Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Code by RJ Scott writing as Rozenn Scott Blog Tour

Loving his best friend's sister goes against every code he knows, but one kiss is all it takes.

Ryan Flynn’s life and career with the Ice Dragons hockey team is defined by a code: friendship, loyalty, respect, leadership, and protection. A call from his best friend’s sister ends up with him taking her home, and it’s all he can do to remember that she’s off limits. It doesn’t matter that she’s too much of a temptation for a man on the edge, he’s promised her brother he wouldn’t let any guy in professional sports anywhere near her, and that includes him.

Kat has been in lust with hockey player Ryan Flynn since she first laid eyes on him. The problem? Ryan is her brother’s best friend, bound by a complicated code of chivalry both on and off the ice. When he rescues her and then takes her home, she just needs a single kiss—and he is more than happy to help her out. When the kiss is just the start of something they need to hide from her brother, abruptly things are out of control.

Could Ryan, the hard man of the Dragons, see her as anything more than his best friend’s sister? And will Kat be able to catch and keep this Dragon who is the other half of her?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is an edge of your seat kinda read that will have your adrenaline pumping, there are so many twists and turns – I couldn’t put it down, loved every page!

Since she was a child, Kat has been in love with her professional hockey player brother’s best friend and teammate, Ryan Flynn. While Ryan’s always felt something for Kat, he and Loki, his best friend, made a pact that they’d always protect Kat and keep her away from hockey players. When Kat winds up in the middle of a scary situation, the first person she thinks to call is Ryan and he’s quick to be by her side. The two can’t deny their feelings for one another any longer but fear Loki’s reaction, so they keep their relationship a secret…

All the twists in this book really make for an excellent read. The plotline is fast paced and I loved all the characters, it’s a great set up for what’s bound to be a fantastic series! This is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year! I can’t wait for book two!

Yes! This is what I hoped for when one of my favourite m/m writers started writing m/f romance. We still have a wonderfully intense leading man, but this time he is perfectly matched with a fiercely independent woman.

You don’t get more Alpha male than an NHL enforcer. I love the contrast between Ryan’s rage on the ice and his introverted caution on his own time. Loyal and selfless to his friends, Ryan is a professional athlete who enjoys quiet charity work and low key friendships. I absolutely loved the complexity of his character.

The sister of Ryan’s best friend, Kat has been overprotected by both her brother and Ryan since losing her parents as a teenager. As a paramedic, she is strong and resilient. She has a lifelong crush on Ryan, but has never found the courage she needs to confess her feelings.

The relationship between Loki and Ryan is almost as sweet as the central romance and the hockey backdrop allows RJ Scott to shine when writing the intense, complex relationships between teammates. I might have enjoyed just a little more hockey in the story, but I loved the camaraderie between the players both on and off the ice.

This is a sweet, slow romance with electric tension as things heat up between Kat and Ryan. Sexy and intense without being angsty, I loved the friends-to-lovers storyline. I usually read m/m because I struggle with the unequal relationships and insipid female characters in m/f fiction. Here, Ryan and Kat forge a wonderful partnership and Kat is a strong, independent leading lady. I really loved this story!

This book contains double the goodness – a sports romance and a brother's best friend romance.

Ryan promised his best friend, Nicky, that he'd help protect Nicky's sister, Kathryn, particularly from guys like them. Problem is, Ryan wants Kathryn and she is the one girl he can't have.

Kathryn has wanted her brother's best friend, Ryan, since she knew what boys were for. She is all grown up now and working as a paramedic, while the overprotective men in her life try to get her to settle down and take up less dangerous employment.

Our couple has a strong chemistry, but as they circle each other there is at times a sweet awkwardness as well. One thing that really shines through is Ryan's respect for Kathryn, for her work, her choices, and her intelligence. Ryan is aggressive guy on the ice but he is a good man. The story is not all about the romance. We also get to see Ryan's life as an ice hockey player, from the team dealing with injuries and disappointment, to the worry of potentially being traded to another team.

The Code is a good balance of sport and romance and I loved it. Simba's story is up next and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Friends to lovers

Hmm, where to start with this one? It just okay for me. The writing had a good flow, but the storyline was frustrating. Not only were there two strong characters, but also, there were situations where Kat was almost too headstrong for her own good. Then you have Ryan – who she has had a crush on forever. He is steadfast, but at the same time, worries so much about Kat's older brother that he almost misses his chance with her.

Rafferty was a strange distraction – one that I didn't think really added to the story at all. Instead, he was almost an afterthought, thrown in there for no real reason. I wonder if he will have a story himself...

The chemistry between Kat and Ryan wasn't great – they were more friends than anything.

Overall, not my favorite Scott story.

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over ninety MM romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn't with family either reading or writing.

RJ also writes MF romance under the name Rozenn Scott.

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 bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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