Thursday, June 20, 2024

Shield by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey Release Blitz

L.A. Storm #3. Shield. RJ Scott & V.L. Locey.

Can Jackson ensure the safety of his loved ones when the darkest elements of L.A.'s underbelly seek retribution?

Oliver knows the clock is ticking on his dream of winning the Stanley Cup. After fourteen years playing for New York, he’s beyond frustrated to leave friends behind when traded to the L.A. Storm. As a widower and father of two girls, he’s facing the twilight of his career, and, worst of all, he’s lonely. Making friends is easy enough, but he craves someone to hold him at night. When Jackson, equal parts grumpy chaos and charm, lands in his life, friendship turns to lust, and love isn’t far behind. He finds himself drawn to Jackson, and as their relationship deepens, they become each other’s haven amidst the chaos of their lives. However, danger from Jackson's work threatens their peaceful world, challenging their relationship and forcing love to take a backseat to survival.

After bringing down a notable money launderer, Jackson's small team receives orders to delve deeper into the world of organized crime in Hollywood. His early success quickly spirals into an overwhelming web of criminal intrigue. In this new, uncharted territory, he feels increasingly isolated, both personally and professionally. The more issues he uncovers, the less he seems to close. Meeting Oliver shakes his world even more, especially when he accidentally falls for the widower and father of two little girls. A few nights of fun is one thing, but deeper feelings and kids are something he is not at all prepared for. Yet, despite his reluctance, he becomes deeply attached to the little family who has embraced him with so much love. Now, he just has to shield them from the dangers that have followed him to their doorstep.

This opposites attract romance features a single dad hockey player grappling with personal loss, a grumpy detective entangled in the complexities of organized crime, and a love story that happens despite the odds.

Don’t miss our reviews of the rest of the L.A. Storm series!
For book one, Script, click HERE.
For book two, Second, click HERE.


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Shield by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Book 3
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I parked my Ducati in a small lot next to the clinic, the familiar sounds of the neighborhood enveloping me as I dismounted. The laughter of children as they played on the sidewalks, the distant buzz of traffic, and the occasional shouts from windows were more real to me than the place I’d grown up in affluent Dallas suburbs where money was king. I could do some good here.

As I walked into the clinic, I immediately felt at home. There was a warmth and bustle to the place, volunteers chatting, trying to make a difference, kids crying, parents in groups. I waved to Lazlo on reception. He’d changed the color of his hair again—now blue from green—and he grinned at me.

“Yo, Cowboy,” he called.

I headed that way. “Hey Laz, is Joe in?”

Lazlo frowned, leaned closer, and lowered his voice. “He gone all do-not-disturb, not seeing patients, and he’s losing his shit with everyone who knocks on his door.”

That didn’t sound good. Joe was former military, a medic, and the guy who ran this place on nothing but fluff and buttons. He was ruthless at recruiting volunteer doctors and nurses, an expert at guilting big pharma to donate, rough and ready, and dragging this entire community to good health one case at a time. But he was also a gentle giant, loved people as much as they loved him, and losing his shit didn’t sound like him at all. Maybe it was a money thing? I could help with that. I saved money every year for my girls, a trust fund that would see them happy and settled with a good start, but after that and my sole luxury—the Ducati—everything else I gave away.

Not that anyone knew, and they never would.

“Had a couple of referrals for you,” Lazlo said, slapping some files down. “Why don’t you take them, and this…” He placed a coffee next to it, “… see if you can cheer Joe up.”

Referrals were about moms with breast cancer, the same cruel disease that had taken Melissa, or those newly diagnosed with diabetes in fact, any families who struggled where Lazlo thought I could help I picked up the files, headed through the door to the consultation rooms, passing walls adorned with handmade posters and kids’ art, and finally through the last door, marked staff only, with my key card.

I knocked on the door, juggling paperwork and the coffee, using my elbow on the handle, and tumbling inside with a grin on my face, all ready to cheer Mr. Grumpy up.

Only to find him at the wrong end of a gun, bleeding from a head wound, and barely able to move.




Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the third book in the series, and you will definitely get more of the full picture of the Storm guys if you’ve read them in order. Fans of these talented authors will recognise some old friends from across the country in this installment.

Olivier is newly arrived and trying to fit into his new team, and support his two young daughters as they assimilate to a new city. He is also recently widowed and coping without Jamie, the girls' nanny. Little does he expect to come across a violent crime at the clinic where he volunteers, nor meet a grumpy officer who awakens his feelings!

As we get to know Olivier and Jackson better, and enjoy the heat and the complications, it is impossible to think they won’t make it. There are quite a few obstacles to a safe future, but patience and some clever detective work open the way to a second chance for Oliver, his girls, and his delectable detective.

Another winner from this talented duo.

Shield is the third installment in the L.A. Storm series. It can be read as a standalone but does read better if you read in the order that the authors intended.

Oliver has had a successful career in New York and getting transferred to L.A. Storm was never on his radar, especially after 14 years, and at the end of his career is a hard pill to swallow. Moving his two daughters away from the only place they've ever known and away from their friends was hard, but Oliver is trying to make a home there for them. He is thrown into a dangerous situation without realizing and there is where he meets Jackson – the detective in charge of the case he's a witness for. Oliver takes notice of how handsome (and tired) Jackson is, but is he ready to move on from his wife who has passed? Is he ready to share his life with someone again?

Jackson is overworked and exhausted but it's the life he loves. But the repeat of no sleep and too much alcohol isn't what he thought he'd be doing with his free time. Falling for a witness in an active investigation isn't either but it's exactly what he finds himself doing.

This one doesn't focus as much on hockey and the team as it does the suspense of the side characters and the case Jackson is working. I mean, it’s still there but it isn't the focal point of the story. I can say I really enjoyed the little touch of suspense. The build up to the relationship seems to take a bit but the end of the story is abrupt. I wasn't really expecting that; even though there was an epilogue, I still feel like a bit was missed somewhere for me but I did enjoy the story completely!

I can't wait to get Jamie and Craig's story next!



Author Bio

RJ Scott

USA Today bestselling author RJ SCOTT has written over one hundred and fifty romance books. Emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, single dads, hockey players, millionaires, princes, bodyguards, Navy SEALs, soldiers, doctors, paramedics, firefighters, cops, and the men who get mixed up in their lives, always 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 box of chocolates 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 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.

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Facebook Group: V.L. Locey – Vixens Reading Group
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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Shield (L.A. Storm #3) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey to read and review.

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