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What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Victor Kalinski was one of the best and most controversial ice hockey players in the pros. This year he’s playing in the minors, has a paternity case pending, and has just been vindictively outed to the world by one of his own teammates. But he seems to find life in the tiny town of Cayuga to his liking. A large part of thWhat a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, Victor Kalinski was one of the best and most controversial ice hockey players in the pros. This year he’s playing in the minors, has a paternity case pending, and has just been vindictively outed to the world by one of his own teammates. But he seems to find life in the tiny town of Cayuga to his liking. A large part of that is Dan Arou, the Cougars’ alternate captain and the man who now holds Victor’s heart. Surely venomous, viper-tongued Victor hasn’t been mellowed by love!Well, perhaps a little. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t intend to get sweet revenge on those who’ve hurt the man he loves and the friends he’s somehow made along the way.An adult gay romance from Ellora’s Cave...

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ISBN : 9781419995095
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Number of Pages : 90 Pages
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Full Strength Reviews

  • Avon Gale
    2018-10-13 14:05

    What a nice ending to the venomous Pole's love story <333 I adored this! Love Vic's blatant and bi-and-proud mentality, and his stupid face makes me so happy. Dan continues to be a saint, Heather is awesome, and I was clocked in the heart with feels about the stupid loons -- UGH. Vic your inexpert romantic side is amazeballs. I laughed out loud, I went "awww", I cried, and I was left very satisfied with the final part of Vic and Dan's story. Just love how Locey writes hockey and teams and Kalinski, and super happy to see the guy one more time and read his HEA <333 You can tell Locey loves her boys and her hockey, and her joy in both of these things shines through in this one. I adore when authors write characters that imperfect, and boy, that's Vic -- a guy you can't help rooting for, wanting to smack, and wanting to hug at the same time. The representation of women was A+ and I ADORE how Locey developed Heather as a character in her own right. There were so many great scenes in this (I loved when Vic's annoying teammate got his comeuppance....mwahaha! AND AS TEAM BONDING. Perfect!) and the whole series is just a wonderful, fun, engaging and sexy read. If you like to wait for series to be complete before you dive in, go for it! You'll get a wonderful love story about an irascible and lovable guy who becomes a better person because of the love he shares with a truly amazing guy -- and that is the most romantic thing of all. Just so many great feels and laughs and wonderfulness in this series, and this especially, as the final part of it. Highly recommend it!

  • Kaje Harper
    2018-10-16 11:59

    This third book finishes off the story of Victor Kalinski - sharp-tongued, short-tempered, without filters, bisexual, and falling deeper in love with Dan Arou as each day passes. He's a different man from the closed-off loner he was a year ago, but he's still damned lucky he has Dan and his friends to keep him on course through his life.At the end of the previous novella, Vic and Dan were outed as a couple by a homophobic teammate. In a way, Vic is relieved. Hiding and guarding his tongue has never been his strong point, and he's damned proud to be with Dan. He doesn't mind telling the world. But he's worried about the effect of being out as gay men in hockey, especially what it might do to Dan's promising career. And he knows his hair-trigger temper and sharp tongue may make things worse. And even knowing that, he vows to seriously mess up anyone who gives Dan even a hint of trouble.Add in a pregnant Heather, Dan's family, a hard-charging hockey style, and Vic's total romantic ineptitude, and you get a story that is fun, sweet, a bit angsty, and full of awww. (view spoiler)[ I really liked the way the baby situation was handled. Not the usual M/M cliche, but realistic and well done. (hide spoiler)] I'm really glad I found these stories - I know I'll read them again soon.

  • Fatimama
    2018-10-09 12:53

    I really hate the inclusion of the puck bunny and Vic’s kid in their lives.. yeah yeah it’s not the baby’s fault but I felt that Dan forgave him quite easily. Vic’s obnoxiousness caught up with him when he got into a fight and had a career ending brain injury afterwards. They get engaged though.

  • Lucy
    2018-09-29 06:54

    4.25 This is the final of the trilogy of Vic and Dan. While Vic has definitely mellowed, he’s still crude and obnoxious. Thank heaven, because what would we do otherwise? In our last installment, Dan and Vic were feeling the hate from a teammate, Phil, and Vic at least has sworn revenge. Vic is hugely protective of his man and having been outed involuntarily, causing Dan pain, was not something he would forgive. Dan is so dedicated to Vic and I loved in this story how much he struggles with the whole Heather situation. He’s a great person but that struggle is real. The man you love cheated on you and now there’s a baby coming? Even a saint might have trouble with that one. But he’s Dan and he wants the best for that baby. Even when he’s eaten up with jealousy, he’s telling Vic he needs to be there for that baby and making him walk Heather to her door. Just a side note - go Mrs Arou! Vic may have become awkwardly romantic at times here but he is still a sarcastic jerk most of the time. When Heather offers to let him feel her stomach and he responds, “Why the hell would I want to touch your belly? Your tits, sure, because they seem to be getting bigger, but your belly? Yeah, no thanks.” I wanted to smack him and thought, “yep, you are still an asshole.” It’s a wonder of Ms Locey’s writing that he can act like such a tool and you still like him. Humiliation for him? “…the memory of being made to say wingers were better than centers left a sour taste in my mouth.” Coming from a family that takes their hockey seriously, we could relate. I was a little bummed that the Phil issue didn’t have more oomph too it. The revenge was there but it wasn’t the fireworks up his ass I wanted to see. We get some history on Vic and there are definitely reasons for the way he acts and his attitude towards women. I loved that between his awesome counselor, Mrs Arou and labor, Vic achieves a healthy dose of better attitude toward women. His counseling sessions are heartbreaking. His new found respect for labor is awesome. “Hand to God, I will never call women the weaker sex ever again. What that woman endured makes the toughest hockey player look like a thumb-sucking little boy.” Progress! This is a lovely end to the trilogy. The humor, the snark and the bittersweet work together and I was so happy with how it wrapped up. And to sum it up – Lila and Mario. We need that story.

  • Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
    2018-09-28 08:45

    *copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*In this final installment we watch Dan and Vic deal with life after Dan is outed. We also finally get to see Vic deal with his anger issues. This part of their journey uncovers some heartbreaking things surrounding Vic's childhood. My heart broke for him, but I was so happy to see Dan continue to be there to support him every step of the way. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say, this story was angsty, sweet, loving, heartbreaking, hot as hell and LOL funny. Ms. Locey managed to recapture the chemistry and love that Dan and Vic share, as she has throughout the first two books. This part of the journey, like the rest isn't easy, but it's so worth it!! This was a quick and easy read that I couldn't put down. I love V.L.'s writing. Hockey is a big part of who she is and it shows in her stories just how much she loves the game. I've never watched a game, but she makes me want to try it. I will miss Dan and Vic, but I'm hoping this isn't the last we have seen if them!! This was an enjoyable story I loved and highly recommend!!

  • Bev
    2018-09-20 07:43

    The only complaint I have about this series is the price of the stories, considering each one is well under 150 pages, but worth it for the quality of the writing and the sexy snark of the 2 MC's.So many Dobby the House Elf and Frodo Baggins references in this one, you have to laugh. Vic moves further along his journey towards respectability with Daniel, his sexy Hobbit, Prescott the Bigot gets his comeuppance [and how, especially loved the rainbow painted house, hehe], Vic suffers a serious head injury...wait, what?? Yup, some nastiness on the ice results in a brain damaged Victor Kallinski, but you know what?? He has everything going for him now...a true love, a son, friends a plenty and well, I'll leave you to discover what happens at the end, but a couple of loons have a starring role in a lakeside service...."You are the sexiest little house elf," I commented as he rolled away from me. "You ain't never getting a sock." [Harry Potter fans please note ;)].

  • Suze
    2018-09-18 10:02

    What a great end to Vic and Dan's story - 4.5*This series has gotten better as it has gone along - I do hope for more!I think Vic is one of most favourite characters - he is brash, out there, tough, loud mouthed, arrogant, loyal, loving and lots more words!I liked how Mrs Weasley desconstructed him but didn't change his elemental self.(view spoiler)[I did expect more comback from Phil and Vic's injury was heartbreaking - we have to have another book to see how he gets on coaching!! (hide spoiler)]Dan is as steadfast as ever and his mom is great. I loved how both Dan and Vic changed around Jack.

  • Karen
    2018-09-30 13:00

    3.5 starsMore please

  • Diane Lynch
    2018-09-27 09:51

    Full Strength by V.L. Locey L. Locey scores a hat trick with Full Strength, the third book in the Point Shot Series. If you have read my reviews for Vic’s and Dan’s first two books: Two Man Advantage and Game Misconduct, you would already know that I LOVE Vic and Dan. I just adore them.  Okay, everybody likes Dan.  He is sweet, loyal, friendly.  Vic, on the other hand, kind of grows on you, like a wart.  The guy is absolutely hilarious in a prickly kind of way.  Maybe not so amusing if you are easily offended.  However, I love sarcasm, so he has become one of my favorite characters of all time.  He makes me laugh so hard I cry. Vic has changed considerably since the first book.  Dan has been good for him.  While he is still funny, he has toned down his verbal banter.  The story is told from Vic’s point of view.  We find out just how horrible his childhood was in this story.  I’m so glad that he finally found people that love him.  I totally want to adopt him and Dan.  Okay, Dan has a really great family and doesn’t need adopting, but being from Chicago where Vic grew up, if I found him as a kid, I would have adopted him or at least looked out for him – I love him.  The story takes place after book two, Game Misconduct.  Vic and Dan were outed by a teammate, Phil Prescott, on Twitter.  I have to say, Phil, is just stupid, seriously, why is he poking the hornets’ nest and messing with Vic?  Do you think the man is going to take that sitting down, especially when you're messing with Dan, ya, not happening.  Their payback was very creative.  I also, love all the support they received from their teammates.  In the previous book, Game Misconduct, we also found out that Vic has become a dad, after having a one-night-stand with Heather Pavlick.  Dan shows some jealousy. Which can you really blame him?   Vic is a stand-up guy and wants to do everything he can to help support his child. Vic is worried that he wouldn’t be a good dad but is willing to help support the kid financially. I like how the relationship progresses between Dan, Heather, and Dan. Dan is supportive through the whole ordeal.  I like Heather; she has a great attitude.  Full Strength is a fantastic read.  I could not put it down and read it in one sitting.  I would highly suggest reading the books in order.   V. L. Loey has out done herself!  Have I mentioned that I love Dan and Vic? Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Diane Lynch
    2018-09-28 06:42

    V. L. Locey scores a hat trick with Full Strength, the third book in the Point Shot Series. If you have read my reviews for Vic’s and Dan’s first two books: Two Man Advantage and Game Misconduct, you would already know that I LOVE Vic and Dan. I just adore them. Okay, everybody likes Dan. He is sweet, loyal, friendly. Vic, on the other hand, kind of grows on you, like a wart. The guy is absolutely hilarious in a prickly kind of way. Maybe not so amusing if you are easily offended. However, I love sarcasm, so he has become one of my favorite characters of all time. He makes me laugh so hard I cry.Vic has changed considerably since the first book. Dan has been good for him. While he is still funny, he has toned down his verbal banter. The story is told from Vic’s point of view. We find out just how horrible his childhood was in this story. I’m so glad that he finally found people that love him. I totally want to adopt him and Dan. Okay, Dan has a really great family and doesn’t need adopting, but being from Chicago where Vic grew up, if I found him as a kid, I would have adopted him or at least looked out for him – I love him. The story takes place after book two, Game Misconduct. Vic and Dan were outed by a teammate, Phil Prescott, on Twitter. I have to say, Phil, is just stupid, seriously, why is he poking the hornets’ nest and messing with Vic? Do you think the man is going to take that sitting down, especially when you're messing with Dan, ya, not happening. Their payback was very creative. I also, love all the support they received from their teammates. In the previous book, Game Misconduct, we also found out that Vic has become a dad, after having a one-night-stand with Heather Pavlick. Dan shows some jealousy. Which can you really blame him? Vic is a stand-up guy and wants to do everything he can to help support his child. Vic is worried that he wouldn’t be a good dad but is willing to help support the kid financially. I like how the relationship progresses between Dan, Heather, and Dan. Dan is supportive through the whole ordeal. I like Heather; she has a great attitude. Full Strength is a fantastic read. I could not put it down and read it in one sitting. I would highly suggest reading the books in order. V. L. Loey has out done herself! Have I mentioned that I love Dan and Vic?Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  • Devan Huff
    2018-10-06 07:50

    Review first posted on Nautical Star BooksFull Strength by V.L. Locey is the beautiful happily ever after that I was waiting for in Dan and Victor’s lives. They have been outed to the press, much to their dismay, and are attempting to find a balance between owning up to being gay and keeping things professional on the ice. They want revenge on the jerk of a team mate who outed them (in a totally good natured but slightly evil sort of way) and they need to come to grips with Victor soon becoming a father.The interactions between Dan and Victor range from sweet and tender to feisty and funny. Dan is small but mighty, trying to make a family out of his little tight knit group, but battling a little bit of jealousy when it comes to Victor’s baby mama. The author does a good job at portraying a very realistic jealousy without letting it turn into unnecessary drama.Victor is reluctantly trying to get a handle on his emotions and even seeing a therapist to get over issues from his childhood. It isn’t easy and Dan is a rock for him in some very stormy emotional seas. He was at times emotionally wrung out but also managed to keep up that rough exterior that makes him who he is. He is snarky and has a bad attitude about a lot of things and those qualities don’t change just because he is getting in touch with his inner child.There is everything I could ever want in this story. The chemistry between these two guys is off the charts but there is a beautiful balance of emotion and tenderness as well. There is a small amount of drama, a bit of humor, and plenty of my all time favorite…hockey!The secondary characters in this book ROCK and I am going to be keeping my eye out for the story between Madame Lila & Mario McGarrity! Seriously. I need that book right now!Overall, Full Strength by V.L. Locey is a beautiful ending to Dan and Victor’s story and while I am sad to see their journey end, I have high hopes that I will see them again in future stories by this author!

  • Fritz42
    2018-09-23 10:59

    Ah, damn. I love this series, and the main reason is Victor himself. His snark, his banter with the people around him, his nicknames for everyone continue to crack me up. You see some definite emotional growth in this book. Will the man ever be emotionally open? Probably not, but he's made great strides in this book? Will he ever stop the verbal barbs that are clever and quick to come out of him? Oh God, I hope not. Another thing I love about this book is his interaction with the important people in his life. He's gone from a man on his own, both emotionally and physically, with a horrible example of a human being for a mother, to a man with a partner, family, and love ones all around him. He's progressed to the point that he realizes their importance to him, and he's not sabotaging that right and left like he did in Two Man Advantage. And he's got some new secondary characters in his corner, most notably his therapist. OMG! Their exchanges and banter - she gives it as good as she gets - is worth the price of the book in itself. Heather, his mistake in Two Man Advantage, has become a character that I love. (I definitely didn't have those feelings back in the day.) And Lila, a surprise love interest for another secondary character, who I see will be the MC in the next telling of the Cayuga Cougars, Snap Shot. I'll be going back to this series again and again, especially when I need a great laugh. Victor has just made my list of Favorite All-Time Characters.

  • Niki Driscoll
    2018-10-09 14:11

    All good things must come to an end and I am sad that Vic and Dan's story is ending. As the third installment to this wonderful story I feel we have grown right along with these intense young men. Who would have thought that the "venomous Pole" had a softer side. When we first met Victor I really believed he was an asshat of the first order, He was loud, crass and really unlikeable. Meeting Dan Arou was the turning point in his life, he skated right in and stole his heart. There was a lot going on in this storyline, coming out to the world, the paternity test results, revenge and keeping the relationship between these two men strong. While Vic toned down his sarcasm it was still witty , sharp and funny as hell. Dan as always is a rock for Vic even while dealing with his own insecurities concerning the baby momma. Emotions are high and there were times I laughed, cried, felt sad and angry. M. Locey writes a damn good story and knows how to stir up the characters and the reader. The author made sure to add some unique and subtle touches to add meaning to the storyline. The best and the most magical was the cry of the Loons as a representation of the love these two men had for one another. An awesome story all around and a great ending for the Venomous Pole and his Hobbit.

  • Cathy Brockman
    2018-10-04 09:41

    Full Strength is the third and final book in the point shot trilogy. I suggest if you haven't read the other two you skip this review since this book pick up where the other two left off.While we await the paternity test results to see if the child Heather is carrying is Victors, we also have Dan and Victor dealing with the media after being outed and Victor being Victor seeking revenge on the scumbag that outed them.Victor is not the typical male romance heart-throb. Actually, he isn't a heart-throb ( that's more Dan's job). Victor is outspoken, loud, rude, crude and a real jerk to put it mildly. I absolutely love him! That is one thing I love about V. L. Locey's books. Her Characters are not the typical and always very interesting.Don't let this being a hockey romance throw you off. I am no fan of sports but I love this story. It is easy to read and follow the hockey action, the rest of the story is so intriguing and fun and the story centers around the life of the characters more than the sport itself.If you like a good romance, Hockey, different characters don't mind a leading man that is a jerk, like baby's, a bit of satire and humor and, of course, some hot man-sex you have to read this series!

  • Sara
    2018-09-26 09:44

    I absolutely adored the final book in Dan and Vic's story. This book is filled with so much love and affection, it's a feel good story for sure. You still get the big, bad hockey player side of things, the jokes and the fights, but you get a touching love story as well. I loved the solidarity of the team in dealing with Phil and supporting Dan and Vic. I thought the pranks that were used as payback were great and laughed out loud more than one. My favorite part of this book though was watching Vic open up and grow. He learned so much about himself, who he was and how he wanted to be. I almost envy the relationship between he and Dan. There's so much love and understanding there. It's a special kind of bond that withstands the things these two had thrown at them. I was impressed by how Dan handled his jealousy for Heather and that situation and loved how Vic manned up to be a good father. There were so many positive aspects to this book. A reader can't go wrong with this series!

  • Amy
    2018-09-30 09:01

    What a great ending to the series! I have loved Victor from the start. I love his whit, dry humor, just his whole sarcastic, blunt, no holds barred Polish self. His internal dialogue is a hoot! OMG many times I found myself laughing out loud. Dan and Vic are perfect for each other. Dan is the calm to Victor's storm. We have seen so much growth in Victor through this series, and then seeing some of his history with his mother in this book really humanized Victor and shed some light on why he is the way he is. I loved the way the team rallied around Vic and Dan...and the payback was classic. I also loved the way everything settled and worked out with Heather. Dan's feeling of jealousy was understandable and honest. Then the incident with Victor on the ice and the aftermath - OMG the heartbreak, talk about pulling on your heartstrings! Great job V. L. Locey!!If you haven't read the Point Shot series you seriously need to!! 5 stars all the way!!

  • Sassy Beta Reading & Review
    2018-09-28 11:45

    I am happy and sad all at the same time. We finally get to see Vic and Dan's HEA....(which makes me soo happy) but sad because this is probably an end to their story. I grew so attached to these two and loved their story.This is book 3 of the series and can not be read as a stand alone. This takes over where book 2 left off. We still have Vic with his bad mouth, snarky, devil may care attitude and Dan with his serious but loving ways. Vic is so darn comical, rude, and down right obnoxious, you can't help but love him for it. Dan calms Vic down. He's the rock in the relationship. This is written as a single pov. I would have loved to have seen what Dan thought and felt, but it didn't take away too much from the story. Awesome story line, easy to fall in love with characters, good descriptions to details and engaging dialogue. All in all, a fantastic read.Would I recommend this book? Yes!!Would I read more from this author? Yes!!Sassy Beta Reading & Review

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-10-13 10:09

    2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Point Shot trilogy by V.L. LoceyVic is a wonderful main character, a talented bisexual hockey player whose deep-seated isolation and inability to control his mouth get him sent down from the NHL to a farm team. There he meets Dan, a gay player with the desire, the strength, the warmth and the empathy to be his match. But in pro hockey, being closeted is still safest, and players can be shipped from one city to another on a day's notice. Add in Vic's mix of hockey ego, personal self-doubts, and lack of filters, and the results are funny, painful, angsty, sweet, unexpected, infuriating, and a whole lot of fun to read, from the HFN of the first novella, to the HEA of the last.

  • Linda
    2018-10-04 10:10

    GREAT series!You know when you become so invested in a series you never want it to end? Well this is one of those series. I could read about Vic and Dan for a many more books. They are just that captivating.Vic Kalinski is full of snarky insensitive one liners. The cutting remarks that fall from his mouth are hilarious and rude. He most definitely tells it as he thinks it.Dan Arou is sweet loveable and tough. A man who lives and loves life to the fullest. He is friendly with everyone but will also make a stand and takes no s**t from anyone.Vic and Dan are true soulmates. They deserve their HEA.

  • Jackie Forquer
    2018-09-20 10:48

    Full Strength is another well written emotional rollercoaster from V.L. Locey. Victor’s straight forward smart mouth has you laughing so hard you have tears falling, but then, life gets in the way and tears are falling for a whole other reason. Vic and Dan deal with their sexuality being called out on Twitter, the results of a paternity test, Vic's childhood and a possible career ending injury. It's a lot to deal with, but together, it's just possible they can handle it.

  • Parody
    2018-10-03 13:57

    Third and final installment of the story of Vic & Dan and I'm so glad I hung in there until the end despite not being sold on the previous books.Will this go down as being one of my favourite series? NoWould I have read it knowing there was cheating involved? NoAm I sorry I did? Definitely notIf you like Hockey, and you are (like me) of the opinion that 2 penises are definitely better than one, then give this a shot.

  • Molli B.
    2018-09-15 13:56

    (Longer review after next read, but for now...)Love, love, love!!! What an awesome conclusion to their story (I assume it's the conclusion). I could seriously read another 10 books about these guys.I was happy to find that even though there's all sorts of happiness going on, the story still had a nice bit of angst. Often you get to the end of a character's story and things just get boring. Or fluffy. Didn't happen here! Hurray. :) Love these two! So happy I read this series.

  • Ann
    2018-09-29 07:56

    This review encompasses the series 1-3. Loved these characters, Vic the hard, cold man with the wall around him which keeps him safe, and alone. Dante Arou young, and chasing girls when he runs into the walls of Vic and plows through them. It's an engaging story encompassing an extended time frame. The only gripe I have is that books 2 and 3 were very short for the money.

  • Jackie Ziegler
    2018-10-03 08:42

    This is the final book in the Point Shot TrilogyVictor and Dan face alot of ups and downs... When an on ice injury makes Victor face the fact he may never play hockey again what impact will that have on his future with Dan.Will their love sustain all the issues they face?Great Trilogy!

  • Ilona
    2018-10-12 13:57

    Full series review can be found here: http://felinewyvern.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/a-rare-from-me-series-review-for-v-l.html?zx=ed9d602b83f84d3c

  • Ea_reader
    2018-10-04 09:56

    nice end to the trilogy!

  • Spunky N Sassy
    2018-10-16 13:03

    Spunky N Sassy Rating: 4.0~~~~~~~~~~Lindsey's ★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~This book is the ending of a trilogy that will melt your tablet and your heart. Read it. Fall in love. Want more.

  • SiKReviews
    2018-10-05 09:52

    This book is touching, sincere and entertaining all that the same time. I had tears rolling down my face in a few places. This was definitely my favorite of the series.

  • Lovebunny
    2018-10-02 09:54

    Cute ending to a good little series :)

  • Bogusia
    2018-10-06 07:04

    4.5 stars