father and childhood in Georgia did not let that flourish and he married and had twins. Now he is divorced and having joined the coaching team of
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

I liked a lot of things about this story. Lan’s southern charm and his bravery when it comes to his sexuality and romance are at the top of the list. I liked Town’s love of music and his understanding at Lan’s lack of experience with me. I liked that these men really enjoy each other’s company and simple things in life. I liked various hockey players and a coach giving Lan advice about his sexuality. I like that Lan’s kids a
Lillian Francis
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gentle end to a series that has thrown up more than it's fair share of angst, thereby providing a nice change of pace.

This was a more mature pairing, in both age and outlook. And I loved Lan's old-fashioned outlook and expressions.

Also we get to catch up with all of the pairings from the previous books.
For a final book in a series, I wasn't that invested in this story. Lancaster seemed like a bit too much of a caricature than a real person and the instalove was, as usual, instalove-y. We do touch on all the past characters which is always nice but it wasn't enough to really make this a great book. However, there was a bit more of Vic in this book and some livelihood tension for him and Dan that was very intriguing... I was glad of that. I might have DNF'd this one otherwise. Author's notes say ...more
Anne Barwell
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I loved this story for so many reasons. Lancaster is such a sweet guy, and I liked reading about someone older finding his first real love. I also liked that although he and his wife have parted company they still love each other like good friends do, and their relationship isn’t brushed aside as though it never happened. Things in his day to day life still remind him of her, which is the way it should be. I loved the support and encouragement she, and their children, give him in regard to his r ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: xd-assigned-read
A sweet love story but also really hot!

One-On-One brings the Cayuga Cougars series to a close and I was a bit sorry to know that this is the end. So I was really happy when I finished the book and saw a note from the author that she has 3 more books planned for Victor and Dan and Jack.

Cayuga Cougars associate coach, Lancaster Hart, is finally living his authentic life as a gay man. When he sees Townsend Harris singing at a local festival he is smitten. The two men begin a romantic relationship,
JoAnna G
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is sadly the final book in the Cayuga Cougars series. It makes me sad to see it end. I loved and thoroughly enjoyed this series. Every book brought something different. This is the story of Lancaster Hart the assistant coach and Townshend Harris. I was drawn in by the writing and let's face it... hockey. I love reading about it. This book has more hockey to it than the others. I liked Lancaster from the previous book when he was there for Sander.

Lancaster is now divorced and been in the cl
This final book was extremely drama free and a feel good way to end the hockey series on a mellow note.

Cougars associate coach Lancaster Hart has been living in NY for just under a year, after coming out to his family and divorcing his wife. His wife and twin twenty year old children have all accepted the change and are excited for him to move on and finally start dating. And he's at the point now that he's ready to settle down with someone by his side.

Townsend Harris is the Mayor's aide in Cayu
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the final book in the Cayuga Cougars series, One-On-One was surprisingly no-angst and super sweet on the romance side; the excitement came from the hockey side with the Cougars making their run for the championship.

Lancaster with his Southern manners and charm and Townsend who’s so easygoing and laid-back make a great couple. Lan takes things slow, and Town is happy to go at whatever speed is comfortable for Lan. That means that while both of them seem smitten with each other from the momen
K.R. Phoenix
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
🌟🌟🌟🌟 4 stars
🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 3

A wonderful love at first sight story!

I loved the meet-cute between assistant coach, Lancaster and folk singer/mayor aide, Townsend. It was a somewhat believable love at first sight scenario for the couple and the story follows their road to love while they balance their careers, family and Lancaster Hockey Teams path to win the Calder Cup.

I really enjoyed this story but must say I have no clue about Ice Hockey. This book obviously follows on from the previous books
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Review by: Jennifer
(4 stars)

This was the book that pricked my interest... the reason I read the previous four books. The previous four books lay the foundation of sorts; you get to know all the characters and makes book five flow a bit easier. The new coach Lancaster Hart hid who he really was for years, having gone as far as marrying and having kids. After years of not being happy and knowing it was unfair to his wife, who is his best friend, they divorce and now two years out of that divorce L
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lancaster and Townsend meet at a music festival at Cayuga Lake and attraction is immediate. An amazing way to end the Cayuga Cougars series. We get to revisit all the men we've met throughout, laugh once again at the unforgettable Vic but the main attraction here is the second chance at life and love for Lancaster with the full support of his ex-wife and their children. A man navigating a new path through life, letting go of the past, and embracing what is in front of him. Townsend is perfect to ...more
Amy Dufera
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One on One is a riveting, fantastic story by VL Locey. It's book four in the Cayuga Cougars series, which is somehow getting even better. I absolutely love this book.

Lan's middle-aged and is just discovering his sexuality. He's divorced and longs to find love again. When he spots Town playing music, he's instantly blown away. No one has ever affected him this way before.

I adore Lan's kids and ex-wife, which is always a fun addition to any mm romance. One of the best scenes involves Lan's daught
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5

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From that review: "Let me state right away that I loved this story.  The couple (Townsend Harris and Lancaster Hart) filled me with warmth, laugher, and more love than I expected. I easily could have used several books dedicated to these two men, their now extended family, and their new journey together.  That's how much I came to adore them.  They were funny, relatable, and t
Amanda Viecelli
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe this is the end of this series! I have come to love the Cayuga Cougars over the course of these books, and this final one is a fitting end. Coach Lancaster meets his match in a beautiful singer, and the romance between the two is SWOONY. I loved the old-fashioned and mature feel to their dating and relationship. And as always, I love the hockey in the book. I do love me a good hockey romance, and as sad as I am to see this series come to an end, finding out it is not the last we ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely story of acceptance and finding what need after years of looking for it. Even though he misses his children and sweet tea made properly, Lancaster Hart is happy to be an assistant coach for the Cayuga Cougars, especially as the team begins their quest to hoist the Calder Cup. When he sets eyes on Townsend Harris at a local music festival, he is enraptured and is grateful to be out of the closet. As the two men get to know each other they realize that together they can have a bea ...more
3.5 Stars:

This was a slow stroll of a romance in a good way. The pace matches the heroes' personalities.

We get nice dating here between Townsend and Lan. They heat between them is great as is the sweetness.

The secondary characters are well drawn. Very low angst and lovely read.

There are few things unaddressed like the interracial nature of the relationship which I would come up and maybe that they might have more kids so that let me feeling not as satisfied as I could have been but a good rea
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely way to end an excellent series. Lancaster and Townsend were wonderfully laid back characters, giving us a sweet, slow paced story. The book is richly written, so atmospheric and descriptive. Ms Locey has produced her usual beautifully drawn characters and fantastic dialogue. Lancaster and Townsend are, I think, my favourite couple in the series. The author definitely saved the best for last. A beautiful and uplifting story, well written with humour and strong secondary characters. ...more
Elaine Gray
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful end to a series, Lancaster and Towsend are so sweet and romantic. Lancaster with his southern charm and Townsend a blues singer is a perfect combination. The relationship Lan have with his family made me smile, especially with his daughter. I loved seeing the MCS from the previous book, Vic had me laughing.
This book was romantic, sweet, and funny. Looking forward to the next book from the authors.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a puddle of mush when I finished One-On-One. Seeing Lan come into his own and live the life he was meant to is amazing. Town is the perfect fit for him and I loved watching these two develop the connection that jumped off the page right from the start.
The secondary characters added so much depth and feelings to this love story. I adored Lan's exwife and his children.
Seeing favorite charactes (Victor) is always a plus. What a way to end a much loved series!
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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 (5 books)
  • Snap Shot (Cayuga Cougars, #1)
  • Open Net (Cayuga Cougars, #2)
  • Coach's Challenge (Cayuga Cougars, #3)
  • Overtime (Cayuga Cougars #4)