RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott
The Code (Ice Dragons #1)
Release Date: October 26 2016
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Length: 50,000 words
Defenceman Ryan Flynn's life and career is defined by the codes of hockey; friendship, respect, leadership and protection. A call from his best friends sister ends up with him taking her home and it's all he can do to remember that she's off limits. Doesn't matter that she's too much of temptation for a man on the edge, he promised her brother he wouldn't go anywhere near her.
Kathryn Lecour has been in lust with hockey player Ryan Flynn since she was first laid eyes on him. The problem? Ryan is her brother's best friend, bound by a complicated code of chivalry both on and off the ice.
Will Ryan, the hard man of the Dragons ever see her as anything more than his best friend's little sister? And will Kat be able to tame the Dragon with ice in his heart?
While I've read many of RJ Scott's M/M books and loved them, this is the first of her M/F stories that I've tried. Verdict? She's just as good on this side, and I'm excited to continue following the Ice Dragons series as it unfolds! The brother's best friend/best friend's sister trope is always a favorite-you've got an entwined past and a built-in tension already established, and now add to this that's it's a hockey romance too? My boxes were getting ticked off left and right.
I loved Ryan's fiercely protective attitude when it came to Kat-he's just as protective as her brother Loki is without being overbearing about it. Kat seemed a bit timid and reticent at first when it came to her boyfriend Evan, but as the story went on it felt like she became less reserved and more likely to go for what she wants and make her thoughts known. Kat and Ryan are a great match, and their chemistry together is quite obvious.
I really liked getting the story from both Kat and Ryan's points of view, it gave the book more depth and as a reader I had a better understanding of each character's thoughts and motivations. As far as the supporting characters, they were well rounded and piqued my interest so that I really want to get their stories as well (especially Loki, but also Simba and the twins...fingers crossed!). The way Loki wanted to protect his sister and not let her get hurt was sweet, if a bit oppressive at times-it was easy to see how much he cared about her.
The tension in the story comes primarily from the "off-limits" aspect and then once Kat and Ryan get together, the prospect of telling Loki. There's not a lot of conflict, but honestly this story didn't need it-the relationship between them is center stage, and makes for a good story without any extra drama.
The Code was a 4.5-star read for me, and if you're a fan of hockey romance-or any contemporary romance-then this is one you'll want to add to your library. This book is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content-which is nice and steamy without overtaking the story. It's a great start to the series, and I can't wait for the rest of the books in this series to start releasing!
RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.
The last time she had a week's break from writing she didn't like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn't defeat.
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