Monday, July 24, 2017

Review & Giveaway: CHANGING LINES by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey (Harrisburg Railers #1)

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Length: 57,000 words approx

Cover Design: Meredith Russell


Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?

The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers' reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother's one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant's new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he's ever laid eyes on.

Jared Madsen's hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years younger and his best friend's brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten's moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.

Carra's Review

I’m already a huge fan of RJ Scott’s books, but this is my first time being exposed to VL Locey.  Changing Lines has a few different elements that I love—age gap, coming out, brother’s best friend, and hockey romance…all rolled up into one.  For the age gap, the difference is only nine years, but that’s enough to show a distinct difference in the two main characters.  As to the coming out, there’s not just coming out to family, but also to a professional sports team—something that can cause a huge stir-up even in today’s world.  Honestly, given the multitude of topics featured in the story, I found it to be relatively angst-free which I thought was a bit surprising.

Tennant Rowe is an adult, though still young—and it does show with his Pokemon playing and his more impatient attitude towards his relationship with Mads.  He’s supremely talented out on the ice, and is very sure of himself…not cocky, but definitely quite confident.  Jared Madsen is no longer playing hockey—though not by choice thanks to his heart—instead he’s coaching the same team that Ten ends up on, although not coaching Ten directly.  Mads clearly shows his maturity in relation to both the game as well as his and Ten’s relationship.  He’s a good balance to Ten, and keeps things from going too fast.

When it comes to their relationship, I found that there wasn’t a lot of on-page development—it was more implied and glossed over in favor of the scenes of Ten coming out to his different family members.  I would have liked to have seen more of their evolving relationship and how Ten’s coming out affects his team, though I’m wondering if it may be touched on in future books in the series even if his and Mads’ relationship is not the focus of those books.

With the very low angst level and the overly easy way Ten and Mads’ relationship seemed to blossom, Changing Lines is falling between a 3.5 and 4 star rating for me.  It has piqued my interest for the rest of the series, so I’ll definitely be hanging around to see where these authors take me.  If you’re a fan of hockey romance you’ll find this to be a good story to add to your collection, just don’t expect a lot of drama while you read it.  This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

Author Bios

RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

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.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers. 

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.


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