Friday, December 8, 2017

Deep Edge by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?

Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport - and his own family - have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.

Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors, and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him, and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL, and he realizes that a place on the Railers’ roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

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Book 3
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Romance
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Trent and Dieter are a strange couple. They bicker, stress each other out, and fall in love, all within a short time frame.

Dieter is trying to make it in the NHL. Injury and personal issues are starting to get in his way and while he continues to deny the issues, he'll continue to flounder. However, now that he has his chance and someone who believes in him, will he really let pride get in his way?

Trent is just trying to come back from financial ruin. He is also trying to save his grandma and mom from having to sell their house after his stepfather stole from him. He is somewhat insecure but knows that he wants to save his rink so that the kids he helps will continue to have a safe place to go.

There is a little chemistry between the two main characters, but I thought that their personal journey was much more powerful than their actual relationship. Overall, this was just an okay story for me.

I wasn't sure I was going to like figure skater Trent when we first met him. He seemed little judgey. But I quickly changed my tune. He is strong, forthright, gorgeous, and has a good heart. Dieter I liked straight away. He isn't perfect and he knows it, but he goes after what he wants.

Trent and Dieter meet when Trent works with the Railers on a new reality TV show. These two have really good chemistry. Their relationship goes from getting to know each other to serious in the blink of any eye and I actually liked this. Sometimes that doesn't work in a story but for these guys it did, I think because of the physical distance between them.

Deep Edge covers issues of addiction and of forgiveness and it certainly had me thinking, but it could have been explored more, particularly with the issue of Trent being asked to forgive his stepfather, who stole all his money.

I really enjoyed Deep Edge. It is a quick, nice romance by two authors I always like reading. The next book in this series will be about goalie Stan and I look forward to reading it.

Trent is a fabulous character. He is talented, fearless, and he has a wicked sense of fun. Between charity work and the responsibility he takes for his family, there are times when he’s maybe a little bit too perfect – but I really loved him.

My reaction to Dieter was a little bit more complicated. It’s not so much that I didn’t like him, as I wasn’t sure he was a brilliant match for Trent. His issues are complicated, and Trent has a history with men with similar issues. I kinda wanted someone more stable for Trent and I worried that he was just taking care of one more person in his life.

This story is full of humour and banter, but it is also an angsty story full of heavy issues. Addictions, difficult family relationships, injuries, and financial problems – this isn’t an easy read. The relationship between Trent and Dieter is complicated by the issues between them. Beyond their problems, I enjoyed them on the ice together and they are crazy hot in the bedroom.

It is the peripheral characters who lighten this story and give it heart. Trent’s grandmother is brilliant. The kids he teaches are fabulous and Dieter’s teammates are pretty special.

The reality show wasn’t my favourite part of the story and I’m not sure if I should be glad that the storyline kinda fades away after a while. I loved the characters here, but the plot feels pretty disjointed at times. I enjoyed having both Trent and Dieter’s points of view, but it didn’t always help me track time through the story.

I’m really enjoying this series, but this isn’t my favourite of the three books so far. However, I’m hooked on this team and I’m excited for the next book.

This is the third book in the series, and I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as they are so good!

This one concentrates on Dieter, who is just about to sign for the team, after being stuck in the minors and suffering injuries which lead onto addiction. He is in denial, but everything is starting to catch up with him... I love how the situation is dealt with, and can only hope that such enlightened behaviour is endemic in the sport, but sadly I imagine not.

Trent is a totally wonderful addition to the story, and I love the inventive way in which he takes a leading role. He too has many issues, but thankfully he has already found the way to pull himself out of the mess, even if it means facing up to his fear of jocks. I love the way he dresses, and his strength – physically and mentally. What he did for the figure skater was just perfect. Difficult not to fall in love with him, to be honest!

Such a clever plot, full of humour, angst, and hot sweaty passion, as well as deep feelings and lots of caring. Very enjoyable read, even if full of tough love at times. Thank you, Ms. Scott and Ms. Locey.

Also Available in the Harrisburg Railers Series

Book 2
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RJ Scott is the bestselling 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, 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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