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Ryker: New Adult Hockey Romance (Owatonna) Paperback – September 22, 2018
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This New Adult book is the first in the Owatonna U Series, a spin off from the best selling Harrisburg Railers Hockey Series.
Ryker is hockey royalty, Jacob is a poor country boy. Can two vastly different people find common ground and become the men they want to be?
Ryker comes from a long line of championship-winning hockey players. Playing college hockey to develop his game is his only focus, and nothing will stand in the way of him working to become the best player. He has no room for relationships, people who point out his flaws, or anyone who calls him on his dreams. He certainly has no place for love, and meeting Jacob is nothing but a useful distraction on the side. After all trying to get his Owatonna Eagles teammate into bed is less work and more play. When tragedy rocks his family, his charmed life crumbles, and the only person he can turn to is the same one who claims to hate him.
Jacob Benson has only known hard work and stifling conservative values his whole life. Born and raised in the small rural community of Eden Crossing, Minnesota, he’s the only son of a hard-working but struggling dairy farming family. Jacob is using his skills in hockey to finance his way to an agricultural science degree. These four years at Owatonna U. will probably be the only time he has to enjoy life, gain acceptance about his sexuality, and live openly before his inevitable return to the farm. Running into a pretty rich boy like Ryker Madsen is putting a damper on his enjoyment of life away from home. Ryker’s flip, conceited, carefree attitude grates on Jacob’s every nerve. So why, if Ryker is everything he dislikes, does he want nothing more than to explore the sinful dreams that his annoying teammate stars in every night?
- Publisher : Independently published (September 22, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 194 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1720093172
- ISBN-13 : 978-1720093176
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.44 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The boys meet at an intensive month-long hockey proficiency camp, and instantly they get off on the wrong foot. It’s a tale as old as time, to paraphrase from another kind of fairy tale. Our authors take us through all the steps, thoughtfully and with elegantly drawn dialogue and detail, as Ryker and Jacob begin to understand each other, and allow their feelings to take precedence over their prejudices.
There is no magic solution to the big problem they face, although there are a few emotional surprises along the way. The boys are still in college, and while a trauma (leaked at the very start of the book) binds them to each other, there is no fairy godmother to wave her wand and make their road smooth. This is the start of a series, and how Ryker and Jacob will be part of the next books is anyone’s guess (well, the authors know). All I can say is these are really appealing characters in a well-crafted romance, and so I can only assume that whatever follows will live up to the promise.
Recommend this story. I like sports stories when they are part of a series like this.
I loved when they met as summer roommates and discovered each other and all that went with that. There are some very sweet and very funny moments that kept me easily turning the pages. I love books that feature both MCs as hockey players, and add to that this writer duo's wonderfully written hockey bits and hilarious banter. A big thumbs up from me! (4.5 stars)
This is a college setting, so it's all about youth, young love, and sometimes doing/saying stupid things. The timeline of this story is approximately the same as Goal Line. Ryker and Jacob meet at a summer hockey training camp. The sparks are there, but there are issues to be overcome.
I really enjoyed the story. It moves quickly, it's not all hockey, not all classes, not all college life and it keeps your attention and definitely keeps you turning pages. The secondary characters are fun and interesting (I'm really looking forward to Scott's story!).
The reality of Ryker is much different. Against his will Jacob is drawn to him. They begin to fall for each other but when the camp is over they have to go their separate ways. Ryker finds a way for them to be together but Jacob doesn’t trust that they will work. When Ryker needs him the most, Jacob is there for him.
Even though this starts a new series, it’s still influenced by the Railers. I liked the characters that were introduced. All sorts of possibilities.
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Rykers character has always intrigued me and I wasn’t disappointed when the time came for his own story. He’s easily loveable and adorable in his own naive way. Jacob was just what he needed to keep him grounded and humble, though I did feel that he was way too harsh in the beginning.
My only criticism, is that it felt a little rushed sometimes. Like, one minute they’re fighting, the next they’re in love. I’m all for instalove when it’s done right, but there wasn’t much of a bridge from one to the other. Another instance would be the way it ended. I felt there was more that could’ve been said. Kind of felt like the last chapter was missing.
That being said, I really did enjoy it and look forward to Scott’s story.
I missed my hockey boys,and after a bit of a break have returned to this world, wishing I had returned sooner.
I loved Ryker and his outgoing personality. I enjoyed that he knew what he wanted and that he wanted to be part of a team and actually play with people who he considered friends. He was honest and tackled his problems head on in a mature way.
Jacob was also a good character. He was a harder character to get to know as he had a massive chip on his shoulder at the start, but was also honest enough to admit to it when questioned. I liked that he was so focused on what he wanted and his plans to save the family farm. Ryker was good at making him take breaks and to elevate some of the stress he put in himself
Can’t wait to continue on with this series