Book Review & Tour – Sugar and Ice by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

A big welcome to RJ Scott and V.L. Locey as part of their tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Sugar and Ice.


One of the things I love about this genre is the strong feeling of family. This story has that in not only the team being family, but with Tate and Vlad’s family too. I loved Tate’s family and their obvious love for each other, and their easy teasing. And the way they just accept Vlad and make him a part of it. I enjoyed the conversations and friendship between Vlad and his twin brother Dimi too. Their conversations were fun.

Friendships also play an important part in the story. I loved the conversation between Stan and Vlad and their friendship, which reminded me of how much I love Stan and why. I’m looking forward to Colorado’s story next. He’s a total wild card, but with a heart of gold. The emu part of this story was a lot of fun.

As an aside, I love how the team all use their huge salaries to do good in the world by supporting charities, and how that includes helping out, and being involved in a very hands on way.

Vlad and Tate’s story is one of opposites attract although Vlad isn’t as icy as his name suggests and when he falls for Tate, he falls hard. I loved how he’s totally smitten with his pet bird, Frank, and loves everything Taylor Swift. I liked the glimpses of his soft side early on, and I loved how he’s fiercely protective of the people he cares about. That comes out with his family too, and why he’s hesitant to come out. His colourful language and curses are wonderful.

Tate is a sweet guy who has been pushed into a corner and a decision he should never have been put in the position to make. Although it was his decision, he really didn’t have a lot of choice. I liked how the situation his ex, although she’s a total piece of work and wanting the limelight, resolves at the end of the story. It would have been easy to paint her as a black and white shallow villain but instead, the authors take a much more complex, and more human route, which makes for a much more satisfying read.

The Guardians of the Galaxy references were spot on, and fun.

As part of the series, I loved seeing the other guys again, and getting a glimpse of where they are in their lives. I particularly enjoyed seeing Henry back on the ice, considering everything he’d gone through.

Although this isn’t your typical HEA, I thought it was perfect for these guys for where they are now, and with promise for the future.

5 out of 5 stars.

Length: 51,000 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

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When love is on the line, the worst decisions can end up having the best endings.

Tate Collins, an all-American hockey phenomenon, was the highly marketable face of Dallas hockey. Loaded down with endorsements and playing his best game, he was a superstar and a household name. No one ever expected him to fail, but overnight, after the worst decision of his life, everything spirals out of his control. Abruptly, his reputation is in tatters, and he’s traded to the Arizona Raptors in a shocking move. Brushing off the wild and unfounded accusations that he faces on social media, and stuck on the second line, he keeps his head down and works hard to earn his spot. Tate knows he can make a difference if only his teammates would let him. Something has to change for him to earn their respect, but falling for the captain might not be his best move.

Vladislav Novikov has been called many things over his long and illustrious career, but the new nickname of Iceberg seems to fit best. Perhaps it’s due to his icy blue eyes, or the way he rams into opposing players as he defends his goalie. Or maybe it’s because of his cool demeanor when not playing the game he loves. Whatever the reason, it’s why he’s the perfect team captain for this wild bunch of puck-pushers. His perfectly controlled life is smooth as ice until Tate Collins rides into Tucson with his apple pie ways and those damn dimples. The young superstar immediately catches his eye. Despite knowing better than to start something with a teammate, the big, bad Iceberg is about to have that chilly veneer around his heart melted away by Tate one sweet kiss at a time.

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
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