Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Ryker by R. J. Scott and V. L. Locey

(Owatonna U Hockey #1)
by R.J. Scott,  V.L. Locey
Genre: M/M Sport Romance
Release Date: September 26, 2018

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 that 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?

Like any other reader who followed the Harrisburg Railer series, we are so eager to start on this spin off series. My main reason is definitely follow up on what happened to Ten and Jared. They both are an integral part of Ryker's life, but I'm glad to see that this story isn't all about Ryker's dads. In fact, almost the entire book actually took place before the event at the end of Harrisburg Railer. 

I have soft spot for Ryker even since I knew him as Jared's son. Unlike other rich and famous teenagers who prefer partying and being a general nuisance, Ryker is driven and ambitious. He might not know about being poor, but he know hard work and dedication. He easily befriend everyone until he met Jacob, his summer camp roommate who despised him.

Jacob is a poor farm boy who came from an entirely different world than Ryker. He is stubborn as a mule and came across as a judgemental asshole for hating Ryker just for being who he is. But I do understand where Jacob is coming from. I used to be the poor schmuck in high school who look at everyone with envy. 

Ryker and Jacob gives us a little bit of enemies to lovers vibe and I love their interaction. Jacob is being an anti-social and Ryker is persistence in trying to befriend him. I'm sure everyone will fall for Ryker's charm and sweetness. He is just plain adorable and I didn't expect to like him so much. 

I like the strong family bonding we have in this book. Of course we know all about Ryker's family, Jacob's family dynamic also caught me off guard with how much I actually ended up rooting for him and his farm. I didn't know I care about cows that much.

Overall, this spin off series is off to a great start. Looking forward to more of these hockey players even though this time around they are much younger.

RJ’s goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.

RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.

The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.

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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, 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, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.

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