Book Review – Blade by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

Boston Rebels #5
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Pages: 177
Characters: Moral “Dunny”/Cooper
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary, Hockey, Series

Blurb:
Love doesn’t have a formula. It’s messy, unpredictable, and impossible to control for the autistic billionaire inventor and the hockey player who believes he’s lost everything.

Moral “Dunny” Dunkirk has a passion for life. A robust outdoorsman, lover of life, and one of the Boston Rebels fan favorites, Dunny has always embraced excitement and the drive to try new things. During his inaugural flight behind the controls of a small plane, the fates decide to test his mettle in a way that he had never envisioned. When everything crashes down around him, he’s lost in depression and alone in his cabin, facing an existence that is nothing like the one he previously led. Desperate to find some hope, Dunny reaches out to The Harvey Foundation who might be able to help, and he soon finds himself being lifted out of the pit of darkness he’d fallen into one shy uplifting smile at a time.

Accidental billionaire and inventor Cooper Harvey is happy in the seclusion of his lab, determined to make the world a better place. His autism gifts him with a unique vision but the media label him as quirky, reclusive, or a genius, and it’s only in the most splendid isolation his vast wealth can buy that he feels safe. He goes out of his way to avoid sex with all its complicated and messy emotions, but a chance meeting with a test subject for his latest invention shakes his carefully controlled world. Interest in the hockey player who thinks he’s lost everything shows Cooper that life can’t be measured in chemical reactions, and attraction is unpredictable and messy. Terrified of facing something new, he doesn’t know where to turn, but maybe if he’s brave and with a partner who sees beneath the surface, he can finally find a love that makes sense.

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Review

I love this series, and this book has all the feels. Both Cooper and Moral are wonderful characters who fit together perfectly, although it takes them a while to figure that out. The friendships and found family themes are what drew me into this genre, and this story doesn’t disappoint. The Marvel jokes and references are an added bonus.

I like how Cooper’s autism is written. He’s very kind hearted, and determined that his inventions will make life better for those who need it, rather than just those who can pay for it. I loved his interaction with the board on that one. His fun, often inappropriate, sense of humour is one of his endearing qualities. I like his self-awareness of how his autism affects him and that he has a support network to clue him in on the social tells he knows he will miss. I love how he sees past Moral’s scars and the man beneath, and that his blunt honestly is exactly what Moral needs.

I like how Moral starts off thinking of himself as two versions – before and after this accident – and how he eventually comes to terms to move forward, a lot of that down to not only Cooper’s invention, but his acceptance and love. I thought his PTSD was handled well, and I liked that the horror of his accident wasn’t glossed over.

I love Brianna. She’s wonderful, knows Cooper well, and is always there for him. Tony is great at his job, and it’s obvious he cares about Cooper. I like how his personal life outside his role as bodyguard is slowly revealed as the story progresses. He’s as much Cooper’s family as Brianna and Jeremiah. I liked Moral’s family, and how his friends/teammates rally round to support him.

Penelope is sweet. I like how Cooper bonds with her too.

The HEA is sweet, and I love how they’re both moving forward together.

5 out of 5 stars.

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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