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Length: 57,000 words approx
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?
The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.
Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years younger and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows his heart could get him into trouble again.
4 out of 5 stars
Changing Lines is the first in a new contemporary m/m sports romance series. If you're a hockey fan like I am, you'll enjoy this first book quite a bit.
In a stunning move, Tennant is traded by Dallas to a relatively new expansion team, the Harrisburg Railers. While he's not overly upset over the move, his oldest brother is freaking out over his trade. In the end this makes it easier for Tennant to be okay with the trade because he wants to prove to his brother that this team is going to be Cup finalists. Once Tennant sees who else is part of the Railers, he's even more thrilled with the move.. all because Jared Madsen aka "Mads" is there.
Jared Madsen was Ten's oldest brother's best friend and teammate until his health stopped his hockey career in it's tracks. Now he's the Defense Coach on the Railers, and he wants this team to succeed and win the Cup. He knew Tennant was coming to play on their team but he didn't expect his world to grind to a halt the first time he saw him after all these years of growing up. But he knows that Ten can't be for him because a) Brady would kill him, b) he's part of Ten's coaching staff, and c) Ten's not gay. Or wait.. he is? but he's not out and coming out in a major sports team is still hard on a player.
Changing Lines is a well-paced, well-written hockey romance, and yes it has quite a bit of hockey interspersed through the book. Which, since I'm a huge hockey fan, I absolutely loved. Now that's not to say that those who aren't hockey fans won't enjoy the story, because you will. The hockey, while a good part of the book, is still secondary to the relationship story line. There is also a lot of one on one moments with Ten and his mom, or his brother, and even some of the other players that make up another layer to this story. So definitely don't pass this one up if you're not a hockey fan because this is a good, solid story with completely engaging characters.
I cheered on our two man characters, even when there were times I wanted to thump them both on the back of the head. I would have liked to see a little more of the relationship develop outside of their homes, or the arena. But that would have changed the dynamic for them so I do get that part, I just wish there had been a way to incorporate more little moments between Mads and Ten to give that deepening aspect to the relationship. Over all though this is a good story and a solid start to a new series by these two authors. I definitely recommend picking this one up to read and enjoy.
I look forward to the next book in the series, coming in early-mid December 2017.
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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women 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.
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 domestic 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. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
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