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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

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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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Blog Tour: Keeping Hope by Alexandria Redding

Keeping Hope | Alexandria Redding

Littleford Fowl #1

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Release Date: July 17th 2021

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After an unstable childhood, Jensen Malone’s hard work is paying off: he’s picked up as a temporary goalie for the Littleford Fowl, brought in to cover for a player who’s out for the season with an injury, and he’s been accepted at the community college.

Hockey is his first love, but he needs to stay true to his dream of being a firefighter to guarantee he’ll never be homeless again. Now that he has the chance to pursue both, nothing can stop this fiercely independent transplant from Chicago. One little problem: he’s gay, completely unwilling to stay in the closet, and hockey’s not the most inclusive sport.

Lawrence Paisey’s a defenseman for the Littleford Fowl and he’s got the brooding new goalie in his sights. The guy’s excellent in goal and has a love of hockey to rival Law’s own. Together they could whip the team into shape. Despite his studies and hockey, Law can’t stop fantasizing about Jensen. One little problem: Law needs to win Jensen’s trust to make his dreams come true.

Join Law and Jensen for a hockey-heavy exploration of college, friendship, and one another. HEA guaranteed.

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Excerpt

They weaved through the crowded room, finally finding a table against a wall. Law slid into the seat closest to the wall and Jensen sat across from him, almost immediately picking up the salt shaker and shuffling it across the slick surface of the table between his hands. It made Law smile, and he leaned forward, resting on his forearms. “It’s like we’re kids on our first date or something. I feel all giddy.”

Jensen squinted at him and leaned forward. “Huh?”

Law tried again, clearing his throat and speaking a tiny bit louder, not wanting to yell across the table. “I said it’s like we’re—”

Jensen got up and moved to sit next to Law, plopping down and retrieving his salt shaker to resume what he’d been doing, peering at Law as he did. “Couldn’t hear you over the noise in here. What?”

“Uh…” Law hesitated and then made the best of it. “I said it’s like we’re kids on our first date. I feel sort of giddy, and you’re over here talking about décor, and no one knows what we should talk about or what to do with our hands, and yeah… I feel like I’m thirteen again.”

Jensen pursed his lips and then shook his head a little, pushing the salt shaker away. “Same. I have no idea what to do with myself. It’s stupid.”

Law shifted in his seat, pinning Jensen with his most intense gaze. “If no one else were here, what would we be talking about?”

“Dangerous territory, dude.”

“Ohhh-ho-ho!” Law grinned at him and sat back, stretching, unable to resist preening a little after that comment. Jensen stared at him like he was something absolutely delicious, and it felt damn good to be looked at like that. Leaning forward again, he gave Jensen his best sensual look. “Hold that thought for later.”

“You think I could possibly forget it?”

“So you do want me, then?”

“Pretty sure we established that already, but if it strokes your ego, yeah, I do.”

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About the Author

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I’ve been writing fiction for over sixteen years and technical pieces even longer than that. I began my adventure into fiction within the world of fanfiction and have longed for years to make something I could spill out into the world as fully my own.

While I’ve written other short pieces, I truly wanted one work that I could call a full novel. I’ve put my entire self into writing this book and spent the better part of a year honing it into the novel I’ve presented here.

This book is a culmination of a dream for me, and I can only hope it touches someone the same way it touched me while I wrote it.

To anyone aspiring to write, I tell you do it. To anyone thinking you can’t, you can.

I suppose you came to this section looking for something more about me though, didn’t you? Well, here’s what I can tell you. I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have two cats, a dog, and a turtle that somehow became ours over the past few years. I love animals, nature, reading, writing, and photography. Quite clearly, I also enjoy the hell out of hockey.

By trade, I’m an engineer who is presently doing database administration, coding, and reporting in support of the company I spent my late teens and twenties dreaming of working for. By hobby, I still write fanfiction. I love to game: Dungeons & Dragons, board games, video games, you name it.

Photography-wise, I love taking photos of landscapes, animals, and architecture. I enjoy doing macro photography of plants. Once upon a time, I aimed to be a professional photographer under this same name and did multiple photoshoots with local models.

As with most authors, I collect pens, notebooks, books, and everything that inspires me, so my life is a little cluttered, but that’s okay.

I end with this… dare to dream, dare to hope, and most of all, dare to be who you truly are.

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