Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Review: Changing Lines by RJ Scott & VL Locey

Changing Lines 
(Harrisburg Railers #1)
by R.J. Scott, V.L. Locey
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: July 12, 2017

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 his junior 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 that his heart could get him into trouble again.

This is a solid sport romance that featured Ten, the up and coming raising star of NHL contemplating with being the first out player. Although this is not my first time reading about gay NHL player, I can still feel the fear from Ten's perspective.

Ten is the youngest in the family and with two boisterous and overbearing NHL player older brothers, Ten want to forge his own path away from his brother shadow. Railers is a new team and it might just present an opportunity for Ten to shine.

Jared was an ex-NHL player and a friend of Ten's brother, who was forced into retirement due to his health condition. Now he is the assistant coach for the Railers and was surprised to see Ten all grown up.

Their relationship development was pretty standard. They are old time friends reunited again with Jared trying not to act on his feelings due to his work and Ten being his friend's younger brother. It took a little more time for them to finally come together and it feels natural. 

The story deals a lot with Ten's wanting to come out, but all in all, everything seems alright, not too much drama happened. Jared was supportive and never once pressure Ten into making any decision. I like the camaraderie between the players and looking forward to read about the rest of them.