Length: 55,700 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Harrisburg Railers Series
Layton wants success, Adler wants family, how can love make both these things possible?
Layton Foxx works hard for what he has. The condo, the career, the chance to make his mark, is all down to the sacrifices he has made. With tragedy in his past, he doesn’t want or need love. Then he meets Adler Lockhart, the extroverted, sexy winger for the Harrisburg Railers and abruptly he can’t avoid love even if he wanted to.
Adler Lockhart has had everything handed to him his whole life. Cars, villas, cash, college tuition at the finest Ivy League schools. The only things he doesn’t have are parents who care or the love of a good man. Then Layton walks into his privileged life and shows him what real love can be like.
4 out of 5 stars
First Season is the second book in the Harrisburg Railers series. This is a series and I highly recommend reading them in order for the best reading experience.
First Season picks up immediately after the end of Changing Lines, book 1 in the series. This book is Layton and Adler's story, both of whom we met in the previous book. Adler was recently traded to the Harrisburg Railers and also is gay and in the closet, at the moment. Layton Foxx was brought in to the team to be the social media guru/handler for the team as they announce Ten and Mads' relationship to the hockey community. His job is to monitor any issues and make sure they don't become huge issues to distract the team or to lose the team any money.
These to men couldn't be any more different... Adler grew up in an absent family, closer to his family's employees and their family than his own. Growing up this way, Adler tries to make himself likable but lacks a filter so comes off as inappropriate or over-eager at times. Layton, grew up a slightly nerdy kid in a large, close knit family. Also a very protective family after a life-altering event happened to Layton in high school. That life altering event has shaped a lot of who Layton is now as an adult.
This is mostly a slower burn romance because of multiple elements in the storyline, which works for these two characters. However, for this reader, the life-altering event that Layton had gone through as a teenager is not handled with the gravity it deserves. Because this does affect his relationship with Adler as they grow closer and closer. This is why I've rated this at a 4 star versus a higher rating.
Outside of the above, I did enjoy the story and the characters, Adler is easily my favorite because he tries so hard to have people like him. He's grown up without family affection and so he wants to be what each person needs/wants in their life so they want to be part of his life. His relationship with his best friend Apollo, who is also the person who knows him best, show that he does have family in his life, he just still wants his own parents to be a part of his life. He's described as a human version of an Irish Setter in the book, and this actually fits him very well.
First Season is just as good as the first book in this series, which makes this a pretty enjoyable series so far. The storyline is paced well, a bit of humor, a bunch of serious scenes, the slow burn romance, and the character growth of both Adler and Layton, all lead up to a good solid book. This book is setting up to lead right into the next book of the series.
I recommend this one for any hockey romance fans out there.. there are some great hockey game scenes in the story. Also for fans of those slow burn romances with complete opposites, and fans of both of these authors.
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.
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