Relay (Changing Lanes #1) Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to the RELAY Blog Tour, presented by Layla Reyne and Riptide Publishing! RELAY, by Layla Reyne, is Book 1 of the Changing Lanes sports romance series featuring Olympic swimmers. RELAY is an enemies-to-lovers, second chance romance between Alex, the team captain, and his closeted ex, Dane, swimming’s biggest star. Read on to learn more about RELAY, Changing Lanes, and Layla Reyne!

Title: Relay (Changing Lanes #1)
Author: Layla Reyne
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: (Second Edition)
Release Date: January 8, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary/Sports
Reviewed by: Lili
Page Count: 255


Captain is not a title Alejandro “Alex” Cantu takes lightly. Elected by his teammates to helm the US Men’s Swim Team, he proudly accepts the role, despite juggling endless training, team administrative work, and helping out on the family farm. And despite his ex-lover, Dane Ellis—swimming’s biggest star—also making the Olympic Team.

Dane has been a pawn in his celebrity parents’ empire from crib to pool, flashing his camera-ready smile on demand and staying deeply in the closet. Only once did he drop the act—the summer he fell in love with Alex. Ten years later, Dane longs to cut his parents’ strings, drop his too-bright smile, and beg Alex for another chance.

Alex, though, isn’t ready to forgive and forget, and Dane is a distraction he doesn’t need on his team, until an injury forces Alex to accept Dane as his medley relay anchor. Working together, their passion reignites. When Dane’s parents threaten reprisal and Alex is accused of doping, the two must risk everything to prove Alex’s innocence, to love one another, and to win back their spots on the team, together.

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To celebrate the release of Relay, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 13, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Exclusive Excerpt

Once Bas left, Alex cleared his throat, and Dane’s head shot up. “You’re getting as bad as Mo with that thing,” Alex said, nodding at the phone in Dane’s hand. “You that popular?”

Dane hesitated, obviously reticent to leave his perch. Alex leaned a hip against the cement stair post and crossed his arms, making it obvious he wasn’t budging either. Caving, Dane rose with a sigh and descended the stairs. “No idea,” he said. “I haven’t checked my email since we got here.”

“Games, then?”

Dane shrugged and sat the device facedown on the post. “Something like that.”

“Your lap times are getting better.”

“That’s the point of training, isn’t it?”

Impassive, Dane gave away nothing, and Alex’s hackles rose, frustration challenging his nascent peacekeeper. He battled the warmonger back, reminding himself why he’d stayed behind. “Listen, I’m so—”

“Now you want to act like a captain?” Dane’s eyes flashed, anger seeping through the cold shell. “When everyone else is gone?”

“You’re never at meals or meetings.”

Hurt crowded anger in his icy glare. “Because no one wants me there.”

Alex’s chest clenched, like it had in the med facility when he’d wanted to go to Dane and comfort him. Dane was trying to pull off an air of indifference, but between the worry Alex had glimpsed earlier, and the hurt and anger on display now, something more was going on.

“Dane,” he said, taking a step forward.

Dane lifted a hand, and Alex froze. “Say what you have to say, Alejandro.”

“I’ll speak to the team.”

“No, you won’t,” he snapped. “I don’t need you fighting my battles for me.”

Alex stepped closer, meeting him snarl for snarl, hackles rising the rest of the way. “Tomorrow’s Media Day. We have to at least appear to be on the same team.”

“So that’s what this is really about?”

“We’re representing Team USA, together.”

Dane scoffed and turned away again. “You just want to pull the strings too.”

Alex grabbed him by the arm and forced him back around. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Don’t worry about me tomorrow. I’ve been dealing with this my entire life.”

“Oh, poor you,” Alex spat and rolled his eyes, hard.

Dane wrenched his arm free and bellowed in his face. “You have no idea!”

“About how good you’ve had it?” Sure, the team and he had been hard on Dane this week, but life was harder on the rest of them. Anger, frustration, jealousy all unleashed, he stalked Dane back toward the stair post, arms flailing as he shouted. “The media wanting to talk to you. Sponsors making sure you get the spotlight. Riding off in Mommy and Daddy’s air-conditioned limo while the rest of us sweat it out.”

Dane grabbed his wrists, holding him back. “I didn’t ask for that.”

Gazes locked, chests heaving, Alex’s voice came out a hoarse whisper. “You still got in that fucking car.”

Both times.

Unsaid but said, thick in the space between them.

Space that grew narrower when Dane’s grip became a caress, his eyes strayed to Alex’s mouth, and his voice cracked on a strangled “Alejandro.”

For an interminable second, Alex considered giving in to the tension—stepping over that thin line from hate to what they used to be, indulging in a kiss he missed more than any since—but then the fear, the absolute certainty, Dane would get back into that car a third time drove him out of his former lover’s grasp.

“No,” Alex said, rocking back on his heels. “You made your choice, and you keep making it.”

“What about tomorrow?” Dane asked. “How are we supposed to act?”

“Keep on pretending. Nothing new for you.”

About Changing Lanes Series

A chance at gold or a chance at love? Members of the US Men’s Swim Team fight for both in this sports romance duology following two couples on one medley relay team as they train and compete in the world’s biggest sporting event: the Olympics. To reach the top of the podium, they’ll need to depend on one another and be willing to change lanes—in their lives and hearts, and in the biggest race of their athletic careers.

About Layla Reyne

2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bicoastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart-pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs.

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To celebrate the release of Relay, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on January 13, 2018. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


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