Deep Edge by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey Blog Tour, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey stopping by today with their new release Deep Edge, we have a great new excerpt, a fantastic $10 Amazon GC giveaway and my review, so check out the post and enter that giveaway! <3 ~Pixie~

Deep Edge

(Harrisburg Railers 03)
by

R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?

Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport – and his own family – have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.

Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL and he realizes that a place on the Railers roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

Excerpt!

“Trent, it’s great to finally meet you. Layton Foxx – I’m the Railers’ head of social media, and a huge fan. Adler and I caught your show when you were in Harrisburg. I’ve spoken with your agent over the phone a few times, and we’re very happy to have been able to make this happen.”

I let him grab my hand and pump it while my eye met and held that of Mr. Aloof. He had pretty but shadowed gray eyes. I watched the way his eyes widened a bit when he saw the eyeliner and the cobalt tint I’d washed into my hair the night before.

“Charmed,” I murmured, trying to rip my gaze from the man lingering at the back of the pod or troop or whatever one called a gathering of stick-wielding apes.

“Let me introduce the guys. They’re all excited to be taking part in this.”

Mr. Foxx – and yes, he was – led me by the hand to the Railers. They were all so damn tall. I tried not to look at the man in the back, but something about him kept compelling me to peek at him. There was sadness and envy in his eyes when our gazes touched during my introduction to Tennant Rowe, the brave man who had come out about his relationship with his coach, Jared Madsen. Jared, by the way, blew my theory about all coaches being ugly old Russian men with ear hair long enough to braid and decorate with twinkle beads right out of the water. Tennant and Jared made a striking couple, and their affection for each other rode on the cold air like the scent of magnolia on a summer night.

Trent, darling, stop waxing poetic about the gorillas. They look good, sure, but they will throw shit at you like all the other dirty monkeys.

I shook hands with all of them, names like Adler and Arvy all blurring together the closer I got to Mr. Aloof with the soulful eyes. He reached for me before Layton could make the proper introductions. Even with my thin blue gloves on, his touch lit up my skin. The heat of his hand and the strength of it seeped through the sheer cotton material covering my palm. Warmth spread over my fingers and raced up my arm to my face. Or was I just being fanciful? I do that on occasion, according to others.

“Trent, this is Dieter Lehmann. He’s just signed a nice one-year contract with the Railers to play left wing.”

“How exciting.” I glanced back at Gayle. She jerked her head at the man grasping my fingers a little too tightly. “So, uh, Dieter, what do you think you can learn from me?”

“What can I learn from you?” he asked me back. I nodded and prepared for hate comment number one to spew forth. “Speed, using the edge more, learning how to turn more quickly on the ice.”

Oh. All of that was true. Shit. And not even a snort of derision. Odd, to say the least.

“And you’re comfortable with a prancing little poof of a figure skater being the one in charge?”

“Totally,” he replied, and I wasn’t quite sure we were still talking about skills on the ice.

Trent,” I heard Gayle gasp. Mr. My-Eyes-Could-Be-a-Robert-John-Song continued to stare at me.

“You suck,” I heard Lola say. That broke the intensity of Dieter and Trent. My attention went to my dear, sweet grandma poking Tennant Rowe in the chest. The top of her head maybe reached the center of his chest.

“Excuse the snippy pumpkin otherwise known as my grandmother,” I said loudly, and spun away from Lehmann and his mysterious eyes. “She’s not a fan.”

“Yeah, I can see where her loyalty is,” Rowe replied with a fetching smile. “You have a great team here in Philly, Mrs. Hanson.”

“Damn right!” Lola boasted, then grinned at the gigantic men smiling down at her.

“Why don’t we give the Railers a tour of the rink, and then we’ll have lunch at Pat’s and talk about what the network is hoping to see from this reality show?” Gayle said like a trained game show hostess, even going so far as to motion gracefully to the ice arena.

The tour was quick and concise, speedily showing the Railers where everything happened. As we lingered along the boards, I explained to those gathered around me what I hoped we could accomplish.

“This rink is my life. My dream.” I patted my chest gently. “This rink is a safe zone for LGBT youth who have been bullied, demeaned, and persecuted by friends, family and society. As we all know, toxic masculinity is rampant in sports. I’ve battled institutionalized homophobia in figure skating for years. Hatred comes down on children early, and it cripples them emotionally and creatively. I’m doing this show to save Rainbow Skate.”

I wouldn’t discuss my personal reasons, although the world knew I was flat broke. I did have some pride left.

“I think we can do some good, truly I do. Maybe we can show the bigots out there watching that gay athletes and straight athletes aren’t all that different. Maybe a scared future skater or Railer will be watching and feel empowered. So while you’ll come away with new skills that I’ll impart to you, the world at large will also benefit.”

“And what are you going to come away from this with?” Dieter asked, his voice rising from the murmurs of agreement from the team, my agent, and my grandmother, who seemed to be getting over her hatred of the Railers. She had been hanging on to Jared Madsen’s elbow for the entire tour, filling his ear with talk ranging from hockey to the popularity of ice skating in her homeland to how she felt he was living a deprived life since he’d never had lumpia, a kind of meat-filled eggroll enjoyed in the Philippines. A hundred bucks said that when she arrived at the rink the next day, she’d have pans of lumpia for the Railers.

“Me?”

Stellar reply, Trent.

“Yeah, you. What are you hoping to learn from us?” Dieter persisted.

“Well, it’s certainly not going to be fashion sense.” I gave them all some shade.

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Harrisburg Railers Series!

Changing Lines (Book #1)
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First Season (Book #2)
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Poke Check (Book #4)

Release date 14th February 2018

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About R.J. & V.L.!

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RJ Scott is the bestselling romance author of over 100 romance books. She writes emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men and women 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.

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V.L. Locey Logo_FB Profile ImageV.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, 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 flock of assorted domestic fowl, and two Jersey 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 hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads. 

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Review

Title: Deep Edge

Series: Harrisberg Railers 03

Author: R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey

Genre: Contemporary, Sports

Length: Novel (194pgs)

ISBN: 9781785640933

Publisher: Love Lane Books (1st December 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: One man’s passion, another man’s lies. Can love fix even the darkest of hearts?

Trent Hanson is a figure skating phenom adored by millions around the world. His whole life has been dedicated to the sport he loves even when the sport – and his own family – have turned against him. From the playground to the Olympics to his parent’s living room, Trent has fought against bullies and homophobes to be the out and proud gay man he is. But the constant fighting has left Trent tired, lonely, and skittish. All those fears will have to be shelved though when he’s hired to spend the summer working with the Harrisburg Railers ice hockey team. Who would have guessed that the man fate has decided to pair him off with is Dieter Lehmann, all-around sex god and a man who seems to have everything to prove and doesn’t care who he hurts to get what he wants.

Dieter has spent too many years languishing in the minors and a secret addiction to prescription painkillers means his career is in a downward spiral. His ex is blackmailing him and he’s close to walking away from it all. But when he’s called up in the run for the Stanley Cup to cover injuries he has a taste of what it’s like playing in the NHL and he realizes that a place on the Railers roster is what he wants more than anything. More than listening to his heart, and even more than caring for the infuriating figure skater who gets under his skin. When he crosses the line to get what he wants, he knows he has lost his way. He has to change, but is it too late for both his career and any chance he might have at love?

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Review: Trent was left nearly destitute when his step-father spent nearly all of Trent’s hard earned money on gambling, women and booze, now Trent is having to help a bunch of hockey players the finer art of skating in a bid to save his skating rink and his mother’s home.

Dieter is loving playing for the Harrisberg Railers and is very happy with the contract they’ve just offered him, but Dieter has a couple of secrets and one of them could destroy his career forever.

This is a brilliant addition to the Harrisberg Railers series, hot hockey players discovering love when they least expect it… wonderful.

Trent is a bit of a diva, he’s been dragged down by his step-father but he refuses to stay down, but really training hockey players is the last thing that his fabulous self wants to be doing. Setting eyes on the sexy Dieter sends Trent into raptures, he’d like nothing better than to climb Dieter like a tree and when Dieter returns his interest Trent thinks he’s found a man worth keeping.

Dieter has his whole career in front of him now he’s got a contract with the NHL, but his own bad habits could pull everything from out under him. Meeting Trent has Dieter fascinated with the sexy man but Dieter has a lot to think about, between the blackmail and his nasty pain pill habit the future is no longer looking rosy.  

I enjoyed this story for the most part, Trent’s and Dieter’s relationship is one that isn’t built on clouds, it’s built on hard work and understanding. Their passion for each other sets the pages on fire, even with just a meeting of the eyes across a room. They talk and support each other helping each other as they struggle with their own demons. They really are perfect for each other.

The part I hated was Trent’s mother’s forgiveness of Trent’s step-father and her trying to get Trent to forgive him. It really stuck in my craw her crying out ‘but I love him’, ‘he’s a changed man’ and trying to make Trent feel guilty for not instantly forgiving the man. Seriously this man bullied Trent all his life, he’s homophobic, he stole all of Trent’s money, cheated on Trent’s mother and now he wants forgiveness because he’s in prison and is being treated for his addictions. Oh hell no, if someone did that to my son and myself I wouldn’t give a damn if he was an alcoholic, sex addicted, gambler who had suddenly found remorse and been blessed by God himself, he was still a homophobic prick who had bullied a young boy. There’s no forgiveness for that.

Other than that little part of the story this is a really enjoyable story with great characters and a wonderful love story.

I recommend this story to those who love men on ice, sexy times, dealing with addiction, finding love, support and understanding, and a very happy ending.

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