Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Benoit by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

When the lines between career and love blur, will Ethan and Ben find a way to create a future that will work for both of them?

Senior year is here, and everything is on the line. Benoit’s time to shine in the crease is now, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure those professional scouts take notice. He’s earned a great reputation for his skills in the net, and his laid-back demeanor is his key to maintaining his cool when things get heated in the goal crease.

As the Eagles roar into a new season, Ben’s laser-sharp focus is shattered by his attraction to Ethan Girard, the team’s new defensive consultant. Trying his best to ignore the budding friendship that’s taking a hard, fast turn into something far more passionate, Ben is determined to keep his mind on the sport he loves and not let his feelings for the handsome older man creep into his performance. But love, like hockey, is wildly unpredictable, and soon Ben finds that he’s unable to distance himself from Ethan who is slowly and surely working himself into his heart.

Famed Boston defenseman, Ethan Girard, isn’t stupid. Celebrating his thirty-second birthday in the emergency room after breaking his leg, and with a warning that healing will be a long process, he knows he has to think about his future. He was drafted at eighteen, and he’s never known anything but hockey, but with no contract in place yet for the new season he considers that maybe it’s time for him to hang up his skates for good.

Volunteering to help out with the Owatonna Eagles fills his time, but from the moment he lays eyes on goalie Ben, he knows his world will never be the same again. Falling in lust is as easy as stealing his first kiss, but Ben refuses to engage. Has Ethan finally met his match?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Benoit is the final book in the Owatonna U Hockey series, and it is my favourite of the three books. The last few weeks I’ve been struggling with reading more than half an hour at a time but when I picked up Benoit and started reading, I read for several hours straight and got halfway through the book before I even realised it.

Benoit and Ethan are a wonderful couple. I’m not always a fan of big age gaps in my romance novels but the 10 years between Ethan and Benoit didn’t seem to matter. Actually, having Ethan at the end of his hockey career and Benoit looking to start, I actually think helped their relationship because they were really in sync. I loved the way Ethan supported Benoit as he struggled with managing his busy final year at college, hockey, friends, family, and romance, and the appearance of a stalker.

I loved that this story includes characters from the previous books as well as the Railers hockey team. I was thrilled to get to see more of the men of previous book I’ve already fallen in love with. Other things I loved about this story include Benoit’s routine with the ice, which was so cute, and the way the authors describe the hockey games, which was really exciting.

I didn’t want the book to finish because I just wanted to stay with the characters from this series. I was over the moon to see that there will be a spinoff series – Raptors – which has the first book due out in September. I can’t wait.

This is the third in the series, and I would recommend that you read them in order – really just because they are so good, why would you not? Fans will enjoy meeting Harrisburg Railers players too!

Benoit needs to succeed in school and be picked up in hockey, so he works extra hard and concentrates on his future. Now in his last year, he absolutely has to perform at his best, which means no distractions. Of course, one appears, and Ben is really not prepared to miss out on at least a friendship with Ethan. This cautious, measured view is deeply at odds with the chemistry they feel, but both men are very aware of who they are, where they are, and what their priorities must be.

As the story unfolds, we get plenty of exciting hockey, plenty of team dynamics, and the start of something big – perfect escapism at its best.

Benoit’s book brings the series back to hockey. Benoit is talented, driven, and just a little bit mad. Like all the best goalies. And while Benoit is on the cusp of a brilliant career, Ethan is coming to terms with the end of his.

I really love the connection between Benoit and Ethan. Benoit is all stress and tension at the start of this story. Family responsibilities weigh heavily and he doesn’t allow himself a life beyond hockey. At 32, Ethan hasn’t ever allowed himself a life beyond hockey so despite the age difference, the connection between them terrifies both men equally.

Benoit’s shared house pulls characters from previous books into the story and Ethan’s connection to characters in the Railers books pulls in even more characters. The result is a book that feels comfortable and familiar. There’s a little bit of dramatic suspense in this story which is new to both series – and I think it works really well.

Benoit’s experiences as a black athlete are pretty grim but news headlines continue to highlight the racism experienced by too many athletes. I really like the way the authors introduce this theme and I love the strength we see in Benoit’s character.

Between the suspense and Benoit’s high stress, high pressure personality, this book isn’t quite as funny or as light as some of the previous books. Ethan is a more easy-going character but he’s working through some pretty big issues of his own. But Ethan and Benoit are both pretty wonderful and I really enjoyed this story.

Also Available in the Owatonna U Hockey Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Ryker Blog Tour.

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

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing 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.

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.

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

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USA Today bestselling author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Doctor Who, 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 pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two 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 one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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