• The Foxxxy Gentlemen's Club: Luca

  • A Foxxxy Prequel Novella
  • By: Nikole Knight
  • Narrated by: John York
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Foxxxy Golden Rule: Foxxxy is family.

When Luca’s life in Boston falls apart, he must leave behind his home, his job, and his chosen family—the feisty dancers of the Foxxxy Gentlemen’s Club. But his trip takes an unexpected turn when a blizzard careens him off the road and into the home of David, a Canadian silver fox who is every one of Luca’s lumberjack fantasies come to life.     

It’s been three years since David’s divorce, and while he’s content with his remote rural life, he feels there’s something missing. He doesn’t know what that something is until a captivating young dancer crashes his car outside his cabin in the middle of a snowstorm and reminds David that there is more to life than simply existing.    

Neither Luca nor David planned for this detour, but they only have to survive two days together in close quarters. How hard could it be? It’s not like 48 hours is long enough to fall in love. Or is it?

Discover how Luca and his sexy Canuck, David, met in this prequel novella to the Foxxxy series.

©2022 Nikole Knight (P)2022 Nikole Knight
  • Series: Foxxxy, Book 0.5
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance

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Sweet and cute

This has the perfect setting for a sweet book. Snow storm, car crash and a sweet, big lumberjack finds you and helps. And of course he is sweet, loving and big!

Luca really deserves to fins his HEA after his breakup and that he lost everything!

I love John York as a narrator and he did a good job with this book!

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A Charming Canadian-Cabin, Snowed-In Love Story

Nikole Knight, using the tried-and-true trope of stranded-in-a-Canadian-cabin, tellss the delightful insta-love story of Luca and David. A series prequel, the book is somewhat short. It makes up for its brevity with an adorable meet-cute, two guys not expecting a blizzard to deliver ‘THE ONE’, a couple of steamy scenes, some pure-gold rom-com action, and barely-there angst. It’s an all-around gem of a light romantic story.

I’ve already listened to John York in Book 1 of this series. He’s just as terrific here as with Christian’s story. Distinctive voices and well-acted personalities make the story shine.

I requested an ARC of this audiobook and agreed to submit an unbiased opinion of it.

Recommended.

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Short and Sweet

Luca and David's story is short and sweet. They meet when Luca drives his car off the road during a blizzard. David is attracted to Luca's flirty banter; before long, the sparks begin to fly. Unfortunately, Luca is trying to get back to the states, so his time with David is limited. I enjoyed that this what they felt for one another wasn't insta-love. Instead, they spent their time getting to know things about each other.

This was the first time I'd heard John York narrate. He has a pretty good voice and did a great job of distinguishing between David, Luca, and Luca's friend.

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enjoyable snowed-in story

Story: 3.5⭐️

Luca lost everything when his long-time boyfriend broke up with him—their apartment, his money and his self-respect; thus, he decides to return home to Michigan to lick his wounds and reset. When he wrecks his car during a snowstorm while crossing Ontario, he is saved by a hunky Canadian paramedic named David and brought back to his cabin to wait for the storm to pass. Although David loves his isolated cabin, he’s a man built for companionship and with his best friend and ex-wife happily remarried and expecting; his daughter away at college; and dating harder than he remembered, David is a bit lonely. However, loneliness alone can’t explain is instant draw to Luca and though Luca finds David equally compelling, he’s not in a good place emotionally and can’t imagine someone like David wanting a future with him.

Having read the first two Foxxxy books, I was interested to see how Luca met his Canadian lumberjack since the character kept being mentioned, and while David is a sweetheart and the two have great chemistry, honestly, I feel like I could take or leave this prequel as it doesn’t add much to the character or the info given in the other books. Had I just stumbled upon it, I would have liked it well enough as a typical snowed-in rormance but probably would not have felt compelled to try the series unless I was looking for books about dancers in a club bc there's not much about Foxxxy there except for a quick rundown of the employees. Moreover, it reads like a prequel written after the main series as had I not read Christian’s book and seen how important Luca was to Christian, I would not feel much connection between Luca and his Foxxxy family as the story starts with Luca having already left Boston so his entire history at Foxxxy has already happened.

While it plays out like most forced proximity romances, it’s still a nice getting together story with likeable characters. David is kind, giving and open and Luca is a nice enough guy although he doesn’t get much character development outside of why he’s fleeing Boston and how bad he feels about himself at the moment. As it’s on KU, I think those who enjoyed the series, love snowed in and age gap stories will enjoy this on.

As for the narration, John York does a good job. The pacing is good, the character voices distinct and his delivery fits the tone of the book. The one thing I found irritating is David’s Canadian Accent™—despite the country being huge, they all sound the same with the long oo sound on certain words. He’s at least mostly consistent with it so it wasn’t as distracting and irritating as it usually is. Given he sounds like a ‘standard’ North American English speaker, most ppl probably won’t care.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this audiobook provided by Gay Romance Reviews.

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Very Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. Luca finds himself stuck in the snow after having a car accident as he leaves his life behind. David sees this and rushes out to help. This is just a fun book. Though there is a definite age gap Luca can't help but have dreamy fantasies about his rescuer especially with them being stuck in David's cabin until the roads clear. I enjoyed Luca and David together. I this a great way to start this series but this book can be enjoyed on it's own as well.
Narrator John York does an amazing job. I loved how he did David's voice and really brought out him being Canadian. Well done.

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Luca

Luca was a fun character I enjoyed his and his lumberjacks story I kinda wish there had been a bit more about the club in this one but I still enjoyed getting to know them both and the cabin setting and accents I liked Lucas friendship with his coworkers and am excited to read more from this series

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great listen

I enjoyed listening to this book John did a great job with the charters in this story. I enjoy listening to him. The story was good I found it to be a sweet sexy story.

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A Delightful Cozy Canadian Cabin Romance

I had so thoroughly enjoyed this e-book (review below), I knew hearing it in audio would be just as entertaining. Narrator John York has a pleasant voice, and delivered a solid performance here. I appreciated how he slipped in some Canadian pronunciations for David, though it didn't seem entirely consistent.

Having read the first two Foxxxy Gentlemen's Club books, where we've gotten peeks at the HEA for former Foxxxy dancer Luca and his lumberjack silver fox beau David, I've been curious about their story. Add to that the forced proximity (a favorite trope) at play here, and it made for a wonderfully entertaining read.

Luca (27) and David (43) are kind and very likeable MCs who have instant chemistry and good senses of humor, and their cozy cabin in the snowy Canadian wilderness romance was super sweet and playful.

And surprisingly funny...I was snort-laughing by the third paragraph with Luca's G00gle Maps adventure (been there!), and Luca's many naughty thoughts about his gracious, sexy host were delightful. All told, their love story was a great mood booster that had me smiling throughout.

If you're new to this series, this prequel novella is a great place to start since it actually does relate to the other books. It's been a great series so far, and I'm looking forward to more HEAs for the Foxxxy Boys (I'm lookin' at you, Pie!). I received free review copies of this audio book and e-book (also read in KU) and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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Cute & Sweet

This is a cute and sweet short story of Luca and David who are trapped in a snowstorm together. Although a short story it isn't rushed and you can really feel the connection between David and Luca as they get to know one another. David is the perfect silver fox for Luca. The narrator did a good job with the story and all of the characters. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audio book.

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Turn Up the Speed!

I LOVED THIS AUDIOBOOK!!! And it's a novella!!! It actually surprises me to say that, because at first it drove me nuts. The speed of John York's narration was just too slow. Then, I remembered that you can change the speed (I changed mine to 1.2) and VOILA! the problem was solved!
About the book--no spoilers here, read the blurb for that. I usually cannot stand novellas, cuz they cut right to the...ahem...lovemaking. A good sexy m/m needs a nice setup. You have to really feel for the guys. This one is that and more!!! Yes, is the same old trope. But, it is written so well by Nicole Knight that it had me *gasping* right along with the guys! I read a TON of m/m romance, follow only a few. This author has found a new fan!

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 07-21-22

Enjoyable novella!!

This was a sweet enjoyable novella!!

The characters were sweet and well fleshed out and the storyline was quite gripping.

The narrator did an amazing job on this one.

I do wish this was a little longer though

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  • KBR
  • 08-08-22

The Foxxxy Gentleman’s Club: Luca

Loved this story. It was very well done. The banter, the grump, the snark - it's all well done, as are the relationships. John York did well with the narration. Overall, very good.

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  • Rebekah
  • 08-06-22

Lovely

This was a lovely story, chemistry between when they least expected it even though it was only for a short time.

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  • Magnus
  • 08-02-22

Super

An amazing story by Nikole Knight. Luca and David are fantastic characters and super sweet. John York did a super job with the narration.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 08-02-22

Great use of tropes

Having enjoyed the other books in this series it was nice to finally get the full story of how Luca and David met. This contains a delightful use of the forced proximity and age gap tropes with hot times and a lasting connection forged in a snowed in cabin after a car accident. John York does a great job making every character distinct and capturing the feelings as they develop in the cabin.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 08-01-22

Great Prequel

I loved Christian’s story, so I enjoyed going back in time to before he got his HEA to meet Luca. Luca’s had a rough go. He’s been dumped and, given his financial situation, it makes sense to retrench in his home in Michigan. His winter journey takes him through Canada, and somehow he winds up lost in the backwoods of Ontario. Cue the snowstorm, the snowbank, and the rescue.

Quickly – as a Canadian – I have to say the distances were off and the visibility was wonky.

Luca winds up being rescued by David, a lumberjack. David’s given up modern conveniences for living in the back county. He chops wood, shoots game, and heads into the city periodically to see his daughter who is in university. Basically, he’s happy. Then some Bostonian transplant winds up on his doorstep and suddenly he’s thinking of doing interesting things with his interloper. But Luca’s a guest. So jumping his bones would be rude, right? Except if it’s what Luca wants and he complies, then he’s just being a good host, right?

It's all so confusing. And it doesn’t help that Luca is firmly an American city boy and David is firmly a Canadian living in the back country. No possibility of a happily ever after for them, right?

Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out. Speaking of listening, John York does a great job of narrating this series and his Bostonian Christian is adorable. He did okay with the Canadian as well. I enjoyed this and can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Lesetiger
  • 08-01-22

Very enjoyable

I have read a few books by author Nikole Knight, but this is my first in The Foxxxy Gentlemen's Club series.
When Luca goes home to his parents after breaking up with his boyfriend, the end of the line for him is nowhere in Canada. He crashes his car in a snowstorm. Luckily, David comes to his rescue and takes him back to his cabin.

I found both characters very sympathetic and I liked how the story developed. It was realistic to me and despite the shortness of the book, the author got the emotions across well. And despite the age difference, these two were pretty hot.
Once started with the audiobook, I had listened through it very quickly. The story was short, but compelling and very entertaining. I wouldn't have minded if the story had been longer.

John York was new to me and it was a pleasure to listen to his pleasant voice. His narration was brilliant. He did a great job portraying each character and I look forward to listening to more audiobooks with John York.

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  • Dee Roberts
  • 08-01-22

chance encounter

This is the first book in the series I have read.
Thoroughly enjoyed Lucas and David's encounter. Short but sweet. Wish it was longer , but packed full of everything.
Sweet, funny and steamy
Looking forward to reading the rest of this series .
John York performed the story perfectly.
highly recommend
I received a copy of this audio for a honest review.

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  • L.D.
  • 08-01-22

I Enjoyed It

Luca is the prequel novel for the Foxxy series. It’s a great place to begin the series since it introduces other main characters but it also stands on its own with no cliffhangers.

The plot is a gentle exploration of what people truly want. Luca is lost and stuck in his life (kind of like how his car gets stuck in the snow during a blizzard). Meeting David is the catalyst both men need to realize they need more in life. They need each other. The angst is mostly internal, but it gets neatly sorted by the end of the book, wrapped up in a happy ending bow. What I really enjoyed about this book is the characters and their development (also all the humor). I thought it was a sweet, cute romance that grabbed my attention.

The audiobook was narrated by John York who does a fabulous job. I like how John incorporated Canadian pronunciations of certain words to make David’s character feel more authentic. The audiobook production was well done and it was enjoyable to listen to.

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  • Amelia
  • 07-31-22

A snowy treat!

Luca and David's romance was such a treat to listen to. I enjoyed this story when I first read it, but listening to John York narrate made me love these characters even more. I'm a sucker for a good "trapped in the snow together" story, and I thought this one had a nice balance of sweetness and steam. David won me over right away when he hustled to rescue Luca from his crashed car, and his fumbling awkwardness in the face of Luca's flirting was particularly adorable. Their stay in the cabin took a heated turn fairly quickly, but not in a way that felt rushed or uncomfortable. I was actually surprised by how much the two of them talked and got to know each other before giving into their attraction, and it was worth it for the added emotional charge to their hookups. I genuinely believed in the deeper feelings Luca and David had for each other after only a couple of days because it felt like they'd known each other so much longer. What started as a rescue mission turned into a cozy honeymoon away from the rest of the world, and I was sad to see the storm pass and know they'd have to either say goodbye or take a huge leap of faith. I thought the ending to their story was satisfying, but I wish I'd gotten to see more of how David and Luca made their relationship work post-honeymoon stage.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions.

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