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    Some yay, some nay

    Changing Lanes is the first book in a new collaborative series about NHL expansion team, the Harrisburg Railers. I hadn’t read either of these author’s individual books before, so I went in fairly blind. There was a lot I really enjoyed about the book and I’m interested in reading more from this series. Armed with a brother’s friend angle, a coach/player element, a closeted professional player, and a 9 year age difference, I thought Tennant and Madsen’s romance had a lot of potential. I liked both characters and thought they had a good amount of depth to carry the story. One of my favorite aspects was how the individuality of the characters and the age/experience distinctions came through in their mannerisms, thoughts, and especially the dialogue. It developed the characters and made for some fun exchanges that brought the story to life. While I’d always expect these challenges with May-December romances to some degree, few I’ve read took advantage of the possibilities as well as these authors did. The romance between Ten and Mads was mostly sweet and very supportive. I liked that it progressed somewhat slowly, and enjoyed the tension that speed created between the characters. However, I constantly felt like something was lacking. I wished I’d seen more of the emotions and feelings develop on page, and I think that prevented me from really immersing myself in this romance. I also found the way Mads’s bisexuality was dismissed almost insulting in its simplicity. While I understood coming out wasn’t as challenging for this particular character, the way it was handled definitely wasn’t my favorite. So much of the concentration remained on Ten’s coming out, that I think there were some missed opportunities which would have furthered my connection to this couple and their story. As a fan of hockey, I always have some nerves trying out new-to-me hockey romance authors. This was another area, Changing Lines excelled. There were plenty of finer details to satisfy fans of the sport, including the feelings surrounding games, teams, and hockey careers; yet there was enough explanation of the major elements and terms so as not to confuse readers who don’t avidly watch hockey. Overall, I enjoyed multiple elements of Changing Lines. Though there were some conflicts, because they resolved rather smoothly, I’d consider this a low angst romance with likable characters. While I had some issues with parts of it and didn’t find the romance as well developed as I’d like, the secondary characters introduced in this book and the team dynamics peaked my interest. I’ll definitely see what the next book offers before deciding if The Harrisburg Railers series gets a yay or nay from me. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
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    A great beginning to a new series!

    I've read a lot of books by RJ Scott but this is the first one for me by V.L. Locey. Just what I need, another great author to follow – lol. Age gap stories are not something I look for, but if a favorite author writes one I will certainly read it. Actually, Tennant (Ten) and Jared (Mads) are only 9 years apart; to me this isn't really much of an age gap given that both MCs are over 21. One of the tropes I do love though, is falling for a sibling's best friend; so, even if I didn't already love RJ Scott's work, this is a story I would totally go for. Jared is the best friend of Tennant's oldest brother. Tennant is the youngest of three brothers – all of them professional hockey players. He loves his brothers but he also has felt a bit stifled because of always being compared to them. He accepts a trade to an expansion team and his oldest brother thinks it's a mistake. Jared's a coach on Tennant's new team and he hasn't seen Ten in years. The two of them quickly realize their attraction for each other but Ten isn't out and their relationship could jeopardize his career. This story is told from alternating points of view by Jared and Tennant; it was full of feels for me. Jared has a 17-year-old son and seeing him do all he can to protect him touched my heart. Ten has to deal with coming out to his team and his family and how all of that went down moved me to tears. I won't tell you if they were happy or sad tears, you'll have to read the story to find out for yourself. Changing Lines is also full of hockey jargon and it was kind of a weird thing for me…. I'm not a fan of any sports but hockey would definitely be a one that I know next to nothing about. But, none of that meant a thing to me when I read this story. To me the jargon was secondary to the story and the fact that I didn't totally understand all of it didn't make a bit of difference. I'm sure I'll learn and understand a lot more about hockey before this series ends. I loved the epilogue for Jared and Ten's story and the teaser for book 2 that followed. I just know that Railers Hockey is going to be a great 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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    Brilliant story

    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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    Good read

    Sexy read, fun, sports, family, just plain hot. 4 stars for me is a good read. I reserve 5 stars for the epic.

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