Friday, October 23, 2020

School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour

School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey. Arizona Raptors 5

When Colorado Penn finds an unexpected package on his front step, his life will be changed forever.

Colorado Penn is living the dream. Starting goalie for the Arizona Raptors when in season, lead singer for a hard rock band when summer rolls around. He’s the quintessential free spirit who’s making sure he enjoys all the carnal blessings of his athleticism, and gritty singing voice. Now the Raptors are moving into their first playoff appearance in years, but the arrival of an unexpected package means that hockey may have to take a backseat to something way more important. Instead of the usual undergarments from adoring fans, he finds a newborn baby with a small note tucked under her carrier, naming him as the father. He refuses to give up his daughter and is determined to be the kind of father he’d dreamed of having. But to keep Madeline, he’ll need help, and he’ll need it fast. Enter handsome emergency manny, Joseph. They may be opposites, but Colorado starts to see that Joseph’s stable, calm influence makes his chaotic lifestyle choices seem less appealing. There’s something about the man that soothes not only his infant daughter but also the wild child inside Colorado.

Joseph is one year away from getting his degree in planetary science, working cover shifts at the planetarium, and pulling in income with short term manny gigs. Stars collide as he provides emergency childcare for the wild man of hockey, a man who moves so fast through life that he doesn’t know how to stop. Homeless, and caring for his niece, Emma, fate brings Joseph into Colorado and baby Madeline’s life. Madeline is a sweetheart, and Colorado is trying his hardest to make the best decision for his baby girl. He offers his home and an indecent salary, to keep Joseph in his life until summer’s end. Colorado brings mysticism and metal to Joseph’s sanctuary of science, but somehow Joseph needs to tame this shooting star and create a family. Nothing in the contract said Joseph had to fall in love to make that happen, but when it’s time for him to leave, will the void in his heart ever heal, or will it remain as cold as space itself?

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the Arizona Raptors series!
For book one, Coast to Coast, click HERE.
For book two, Across the Pond, click HERE.
For book three, Shadow and Light, click HERE.
For book four, Sugar and Ice, click HERE.



School and Rock by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Oh, this is such a fun book – and whilst I do believe that you could enjoy it as a stand-alone, it was incredibly rich as the next book in the series. I had to award it five stars because it just was such an engaging, amusing, and romantic read – from a fairly unlikely source... (one time) emu-owning, free-loving Colorado!

We start with a scene which I have to admit had me envisioning a situation much like one seen on Lucifer, as he starts his day. It is a very effective way of bringing the hedonistic lifestyle that Colorado is living. Until a doorbell ringing changes everything.

Joseph is so completely the opposite to Colorado that it is hugely entertaining watching them come to the realisation that their usual type is irrelevant when faced with the reaction they have to each other. As they both come closer to each other, by understanding what is important to each other, and how it fits in with their roles and family responsibilities. The inequality of financial means is balanced by Joseph's skills and knowledge of how to care for Maddie, and his intelligence.

It was really refreshing to get Joseph's views on hockey as someone who is new to the sport. That he has to watch someone he cares about being in goal and attacked by the opposition is endearing and amusing. We also get to experience Colorado's mental state as he has to combine the life of a starting goalie, a new father, and really attracted to a single someone.

We get plenty of team catch up time and time with Colorado's grandmother, who is hilarious and reminds us why he has a free spirit attitude. A fabulous new addition to the series, thank you!

I’ve been waiting for Colorado’s story since he first joined the Raptors and his book is well worth the wait. Colorado’s new nanny, Joseph, is the stabilising influence he never knew he needed, and the two men balance each other beautifully.

Anyone who loved Owen Wilson’s Hansel in Zoolander will love Colorado. Colorado might be a whole lot more intelligent than Hansel, but he has a similar alternative lifestyle, the same innocent warmth, and he constantly makes me laugh. Joseph is a whole lot more straightlaced. He’s a science student working as a nanny and his structured, responsible life is in complete contrast to Colorado’s easy chaos. The two men are brought together by Colorado’s daughter and while it is Colorado whose life changes the most in this book, Joseph is a whole lot more relaxed and easy going by the end.

This isn’t as sexy as some of the books in this series. Much of Joseph and Colorado’s time is occupied by their families and Colorado’s work. The chemistry is great between them but while there are a couple of steamy scenes, there are more warm family moments than racy scenes in this book.

I really enjoyed this story. I keep waiting for all of these interlinked hockey series to start to feel formulaic, but each new couple feels special in their own way. Colorado is right up there with Stan when it comes to favourite hockey players and I absolutely love Colorado and Joseph together. Both Colorado and Joseph’s families are brilliant, and Colorado’s grandmother is particularly special.

I just have one quick (slightly off-topic) rant. This is the second American book I’ve read in the past month where a character has to choose between paying for essential medication and keeping their home. How on earth has this become acceptable romance novel plot material? To a non-American reader, these storylines are heartbreaking and way too common. Americans really need to sort their shit out and demand universal healthcare. In the rest of the developed world, access to healthcare and medication are basic human rights – not expensive luxuries.

Colorado and Joseph are complete opposites. Colorado is a professional hockey player and the leader singer of a metal band and a free spirit. Joseph is a science nerd studying astronomy while taking care of his sister and niece. The scene where the guys meet for the first time is so fabulous and fun. There were several scenes in this book that had me chuckling and this was one of them.

This story has lots of good elements, including some hockey, a cute baby, a way out there grandma, a bit of drama, and of course, a sweet romance all kicked off by the life changing moment when a baby is dropped on Colorado’s doorstep. The differences between these men made this such a fun story to read but I loved how they complement each other.

School and Rock gave me lots of warm fuzzy happy feelings as well as a few laughs. I completely adored Colorado and Joseph and I hope the authors consider writing a few more stories in their world so we can spend more time with them. A few cute little novellas would be great.



Author Bio

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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