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(Owatonna U Hockey #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  686 ratings  ·  132 reviews
This New Adult book is the first in the Owatonna U Series, a spin-off from the best selling Harrisburg Railers Hockey Series.

Ryker is hockey royalty, Jacob is a poor country boy. Can two vastly different people find common ground and become the men they want to be?

Ryker comes from a long line of championship-winning hockey players. Playing college hockey to develop his g
ebook, 196 pages
Published September 24th 2018 by Love Lane Books (first published September 22nd 2018)
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's not often I read a Young Adult romance because invariably I find myself rolling my eyes at the antics or - understandable given their ages - lack of maturity often used in the narrative to create plot tension.

However, as this is a spin off from the Harrisburg Railers series and it comes from the pens of two of the finest writers of sports romance in the genre, I knew I'd get little of the above.

There is a wee bit of what could be described as irrational dislike when Ryker and Jacob meet, bu
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one's a spin-off from the authors series 'The Harrisburg Railers' and damn did they get things off to a good start. Full review to follow soonish!

If you’ve a fan of and have read ‘The Harrisburg Railers’ series...

than you know who Ryker is and at the very least can probably skip the rest of this paragraph. If you’re not you can probably still read this book and not feel lost but honestly, I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you’ve read the series or at least the first book which has Ry
Weird, I thought I made a review when read. Anyway, it was good enough I still vividly remember the story.

1) This is a spin-off of the Harrisburg Railers series : No need to read the main series. However, the main series is so good, it’s no hardship to read before, at least book1 and book6.
2) Genre : sports romance (the hockey part is well balanced with the romance), NA (I have a hard time with NA, but it worked well, here…kudos to the authors) and opposite-attract (social status and personaliti
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance, ya
HOCKEY!!!! What else is there to say?!

Here’s a nooner of a review for you:

I liked the storyline—HOCKEY! But....I didn’t like the constant push pull one of the MC’s, Jacob, kept throwing. How Ryker could keep coming back to him after Jacob being so mean is a mystery.

Good thing for Jacob that Ryker didn’t give up because this one ends in a HFN.

This was my first RJ Scott book and I will continue with the series now that they are in KU!
FYI: "Ryker" is in the "Harrisburg Railers" series universe and runs concurrently with that series, but it easily read as a stand-alone. Although if you haven't read Harrisburg Railer's #6 "Goal Line" please be aware there ARE spoilers for that book here.

When Ryker Madsen and Jacob Benson meet at a Canadian hockey camp, sparks fly ... eventually. For Jacob, hockey is the means to an end and his dream is not playing in the NHL but rather getting his agricultural science degree at Owatonna U so he
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If the testament of a great story is you laid in bed at 4am, eyes as wide as saucers, with a satisfied smile on your face, then yes, this was a really damn good one.

Ryker, what a beautiful soul, so guileless and carefree, and Jacob, the big, stoic cuddle monster who bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. Misconceptions abound when Jacob first meets Ryker and I can’t blame him for that one little bit, but the more he gets to know Ry and is virtually battered by his relentlessness and the
Dnf @ 29%.

The first chapter was like an epilogue of another book, filled with characters that was complete strangers to me but context gave away must be cameos from other books, which greatly annoyed me since this book is marketed as book 1 in the series.

Not off to a good start, I was hoping for improvement but found the story too heavy on the tell, and too shallow for my mood. I'm a bit surprised by my dislike since the co-author VL Locey's 'Point Shot Trilogy Box Set' is a favourite book of
Emily Seelye
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, m-m, hockey
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Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, arc-read
R.J Scott and V.L. Locey continue their successful collaboration with a new series about college hockey with a more NA feel. If you’ve read the Harrisburg Railers series, you’ve met Jared’s son Ryker and you’ll know what happened at the end of the last book. Most of Ryker’s story runs concurrent with Goal Line but can be read as a stand alone. (Go read the first series; you know you want to!) Meeting at a hockey conditioning camp, Jacob is initially unfriendly, dismissive of Ryker and a bit jeal ...more
Like any other reader who followed the Harrisburg Railer series, we are so eager to start on this spin off series. My main reason is definitely follow up on what happened to Ten and Jared. They both are an integral part of Ryker's life, but I'm glad to see what this story isn't all about Ryker's dads. In fact, almost the entire book actually took place before the event at the end of Harrisburg Railer.

I have soft spot for Ryker even since I knew him as Jared's son. Unlike other rich and famous t
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been so excited for Ryker's story since before I even knew he was getting one, and I freaking loved it. Mostly. But I will get back to that "mostly" in a minute...

Ryker and Jacob have an obvious connection from the start. Seemingly two complete opposites when they meet at a hockey camp, Jacob wants nothing to do with who he thinks Ryker is.. but Ryker's true self wears him down after a while, and their chemistry explodes. Saying goodbye is not easy for either of them, but what will happen
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this. So worth the wait.

Jacob is a farm boy and sorting things out in his life, trying to choose what's right for him. Ryker is, as the blurb says, ice hockey royalty, but he's also niave and pretty clueless about just how real life works. Jacob is intent on staying away, but that's not how things work out.

I have to say that I loved these two together, how their relationship progressed through friends to lovers, and then seeing them work through things that were going on made fo
The books in the Harrisburg series have been a hit and miss for me. But I like me some hot hockey player’s luving, so I always give the next book a chance.
Ryker is a spin-off of the above mentioned series and I have to say that is probably the best book so far.
Not a lot of steam, but lots of sweetness.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where to begin? This was a book I have been waiting for. We all have, those who follow The Railer's series. We met Ryker when he was younger and loved him and wanted him to have a HEA of his own. Once he got old enough of course.
I loved how we got to see into Jacob's life , meeting his parents and seeing the dynamic of his relationship with his dad. We see it before meeting Ryker, during his time @ both camp and college and at the end of the book. Jacob and Ryker are perfect for each other in ev
Jenny Wood
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
So, I feel like this might be a spin-off from another series maybe? Maybe one including Ryker’s dad Jared a former pro hockey player and his boyfriend, Ten, current pro hockey player… Ryker comes from several generations of hockey players, and has worked hard to follow in their footsteps. Though he’s had a lot handed to him, hockey is most important… Going to a hockey camp for the summer, before starting in the big leagues with a team that he can’t stand…. He meets Jacob…

Jacob is the exact oppos
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good start to the series. I'm not sold on the relationship for these guys at such a young age with so much to overcome. Jacob is tied to the land, a very specific piece of land and that isn't going to change. Ryker is tied to Hockey and the teams he's tied to will change so these boys are really up against the odds.

What I did like was that it was way less instalove than RJS usually does and the realistic sex scenes. Neither one of these kids knew what they were doing and none of what
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hockey and Love - Wonderful.

I love Hockey stories. I love the series that introduced Jared and Ten. Now comes the story of Jared's son. City boy from money meets dairy farmer trying to save the family farm. This book is so much more. This a story of love. Young love 💘.Mature love. Parental love. Love.

Well written as all RJ Scott's books are. I couldn't out it down.

I read this entire series again December 2019
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am really liking all of these Hockey books RJ Scott and VL Locey are coming out with and this is another great start to a (spin-off) series “Owatonna U Hockey” which follows along after Ryker who we met in the previous “Harrisburg Railers” series books. When I learned that Ryker was getting his own book I was absolutely thrilled and was not disappointed at all by his storyline in this book. It was everything I had hoped for. But I really do need more for him, It didn’t really feel finished and ...more
Joyfully Jay
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars

Ryker is the first in the new Owatonna U. Hockey series by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey. It appears to be a standalone series, but occurs in the same universe as the Harrisburg Railers series and mentions familiar characters and events. So while you won’t be lost if you haven’t read that series, doing so would help make this one more enjoyable. We’ve met Ryker Madsen before. He’s the son of Jared Madsen, who coaches the Railers. He has lived something of a charmed life
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Jacob and Ryker come from very different backgrounds. We have a chance to get to know each of them before they meet and I liked both men. Jacob comes from a farming background that struggles with money and has had to work for everything in life and Ryker comes from a hockey family with money and seems to have it all.

Jacob does not react well to Ryker’s wealth and comparative easy life when they first meet at a training camp
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book should be read after the sixth book of the Harrisburg Railers series. It follows Jared Madsen’s son Ryker. If you want to know more about them read the first book of the Harrisburg Railers series.

Ryker’s book was fun to read and I loved Ryker so much. It starts 4 months before the accident that happened in the sixth book and we see Ryker being chosen by an NHL team, and if you know the other series, you’ll know that the team he was chosen by is not the best when it comes to being frie
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hockey and love….

If you love the Harrisburg Railers series like I do then picking up the first of the new spin-off series was a must! Ryker comes from a family of hockey legends so Jacob immediately has a chip on his shoulder. Jacob is a farmer and has to work hard for what little he has. His dream is not of hockey but of running the family farm. If he can live through the work he has to do to get there… When he meets Ryker, someone who has had everything handed to him, the defenses are up…

To be
Laurel Looney
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ryker was definitely worth waiting on. I could have continued to read about Ryker and Jacob. Jared did an amazing job raising Ryker. Ryker is a guy that you would want to hang out with regardless of who his fathers are. He is a sweetheart and when he loves you he really loves you. Jacob is someone anyone would be proud to call their son. He is so focused and knows what he wants. Ryker and Jacob together are simply awesome. I hope that we are blessed to read about them lots more in the upcoming y ...more
~nikki the recovering book addict
Ohhh! This was definitely much better than the Harrisburg Railers series, sorry to say 🙊 I enjoyed it more is all 😬

It was fun getting to know Ryker. He was in so much of the Railers’ books that it’s like we almost know him but not really. So it was nice to actually get to know him. It’s so easy for him to be the spoilt brat but I’m glad he’s not. Watching him fall in love with Jacob who couldn’t be more different from him was definitely fulfilling. I’d love to see how they sort out their impendi
Ulysses Dietz
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ryker (Owatonna U Hockey #1)
By RJ Scott and V.L. Locey
Love Lane Books, 2018
Four stars

This one moved me to tears, to my surprise. Ryker and Jacob are wonderfully drawn young men. They’re not teenagers any more, but still in college. The one thing that ties them together is their love of hockey; everything else would seem to push them apart. Ryker is the first-round draft pick of an NHL team, son of a famous NHL coach and his famous hockey-star boyfriend (whom we met in another book). He is hockey
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I was such a fan of hockey player’s, Jared and Ten, that I knew I would like the story of Jared’s son, Ryker. What I didn’t expect was the amount of face time we got with Jared and Ten, and the tragedy that befell the little family. Harsh, dear author, harsh. But at the same time, I am now fully invested in both the second book for this series, and the follow up to Jared and Ten’s story. I know, I know, this is the first book in a series, and I am talking in riddles, but trust m
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Stopped reading at 1/3 op the book. It couldn’t really hold my interest. It’s not a badly written story though. The technique is smooth.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lbr, ebook, mm

I love the Harrisburg Railers series, so it was a no-brainer to grab this spinoff opener. Especially, since we already know Ryker a bit, as he is Jared Madsen’s son, who plays a huge part in the Railers series. If you haven’t read those, I highly recommend you start there, because it will give you a much better understanding about some of the other players, namely Jared’s other half, Tennant “Ten” Rowe, NHL hockey superstar, as well as a few of the other players talked about as well.

But this sto
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yet another great start to a new series from RJ Scott and V.L. Locey. We can always trust in having some wonderful characters and a really good story line. This is a New Adult book and has a couple of characters from the Harrisburg Railers Series but it's not necessary to have read those to understand this book.
We are first introduced to Ryker. With hockey in his blood being third generation he always knew what his future held and he worked towards it, though it helps a lot having hockey royalty
Jess A Jaye
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been a massive Harrisburg Railers series from the start so I was really excited about Vicki and RJ bringing out a spin off series - Owatanna U Hockey. Yay even more hockey players to fall in love with!! And I was especially ecstatic to learn that Ryker Madsen was first up to get his story and a shot a love. Totally been rooting for him since he first appeared in Ten and Jared’s book Changing Lanes.
In his book Ryker is trying to decide how to begin his hockey career, whether to stay in unive
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A USA Today bestselling author, RJ Scott has published over one hundred novels after discovering romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t love on the page, she could create it in her head, and has become a lifelong writer.

She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her

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