Author: V.L. Locey
Length: Novel (3026pgs)
Publisher: Gone Writing Publishing (10 July 2019)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 4.5 Hearts
Blurb: Spending time in the Poconos with his family was the last thing Dane Forrester wanted to do over the summer. He had dreams of spending his last break touring Europe and gathering story ideas for his upcoming creative writing classes before heading to college. Maybe even finding that elusive first love in a small café in Paris, or along the Rhine, or even in a sultry villa in Italy. But no, he was stuck at the Silver Fir Lodge with his family where his dreams of romance and passion would wither and die a slow painful death, or so he imagined.
When all seemed lost, the budding wordsmith is saved—in more than one sense—by Khalid Novak, a lifeguard at the lodge’s pool. Khalid is two years older, a bit more sophisticated, and the most incredibly alluring thing Dane has ever seen. The two young men find themselves joyously wound in a searing romance that teaches Dane that love can be wildly intense yet fleeting so one should revel in it when the discovery is made.
Can this summer romance survive the chill of autumn as well as the winds of time?
Review: Shake the Stars is a standalone novel by VL Locey. I am a massive fan of VL Locey, which really ramped up when she started to release the Harrisburg Railers series (collaboration with RJ Scott). I love her writing style and the sweet romances which I have come to know her for.
The story is about Dane Forrester and Khalid Novak. They meet each other on their respective family vacation and love blossoms between the two young men. However, education, continents and life throws up roadblocks for the two men. I don’t want to go into too much detail because I don’t give away the whole plot. I love how the book was set up, which follows the MCs from when they first met and jumps ahead to the present when everything seems lost.
Shake the Stars is a really heartfelt novel that goes through first loves, mistakes made on both sides and ultimately goes around to second chances. But there is hope and there is always love, which makes for a beautiful, mature love story.