Monday, August 27, 2018

Goal Line by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

Fear and sadness mark Bryan’s life, can Gatlin show him that you have to trust before you can love?

Gatlin Pearce is creeping up on thirty-eight and is still single. It’s not that he wants to be alone, it’s just that he’s too damn old to be in clubs filled with glittery gay boys who can’t even tell him who the Rolling Stones are. Better to just spend his evenings at Hard Score Ink - his tattoo and artwork shop - creating masterpieces on human flesh, listening to the Railers games, and nursing a cold beer.

His solitary life is about to end when Bryan Delaney, the new Railers backup goalie, shows up at his shop looking for new artwork for his helmet. There’s some sort of sad story in those beautiful eyes of Bryan’s, and Gatlin finds himself more than a little infatuated with the tender new goalie.

Bryan Delaney leaves home at fifteen to live with a billet family. He just wishes that he could have escaped his alcoholic father and strictly devout mother earlier. Drafted to the Arizona Raptors he finds a new family, and his first love affair, even if that relationship is marked with violence.

Being traded to the Railers is a shock to the system but the team isn’t like any other he’s ever played on and they truly seem to care about him. It’s only when he meets artist Gatlin, with their shared love of music and hockey, that he realizes how much help he needs to escape the past.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the sixth book in the series – and an absolute winner for me. I loved Stan's story a lot, but somehow this is even more special. You could read this as a standalone and love it, but really getting the whole team dynamics and the goodness that is the Railers, would make me advise you to start at the beginning and indulge yourself!

We soon get to understand just how badly Bryan has been treated up until now. It is revealed to us gently, but the impact is still immense. Getting his point of view on situations is a lesson in how a damaged man sees the world, thanks to the perversions of his parents and boyfriend. As he realises that his new team are genuinely different and that the world is a brighter colour than he has been able to believe, he strengthens in front of our eyes. It is wonderful and encouraging.

Gatlin, tattoo artist and designer of super cool decals for goalie helmets, meets Bryan thanks to his other goalie client, Stan. He immediately knows there is a strong pull between them, but also sees the mask Bryan puts on. Thankfully after a few false starts, they begin to heal together. Unbelievable level of tingles for the difference between Bryan's expectations and his new reality.

As well as being pretty deep and moving, there is some absolutely wonderful humour. Jess, Gatlin's niece, is a bright spark in his life, literally when it comes to her pain choices. But my favourite fun scene? ... Daisy, happily taking Ten's signed shirt, and Bryan being miffed – just perfection.

This is definitely a book I shall read again – maybe even later today – because it was beautifully written, perfectly paced, and gave me the highs, lows, and laughs that make this whole reading lark such a pleasure. Kudos to both talented writers for giving us such a worthwhile story.

This is such a brilliant series. I’ve loved the humour and the heart from the very first book, but this is the only book I could not put down and it is the only book that got me ugly crying in public.

Bryan, the Railers’ new backup goalie, is new to the series and he is wonderful. He’s young and while he’s magical in net, he is haunted and skittish off the ice. As the Railers’ favourite tattoo artist, I think we’ve seen Gatlin behind the scenes before, but he is wonderful in his own book. A military veteran with ghosts of his own, Gatlin is older than Bryan and he is able to see past Bryan’s defenses.

Bryan and Gatlin’s story is wonderful and their romance is relatively straightforward. The conflict in this story focuses around their families and relationships – and the problems facing the Railers’ team. Unlike earlier books in the series, this story is as much about the whole team as it is about the central couple. At this point in the series, readers are well acquainted with the team and I absolutely loved seeing them pull together as they faced their biggest adversity yet. Stan will always be my favourite and he is front and centre here, mentoring and supporting Bryan and using his strength and warmth to keep his team together.

I think this is easily the best book so far in a fabulous series. The Harrisburg Railers books are really special, and I stayed up way too late reading this one. This won’t work as a standalone novel and new readers will want to start at the beginning of the series.

Bryan moves from a toxic team and boyfriend to the LGBT friendly team of the Railers. With the negative words of his boyfriend on repeat in his head, Bryan has little self-confidence and expects his time with the Railers will be short.

Gatlin is a tattoo artist and fan of the team. The first few times Gatlin and Bryan meet don’t go very well but the men are attracted to each other despite their age gap and when things start to go right for them it is beautiful. They are so caring and supportive of each other, just what you want in a relationship.

The romance in this story is excellent and I loved seeing Bryan learn to trust Gatlin and also his teammates. I loved the sports aspect too. I love seeing the team interact, practice and play hockey. The Railers are an amazing team and together they take care of each other.

Goal Line is my favourite book in this series. I really connected with Bryan and I loved spending time with the whole team we’ve come to know and love. According to Goodreads there are couple of novellas planned for this series and I look forward to reading them and spending more time with the Railers.

Also Available in the Harrisburg Railers Series

Book 2
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the First Season Blog Tour.

Book 3
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Deep Edge Blog Tour.

Book 4
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Poke Check Blog Tour.

Book 5
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Last Defense Blog Tour.

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers.

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Doctor Who, Torchwood, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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