This is book #2, in the San Francisco Thunder series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.
Dixie is working in the publicist department for this amazing hockey franchise, she finds there are rules that restrict her personal life. Rules she is willing to live by - to achieve her goals. Until it runs into her current guy.
Elijah is excited to be working with his brother's team. It is like a dream come true. He is extremely attracted to an employee, who is afraid for her job if they get together. He has his own demons from the past, and forging a future currently seems like an uphill climb.
This was such an amazing addition to the series! I loved the characters right from the beiginning. Their banter, the tease, the sparks.... oh my! This was a joy to read. I laughed right along, and felt riveted when with each new page. I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.
‘Deep Edge’ is the third book in the ‘Harrisburg Railer’s’ series by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey and while I have very much enjoyed the first two books, ‘Deep Edge’ has definitely become my favorite book so far.
Trent Hanson may be a skating phenom adored by millions but that hasn’t kept disaster from dogging his heels nor has it kept the two things he loves the most from turning on him. It’s when his family has betrayed him and the sport he’s dedicated his life to has turned on him that Trent finds himself faced with the dilemma of a life time…do a reality show that will pay him enough to resolve the financial difficulties that he’s facing while leaving him in the company of members of the ‘Harrisburg Railers’ while filming a reality television series…Trent doesn’t do jocks…not football, baseball or hockey…ever! But when faced with the alternatives that his current financial state will result in. Trent decides it’s time to put on his big boy pants and do what needs to be done…after all it’s just 6 weeks…he can do this, right?
Dieter has spent years in the minors waiting for his chance to show that he’s got what it takes to play in the pros. When he gets called up during the Railers run for the Stanley Cup, Dieter knows this is his chance and he wants it. He’s determined not to let anything get in his way…not an injured knee that leads him to become addicted to prescription painkillers, not a personal scandal that threatens to splash his name across the cover of every tabloid in North America and certainly not the infuriating figure skater whose gotten under his skin while adding so much color and life to his world.
I loved Trent…he was unrepentantly Trent. His motto in life was ‘name it and claim it’. Trent was out and proud unashamed to show the world the beauty that was Trent Hanson. But for all his sparkle and flash he had a heart of gold. His passion for skating includes his Rainbow arena where he creates a safe environment for LGBTQ kids to take lessons and skate in a safe and bully free environment. He helps take care of his mom and his very feisty grandmother whom he calls Lola. Sadly Trent’s not a stranger to the world of addiction having been in one relationship with someone who was addicted to prescription drugs he recognizes the warning signs in Dieter.
While Dieter was a little harder character to warm up to in the end he won my heart. Initially he wasn’t willing to face the truth’s of his circumstances in the end he faced up to things and got the help he needed for both his addiction and the injury that led to it. What really won me over with Dieter was that when it came to Trent, he wanted Trent as he was. There was never any expectation on Dieter’s part that Trent would change in any way because Dieter wanted the color and flare that Trent brought into his life.
Just like in the first two books we were given a wonderful cast of secondary characters including the MCs from ‘Changing Lines’ and ‘First Season’ and Trent’s mother and his Lola, there’s Trent’s agent who ultimately takes on Dieter as a client as well and Dieter’s parents…I really loved Dieter’s parents they were wonder, loving and supportive parents…even if his dad is a Vancouver Canucks fan…there’s just no accounting for taste…kidding.
I loved Trent and Dieter’s story and as a couple they worked really, really well for me and while I know that the next book’s a new pairing…it’s Stan the big, adorable, teddy bear Russian Goalie for the Railers and I’m totally on board for Stan’s story and yes, I do have my fingers crossed for a peek or two at Trent and Dieter…these two worked hard for their HEA and I’d love to see more of these two.
This series just keeps getting better and better for me and I’m definitely looking forward to whatever comes next for the men of the Harrrisburg Railers and their partners…now, if I could just get my hands on a Railer’s hockey jersey…Go Railers!!!
An ARC of 'Deep Edge' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.
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One kiss - that's all it took For her to go from off limits to my off duty lover. For years we worked side by side and in an instant everything changed in the best way possible. Jessica McBee was my best friend, my partner on the force and my only weakness. When Myla Hayes, the wife of the captain of the NY Otters hockey team, is being harassed, we have to work together to take down the suspect. But how can I let her be in the line of fire when I'm in love?
I would never forget the first fatality I had while on the job. It was staple gunned into my mind – plaguing me, haunting me. I watched as the life of a mother was snuffed out, feeling her last breath escape her lips in the freezing rain in the middle of the road.
Early evening, in terrible weather with black ice covering the asphalt, my partner and I got the call. I had been on the job for only a few months – needless to say I was not prepared for what we were about to encounter. I was a young buck, fearless, ready to be the big bad hero – swoop in and save the damsel in destress. What a fucking joke that idea was. Up until that point, the worst that I had dealt with was a drug bust gone wrong were a UC was shot in the shoulder by a kingpin. That was child’s play compared to what I was about to witness.
With lights flashing, my partner pushed the engine of our squad car to her limits – flying down the road to the intersection. It only took minutes and we were on the scene. Off in the distance, the whaling of horns and blaring of sirens signaled that the ambulance and firetruck were already in route to our aid. We were the first to arrive out of all responding units and I wished that that hadn’t been the case.
The scene was what you’d expect from a damn movie. An eighteen-wheeler was jackknifed, slid off onto the shoulder with a four door Sudan plastered to its grill like a damn bug stuck in the grate. The entire driver’s side of the car was smashed in, the horn was blaring, the windshield was blown out. The driver had been expelled from the car, the passenger’s head was a bloody mess on the side window. Neither were moving. The truck driver whaled in agony as he frantically tried to open the cab’s door.
“Sir! Try to remain calm!” My parented was a senior officer, he knew what he was doing. He sprang into action as I froze in my seat Get the woman!” Todd screamed at me as he flew out of the driver’s seat. “I’ll try to get the girl out of the car.”
I rushed to the lady that was sprawled out on the frozen pavement, her limbs thrown about as she lay on her back, gasping for air.
Looking down into her pleading eyes, I tried to figure out what to say. But, what do you say when you know that someone is fighting for their life? How the fuck are you supposed to comfort a stranger when they are dying right in front of you?
“Ma’am. Can you tell me your name?” I asked trying to assess her injuries.
“My daughter!” She cried, “Help Myla!”
“My partner is with her. He’s got her. What’s your name? Can you tell me your name?”
She started to gurgle as blood poured from her lips. Her skin drained of color. Her body shook. Her eyes got wide. I pulled her mangled, bloody body into my arms, rocking her while trying to comfort her last moments on this earth.
“You’re going to be all right. The paramedics are on their way. You’re going to be all right.” I repeated it over and over until the EMTs were rushing to my aid. They were too late. She had slipped between the cracks.
In pouring down, freezing rain, I felt her last breath leave her lungs. I watched as she blinked for the last time. I held her as she cried for us to save her daughter. In her last seconds, she was completely selfless. Her love for her daughter was at the forefront of her mind. That is true love. Right there, I learned what true love looked like in its final moments.
About the Author:
I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I’d like or just to shoot the, well you know. A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.
Tristan Holt is nothing if not pragmatic. Despite a flourishing career as a defenseman for the Atlanta Venom, Tristan knows he can’t play hockey forever. One day he’ll retire — if an injury doesn’t force him to hang up his skates first. His backup plan? Finishing his business degree. But he doesn’t count on a very inappropriate attraction to his standoffish sociology professor, Sebastian Cruz.
Sebastian is on the bottom rung of the Sociology Department at Georgia State. He has his sights set on tenure, and he can’t afford to be distracted, especially not by a sexy student with a body straight out of Sebastian’s dreams. No matter how much Tristan tempts him, that’s one line Sebastian won’t cross. At least not until summer classes end. After that, everything is fair game.
But Sebastian lives loud and proud, and Tristan is terrified of being the first out player in the NHL. Neither of them can afford to risk their hearts when they can’t imagine a happily ever after. The problem is, unlike hockey, when it comes to love, there are no rules.
I love a good hockey romance and this is a very enjoyable read. My favorite parts were how thoughtful Tristen, self determined, and how he navigated his coming out.
Seb is less likable but that is okay. I get why Tristen likes him so much and he is an intersting character. I do wish that professor would show up in books as more empathic than they are often portrayed.
This is a solid love story with some sweet and super hot moments.