Friday, February 12, 2021

Valentine's Hearts by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Release Blitz

Valentine's Hearts by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey.

Will broken hearts replace the wedding they dreamed of?

Ryker's heart has space for three things—his family, hockey, and Jacob. As their wedding grows closer, it seems that nothing can stand in the way of an idyllic celebration, surrounded by friends and loved ones. But things appear to be changing; Jacob is forging a future that might take him away from Ryker, and Ryker alternates between pride and fear when a new man comes into his fiancé's life. A hockey season from hell has him doubting his life choices, but worse, he's driving Jacob into another man's arms. How has their perfect life suddenly gone so wrong?

Life has certainly thrown many twists and turns in Jacob's path. Most of the goals he’d set for himself as a teenager had to change, but one has remained constant: finding his heart's desire and marrying him. That aspiration was reached when Ryker said, "I do." Planning their wedding was meant to be the best time of their lives, but Jacob unwittingly puts his trust in the wrong man and finds himself in danger. Is their love strong enough to survive the fallout?

Don’t miss our reviews of other books in the Owatonna U Hockey series!
For book one, Ryker, click HERE.
For book two, Scott, click HERE.
For book three, Benoit, click HERE.


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Valentine's Hearts by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey. An Owatonna wedding novella.

Book 5
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I’m not a wedding fan. I’m definitely not a Valentine’s Day fan. Even though I felt committed to reading Ryker and Jacob’s wedding story, I was expecting at least a little bit of sentimental schmaltz. The darker elements in this story were a very welcome surprise. I love this book. The books in the three series leading up to this book have made me laugh, cheer, and sometimes hold my breath in suspense. This is the only one that has made me ugly cry.

I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. Ryker starts this book as a bit of a bridezilla who is losing his form on the ice. It’s not Ryker at his best – but it is definitely Ryker at his most vulnerable. And while Ryker is in full blown angst mode, Jacob is quietly becoming more and more stressed by the seemingly impossible demands of his pushy boss.

Jacob has always faded into the background in this series, but this is his book. He’s wonderful. Like Ryker, we see Jacob at his most vulnerable here. We also see his dogged resilience.

Brought together by a crisis, this book allows Ryker and Jacob to demonstrate the strength of their connection without any sentimental schmaltz at all. This is a beautiful short story and I love the way the author even manages to mention Jack Campbell-Hayes at the end.

This is the fifth book in this much loved series – and I would recommend that you look at the interlinking series (Arizona Raptors and Harrisburg Railers) and decide where you want to start, there is so much goodness for you to discover if these hockey romances are new to you. For fans of RJ Scott, there is an additional treat at the very end, as the Texas series gets a nod too!

Jacob and Ryker are looking forward to their wedding, but with very different budgets in mind. Jacob is now working in research, and living with Ryker, but his memories of losing the family farm due to lack of funds makes spending a fortune on a celebration feel all wrong. Add in a demanding boss wanting Jacob's attention and Ryker lacking success on the ice, and the men are not in the happy place that we like to think of them.

Whilst Charlie helps Ryker sort his head out, Jacob suffers a horrible incident, which is heart-breaking and upsetting. I felt it was clearly signposted to us, and so though awful, that somehow helped me prepare. It was really carefully dealt with, and everyone came together to support them both.

The wedding was fabulous and I am sure that you will enjoy how everyone contributes to make it special. A moving story, thank you to both Scott and Locey.

I was so looking forward to spending more time with Jacob and Ryker, expecting some Valentine’s fun. What I got was tension and buckets of angst. Jacob’s new job is putting demands on his time, making it hard for the men to spend time together, and Ryker doesn’t trust Jacob’s new boss.

I was so worried for Ryker and Jacob. I couldn’t see an easy way to resolve the issues they were facing. Unfortunately, a terrible event puts their issues on the back burner and makes what the men had been arguing over less important. The twist in Valentine’s Hearts was so hard to read and had me in tears.

I won’t give away the ending, but I will say it felt a little simplistic even if I was happy by the end. Valentine’s Hearts is a difficult read at times, but I was still happy to be spending time with Jacob and Ryker and I hope we get to see them again.



Author Bio

RJ Scott

RJ SCOTT is a USA Today bestselling author of over 140 romance and suspense novels. From bodyguards to hockey stars, princes to millionaires, cowboys to military heroes to every-day heroes, she believes that love is love and every man deserves a happy ending.

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Facebook Group: RJ Scott - Special Secret Group



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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Facebook Group: Vicki’s Vixens





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