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Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 23, 2017
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Age gap stories are not something I look for, but if a favorite author writes one I will certainly read it. Actually, Tennant (Ten) and Jared (Mads) are only 9 years apart; to me this isn't really much of an age gap given that both MCs are over 21. One of the tropes I do love though, is falling for a sibling's best friend; so, even if I didn't already love RJ Scott's work, this is a story I would totally go for. Jared is the best friend of Tennant's oldest brother.
Tennant is the youngest of three brothers – all of them professional hockey players. He loves his brothers but he also has felt a bit stifled because of always being compared to them. He accepts a trade to an expansion team and his oldest brother thinks it's a mistake.
Jared's a coach on Tennant's new team and he hasn't seen Ten in years. The two of them quickly realize their attraction for each other but Ten isn't out and their relationship could jeopardize his career.
This story is told from alternating points of view by Jared and Tennant; it was full of feels for me. Jared has a 17-year-old son and seeing him do all he can to protect him touched my heart. Ten has to deal with coming out to his team and his family and how all of that went down moved me to tears. I won't tell you if they were happy or sad tears, you'll have to read the story to find out for yourself.
Changing Lines is also full of hockey jargon and it was kind of a weird thing for me…. I'm not a fan of any sports but hockey would definitely be a one that I know next to nothing about. But, none of that meant a thing to me when I read this story. To me the jargon was secondary to the story and the fact that I didn't totally understand all of it didn't make a bit of difference. I'm sure I'll learn and understand a lot more about hockey before this series ends.
I loved the epilogue for Jared and Ten's story and the teaser for book 2 that followed. I just know that Railers Hockey is going to be a great series.
An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author.
***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions***
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this story.
These two authors are perfectly matched and I have already preordered the next book in this series!
Do yourself a huge favor and buy this...now! You will not regret it!
Tennant “Ten” Rowe was the youngest brother in a family with three NHL players. Ten was just traded to the expansion team of the Harrisburg Railers. He was excited for a fresh start and knew he would shine.
Jared “Mads” Madsen’s NHL playing career had been cut short due to injury and now he was the D-coach for the Railers. He was known to be bi-sexual, have a fifteen year old son and had ties to an ex NHL star who was overbearing, disrespectful and all out hateful.
It was written with a dual POV. I liked the storyline and the level of detail Scott included about the challenges of coming out as well as the in depth nuances provided about the game of hockey. I also enjoyed the banter between the Rowe brothers and the close knit family. I struggled a little with fully connecting to the main characters. I liked Ten, but he was a little immature to me - but he was barely twenty two, so yea it was probably realistic. And with the age difference between Ten and Mads, I felt Mads acted a lot older than thirty. He was harder to connect with at times.
My favorite part of the storyline was the hockey focus. Although the plot centered around Ten and Mads’ relationship development, they were immersed in the hockey season and Scott provided realistic schedules and details. This kept the book intriguing and fast paced.
All in all, it was a decent start to the series. I’m curious to see where Scott takes us next.
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Changing Lines by authors RJ Scott and V.L Locey is the start to the Harrisburg Railers series. I loved meeting this hockey team.Read more