Thursday, October 12, 2017

First Season by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

Layton wants success, Adler wants family, how can love make both these things possible?

Layton Foxx works hard for what he has. The condo, the career, the chance to make his mark, is all down to the sacrifices he has made. With tragedy in his past, he doesn’t want or need love. Then he meets Adler Lockhart, the extroverted, sexy winger for the Harrisburg Railers and abruptly he can’t avoid love even if he wanted to.

Adler Lockhart has had everything handed to him his whole life. Cars, villas, cash, college tuition at the finest Ivy League schools. The only things he doesn’t have are parents who care or the love of a good man. Then Layton walks into his privileged life and shows him what real love can be like.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

When Layton starts work at the Railers we meet hockey player Adler and don't get a great first impression of him. Then the point of view shifts to Adler and wow, insta-love! Not the characters. Me. Completely crazy in love with Adler. He is a wonderful guy with a big heart and no filter between his brain and his mouth.

Layton is more introverted and perhaps sensible than Adler and they balance each other out. Layton was the victim of a horrific crime in his teens, leaving him with lasting fears and I loved the way Adler took such care with him. Their romance is beautiful and sweet and I didn't want the story to end.

This is a super good second book in the series – I would recommend that you read book one first, as this deals with the fallout from that book, as well as giving us another totally hot love story!

From the moment that we see Adler using an expensive gift to prove he is sorry, we get to understand just how badly his parents' indifference has affected his values. However, he is a man who has seen love thanks to his best friend's family's attention. So when he meets Layton, he knows that there could be something special in his future. I love his optimism, and his crazy lack of filter conversations. It worked brilliantly to bring to life his attitude to his tide on ice too.

There was plenty of hockey, and thanks to new hire Layton, a PR consultant, being somewhat ignorant of the game, the authors cleverly give the NHL-newbie reader a quick primer too. I am hoping that we get more of Stan's story in future installments as he is a treasure.

There is a perfect mix of want, need, and love – affected by some past trauma, current drama, and two more different sets of families that you could ever imagine. I could pick it up and read it all over again, and be very satisfied.

Thank you both, Ms. Scott and Ms. Locey – I know that you wrote it together, yet the writing is seamless. Looking forward to the next episode in the Harrisburg Railers story.

Adler had me with his awkward over gifting and his inability to do anything right by Layton. His heart is in the right place but he’s a bit of a mess when it comes to relationships. In contrast, Layton is slick and suited and it is his job to smooth over Adler’s rough edges in the public eye.

I loved Layton and Adler together. Layton’s a professional spin doctor and Adler’s a hockey player who can’t seem to communicate anything effectively. Layton has never taken much interest in hockey and hockey is Adler’s life. The stark contrasts between these two men add humour and warmth to the story. The connection between these two is a slow burn, fairly low heat relationship but they make a great couple and I loved Adler’s first awkward attempts at courtship.

I also love Adler’s team. I haven’t read the first book, but I quickly fell for the quirky and fiercely loyal group of hockey players. This is a fun read. It’s more a story of team dynamics and PR spin than actual hockey action but I enjoyed the characters and the dynamics between team members. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

I didn't read the first book in this series but I didn't have any trouble following along, so I think you can read it as a standalone. I liked this book. I liked the connection between Alder and Layton. When they were talking about hockey stuff, I would skim through only because to me that part didn't matter, what mattered was the relationship with Layton and Alder. I loved how Alder was able to read Layton and know that he was holding the stapler for a reason and how he would try to "shrink" himself when going into Layton's office. That just showed how in-tune he was to him. These two have crappy pasts, but they are so good together. I do hope Apollo gets a book, I liked him and wanted to see him more.

RJ Scott is the bestselling gay romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women 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.

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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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Dr. Who, Torchwood, 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. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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