This review is for ON BROADWAY by V.L. Locey. I have not had a chance to read the other books yet, but look forward to doing so. I love that the proceeds from this anthology goes to a charity that supports inclusiveness in athletics.
Story’s included are:
Even Strength by Cherylanne Corneille
Next Season by Avon Gale
Going Home by Heather Lire
On Broadway by V.L. Locey
The Brother and the Retired Player by Mary Smith
Take a Shot by Samantha Wayland
V.L. Locey’s ON BROADWAY is a heartwarming story about NHL captain of the New York Nightwings, Riley Zeally, and a less fortunate hockey player, Keiffer (Rocket) Holden, that captures his attention.
Riley and Keiffer both played hockey in their youth but their lives turned out dramatically different. Riley is the face of the NHL. People would assume he has it all, when, in reality, he is in the closet and extremely lonely. Keiffer had a difficult childhood. At age thirteen, after not being accepted by his family for being gay, he ran away from home. He is homeless, living in a shelter.
I thought it was powerful to show how a family’s support can make a world of difference in a child’s life. Both Riley and Rocket are skilled hockey players. However, unlike Rocket’s family, Riley’s family knows he is gay and is supportive.
I love Riley. He is humble, generous, and a team player. Keiffer has been dealt a difficult hand. He is strong and perseveres. Understandably, a few times in this story the characters say some not so nice things to each other. However, in the long run, it has a positive effect. The two end up being just what the other one needed. Keiffer really opens Riley’s eyes about being homeless and the positive effect he could have for others.
I would love to see this story turn into a New York Nightwings Series. It would be great to hear Otto’s story. Plus, I would love to read more about Rocket and Riley. This is the perfect story for this charity anthology.
Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.