Tour & Book Review – Across the Pond by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

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Review

I’m enjoying this series, and loved the latest story. I really felt for Alex who is torn between who he is and family expectations of who he should be. I thought the authors did a great job in showing how religion can be an influence in not a good way and how it can colour decisions made especially in a culture that is staunchly Catholic. I also thought the scenes where Alex is dealing with racial slurs and preconceptions were well written too, especially the scenes where he’s visiting Henry and has to deal with the racist security guard. I liked that there was a flip side with Seb getting flack because of his being British, instead of American. I thought Seb’s concerns about having Ryker the poster boy for the Raptors felt very realistic, rather than bigoted, and is sadly a reflection about how the world is.

I loved Alex and Seb’s relationship. It’s very sweet, and I liked how they complemented each other with their different personalities. Seb is very patient with Alex, his situation, and his inexperience and I could already see loud and clear that they loved each other before they admitted it. I liked how they grow a strong friendship as well as a relationship, which is about romance as well as physical attraction. I was rooting for them from the beginning and sitting up late reading because I wanted to make sure they got their happy ending.

I enjoyed the friendships in this story too, especially between Ryker and Alex, them and Henry, and Jason and Seb. Although the Raptors still have a way to go before they have the team is family vibe, they’re definitely progressing on that journey, and I liked seeing the interactions between team members now Aarni is out of the picture. Although the Raptors are not all about their team being family yet, this story was still very much about family with both Alex and Seb’s families playing a crucial role.

I totally related to Seb getting involved in watching a game because Alex was playing. I enjoy the hockey games in these stories despite knowing nothing about the game, and never having seen one.

I thought Alex’s family’s reaction to him and Seb was well written, and realistic. I love his grandmother and sister. They totally rock. I enjoyed seeing glimpses of Mark and Rowen’s relationship, and Mark’s brothers through Seb’s eyes. The differing perspectives, and revisiting old friends, is one of the things I love about reading series. I’m very happy that we’re getting Henry’s story next.

I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy reading about opposites attract, age difference, realistic diverse characters and situations, and with a strong sense of friendship and family. 5 out of 5 stars.


Length: 57,600 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Arizona Raptors Series

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Blurb

The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other.


Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of Arizona isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly with the doubts and worries he takes with him. He’s turned even the worst of companies around, but faced with the challenge of improving the reputation of a hockey team that everyone seems to hate, he knows his work is cut out for him.


Focus is key, but that is easier said than done when Seb is sent into a tailspin by the intriguing Alejandro. Seb’s entire marketing plan hinges on making Alex a poster boy for equality and fair play. But with Alex’s utter dedication to the game, and his dark secretive eyes, the gorgeous Alex is stubborn, opinionated, doesn’t want any part of being the team focus, and worst of all, doesn’t appear to like Seb at all. It takes everything that Seb has to keep his hands off of Alex, but things get out of hand and Seb’s life might never be the same again.


Alejandro Garcia has had to work hard to get where he’s at. Born to Mexican immigrants, his siblings and himself have never had it easy in this new country their parents dreamed of calling home. A native son of Arizona, Alex has always been the odd man out on the ice but he’s not going to let a stupid thing like his heritage get in the way of his dreams. He’s now a Raptor and he plans to put all that training and collegiate hockey experience to good use. Working hard comes naturally to him. It’s something his parents have instilled in him from the time he was a toddler. Being one of a handful of Latino hockey players makes him strive for success with even more determination. His first pro season has had some ups but a lot more downs, but Alex is one stubborn young man and failure is not an option.


As the Raptors struggle to rebuild not only their team but their core values, Alex finds himself drawn to one of the owner’s friends, a tall, lanky Brit with the face of an angel and an accent and attitude that bewitches and befuddles him. Sebastian is everything he thought he would never be attracted to but he can’t push the sexy, older, fun-loving man out of his thoughts. If ever there were a man he would not be able to take home to his parents – not that he can bring a man home since he is deeply closeted – it’s Sebastian, but desire knows no socioeconomic, age, or international borders. The heart wants what the heart wants and Alejandro’s wants Sebastian.

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.


RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.


The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.


She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:


USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.


V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.


When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.


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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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