Neutral Zone (Jia’s review)

Title: Neutral Zone (Harrisburg Railers #7)
Author: R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Release Date: November 25th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 98
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Tennant Rowe has it all, a boyfriend he adores, a loving family, and a career on the rise. He’s sure of his place in the world, and the future can only get brighter. Then one night, in a flash of skates and sticks, life changes forever. Getting back on the ice is Ten’s priority, and experts tell him that it’s just a matter of time.

Jared watches his lover fall in more ways than one, and when tragedy strikes, even the strongest of relationships are tested. Ten is strong, but Jared has to be stronger to help the man who holds his heart. Only, he has to admit that maybe it isn’t just him who can make Ten whole again.

Jared and Ten’s love is forever, but the rocky path to the romantic Christmas Jared had planned may be hard to travel.

This is #7 in the Harrisburg Railers series, a christmas novella of the aftermath of an incident that happened in the last book. Tennant now faces rehabilitation far away from his family, friends and hockey team. I was very excited when finishing the other books as I knew Neutral Zone was soon being released. I love reading about Tennant and Jared.

I really like this series a lot as the writing’s good and we get some good and interesting characters both main and side. The characters are solid and fleshed out, the story itself is good and definitely enjoyable, and I always love ice time, but personally, and I see on other reviews that I seem to be in the minority but, I found the plot lacking a little.
Why? Because I expected more both from reading the blurb but also I felt the consequences of the incident were brushed over. I felt the blurb was edgier than the story itself.

I enjoyed Jared’s and Ten’s parts, as we got an insight into their minds finally. They both have such a strong love for each other and the though they hate being apart and Ten’s situation is frustrating, for me this was still not a heavy read as I was always sure of them and of Ten making it through. His future remains to be seen though.

Have your read all the other books you’ll probably like this one a lot too. I liked it myself -I just had more expectations after reading the blurb plus I hoped there would be some more information or something about the whole issue with the Raptors.

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Advanced Review Copy

Galley copy of Neutral Zone provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.

Good and enjoyable, but the blurb made me expect more than what I actually got. Love coming back to these characters, especially Tennant's.


  • I love Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series and I’m always looking for books with a sports theme, especially Hockey since I like reading about it more than American football or baseball, but they are always lacking in some way or another. I can’t really make an informed decision based on the blurb and the review of this book BUT they do bring the series to my attention so I’ll definitely give them a try 🙂

    • Hi 🙂
      First of all thank you for commenting. Secondly, You need to have read the first book in this series as well as the sixth, but you really benefit from reading the others in between as well since there are quite a few characters. Also I like the first one the most I think. There’s a part in the first though, closer to the ending where there’s less details and that kind of irked me a little ‘cuz I want it all, however I still really like that book and the characters a lot, so yes do give it a try 🙂 Then you can come back and tell me what you thought.
      There’s also a spin-off series starting with Jared’s son Ryker, the Owatonna U Hockey series, but don’t read this one until you read nr 6.


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