Title: Scott (Owatonna U Hockey #2)
Author: R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey
Publisher: Love Lane Books Ltd
Release Date: March 27th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 50,000 words approx.
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
What happens when you try to fix the past and end up threatening your future?
Scott is struggling. Grieving the loss of his brother, carrying the weight of his father’s expectations, and getting his ass kicked in the rink, he’s in a downward spiral. He needs a solution and fast, but when his steroid use is exposed, he’s close to losing his place at Owatonna and more importantly, on the Eagles Hockey team. Thrown out of his house, with nowhere to go and no future in sight, he only has one choice; agree to mandatory counseling, random drug tests, and get his act together. Only then will he have a chance at normal. Meeting Hayne, a senior connected to the world through his art, is a shock to the system. Moving in with him is his only option, but falling for the shy artist leaves Scott in an impossible situation, and one he can’t escape.
Hayne has always been that quiet, creative kid who sat in the back of class drawing instead of listening to the teacher. A talented artist, the shy and sensitive young man is struggling with the loss of his childhood friend. Seeing his sadness reflected in his usually colorful paintings, he decides to attend grief counseling and meets Scott, a lost soul in desperate need of light and color in his life. Taking in a homeless hockey player certainly was never part of his carefully orchestrated ten-year plan. But now that Scott is in his life, he’s discovering the joy of this man’s loving smile and tender touch is one of the most beautiful palettes on earth.
I had to read this in one sitting. HAD to. Gah.
Seriously, the Scott and Locey team has quickly become one of my favorites. I’ve grown so very fond of all of their books, but I love the hockey series and while this wasn’t completely centered around the craziness of the rink, it was hockey-related. And there was a cameo made by Tennant Rowe, so….swoon.
Told in dual alternating POV’s, Scott and Hayne’s story was stunning. The juxtaposition of two very, very different characters just worked big time in this story. Hayne was small and lean, with a pretty face and beautiful curls. He was wary of most people, jocks in particular. Being around anyone who could potentially cause harm was a trigger. And yet. He had taken in Scott with open arms, his heart on his sleeve.
Scott had made mistakes. He was gripped with grief, in a place where he couldn’t be reached and finally hit rock bottom. With the loss of almost everything, he found someone who could help him heal and rebuild. Someone who could have watched him suffer, but wouldn’t.
So, my takeaway from this was pretty much OMG READ THIS BOOK. I fell in love with Hayne and his artsy prose from the start. My heart squeezed each time he winced in worry. If I could ever have a book best friend, it would be Hayne. He was epic.
Scott cradled his heart and made a home for it within his and I have to say, to write a big, husky, burly guy who can flick at gentle curls and have the patience and kindness that he did was awesome. These boys just totally worked so well and I am just sitting here in book hangover heaven.
Well done. All the stars. I want more!!!