Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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

Coast to Coast
(Arizona Raptors #1)
by R.J. Scott, V.L. Locey
Genre: M/M Sport Romance
Release Date: September 29, 2019

When opposites attract, it’s not just the team that’s in for a shake-up.

When a stipulation in his father’s will throws Mark back into a family that disowned him, he has only two things on his mind; buying his way out of contractual obligations and running in the opposite direction as fast as he can. When neither option pans out, he finds he is now a one third owner of the struggling Arizona Raptors hockey team, and that is just about the worst thing he could have happened to him. Not only does he hate hockey, but the Raptors are a bottom-of-the-league team, rife with jealousies and anger in a locker room that only knows self-pity. How is he supposed to help turn things around when the only way to start fixing things is to form an alliance with the estranged siblings he’d run from fifteen years earlier?

Then there’s Rowen Carmichael, a stubborn, opinionated, irritating man with superiority issues and questionable taste in music. Butting heads with Rowen, who he’d never even wanted to hire in the first place, is one thing, but there is no way in hell that he will allow the growing attraction to the new coach become anything more. Until with everything on the line, he has to make decisions that will change his life forever.

After years of collegiate coaching, Rowen is given an offer that he simply can’t refuse, although perhaps he should. When he’s presented with the chance to take one of the worst teams in the league and mold them into a future cup contender, the challenge is just too alluring to pass up. He leaves his beloved Ontario behind and moves west to the arid city of Tucson where he is faced with a broken team, shoddy management, and players overflowing with resentment and bigotry.

Never in his twenty years of hockey has he ever seen such a raging dumpster fire of an organization. Yet there’s something about this team and this city that compels him to roll up his sleeves and start dismantling. He has his eye on a new associate coach that’s bound to makes waves, and several key players who should be sent packing. Now all he has to do is convince the new owners of the team that his choices are for the best. If only Mark Westman-Reid, one of three siblings who now own the Raptors, wasn’t so damned rock-headed, so damned snooty, and so damned appealing his job might be a bit easier.

Arizona Raptors, the team hated by everyone and already hit rock bottom. With the three heirs as the new owner and a new coach, will they be able to rise from the ashes. Our beloved Ryker made a few appearances, but our focus is on one Coach Rowen Carmichael and the youngest heir, Mark.

Rowen is an ambitious and no nonsense coach and he is opinionated, egoistic and domineering man, who is a total pain the ass to Mark. From their first meeting, sparks fly and they bicker relentlessly because they can't agree on anything. I enjoyed all the moment they are up on each other nose and wish they would just shut up and make kissy faces.

However, once Rowen and Mark start sleeping together, things sorta fizzle out and the romance took a back seat. The story seems to shift the focus more on the team and Mark's family drama. There was a moment when Mark invited Rowen for a family dinner, which Rowen accepted and all I feel is 'since when they are together?' in the relationship sense and not just fuck buddies. It may feel natural to them to just progress without making a big deal, but I wanted to read more of those pesky feelings that they develop for each other. There was whole load of family drama with Mark, but I didn't see him sharing it with Rowen.

Overall, I feel from the hockey POV, things are solid, but the romance was just okay. Both of them have a common goal of saving Arizona Raptors from further ruin. Rowen want to win some games and Mark need to woo some investor. There are also some clean up that need to be done to the team, especially getting rid of a certain problematic player. There are plenty of scenes that were dedicated to the game, which are engrossing and make me excited for the outcome. It may takes time, but I believe the future is bright for the Raptors.

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.

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

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USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, 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, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.

When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.

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