Series: Changing Lanes 02
Author: Layla Reyne
Length: Novella (152 pages)
Publisher: Layla Reyne (30th April 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2 Hearts
Blurb: Sebastian Stewart was never Mr. Dependable; he was more the good-time guy who only wanted to swim, party, and ink tattoos. Until he cost his team the Olympic gold four years ago. Bas is determined to do right this time around—by his medley relay team and his rookie mentee.
Jacob Burrows is in over his head. The Olympic experience—from the hazing, to the endless practices, to the unrelenting media—makes the shy nineteen-year-old’s head spin. He’s trying to be everything to everyone while trying not to fall for his gorgeous tattooed teammate who just gets him—gets his need to fix things, his dorky pirate quips, and his bisexuality.
When Jacob falters under the stress, threatening his individual races and the medley relay gold, he needs Bas’s help to escape from drowning. Bas, however, fearing a repeat of his mistakes four years ago, pushes Jacob away, sure he’ll only let Jacob down. But the only path to salvaging gold is for Jacob to finally ask for what he needs—the heart of the man he loves—and for Bas to become the dependable one.
Review: Nothing gets a rise out of me more than a character who’s spending the better part of the book having a big ol’ pity party, and that’s exactly what Sebastian did. Why I never really saw this coming I’m still not sure, but the Bas we got in the first book was nothing like the Bas we got in Medley.
Medley picks up pretty much exactly where Relay stopped, and we see Jacob the newbie get his tattoo from Bas. I liked the chemistry between these two, their story was definitely a promising one; unfortunately Bas spent more time pushing Jacob away rather than setting the sheets on fire. Doesn’t the whole “trust me to know what’s good for you, and that’s not ME!” thing drive you completely CRAZY? Because towards the end there I wanted to rage like a lunatic!
I liked this book but I didn’t love it, for reasons stated above. That being said, I still loved the writing and I still believe Layla Reyne is a very talented new author. Can’t wait to read more from this author.