Gorgeous addition to the Harrisburg Railers series


Last Defense by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This one is as gorgeous as the cover and difficult to review without giving a lot away!

There’s the usual excellent level of ice hockey detail you’d expect from this series, all our usual suspects make plenty of appearances and Stan is still the best Russian goalie ever 🙂

But, in this one, we have a different type of relationship which looks at how sometimes it’s the things we don’t say which can be the most important.

I admired Ben, I adored Max, and I wanted to squish hug Bucky the dog, and together they were just absolutely perfect. Everything I’d want to see in a relationship, supportive, understanding, caring, hot as a burning fire.

The angsty is still there though, hiding away until it eventually boils over. I’m not going to go into the plot as this is one which needs to be read blind, but believe me, the tension is real with this one!

I loved everything in this story, the narrative pacing was perfect, the romance was so sweet and passionate.
I loved that there was no doubts from Max about Ben’s love for his sadly deceased husband. I loved how Ben’s great aunts were meddlers for all the right reasons.

The interracial elements are handled well, Ben’s wry commentary on how his skin colour would be perceived in the posh neighbourhood where Stan and Alex live if he followed Max’s suggestion of “just driving around until they spotted the big gates”, was perfectly judged.

I’m hard pressed to pick a favourite Railers story but this one would be pushing hard.

#ARC kindly provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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