Across the Pond
The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other.
Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of Ariz...more
It was a lot more quietly angsty than I thought it would be and, surprisingly for this author pair, most of the relationship intimacy was developed off page.
There is a mutual blowjob/handjob on page at the start of their relationship, but the next time we get the full visceral experience of them in bed together, it's almost at the end of the book.
That really surprised me to be honest, as RJ and Vicki have such a ...more
The team is still internally struggling to be on top again, despite the efforts of the management, of ...more
That’s a toss up.
This is the third book I’ve read by these authors. I wanted to give them a chance because: HOCKEY!
Well, I gave them a chance and I’ve concluded that these authors are not for me. I don’t care for their jilted writing style nor for a lack of real chemistry in the MCs I’ve encountered.
I know many readers love this duo and their many books, but I know when a writing style and I just don’t hit it off.
This makes me sad because hockey romances are truly my favo ...more
Seb is traveling all the way from England to Texas to help the hockey team The Raptors get a better image. He is a nice guy. Taking care of his mom, who was left alone by his dad, the moment she told she was pregnant.
For the time being, he will stay in the pool house from Jason, the co-owner of The Raptors.
He wants to use Alejandro/Alex for his marketing plan.
Alex, twenty-two, has a secret as a good catholic Latin American boy, he just can’t show his true colors. ...more
Alex loves his close-kind Catholic fam ...more
When “Coast to Coast” ended...
we were left with a hockey team that seemed to be on the brink of destruction…there was a new coach that no one seemed to know what to do with…lucky for them he knew what he was doing because as the story moved along some things got better but other things…well not so much and now here we are back in Arizona and the Raptors are still picking up the piece ...more
Hockey guys: check
Age gap: check
Culture clash: check
Saving a failing business: check
There are so many points and things I love in a story, it should have been
However, maybe I read too many great Hockey stories lately,
I must say, that this was a disappointment.
It is not a terrible book to make it clear, for me it was an okay average read, but I had high expectations and the book really didn't deliver...
So many of the above mentioned t ...more
This is the second book in the series, but closely linked to the other two joint hockey series by this talented duo of authors. I would recommend them all to you - and would certainly suggest that you read the first Raptors book, so that you understand the environment and team that you are reading about here.
Alex is an NHL anomaly as a tall, talented Latino hockey player. As we discover, he is subject to considerable r ...more
This is another solid installment to this series, although this one doesn't see very much ice time. Seb has come from England to lend his skills to college friend and co-owner of the Raptors in an attempt to better their public image as they continue with their rebuild. He brings with him his British flair and hits the ground running with the idea of using the rising star rookies as the new face of the Raptors. Between the three (Ryker, Alejandro and Colorado), it is Alejandro who catches Seb's ...more
This is the story of the relationship that develops between Sebastian, the Raptors’ new business consultant and Alex, a closeted hockey player. The chemistry between these two is instant but their complicated lives make an actual relationship feel impossible.
When we first meet Alex, he is trapped between worlds. He’s a Latino hockey player in a very white sport. He’s a gay man in a conservative Catholic family. Alex doesn’t qu ...more
Across the Pond is the second in the Arizona Raptors series and while you don’t have to read these books in order, things will be more enjoyable if you do. Alex is generally a strong character and one whose struggles read as believable. He’s a Latin man in a culture that values masculinity and from a devoutly religious family. Acknowledging one’s sexuality under those circumstances has to be unbelievably hard and embracing it is something altogether more challengi ...more
Sebastian travels from England to Arizona to help get the Raptors image back on track. But Sebastian has his eyes on Alex before he even arrives in America. It isn’t long before Alex notices the hot Englishman around the rink. The problem is Alex is very firmly in the closest.
A lot of this story revolves around Alex and coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to decide if he should come out. He is terrified of the reac ...more
As the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, both MC's are new to the team. Alex was brought in to fill Henry's place after his accident and Seb was brought in to help with the management side.
The MC's were night and day different, which worked for the most part. Alex struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality, being raised with the 'machismo' attitude.
This book ...more
I found the 2nd book of the Raptors series to be somewhat off the mark. I liked the characters of Alex and Seb. But overall the story was lacking on a few fronts. ———Spoilers ahead———
The discrimination/Prejudice by 2 different security guards; one at the rink and one at the rehab facility never had a satisfactory Resolution. The confrontations with Alex’s family were never really explored, considering he had such angst about coming out. The fact that Alex’s mother manages a large d ...more
I really love this series; RJ Scott and V.L. Locey haven't really converted me into a hockey fan but they sure have converted me into a hockey romance reader. I never realized how popular a theme this was in MM romance until I began reading their Harrisburg Railers series. The Arizona Raptors series is kind of a spin off of that one but it can totally be read as a standalone, as can this book. Your enjoyment of the story would be enriched, however, if you've re ...more
This was an interesting read, delivering even more than I expected from it. On the surface, I was expecting a straightforward May/December romance with lots of steam. Instead, while we do eventually get some nice steamy scenes, this is a real slow burn r ...more
Here I liked the couple more than in th ...more
I adore how very British Seb is and suspect RJ had a blast writing hi ...more
Seb is sent to Arizona for a short term assignment of helping the Raptors with their image. His plan is to use the young Alex in his marketing strategy. Of course, he doesn't know anything about the real Alex.
Alex is a complex c ...more
Much of the story is focused on Alex’s issues—his internal conflict about being gay, his worry about his family’s reaction if they find ...more
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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From that review: The second novel in the Arizona Raptors series, Across the Pond is a sweet, contemporary romance that will leave you wanting the next installment and asking questions about the new story threads the authors introduce here. I really liked the new characters. That would be Sebastian "Seb" Brown. called in by his friend and part owner of the team to help them pull ...more
While I liked Alex and Seb, I felt Seb was a bit underdeveloped, as most of the story was about Alex's journey out of the closet and finding a way to be gay in a Latin family with a heavy Catholic background. Being Latin American myself, I could empathize with some of Alex's concerns, as it's something we see daily in some of the more conservative towns here and his concerns and beliefs were very valid. The problem was that all his issues made him run hot and cold and it was too much f ...more
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