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Across the Pond

(Arizona Raptors #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  82 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published November 10th 2019 by Love Lane Books Ltd
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Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This didn't go at all like I was expecting it to but it was still an enjoyable read.

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
2nd book of the “Arizona Raptors” series following the fate of a Hockey Team and the MM romances of some of the members of the team. Just like with their previous series, “The Harrisburg Railers”, these authors play with the team spirit and friendship, it’s low on angst and with the right amount of sweet for me. Going into these books is like spending a nice evening catching up with good friends.

The team is still internally struggling to be on top again, despite the efforts of the management, of
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Is it me or the book?

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
True Loveislovereview
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
Sebastian/Seb and Alejandro/Alex

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.
"Across the Pond" is the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, a tie-in to the Harrisburg Railers and Owatonna U series. As part of the continuing efforts of the owners and coaching staff to turn the Raptors around, Sebastian Brown is brought over from England to raise the team's media profile and is immediately bowled over by gorgeous 22-year-old player Alejandro Garcia, thinking he would be the perfect poster boy to repair the team's tarnished image.

Alex loves his close-kind Catholic fam
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am so on a roll with this writing far for me...they can do no wrong. Full review to follow soonish!

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
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Reading the blurb, I was enthusiastic about this book:
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
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

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
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, mm, lbr

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
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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
Joyfully Jay
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

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
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

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
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you want to read a winner of a story about hockey, look no further than the writing team of V.L. Locey and R.J. Scott.

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
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Alex and Seb's story. I really felt for Alex. Life is not easy for a deeply closeted mexican american man whose family and church are a big part of his world. Seb was patient, loving, and never pushed Alex to do anything he wasn't comfortable with. Coming out to his family was messy and painful, but I have hopes they was come around. Also, there was no forced outing with the team or media, which was a nice change. Alex and Seb are just doing there thing. ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-books
I didn’t enjoy this story mainly because I didn’t feel the connection between Sebastian and Alejandro/Alex. There was also no satisfying resolution to a few main storylines which left me feeling frustrated for having invested the time to read this. Alex was such a sweet, complex character and he deserved far more than the half assed resolutions he got.

4 stars.
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars... This one wasn’t one of my favs…this was 1/2 a story for me..there needs to be part 2..If the sex hadn’t been made an issue, then I wouldn’t have cared, but Alex was a virgin and it was an issue and it happened and I wasn’t there and I felt like it was glossed over and I was cheated …They fall in love but I didn’t experience them falling in love, they have sex for the first time but I didn’t experiencing them having sex for the first time…these are the things I want to ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rj-scott, vl-locey
I don't know just what Sebastian Brown's official occupation title is(perhaps I just missed it😉), social media expert extraordinaire, PR, image consultant, whatever the official wordage is, the Raptors are in desperate need of his services. Personally, I'm still in complete awe of Scott & Locey being able to showcase a team that came from such horrible history in their Harrisburg Railers series and make them the "heroes" of their own series, for me that is just another example of not only their ...more
Joe McGowan
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Missed the Net

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
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog
Another great story in this series.

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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, can I just say how much I enjoyed  Sebastian. I suspect whoever wrote him is a huge fan of the Twitter site, Very British  Problems. Being a Brit myself, I found myself laughing gleefully  at some if the 'Britishisms' used by Seb.

 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
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Also 2.5 stars like the first book, but I was feeling more generous so rounded up to 3 stars in rating. Again there are hallmarks of the authors in this universe where I have gotten used to the writing style-- the very much tell and not show, first person narration of the characters, more bland connection of the love story. It's not my favorite and the execution of it is very meh, but it's enough to keep me reading since I enjoy M/M hockey romance so much.

Here I liked the couple more than in th
Anne Barwell
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, m-m
I’m enjoying this series, and loved the latest story. I really felt for Alex who is torn between who he is and family expectations of who he should be. I thought the authors did a great job in showing how religion can be an influence in not a good way and how it can colour decisions made especially in a culture that is staunchly Catholic. I also thought the scenes where Alex is dealing with racial slurs and preconceptions were well written too, especially the scenes where he’s visiting Henry and ...more
Elle Kay
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. In all honesty, I am a die-hard fan of the Railers series and its baby, the Owatonna U series so not really a surprise that the Arizona Raptors have me hook, line and sinker. But this book had its own je ne sais quoi that made it extra special. What’s funny is I’m not usually a fan of insta-love books. But this one had so much more going for it, the characters had such depth and their struggles were engaging.

I adore how very British Seb is and suspect RJ had a blast writing hi
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Hot Damn, I just love this Arizona Raptors series. RJ Scott and VL Locey continue this amazing hockey world with book two, Across the Pond. The Raptors and their determination to improve both the team and it's reputation remains the driving catalyst throughout the story.

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
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This author duo continues to deliver solid stories of M/M hockey romance with their latest book, Across the Pond. This time the pairing features a well-off Brit, Sebastian, who has come to the US to help the Raptors turn their image around and young player Alex, whose Mexican heritage and Catholic upbringing pose a lot of hurdles that keep him well in the closet.

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
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

For the full review visit

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
Mari  Cardenas
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-75-stars, angsty, hockey
3.75 Stars

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
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
When Sebastian is brought into the Arizona Raptors to boost their publicity presence the last thing he ever thought would happen was to fall for one of the players. Alejandro has had loads of hateful things said to him and about him due to his Spanish heritage so he has remained in the closet so there would not be one more thing the public could ridicule him for. But meeting Seb has changed all of that. Can Alex decide to come out as a gay man to the fans as well as his family in order to sty wi ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this second installment of the Raptors. My heart broke for Alex over and over, I just wanted to hug him so many times. Seb is a good fit for the Raptors to help change their image, but they still have a lot of work to do to get where they want to be. And as for Seb and Alex, I thought they were so sweet together once they finally were in sync, and I love how being free to be himself gives Alex the strength and courage to live his truth even though he was terrified at the same time. With an ...more
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