Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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

(Owatonna U Hockey #2)
by R.J. Scott,  V.L. Locey
Release Date: March 27, 2019
Genre: M/M Sport Romanc

What happens when you try to fix the past and end up threatening your future?

Scott is struggling. Grieving the loss of his brother, carrying the weight of his father’s expectations, and getting his ass kicked in the rink, he’s in a downward spiral. He needs a solution and fast, but when his steroid use is exposed, he’s close to losing his place at Owatonna and more importantly, on the Eagles Hockey team. Thrown out of his house, with nowhere to go and no future in sight, he only has one choice; agree to mandatory counseling, random drug tests, and get his act together. Only then will he have a chance at normal. Meeting Hayne, a senior connected to the world through his art, is a shock to the system. Moving in with him is his only option, but falling for the shy artist leaves Scott in an impossible situation, and one he can’t escape.

Hayne has always been that quiet, creative kid who sat in the back of class drawing instead of listening to the teacher. A talented artist, the shy and sensitive young man is struggling with the loss of his childhood friend. Seeing his sadness reflected in his usually colorful paintings, he decides to attend grief counseling and meets Scott, a lost soul in desperate need of light and color in his life. Taking in a homeless hockey player certainly was never part of his carefully orchestrated ten-year plan. But now that Scott is in his life, he’s discovering the joy of this man’s loving smile and tender touch is one of the most beautiful palettes on earth.

I was immersed in RJ Scott and VL Locey's hockey world since reading Changing Lines and as the series evolved and this spin off was created, I'm even more in love with this new group of young hockey players. 

Scott got into a new low when his steroid use was exposed, he subsequently barred from playing and kick out from his home by his demanding dad. A chance meeting with the artistic Hayne changes the course of his life. 

Hayne is such an adorable character. He had his issue, being emotional and frantic at times, but mostly I just think he is too cute and precious. Despite being bullied throughout his years as a student, he still welcome Scott, who is basically a stranger, into his home with an open heart. I absolutely love reading Hayne's POV. His mind is akin to poetry, it feels magical and I'm amazed the author talents to give Hayne such a distinct voice. 

Since Scott is no longer playing, this doesn't feel like the usual hockey story that revolves around the game and the team. However, I'm glad to say that we got some dose of Ryker and Jacob. The friends are a great addition and I wish we get more of their scenes together helping Scott, but mostly it was just a mentioned or there without much details

The romance development started of seamlessly. They are two young man who got together because of their grief, ended up developed a strong bond together. There was the couple drama in between which make me feel a little off. The way it was present, handled and resolved just doesn't sit right with me. Anyhow, it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story, I'm just glad to see things resolved between our two love birds. Overall, I very much enjoyed this new addition to the series, however, it feels short. I want this to come across as a compliment because I wish it was longer. I want more page time with Scott and Hayne and the team. Also I want more sexy scenes.