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A beautiful & supportive romance drives this narrative

the underdog coverThe Underdog by Briar Prescott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favourite one yet in this excellent series from Briar, I just fell hook, line and sinker for both Anders and Wells.

It’s as funny as the others in the series, it’s a bit more slow burn, understandably so given the circumstances of Wells’ situation and Anders’ lack of confidence and it’s as full of the sense of family and friendship as books one and two.

Set five years after The Dating Game, we get to see Jamie and Connor still being happy together, there’s also a brief appearance from Grey and Kai, and obviously Max is present throughout too (and I am SO dying to find out what’s going on between him and Anders’ brother Isac (yes I’ve spelt that right 😁)

There’s a real warmth to the whole narrative, as both Anders and Wells start to open up as they reluctantly join forces to train the former for a triathlon that his younger twin siblings have entered him into (after he’d told a little white lie to them when they were kids that it was his lifelong dream to compete in one).

This thread of the twins’ happiness being Anders’ primary concern is present throughout, he’s effectively been their dad since he was 19 and their mother fecked off to Vegas.

He’s spent so long looking after them, he’s forgotten that it’s okay for him to want someone to look after him too and when Wells begins to realise he could be that person, it’s such a gorgeous moment.

I loved everything about them as a pairing and the care and support they offer each other is beautiful to see.

Can’t wait for more from Briar.

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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Release Blitz: Back Check by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Back Check | RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Boston Rebels #2

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Release Date: August 31st, 2021

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Length: 55,000 words

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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Blurb

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.

Excerpt

I scanned the rest of the journal, broken up once by Sophie waking up grumpy and hungry, but by the time midnight rolled around I knew without a doubt that Ashley had met and hooked up with a hockey fan she called Hockey Guy, or HG for short, because it was the only thing that made sense.

Which is why for the opening game of the preseason, I left Sophie with June, who had babysat for me in the past, and was dressed head to toe in neon lemon, then headed to the Fort Lauderdale Arena with three huge signs I’d drawn, determined to get the attention of every single hockey fan as they went into the place.

Sophie needed help so there I stood half-naked with face paint, looking like a canary. I couldn’t get a ticket to the game but if queuing fans read the signs and went to get themselves tested with the hospital to see if they were a match to Sophie, then it was a win. Maybe, somewhere, within the twenty-thousand people at the arena, HG might be there, and I was going to find him.
Because it really was Sophie’s last chance.

And I refused to let someone else die on my watch.

Series Overview

The Boston Rebels were established in the roaring twenties as one of the Original Six teams in the fledgling new professional hockey league. Success came to them somewhat quickly as they won the championship in nineteen thirty-two by beating New York to become the first American team to bring home the cup.

From the first out NHL captain, to the bright young star making his mark, the defenseman fighting addiction and finding out he’s a dad, to the goalie being stalked by a killer, meet a brand new team of hockey players from the authors of bestselling MM Hockey Romance’, RJ Scott & VL Locey.

Lost In Boston – Free Prequel: https://rjscott.co.uk/LIB_Master

1. Top Shelf – http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-topshelf

2. Back Check – http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-backcheck

3. Snowed – December 3rd, 2021

4. Royal Lines – Coming 2022

5. Bar Down – Coming 2022

6. Snipe – Coming 2022

About The Authors

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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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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee.

(Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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Things got a little bit overly dramatic in the middle but recovered nicely

57875135._SY475_Back Check by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This whole review will be spoiler tagged.

I’m not sure what happened here, one minute it was shaping up to being my favourite in the series and the next it went in to some serious dramady all out of nowhere.

Honestly, it was a bit bizarre how the plot went pear-shaped but I think a lot of it may be because, for me at any rate, things between Isaac and Joachim developed way too fast for the subsequent fall-out.

Usually RJ and Vicki build up such real depth, even over relatively short time periods, that I absolutely get with the program of two guys falling in love and being utterly committed.

Here it was all mixed into the wider and more serious narrative about Sophie’s leukemia, the fears Isaac had over losing her like he had every other member of his family, and Joachim’s alcohol addiction.

So when Joachim presented Isaac with the papers to formally submit to become recognised as Sophie’s father, and everything kicked off, I was left with whiplash.

Isaac’s overreaction, even given his fears, was just too dramatic for me. He never stopped to listen to what Joachim was trying to say – that he wanted both of them in his life.

Then, conversely, Joachim’s presentation of the documents left a whole load to be desired too, and the story seemed to utterly combust at this point.

Fortunately, it did get back on track, there was some intervention from everyone’s favourite red-headed Pole and his lovely husband, a bit of hard talking from the Rebels owner, and thankfully some good old fashioned conversation between the two men.

There were other great bits too, the team bonding over playing Dungeons and Dragons made me laugh, it was good to see the other guys still living their happy endings and a quick trip to Harrisburg gave a catch up with Ten and the gang.

The Epilogue takes place some 16 years later, which was really lovely and very much full of happiness.

The next book in the series has an interesting premise, so I’m looking forward to reading that one.

#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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