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Release Blitz: Snowed by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Snowed | RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Boston Rebels #3

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Release Date: December 3rd, 2021

Cover: Meredith Russell

Publisher: Love Lane Books

Length: 54,000 words

Available in KU from December 17th

Universal Link: http://www.rjscott.co.uk/read-snowed

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Blurb

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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I should use the radio and contact his parents—let them know where he was, and that he was okay—because they were probably concerned that he hadn’t turned up. I should report him being here to the search and rescue team. Maybe I should call the RCMP. Someone might be looking for him, a friend, a lover? There might be someone else in the car wreck I assume he’d walked away from. 

I couldn’t move as shock stole my rational thoughts, and I needed to know whether I had to go out there and rescue someone else. 

“Kyle, were you alone?” No response, and then his eyes opened a little and I got my first look at the inky depths of a man in pain. “Is there someone else out there in the snow?” I asked clearly.

“Huh?”

“Were you alone in the car?”

“Car?”

“Is anyone else in danger?”

“Alone,” he managed and closed his eyes again. That was one thing I guess—he’d been driving in a snowstorm on his own, which meant I didn’t need to suit up and get out there. He’d slipped back into sleep, but it was restless and jarring as he groaned in pain and mumbled something that I barely made out… Taqriaqsuit. A nightmare then because the ancient phantoms of his momma’s stories visited in his sleep, and I’d held him before when the night terrors consumed him. I’d held him and quieted his fears, and he’d left me, and he’d never come back.

“No… no… no…” 

The blankets moved a little as he jerked and then whimpered, but his eyes were still closed, and I knew he wasn’t in this world right now. Wherever he was, he was fighting the same age-old demons that plagued his childhood. There was only one thing that stopped them then, but it meant me climbing into bed with him and cradling him, reassuring him I could keep him safe. It meant me opening my heart to the only man I loved and promising him I’d be there forever. 

I refused to lie because forever was something we’d never have. 

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Start the Series

Lost in Boston (Free prequel novella) (Boston Rebels 0.5)  – http://rjscott.co.uk/LIB_Master

Top Shelf (Boston Rebels 1)  – http://rjscott.co.uk/read-topshelf

Back Check (Boston Rebels 2)  – http://rjscott.co.uk/read-backcheck

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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Definitely my favourite in the Boston Rebels so far

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well that was a – very good – surprise and nothing like I was expecting from this duo’s ice hockey series’

The Boston Rebels books so far have all been very different in tone and style while sticking to the sports romance genre. This one veres far more into romantic suspense than sport, even though Kyle is the goalie for the Rebels.

It’s a mostly second chance/forced proximity romance but the suspense element really added to the pacing of the book and I found myself quickly enthralled in what could be responsible for Kyle’s night terrors.

I personally thought the plot reveal to be quite plausible, although it then did head off into slightly dramatic, but not unbelievable, territory which amped up the tension big time in the run up to the last few chapters.

The relationship between Christian and Kyle is so beautifully written, each of them is hiding deep seated hurts, and with Kyle’s additional anxieties and fears, it adds up to a wonderfully poignant reunion.

I absolutely LOVED how it was so clear from that start that neither of them had moved on. There hadn’t been any attempts to “get over” Kyle leaving their tiny Manitoba village to head to the NHL or for Kyle to try and move on from his love for Christian.

Overall this is probably my favourite of the stories in this new interconnected series and I am very much enjoying the different takes RJ & Vicki are going with them.

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

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Blog Tour: Ice Angels by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Ice Angels | Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

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Publisher: Wainscott Press

Release Date: October 29th, 2021

Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex

Pairing: Male/Male

Length: 200 pages

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Drew and Cleevs love hockey, but they love each other more. How can the men find a way to save what matters most?

Todd Cleever and Drew Simon are crazy about each other. They started dating three years ago when “Cleevs” was a rookie defenseman for the Chicago Ice. Drew, the team’s captain, was a few years older than Cleevs. Both men were deep in the closet, but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love.

Cleevs was traded to the Bethesda Barracudas a year later, causing a heartbreaking separation. Ever since, they’ve skated around the problem with occasional stolen nights together and brief vacations under the guise of “friends,” but two years of living apart have taken their toll.

As the holiday approaches, Drew and Cleevs decide things have to change. Still, with their careers and two professional hockey teams in the way, how can they score the game-winning goal and save everything they cherish most?

If you like fierce love, a smallish age gap, exciting hockey, and a steely determination to make things work—not to mention enough steam to fog up all your windows and a fantastic HEA—this is the book for you. The novella contains about 43,000 words of sparkling holiday romance.

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After we finished decorating the tree, Jacob and Tyler left for the kitchen to work on dinner. Nick took the rest of us into the den, another beautiful room that boasted the biggest TV I’d ever seen, several video game systems—including an Atari from before any of us were born—and a pool table. We settled down to play Warzone and got progressively more comfortable as the game went on. Shoes came off, sweaters and hoodies were tossed on a nearby chair, and everyone’s wallets and cell phones were piled on the big square coffee table.

On a bathroom break, we talked about our plans for the holiday. Nick and Jacob were going to California to spend time with Nick’s folks in Santa Barbara. Ty and Kev were taking their parents—Kev’s mom and Ty’s dad were both widowed and had recently married each other—to Cancún. After Scott said he was going to Edmonton to spend the holiday with his sister and her family, all eyes were on me.

“I could go see my dads in Santa Fe, but I’ve thought about going to the islands.”

“I vote for the islands,” Kev said. “Why not take Scotty along?”

Scott had joined the team in September. He came out in college, so everybody knew he was gay. Now that NHL teams were all making a point of signing openly gay players, it had been a triumph for the Barracudas to get him.

Purely by coincidence with Scott’s arrival, I’d come out to the team at training camp. Kev had been relentless ever since, pushing to see if I was interested in Scott. If I’d been single, who knows? Scott was a handsome guy with brown hair and eyes, not to mention a killer body. He was shy, but we were seeing more of a funny side as he got used to the team. Kevvy thought he was being subtle in his constant suggestions, but he wasn’t. I’d considered telling him I was already committed to someone, but that would have brought on a hundred questions I wasn’t prepared to answer.

“Well, he… I…” I didn’t know what to say.

Scott, blushing a deep crimson, looked mortified. “I couldn’t go. I already have plans, like I said.”

“I’m only kidding.” The devilish glow in Kev’s eyes was at odds with his words. “Sorry I made you both feel awkward. Ty will kill me if he finds out.”

We resumed our Warzone game until Jacob called us to dinner. Before heading for the dining room, we put our shoes and discarded sweaters back on and claimed our phones and wallets off the coffee table. Jacob had made beef stroganoff with scalloped potatoes and all the trimmings, and it was delicious. After we told him how much we liked the food, conversation turned to the next day’s trip to Columbus. We would play two games there and come home after the last one on Thursday night.

After dinner, Nick and Jacob led us back to the great room, where they had a stocking ready for each of us. I got some good candy, a beautiful tie, and a pair of cufflinks with the Barracudas logo engraved on them. Once we’d opened the gifts, we had coffee and Italian cream cake for dessert, and then it was time to go home. I was glad we weren’t staying late because I still had to pack for the road trip and talk to Drew. Jacob was taking coats out of the closet when someone’s phone buzzed.

“That’s me,” Nick said, reaching into his pocket. When he looked at the screen, confusion crossed his face, followed by a faint smile. He looked up and held the phone out in my direction. “We must have gotten ours mixed up.”

I pulled what I’d thought was my phone from my pocket, and he was right. We traded, and my heart skipped three or four beats when I looked at the message.

DREW: Hey, Todd. Missing you lots. Please call me when you get home from Nick’s. I love you.

I shook my head. Undoubtedly, I was having a dream or hallucination, maybe both. After a few seconds, I looked at the screen again. The text message, complete with Drew’s photo from my contacts, was still there.

“Everything okay, Cleevs?” Jacob asked. “You need some water or something?”

I raised my head to look at Nick, who smiled and gave me a small nod. Nick was trustworthy, and if somebody had to know my secret, he was the one. “I’m fine,” I said. “Just a weird message from my sister.”

We all went outside, but when I started to walk away, Nick held onto my arm. “I’m happy for you and Drew. I won’t say a word to anybody, but I’m always here if you want to talk.”

ICE ANGELS. Copyright © 2021 Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood. All rights reserved.

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About the Authors

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. They live in a suburb of Washington, DC and share their home with a big, cuddly German shepherd.

Ryan and Josh enjoy travel, friends, and advocating for causes dear to their hearts. Ryan also loves to swim, and Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. The romance they were so lucky to find with each other inspires their stories about love between out and proud men.

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