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    Rounding up to 4 stars because I loved Adler

    First Season Is the second book in the collaborative series by V.L. Locey and RJ Scott. There is considerable carryover from book one, but First Season features a different couple and can be read as a standalone without issue. This happened to be one of those books that surprised me with just how much I enjoyed it. That isn’t to say that I didn’t have a few nagging issues, but I really liked these characters and was drawn to their story. There are simply some characters you connect with, and Adler was one of those that just got to me. The authors did a really great job at presenting this boisterous character who was almost too much to handle at first, then peeled back the layers steadily to reveal an emotional, sweet man who was incredibly eager to find acceptance amongst his peers and unconditional love. The small exposures to his underlying fears of being dismissed or worthy were poignant and heartbreaking and were delivered in such a way that it was natural without being the sole focus of the story (no poor me heroes here). I also really liked the contrasting personalities of Adler and Layton. Though the jock and nerd pairing isn’t anything new, the authors played up their differences while also highlighting the similarities that made them really work as a couple. I especially loved how intuitive they were of one another’s needs, reaffirming that soul-deep connection they had immediately. However, as much as I liked the couple, particularly Adler, I can’t help but feel there were missed opportunities. As in the first book, once the couple gets together, the reader didn’t get to see the emotions building between these two. There was a little bit, but the majority felt skimmed over and it was readily apparent when that contrasted with the in depth descriptions of the characters’ emotions regarding their pasts. I also couldn’t help but feel the ending was a bit rushed. There was a happy for now conclusion and I wasn’t left unsatisfied per say, I just felt a little shortchanged with some of the story arcs getting a quick cap rather than playing out completely. Overall, I enjoyed this book more than the first and definitely look forward to reading the third Harrisburg Railers story, and I certainly wouldn't complain if we get a bit more Adler/Layton time- even just as secondary characters. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    I love this book!

    First Season is the second book in the Harrisburg Railers series co-authored by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey. You don't need to have read book one to enjoy this one but you should because it's so good. Layton Foxx is hired by the Railers hockey team to help manage any fallout from two members of the team (a player and a coach, Ten and Jared from book one) coming out as a couple. He's confident in his ability to do his job by using social media and working with the other players on how to handle this situation. He's not prepared to be so attracted to a player on the team. A player who at first seems to be a bit of a jerk with no filter for what comes out of his mouth. Adler Lockhart can't help his attraction to the spin-doctor the team has hired. He knows that he doesn't filter what comes out of his mouth the way he should. He resents that Layton assumes he's homophobic and demanded that he attend sensitivity training, so he soon lets him know that he's gay, too. Wow, this book kept me glued to my e-reader from the moment I started it until I finished. Layton has a lot of baggage and big, tough jocks are something he usually avoids. As he and Adler grow closer he knows that his secret must come out. I loved everything about this story. Adler buys Layton gifts and this makes Layton uncomfortable; but Adler doesn't know any other way to show he cares. His parents were absent from his life while he was growing up; they even want him to call them by their first names. Adler knows he has to go slow to convince Layton that he's serious about him and so he doesn't scare him off. The chemistry between these two is really good. The writing of these two co-authors is even better/smoother in this book than it was in book one. My emotions were all over the place reading this one. There were moments that brought tears but there were also light-hearted times that helped balance things out. And, of course, there is an HEA. I am so looking forward to reading more books in this series! An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions***
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    What more can I say about this book than that I absolutely loved it. It is a brilliant story. It is the sequel to Changing Lines which I also loved, but this book tops it ten times over. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down and had to finish it without stopping. It is an emotional roller coaster. I fell in love with Adler and Layton. I don’t know whom I loved more. Layton, the professional social media guru, vulnerable and broken by his past or Adler, the sweet and giving man, coming from disinterested parents. They both found their way into my heart. They are each other opposites, but they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. I loved Adler’s no-brain-to-mouth filter. He is spewing all sorts of nonsense, so funny he had me smiling a lot, and the next minute I got tears in my eyes. Inside this big, brawny man beats a loving and caring heart for Layton. He gets him as no other has or will. Layton finally finds the man he can trust with his body, his heart, and his soul. You can’t read this book without having read Changing Lines first as it follows the coming-out of Tan and Jared. The authors did a wonderful job writing about how this affects everyone involved; not only the two men but the whole team, the fans, and Layton and Adler. It is written in a very realistic and at times hard-to-read way. Family plays an important role in the story. It is not always blood that defines a family. Love is. It is love that gives Adler and Layton their own family they so desperately need.
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    Herkenbaar en toch verrassend

    De rode raad van het verhaal is voorspelbaar. Toch weten de schrijvers elke keer verrassende plotwendingen toe te passen waardoor alles toch net iets anders loopt. Leest lekker weg! Op naar deel 3.

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