Title: Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers Ice Hockey #1)
Author: R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: July 12th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 233 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
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.
I’m not going to lie, with the majority of Ten and Jared’s relationship being off page, and with quite a bit of the little on page development being not-so-interesting sex, and then the ending it all left me a bit…disappointed.
I am surprised that, even with the dual POV, I don’t really feel like I got to know the characters very well, and at 200+ pages I don’t really understand why.
The hockey sequences were cool, but it would have been nice to get to know the players a bit better. Like, Stan, the enormous goalie…we never find out why he talks completely in tv and commercial catchphrases, but it seemed like he understood what was being said to him…did he? Was that the only English he knew? Where did he learn it? What was his deal?
I wanted to know more about everything and it just wasn’t there.
There were really only four scenes in the entire book that “stood out” for me – when Ten came out to his parents, then to his brothers, when Mads stands up to his son’s Grandfather and has a heart to heart with his son, Ryker, and when Ten and Mads are “outed” as a couple to the team.
I loved how when Ten told his parents about being gay, their reaction had me tearing up. That scene got me in the feels. Then, after he came out to his brothers, Brady and Jamie, I really thought the story had reached a turning point. Alas, no.
I’ll probably check out the second book in the series, but it will be more out of curiosity to see if this writing pair gel more than being drawn in by the next set of main characters, particularly as I didn’t feel like there was any development of those characters here either.