New Release Review ~ Perfect Gifts by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Excerpt)

Perfect Gifts (Railers 12)

GLBTQ, MM, Trope: Adoption, Hockey, Family/Friends
Released: 18 November 2022
KU: 25 November
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Harrisburg Railers, 12
Length: 33,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: https://rjscott.co.uk/read-perfect
Available – Wide Release, all platforms – moving to KU 25  November
ISBN – 9781785643910

 

Family comes first in all things. Whatever the cost.
Ten had always heard the saying, “Out of the mouths of babes,” but he hadn’t expected it to hit home as it had. After a comment from their daughter, Ten and Jared ponder an addition to the family. Moving into the adoption process is nerve-wracking and riddled with anxiety—kind of the way the Railers have been playing as of late. Bringing two young men into their homes and hearts won’t be a smooth ride. But with patience, humor, and love, the bumpy road might just be a little easier to travel.
Expanding their small family was always in the cards, but no one could have foreseen the process clashing with the worst ever start to a Railers season. A string of losses, a vital player missing from the defense, a captain in the emergency room—and winning a single game seems impossible, let alone getting the team to the playoffs. Faced with hard decisions, Jared refuses to take his work home, but it’s difficult when your husband is at the leading edge of the losing streak. His focus fractures when one sibling they’re matched with is frustrated, angry, and has a healthy dose of mistrust.
Jared and Ten’s parenting skills are tested, but they’ll do anything to make a place in their home the perfect gift for two children lost in the system.

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New Release Reviews ~ Stop the Wedding by RJ Scott (Excerpt)

Stop the Wedding

GLBTQ, MM, Trope: Christmas, Second Chances, Best Friends to Lovers
Released KU – 1 November 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Part of the Snowed Inn collection of standalone stories connected by the avalanche
Length: 45,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: https://rjscott.co.uk/read-stop_the_wedding
ISBN – 9781785643392
Blurb:
One drunken phone call with a desperate plea for help and an admission of love, and Patrick races to stop his best friend from marrying the wrong man.
Patrick never stopped loving Declan, even if he did shove him away at graduation when they kissed. His alpha-type brothers and father, with all their firefighter history, would never accept him being bi, or understand his need to step outside of the family firm and be a cop. So, he hides how he feels, and ends up losing the only man he’s ever really loved. The only reconciliation they tried was on the night he found out Declan was engaged, and he never imagined he’d have a chance to make things right. That is, until he receives a desperate phone call from Declan asking to be rescued. Through travel chaos and storms, Patrick finally reaches the venue in the Colorado mountains, but with an empty wedding room and no sign of Declan or the fiancé, he knows he’s too late.
All too familiar with rejection, jilted by his fiancé on his wedding day, and lost, Declan has no idea what comes next. He never imagined he’d be entirely alone after his former fiancé and the wedding party leave, or that an avalanche would trap him in the hotel over Christmas. And worse? Patrick is in the hotel with him and won’t leave him alone. Sharing a room with his former best friend is the last thing Declan wants, but maybe nature has given him a sign that he needs to confront the past and find a way to move on with his life. If only it was easy to fall out of love with the man who holds your heart.
All the books in the Snowed Inn collection are standalone stories and can be read in any order.

Snowed Inn Overview

These are standalone books – the books can be read in any order
All books in KU, series link here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0BHH63KVV
RJ Scott – Stop the Wedding
H.L Day – Five Night Stand
V.L. Locey – Checking it Twice
LC Chase – Breakfast Included
Xenia Melzer – The Real Kaimana
Meredith Russell – Stuck With You
Eli Easton – A Changeling Christmas

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Release Blitz ~ Blade by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Review + Excerpt)

Blade (Boston Rebels 5)

GLBTQ, MM, Trope: Hurt Comfort, Autism, PTSD, Hockey, Family/Friends
Released: 26 August 2022
KU: 7 September
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boston Rebels
Length: 56,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Buy it Here

https://rjscott.co.uk/read-royal
Available – Wide Release, all platforms – moving to KU 7 September

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/blade-boston-rebels-book-5-by-rj-scott-and-v-l-locey


Love doesn’t have a formula. It’s messy, unpredictable, and impossible to control for the autistic billionaire inventor and the hockey player who believes he’s lost everything. 

Moral “Dunny” Dunkirk has a passion for life. A robust outdoorsman, lover of life, and one of the Boston Rebels fan favorites, Dunny has always embraced excitement and the drive to try new things. During his inaugural flight behind the controls of a small plane, the fates decide to test his mettle in a way he’s never envisioned. When everything crashes down around him, he’s lost in depression and alone in his cabin, facing an existence that is nothing like the one he previously led. Desperate to find some hope, Dunny reaches out to The Harvey Foundation, who might be able to help, and he soon finds himself being lifted out of the pit of darkness he’d fallen into, one shy uplifting smile at a time.

Accidental billionaire and inventor Cooper Harvey is happy in the seclusion of his lab, determined to make the world a better place one invention at a time. His autism gifts him with unique vision, but the media label him as quirky, reclusive, or a genius, depending on the day of the week, and it’s only in the most splendid isolation his vast wealth can buy that he feels safe. He goes out of his way to avoid sex with all its complicated and messy emotions, but a chance meeting with a test subject for his latest invention shakes his carefully controlled world. Interest in the hockey player who thinks he’s lost everything shows Cooper that life can’t be measured in chemical reactions, and attraction is unpredictable and messy. Terrified of facing something new, he doesn’t know where to turn, but maybe, if he’s brave and with a partner who sees beneath the surface, he can finally find a love that makes sense.

https://rjscott.co.uk/read-blade

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Release Blitz ~ The Soldier and the Bodyguard by RJ Scott (Review + Excerpt)

The Soldier and the Bodyguard

GLBTQ, MM,
Trope: Hurt Comfort, Best Friends to Lovers, PTSD, Brain Injury, Peril, Found Family
Released: 17 June 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Ellery Mountain
Length: 60,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60866260-the-soldier-and-the-bodyguard

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-soldier-and-the-bodyguard-ellery-mountain-book-10-by-rj-scott

All Buy Links can be found here: https://rjscott.co.uk/read-soldierbodyguard
Available – Wide Release, all platforms

Blurb:

Someone wants JC dead, and Adrian is the only thing standing in the way. Has war followed them home? Or is something more sinister at play?

JC struggles to understand his place in the world, and despite being wealthy beyond imagination, he’s never found real happiness outside of his friendship with Adrian. Enlisting in the army is his attempt at finding purpose, but tragedy strikes, and only the Ellery Veterans Center can help put back the pieces of his shattered life. With a bullet fragment in his brain and seemingly no hope of ever being the man he once was, he begins to lose courage.

Adrian didn’t hesitate to follow his best friend to war, but with their unit decimated in an ambush and JC bleeding into the dirt, Adrian buries his hopes for the future to keep the man he loves safe. Acting as JC’s bodyguard means he is secure for now, but threats from an unknown person escalate to attempted murder, and Adrian has no choice but to take JC and run. When the Sanctuary Foundation intervenes and takes them into their care, they might be safe, but revealed secrets could destroy everything.

Sometimes, even if love finds a way through tragedy, it can be impossible to imagine forever.

This book features characters from my action-adventure romantic suspense Sanctuary series, but you do not have to have read Sanctuary to enjoy this story. This best friends to lover’s, hurt-comfort romance has bodyguards, threats, found family, and a guaranteed love-filled happily ever after.


Series Details

Books should probably be read in order to get the best out of the series, but each can be read as a standalone

  1. The Firefighter and the Cop – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-FiremanCop
  2. The Teacher and the Soldier – http://rjscott.co.uk/TeacherSoldier
  3. The Carpenter and the Actor – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-CarpenterActor
  4. The Doctor and the Bad Boy – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-doctorbadboy
  5. The Paramedic and the Writer – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-ParamedicWriter
  6. The Barman and the SEAL – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-BarmanSeal
  7. The Agent and the Model – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-AgentModel
  8. The Sinner and the Saint – http://rjscott.co.uk/Read-SinnerSaint
  9. The Gardener and the Marine – https://rjscott.co.uk/read-gardenermarine
  10. The Soldier and the Bodyguard – https://rjscott.co.uk/read-soldierbodyguard

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Release Blitz ~ Royal Lines by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Review + Excerpt)

Royal Lines (Boston Rebels 4)

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Hockey, GLBTQ, family, Royalty, European Country, Family Expectation
Released: 20 May 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boston Rebels
Length: 59,000
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Available – Wide Release on May 10

Moving to KU June 10


They’re setting fire to the sheets, but a romance between an out and proud hockey star and a reformed playboy prince could end up burning them both.

Marquis Miller might be one of the NHL’s best players, single, wealthy, and open about his sexuality, but he knows his future lies in taking over the reins of the family’s multimillion-dollar company after retirement. Jumping on the family jet, he heads to Europe, tasked with schmoozing a prince into accepting his company’s bid on a significant castle renovation. Assuming he’d encounter a dusty old monarch well into his dotage, Marquis is stunned to find out that Kaleb is a young, sophisticated, beautiful man with an impressive work ethic, to-die-for eyes, and a certain flair that captures Marquis’s attention.

Dragging the royal palace into the twenty-first century is one battle after another for the king’s youngest son. Juggling renovations, his royal duties, and attempting to reverse his former playboy prince reputation is impossible when everyone keeps dumping problems in his lap. His chaotic life takes yet another turn when an American hockey player arrives at the castle to discuss a renovation project. Marquis is the antithesis of Kaleb’s newly minted, responsible outlook on life, a jock, a player, willing to take chances. Although the forbidden sex is hot, Kaleb is not ready to turn on his family responsibilities for a pretty smile and a smart mouth.

Family is everything and romance will always come in second, until they open their hearts to love.

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Release Blitz ~ Listen (Single Dads 5) by RJ Scott (Reviews)

Listen (Single Dads 5)

GLBTQ, MM, Single Dad Romance, adoption
Genre: Single Dad Romance
Trope: Hate to Love, Adoption, Family
Released: 18 March 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Single Dads
Length: 67,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54009587-listen
All Buy Links can be found here: http://rjscott.co.uk/read-listen
Available – Wide Release
Blurb:
He only wanted to make the best home for his new daughter; he never meant to fall in love with the man who might steal her away.

Nick and his husband had always wanted a big family, but when cancer took Danny six years ago, Nick was left a single dad of three. He never considered his broken heart would heal enough to add to his family, but as soon as he meets Teegan he knows he wants to adopt the little girl. Born profoundly deaf, Teegan has been rejected twice already in the adoption process and hasn’t found her forever home. Nick wants to be her hero—her dad—and create a world that is safe and happy for her. He knows he wants to make her life perfect—he doesn’t know how to go about it or understand the best thing to do for his family, and he needs help. Enter Elliot, and Nick finds himself falling for the frustrating, sexy, inspiring, and caring teacher who can make things right.Elliot is wary of helping the man who appears more interested in public opinion than the needs of his own family. But, learning that Nick, wealthy and entitled, is now adopting a deaf child, Elliot knows this is a step too far and strides into battle. As the child of deaf adults, Elliot knows he is the best person to advocate for little Teegan and, if needed, he is determined to intervene and halt the adoption. Nothing and no one will get in Elliot’s way when it falls on him to protect Teegan. Not even love.

This single dad story features a widower struggling to make things right, a teacher battling for a child’s wellbeing, an adorable toddler, three loving siblings, a home with a view of the ocean.  


Series Details

  1. Single – rjscott.co.uk/read-single
  2. Today – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Today
  3. Promise – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Promise 
  4. Always – rjscott.co.uk/Read-Always 
  5. Listen – rjscott.co.uk/read-listen

Excerpt

“I’ll donate to something in your name,” I blurted.

Elliot gave me that stare—the one that drilled holes into my psyche and made me feel about two-foot-tall. “You can’t buy everything,” he muttered.

Venetia sucked her teeth. “Mr. Curtis, please.” She stepped back from us, a hand at her throat, and I wondered if she was about to collapse with the horror that one of her teachers was talking to one of the parents in such a direct fashion. 

“A substantial donation,” I said directly to Venetia, because I wasn’t above using my money for the things that were important to me. “Ten thousand,” I said. No one moved or said anything. “Twenty,” I added, and I know I sounded desperate.

Elliot narrowed his eyes as he crossed his arms over his chest, the book he’d been reading, a battered copy of the complete works of Shakespeare, clutched there. He glared at me so hard I braced myself for the next barbed comment.

“Twenty thousand?” He seemed to want confirmation.

“Yes, twenty to wherever you suggest, no strings attached, but this—what we’re doing and what I need—has to stay in this room,” I added, needing Venetia and Elliot to tell me my private business would not be blurted all around the school, making a media event out of something that should be private. Supposedly intelligent journalist needs assistant to understand his new daughter’s world. Seeks help. Meets man he insulted and should never have tasted. Makes idiot of self.

“Of course, of course, NDA and all that,” Venetia said with exuberance, and then she appeared to consider the meeting ended and opened the door for us to leave. Elliot slipped out immediately, but I was caught by Venetia air-kissing me, and with a not-so-subtle reminder. “I look forward to your comments on my funding proposal for the basketball team.”

“Absolutely, will do.” I didn’t even recall saying I would fund another sports team—I’d rather put the money into science where Caleb excelled; or English, where Hannah did so well. I could sponsor and fund the team when Mason arrived at the school, given he was the jock-in-training. 

I extricated myself as politely as I could, then hurried into the corridor, but Elliot was long gone, which was just the icing on the freaking cake. 

Fuck.


~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Beautiful Stars

I have loved all this series, but this is my favourite by far, which based on the quality of the other books, says a lot. I’m not a great fan of prologues as they are often unnecessary or give too much away. Here, that is not the case. It details beautifully the MCs, we see so much of their characters in that short event and it sets up the story perfectly.

I adored both of these guys. Nick and Elliott both have passion in spades. There is such a vulnerability about Nick, that for someone with such a forceful job, he keeps hidden. He wants so badly to be the best parent to his children and is fighting to be able to be that for Teegan but fears he won’t be able to meet his needs. Elliott is obviously wary of the man who attracted him so strongly but hurt him in equal measures. Gradually though, as he is drawn into Nick’s world, he sees the real man, how genuine and loving he is, and cannot resist him.

This works as a stand-alone but I’d absolutely read the series. Low on heat until near the end, this is a sweet, emotional story about two guys who are perfect for each other if they can just allow it to happen. Nick believes he has had his chance at love, which is why he fights his feelings. Elliott is torn, does being an advocate for the child and the community he was brought up with clash with his feelings for this man? This story drew me, held me captive, and left me breathless at the end. It really was perfect.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.**

~ * ~ Jessicas Review ~ * ~

4 Stars
Nick is a well-known TV personality, and Eliot is his daughter’s teacher. Nick visits Eliot to discuss Hannah (his daughter), and they end up arguing, kissing, and hurting each other in a matter of minutes. They avoid each other afterward. Six years later, Nick needs Eliot’s help. As a C.O.D.A. (child of a deaf adult) he is fluent in ASL, and Nick needs his help learning before the adoption of Teegan is finalized. They go into their new working relationship with baggage that works in their favor.
I loved how Nick’s kids had such a big part in this book. I was not a fan of how fast he threw his relationship with Eliot into the mix, even if Hannah already knew Eliot. I also loved how Danny, Nick’s deceased husband, is very present in this story and how Eliot never shies away from his name and even mentions him.

The sexy moments were unneeded in this book. I found them a bit awkward. Like this book could have been 5 stars without them. I loved the theme as many people are currently going through it, and it’s not something I have thought about much. This was pretty different from the earlier books but still a great read.

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement. ***

The Author

RJ SCOTT

RJ Scott, author of M/M romance.
Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards
USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always 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 box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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Release Blitz ~ Rivals by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Review + Excerpt)

Rivals (Harrisburg Railers 11)

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Hockey, GLBTQ, family, Olympics, Medals, Past catching up with you, HEA
Released: 28 January 2022
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Harrisburg Railers
Length: 35,000 words Novella
Cover Design: Meredith Russell

 

Buy it Here

http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-rivals*
Available – Wide Release with no pre-order

Moving to KU 4 February


RIVALS

Authors: RJ Scott, V.L. Locey
Series: RAILERS HOCKEY, Book 11
Genres: Hockey, Romance

Playing for their country in the Winter Olympics is the highest of all honors, but when family members are pitted as rivals and a dark specter from the past turns up in Beijing, tensions run high, and abruptly, it’s not all about the hockey. 

Jared is torn—assistant coach for Team Canada, with Ryker on the team; he bleeds red and white and wears the maple leaf with pride. Only Ten is now a rival, and not only that, but the country they’re all playing in frowns on his marriage and keeps him and Ten apart. Jared wants to win gold for his country and his son, but he’d be so proud if Ten were to win. He’s confused and concerned, but when a face from their past turns up to play, he’s furious.

Being picked for Team USA is one of the things Tennant dreamed of when he was a little boy. All of his other aspirations have come true through hard work, determination, and pure talent. Now he’s about to represent his country in front of the world, and the pressure is starting to build. He’s also just come face-to-face with a hated rival from a dark period in his past. Add in the burden of squaring off against his husband and stepson, and Ten is feeling the pressure to be perfect.

Family becomes rivalsbut love always wins.

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Release Blitz ~ The Wishing Tree by RJ Scott (Reviews + Excerpt)

The Wishing Tree

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: GLBTQ, First love, silk kink, best friends brother, snow, small-town romance
Released: 10 December
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: NONE
Length: 48,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-wishingtree
Available – KU

ISBN – 9781785642623

It takes an impossible Christmas wish for Bailey to find forever love with his brother’s best friend.

Turning twenty-five and still a virgin, Bailey has barely dated, let alone acted on the private fantasies featuring his brother’s best friend, newly retired hockey star, Kai. All he wants is for Kai to love him, but after a summer when Kai’s anger drove them apart, love doesn’t seem possible at all.

When Kai goes home to Wishing Tree, he knows he owes everyone an apology, not least of all to the man he loves. He’s convinced he can be the man Bailey deserves, and he needs to show Bailey how much he’s changed.

The only problem? Bailey has secrets he’s scared will drive Kai away, and Kai is running out of time to convince Bailey that falling in love starts with a wish, and can end up in forever.

The Wishing Tree is a standalone small-town Christmas MM romance with perfect snow, twinkling lights, a first real kiss, a shy virgin with a silken kink, a retired hockey player, and all the Christmas feels.


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Release Blitz ~ Snowed by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Review + Excerpt)

Snowed (Boston Rebels 3)

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Hockey, GLBTQ, Second Chance, snowstorm, forced proximity, stalker
Released: 3 December
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boston Rebels
Length: 54,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell


Buy it Here

All Buy Links can be found here: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-snowed
Available – Wide Release

Moving to KU 17 December

ISBN – 9781785642623


Snowed

Authors: RJ ScottV.L. Locey

A second chance at love is all Kyle wants for Christmas, but a dark menace from his past wants him dead, and love is second to staying alive.

Kyle Lourenco has carved out a comfortable life and career for himself in Boston. With the holidays quickly approaching, he’s heading home for the first time in several years. Home to his loving parents and the small Canadian town where he was raised. And home to Christian, his best friend and the first man to steal his heart.

Just as a winter storm begins to blow in, it forces Kyle off the road only miles from home and a dark and sinister force from his past creeps ever closer. His only hope is getting to Christian’s cabin before the evil that has haunted him for years finally catches up to him.

Best friends since they were three, Christian Gauthier grew up next door to Kyle, in a remote mountain town with one stoplight and a forty-mile round trip to the nearest school. When Kyle left town for a shot at a professional hockey career, he took Christian’s heart with him. Even though he knew Kyle was always destined for bigger things, it hadn’t stopped Christian from falling for him as soon as he knew what love was.

With Christmas coming soon and a major snowstorm heading their way, Christian shuts the doors to the family store and heads to his cabin, where he will be on standby as an official volunteer for Search and Rescue. He has never regretted staying in Eagle Ridge, but a near miss on a simple rescue leads him to reevaluate everything, and when Kyle ends up at his door, he knows that guarding his heart might not be the best solution after all.

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Release Tour ~ Desert Dreams by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Review + Excerpt)

Desert Dreams (Owatonna 6)

This story is best read as part of the series. It can’t be read as a standalone.

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Hockey, GLBTQ, Former Abuse, Shelter, Ranch
Released: 14 October 2021
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Owatonna
Length: 28,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-desertdreams
Available – Wide Release
ISBN – 9781785642975


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http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-desertdreams on ALL platforms


Desert Dreams

Authors: RJ ScottV.L. Locey
Series: OWATONNA U (Hockey Romance), Book 6
Genre: Hockey
Tag: 2021 RJ VL

When danger stalks their new home, it’s only their strength as a couple that keeps them safe.  

Ryker misses Jacob every day he’s away. At the start of a new Raptors season with everything to play for, Jacob, the desert ranch, and their small menagerie of animals have become an oasis of peace in a turbulent world. He’s never ridden a horse, he’s never considered how much this place would mean to him, but suddenly he’s forming a connection with a mare called Tops and loving every moment of this new life. Balancing hockey with his love for Jacob, he feels that nothing can ever go wrong.

With his life finally on track, Jacob is pouring all of himself into the dream he shares with Ryker. Putting the final touches on Mountain Vista Ranch, a halfway home for troubled LGBTQ youth and their families, fills his heart with pride. When their first clients arrive, he finds himself drawn to the small family and their plight. Little does he or Ryker know that the darkness the newcomers have fled from is following them.

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Release Blitz ~ Back Check (Boston Rebels #2) by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Back Check(Boston Rebels, 2)
GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Single Dad, Joint Care of a Baby, Hockey, Surprise Baby, Custody
Released: 31 August 2021
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boston Rebels
Length: 55,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-backcheck
Available – Wide Release
ISBN – 9781785642456

#SingleDad, #Surprise, #Baby, Custody #MMHockeyRomance
Meeting Joachim could save his daughter’s life, but it may well cost Isaac his heart.
It’s been one hell of a year for Joachim Löfgren. After a long summer in rehab, he’s been moved to a new town, one far away from the warm Florida sun he so adores, to bolster a struggling Boston defense since the departure of their beloved team captain. He hasn’t even unpacked his skates properly when fate lands another blow, and he’s told that he is dad to a gravely ill child he never knew existed. It’s an easy decision for the burly defenseman to help and he opens up his new home to his child and her guardian Isaac. He’s instantly enchanted with the preschooler as well as her uncle and decides that his life will only be complete if his daughter is part of it. Filing for custody is the only option he feels he has, but this throws his budding relationship with Isaac into utter chaos. The two men soon find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom as they both fight for the life they feel is best for Sophia.
Despite grieving for the loss of his sister, Isaac doesn’t hesitate to take on the responsibility for his newborn niece Sophia, creating a brand new family of two built on love and laughter. He has a steady income painting pet portraits during the day, but it’s the subversive and satirical cartoons he draws at night that silence his thoughts in the dark. They don’t have much as a family, but he is Sophia’s dad now, and nothing and no one will ever come between them. When a routine pediatric checkup shows that Sophia is ill, it forces Isaac to confront every one of his fears. Finding a matching donor is her only hope, and Isaac begins the journey to find Sophia’s mysterious father. There are no names or dates in his sister’s battered journal, and all Isaac knows is that he’s looking for a hockey player who was nothing more than a one-night stand. Little does he know that finding Joachim could destroy everything.

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Release Blitz ~ The Gardener and the Marine by RJ Scott (Giveaway)

The Gardener and the Marine (Ellery Mountain, 9)

Triggers for PTSD and past suicide ideation
Harrison is alone and hurting with his memories gone, but Toby shows him that love can heal even the most broken of hearts.
After losing his entire team in a roadside bomb, Harrison is left with a traumatic brain injury, a broken body, and scars on his heart that might never heal. Staying at the Ellery Mountain Veterans Center is the first step in healing, but short-term memories evade him, and the only thing he trusts is the love of Barney, his support dog.
Until he meets Toby.
Toby lands the chance of a lifetime, using his horticultural skills to aid in working with veterans during their physical and mental recovery. Meeting Harrison on his first day goes badly, but there is something between them that could be more than just friendship.
With time, it could even become love.
#HurtComfort #MMHockeyRomance  *Can be read as a standalone* *some mention of previous characters, but not enough to cause an issue*
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This story was previously available in weekly installments in RJ’s newsletter.  The file has been edited and a few scenes added.

Series Details

  1. The Fireman and the Cop
  2. The Teacher and the Soldier
  3. The Carpenter and the Actor
  4. The Doctor and the Bad Boy
  5. The Paramedic and the Writer
  6. The Barman and the SEAL
  7. The Agent and the Model
  8. The Sinner and the Saint
  9. The Gardener and the Marine
  10. The Soldier and the Bodyguard – currently a free weekly series in my newsletter  **
** Readers who want the next story in free installments can sign up here: https://rjscott.co.uk/GMNL)

Excerpt

I didn’t look at them, let alone talk to them, and even though I sensed Daniel wanted to ask me if I was okay, I ignored him and was quickly halfway up the stairs, my hand on Barney’s collar, hoping like hell for my leg not to buckle. He didn’t call up after me. No one shouted in this place, because it was an oasis of peace and a secure shelter for all those damaged vets who’d been chewed up and spit out by war.
When my recollection of why I was here hit me front and center, I counted myself as one of the lucky ones to find a place to hide. I wasn’t a danger to anyone else, but I was a danger to myself. The night terrors, the panic attacks, the stupid fucking inability to be a goddamned man—that was why I was there. The hospital staff healed my body to the best of their ability, the shrinks attempted to fix my head, but I didn’t have peace, and Barney was the only thing I cared about.
Caring got you hurt, and I was too raw to extend any affection or understanding to anyone but Barney.
I slumped onto my bed, then flopped backward, hands extended to each edge, Barney jumping up and curling himself right into my side. My heart raced, my head hurt, but once I matched my breathing to Barney’s and allowed his presence to soothe me, I began to calm.
“Danno, Brat, Diaz, Spook, and me,” I whispered into the room. “Danno, Brat, Diaz, Spook, and me.” The names of the fallen were a reminder of what I’d seen and lost and were a way to connect with the world around me. Other people grieved Danno and Brat’s loss—they’d only been kids both of them with big families. Diaz had a girlfriend who blamed me for her beloved dying on my watch. Spook had been married no more than a month and had left a pregnant wife behind.
I had my mom, but I’d pushed her away when I was in hospital. I know that because it’s written in my book.
Why didn’t the explosion take me?

~ * ~ Jos Review ~ * ~

5 Stars
This is a beautiful, slow-burn romance that shows that there is love for everyone. Originally, an episodic series through the author’s newsletters, this is a dual POV story about Toby and Harrison. While set in a world of previous stories, it does however work as a stand-alone.
Harrison is a marine with long-term health issues from serving, he struggles to retain events and faces. Into his life comes Toby, who starts running a garden at Harrison’s rehabilitation centre. For both there is a spark, but how can they move forward when the only real memories Harrison has are in the book he writes things down in.
What follows is an emotional, believable story about how if there is patience, faith, and hope, then love will bloom. I loved the gentle feel of this story; the connection between the characters leaps off the page. The portrayal of Harrison is absolutely believable and very touching. I wanted to just hug him and shed tears over his pain and how wonderful their HEA is. Toby sees the man behind the pain and injuries.
An absolutely hauntingly beautiful love story and a total recommendation from me.
***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure. A review wasn’t a requirement.***

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The Author

RJ SCOTT

RJ Scott, author of M/M romance.
Writing love stories with a happy ever after – cowboys, heroes, family, hockey, single dads, bodyguards
USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott has written over one hundred romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always 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 box of chocolates she couldn’t defeat.

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Release Blitz ~ Summer Drifter by RJ Scott (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Summer Drifter (Whisper Ridge Wyoming, 2)

GLBTQ, MM
Genre: Contemporary Cowboy/Ranch Romance
Trope: Family Found, Cowboy/Rancher, Past Loss
Released: 29 July
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Wyoming
Length: 72000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Editor: Sue Laybourn
Available – Wide Release, all platforms
ISBN – 9781785642197

Blurb

🐎  Opposites Attract
🐎  Millionaire/Cowboy
🐎  Secret Baby Uncle
🐎  A new life
🐎  Horses, ranches, and cowboys everywhere
One craves family, the other isolation; neither of them expected love.
Experienced and much-in-demand horse trainer Levi doesn’t need or want people. With his horse and dog at his side, he lives out of his trailer and trains horses in the summer to earn just enough to head south for winter. Infrequent hook-ups with no-tell cowboys takes care of sex, but the moment any connection gets anywhere near complicated, he moves on. Losing a lover to violence has taught him that if he’s alone, he can’t get hurt, and in return, he avoids the pain of loss. Everything in his easy-going life is on track until he knocks over Quinn, a pink-haired stranger who pirouettes in front of his truck, sits in his lap and calls him cowboy with the sexiest voice he’s ever heard. Anger turns to frustration, lust turns to love, and by the end of the summer, Levi doesn’t know which way to turn.
Quinn loses everything when the cops find his brother’s body on the remains of a compound that belonged to a cult. Damaged and vulnerable, Max had been the only safe place for Quinn in his otherwise cold family, but finding out that Max might have had a son sends Quinn to Wyoming and the Lennox Ranch. When he’s knocked to the ground on day one at the ranch, he wonders if maybe he should have thought things through better. After all, he’d bought two horses and a house to get close enough to Lennox ranch just to see if he was an uncle. He craves love, connection and is excited to be part of a family, searching for a place where he can finally stop running. He never meant to fall for the closed-off cowboy, but somehow Levi steals his heart and Quinn falls in love.

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Release Blitz ~ Top Shelf by RJ Scott & VL Locey (Reviews + Excerpt + Giveaway)

Top Shelf (Boston Rebels, 1)

GLBTQ, MM, Hockey Romance
Genre: Hockey Romance
Trope: Best Friend’s Brother
Released: 25 June 2021
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boston Rebels
Length: 51,000 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
All Buy Links can be found here: http://mmhockeyromance.com/Rebels1
Available – Wide Release
ISBN – 9781785642456

Top Shelf (Boston Rebels, 1)

#BestFriendsBrother #MMHockeyRomance #NewSeries
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Top Shelf (Boston Rebels 1)
Acting on the attraction to his best friend’s brother has always been off the table for Xander until a passionate hookup with Mason at a beach resort begins a love affair that burns long after summer ends.
Mason specializes in assisting same-sex couples on their journey to becoming parents and fighting every rule that blocks his way in the stuck-in-the-past agency that hired him. Living in his brother’s pool house is rent-free, and every cent he earns he saves for his dream—that one day he’d have his own company helping others. The downside is that he has to see his annoying brother every day, the upside is that his brother’s teammates from the Boston Rebels make regular visits. The eye candy that passes Mason’s window is almost enough to make him consider dating a hockey player, but not just any player though. Ever since Xander—his brother’s childhood friend—came out as gay at a press conference, Mason’s puppy love has turned into a burning attraction he can no longer ignore.
Hockey has been one of Xander’s main focuses since he was old enough to balance on skates. Well, hockey and Mason Kingsley, but Mason was always unattainable. Now that he’s about to see thirty candles on his birthday cake and is no longer hiding the fact he’s gay, he’s ready to find a soul mate to make his life complete. A summer vacation is just what he needs to have time to think, but when the Boston Rebels arriving in paradise with Mason in tow, thinking is the last thing he needs. One torrid night under a balmy moon and rules about not messing with his best friend’s brother vanish on a warm, tropical breeze.
Summer romances don’t generally last past Labor Day, but with the new season about to begin Xander and Mason are going to have to face the world and decide if their love is real enough to withstand everything.

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New Release Reviews ~ Jared by RJ Scott & Meredith Russell (Giveaway)

Jared (Boyfriend for Hire, 4)

GLBTQ, MM
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Trope: Fake Boyfriend, Single Dad
Released: 23 April
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Series: Boyfriend for Hire
Length: 180 pages, 40,300 words
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Available – Wide Release
ISBN – 9781785642463

BLURB

Jared’s world is turned upside down after Luka hands over his pocket money to hire him as a friend for his lonely, widowed dad.
Jared is good at his job, but his soft heart means that he often finds himself in the weirdest of situations. A kind-of-threesome, a disappearing swan, and a destroyed hotel room are just the tip of the iceberg, but he is a popular boyfriend-for-hire and always in demand. He dreams of working as a family psychologist one day, and as his work with Bryant & Waites is funding his studies, the last thing he wants is to lose his job. At a make-or-break meeting, Jared vows to focus on being strictly professional. Still, almost immediately, he meets Luka sitting on the office steps with pocket money in hand and with a sadness that melts Jared’s resolve. Luka explains that his mom passed away some years ago, and his hardworking father needs a friend. Jared has no intention of taking Luka’s pocket money, but he wants to make Luka smile again, and if being hired as a friend for Luka’s widowed dad is what it takes, then he’s all in.
Being a single dad to eleven-year-old Luka is the best thing in Nate’s world, but add running a bar with long hours, and his work-life balance is screwed. There’s certainly no time for relationships, and even though Luka worries about his dad’s love life daily, romance is the last thing on Nate’s agenda. Owning Rhea’s Bar and keeping his head above water is second only to his love for Luka. His entire world consists of his son and the bar until Jared stumbles into his life. Even though Nate won’t admit it, he’s lonely, and Jared is the first friend he’s made in a very long time. Could their friendship become something more?

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