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    much better than book one!

    Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book two in the Owatonna U Hockey trilogy, but you don't need to have read book one first. I have though, and found THAT book not really to my liking. THIS one, however, I enjoyed far more. Scott is suffering, since his brother died, and decides to self medicate with illegal steroids. After punching his best friend in the face, Scott is suspended for a whole 12 months, and is quite literally, chucked out his home. With nowhere to go, he happens to meet Hayne at a mandatory counselling session. Hayne, for reasons he cannot fathom, takes pity on Scott and the pair become inseparable. They each have their own demons, but together, they just might be able to overcome them. Like I said, a MUCH better read, for me anyway, that Ryker. And much of that is because I didn't much care for Ryker in his book and I'll come back to that in a minute, though. Hayne is a free spirited artist, in his final year at college. He is terrorised by his tenants, and spends all his time in his room, trying to paint his final piece. Meeting Scott, who turns out to be the muse he was missing, wasn't planned, but Hayne runs with it. Helping Scott get back to hockey seems the right and best thing to do. That Scott helps Hayne is a much added bonus. Hayne is LOVELY!! So sweet, I wanted to punch his housemates! And the fact that he really sees Scott helps. Scott is trying to be the son his father wants, but he isn't his brother Luke. He will NEVER be Luke. His father pushes Scott away, and it takes his mother, who has been self medicating in the bottom of a bottle, to pull HER big girl panties up, and make her husband and son see that they are BOTH suffering and TOGETHER they can make some semblance of a relationship again. Loved Hayne's mum and Mimi! Loved that they took Scott in when he needed someone the most, Hayne aside. Back to Ryker. I did not like him in his book, but he does redeem himself somewhat here! While Scott is hiding, his friends, the ones he thought hated him, were planning an intervention, and Ryker is foremost at getting Scott to see that his friends don't hate him, they just didn't see how much he was suffering. It does carry some darker story lines, grief, bereavement, alcohol and drug abuse, but they are all part and parcel of Scott's story, and they are very well written. Oh, and you'll need tissues. I cried a LOT with this book! Can't QUITE get past the first person to stretch to 5 stars, but a much better than book one: 4 stars
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    I love Hayne!

    Scott is book two in the Owatonna U series but you don't have to read book one to enjoy Scott. You really should read it though, because it is a great story, too. Scott is in a bad place. He loves playing hockey for Owatonna but he has demons haunting him and ends up on the street. He meets Hayne when he attends a mandatory grief counseling meeting. I'm not going to rehash the whole story; the blurb is great so check it out. This story really touched me. There's something so special about Hayne and I just loved him. Scott turns out to be a really good guy, too, he just needs to finish getting his act together. Meeting Hayne and going to grief counseling is helping with that. I loved how descriptive this story was when it came to Hayne's art. I've always greatly admired anyone who has any kind of artistic ability and reading about how he creates his art was just fantastic and fun. Since this is a romance, it's not spoiling anything to let you know it all works out in the end and I loved reading their journey very much. Fans of the Harrisburg Railers series will enjoy the surprise from RJ and V.L. near the end of the story. I'd really love to read more about Scott and Hayne. The book has a HFN (happy for now) and no cliffhanger but I would like to know a little more about Scott's situation with hockey. Maybe the authors will have more about this coming in another story. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

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