Blog Tour: Road Rules by Brigham Vaughn
Road Rules | Brigham Vaughn
Rules of the Game #1
Release Date: March 24th, 2023
Rule #1: Hockey Comes First
As NHL team captain, Zane Murphy’s goal for the upcoming season is simple: take the Evanston River Otters all the way to the Stanley Cup.
Rule #2: Only On the Road
But an unexpectedly hot night with his best friend and teammate Ryan Hartinger throws Zane’s carefully laid plans and his sexuality into disarray.
Rule #3: Don’t Fall in Love with Your Best Friend
When feelings begin to creep in, Zane will have to decide if he’s willing to throw out the rules and risk his career and his friendship for a chance at winning it all.
“That was a sick goal at the end of the second period, man.”
Zane Murphy looked away from the NHL game on the TV screen to mile at his new road roommate. “Thanks. Your pass was a beauty.”
“I’ve gotcha tape to tape, my dude. Tape to tape.”
Zane gave him an amused glance. He still wasn’t sure what to make of Ryan Hartinger.
They were only a few weeks into the season and Ryan was a freshman player. He was a solid winger and a great locker-room guy. He had an infectious energy on and off the ice and so far, Zane was pretty pleased to have him as a liney.
He was a little less sure how he felt about rooming with him on the road though.
Ryan reminded him of a not-very-well-trained golden retriever.
And he talked. A lot.
“Keep it up and hopefully we’ll have a better season this year than last,” Zane said with a sigh as he glanced back at the Boston vs. Dallas game.
Last season, the University of Michigan’s ice hockey team had been knocked out of the Frozen Four in the first round to a school that shouldn’t have been able to beat them. It still stung.
If only he’d gotten that last goal in the net instead of the puck bouncing off the post like that …
“If we keep it up, maybe someday we’ll be playing there,” Ryan said, nodding at the TV.
“God, I hope so.” Zane didn’t even try to hide the longing in his voice.
“Hey, you’ve already been drafted by the Otters. You’ve got a great shot at it.”
Zane settled back against the headboard of the hotel room bed, trying to push down the warm glow that settled in his chest at the thought of his draft day last summer. The Otters were a newer NHL expansion team in the Chicago Illinois area and Zane was itching to play for them.
He’d been watching Anders Lindholm—their top line center—burn up the league for years with Boston and a shot at playing on a team with him was everything.
Some guys Zane knew had called him crazy for planning to finish his degree first but his parents were pretty strongly in favor of him earning one in case the NHL didn’t work out, and Zane understood that.
Besides, U of M’s team was so fucking good. Zane had gotten a ton of experience, dialed in his game, and felt much more seasoned as a player than he had a few years ago. And he was looking forward to another shot at the college hockey championship this year.
It meant he’d probably have to spend less time bouncing between the Otters and their AHL affiliate. He hoped so anyway.
About the Author
Brigham Vaughn is on the adventure of a lifetime as a full-time author. She devours books at an alarming rate and hasn’t let her short arms and long torso stop her from doing yoga. She makes a killer key lime pie, hates green peppers, and loves wine tasting tours.
A collector of vintage Nancy Drew books and green glassware, she enjoys poking around in antique shops and refinishing thrift store furniture. An avid photographer, she dreams of traveling the world and she can’t wait to discover everything else life has to offer her.
Her books range from short stories to novellas to novels. They explore gay, bisexual, lesbian, and polyamorous romance in contemporary settings. Pronouns: she/her
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