First Season

First Season

by RJ Scott, V.L. Locey
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First Season 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MaraJ73 3 months ago
Layton Foxx has worked hard for his career and getting a call from the Railers to manage the coming out of the first professional hockey player is a make or break move for him and despite knowing absolutely nothing about the sport he jumps in anyway. Adler Lockhart may have the money of his family even if he doesn't exactly have their love, he's grown up using humor as his goto coping method even if it often sees him in a "speak now think later" situation. When these two meet, the attraction is on fire but will their opposing ways of handling scenarios smother the flames? I'll start by repeating myself from book one: "I am NOT a hockey fan. I don't dislike it but if all the hockey arenas in the world were to disappear tomorrow, I would not miss the sport." But as with book one, you don't need to be a hockey fan to appreciate the story or the characters of First Season or the entire Harrisburg Railers series. The sport is obvious a big part of the story but it isn't the whole story and frankly, RJ Scott and VL Locey do a pretty darn good job of setting the scene so the reader understands the ins and outs of professional hockey. But as I said, love, friendship, and family is at the heart of First Season and I can't imagine it being accomplished any better than what these lovely ladies bring us. Layton and Adler's attraction is palpable from their first meeting but its also obvious they approach life from opposite ends of the spectrum, Layton has to think things through with a plan in place to keep control and Adler is from the "speak now think later" mentality which is his way of taking control of the room. They both have reasons behind why they are the way they are which I won't touch on here but those reasons make this journey all the more heartwrenching and heartwarming once they each open up to the other. Personally I found First Season to be a bit more angsty than Changing Lanes but still absolutely lovely. When I read a series where each book is focused on a different couple, I rarely enjoy each installment as much as the first which is not to say they are not as good its just I fall so deeply for the first couple that the others just don't usually measure up. As I started Season, I was sure that was going to be the case here because I just loved Ten and Jared from Changing so much but the deeper in I got I found myself falling even harder for Layton and Adler. Truth is, no matter which couple you love more(and that goes for future installments) Harrisburg Railers by RJ Scott and VL Locey is superb storytelling that grabs your interest, sports fan or not doesn't matter because these ladies know how to spin a yarn into a beautiful afghan of love that will keep you warm all winter long.
amatate 3 months ago
First Season Is the second book in the collaborative series by V.L. Locey and RJ Scott. There is considerable carryover from book one, but First Season features a different couple and can be read as a standalone without issue. This happened to be one of those books that surprised me with just how much I enjoyed it. That isn’t to say that I didn’t have a few nagging issues, but I really liked these characters and was drawn to their story. There are simply some characters you connect with, and Adler was one of those that just got to me. The authors did a really great job at presenting this boisterous character who was almost too much to handle at first, then peeled back the layers steadily to reveal an emotional, sweet man who was incredibly eager to find acceptance amongst his peers and unconditional love. The small exposures to his underlying fears of being dismissed or worthy were poignant and heartbreaking and were delivered in such a way that it was natural without being the sole focus of the story (no poor me heroes here). I also really liked the contrasting personalities of Adler and Layton. Though the jock and nerd pairing isn’t anything new, the authors played up their differences while also highlighting the similarities that made them really work as a couple. I especially loved how intuitive they were of one another’s needs, reaffirming that soul-deep connection they had immediately. However, as much as I liked the couple, particularly Adler, I can’t help but feel there were missed opportunities. As in the first book, once the couple gets together, the reader didn’t get to see the emotions building between these two. There was a little bit, but the majority felt skimmed over and it was readily apparent when that contrasted with the in depth descriptions of the characters’ emotions regarding their pasts. I also couldn’t help but feel the ending was a bit rushed. There was a happy for now conclusion and I wasn’t left unsatisfied per say, I just felt a little shortchanged with some of the story arcs getting a quick cap rather than playing out completely. Overall, I enjoyed this book more than the first and definitely look forward to reading the third Harrisburg Railers story, and I certainly wouldn't complain if we get a bit more Adler/Layton time- even just as secondary characters. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*
ButtonsMom2003 4 months ago
I love this book! First Season is the second book in the Harrisburg Railers series co-authored by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey. You don't need to have read book one to enjoy this one but you should because it's so good. Layton Foxx is hired by the Railers hockey team to help manage any fallout from two members of the team (a player and a coach, Ten and Jared from book one) coming out as a couple. He's confident in his ability to do his job by using social media and working with the other players on how to handle this situation. He's not prepared to be so attracted to a player on the team. A player who at first seems to be a bit of a jerk with no filter for what comes out of his mouth. Adler Lockhart can't help his attraction to the spin-doctor the team has hired. He knows that he doesn't filter what comes out of his mouth the way he should. He resents that Layton assumes he's homophobic and demanded that he attend sensitivity training, so he soon lets him know that he's gay, too. Wow, this book kept me glued to my e-reader from the moment I started it until I finished. Layton has a lot of baggage and big, tough jocks are something he usually avoids. As he and Adler grow closer he knows that his secret must come out. I loved everything about this story. Adler buys Layton gifts and this makes Layton uncomfortable; but Adler doesn't know any other way to show he cares. His parents were absent from his life while he was growing up; they even want him to call them by their first names. Adler knows he has to go slow to convince Layton that he's serious about him and so he doesn't scare him off. The chemistry between these two is really good. The writing of these two co-authors is even better/smoother in this book than it was in book one. My emotions were all over the place reading this one. There were moments that brought tears but there were also light-hearted times that helped balance things out. And, of course, there is an HEA. I am so looking forward to reading more books in this series! An advanced copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions***