Fear and sadness mark Bryan’s life, can Gatlin show him that you have to trust before you can love?
Gatlin Pearce is creeping up on thirty-eight and is still single. It’s not that he wants to be alone, it’s just that he’s too damn old to be in clubs filled with glittery gay boys who can’t even tell him who the Rolling Stones are.
Better to just spend his evenings at Hard Score Ink - his tattoo and artwork shop - creating masterpieces on human flesh, listening to the Railers games, and nursing a cold beer.
His solitary life is about to end when Bryan Delaney, the new Railers backup goalie, shows up at his shop looking for new artwork for his helmet. There’s some sort of sad story in those beautiful eyes of Bryan’s, and Gatlin finds himself more than a little infatuated with the tender new goalie.
Bryan Delaney leaves home at fifteen to live with a billet family. He just wishes that he could have escaped his alcoholic father and strictly devout mother earlier. Drafted to the Arizona Raptors he finds a new family, and his first love affair even if that relationship is marked with violence.
Being traded to the Railers is a shock to the system but the team isn’t like any other he’s ever played on and they truly seem to care about him. It’s only when he meets artist Gatlin, with their shared love of music and hockey, that he realizes how much help he needs to escape the past.
About the Author
RJ Scott is the author of the best selling Male/Male romances The Christmas Throwaway, The Heart Of Texas and the Sanctuary Series of books. She writes romances between two strong men and always gives them the happy ever after they deserve.
V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a flock of assorted goofy domestic fowl, and two steers: one named after a famous N.H.L. goalie while the other carries the moniker of a 60's pop legend. When not writing spicy romances, she enjoys spending her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and GoodReads.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Bryan Delaney moved in with a billet family when he was fifteen he found the kind of family home he always dreamed of, when he was drafted by the Arizona Raptors his goals were within reach, when he was traded to the Harrisburg Railers he heard repeated warnings from the man he cared for not to trust them. As Gatlin Pearce nears thirty-eight, he finds himself tiring of the club scene so when Railers goalie Stan Lyamin brings in the new backup goalie to have new artwork for his helmet, he finds himself very intrigued. Will Bryan let himself find happiness with the Railers or will he listen to the warnings? Will Gatlin help Bryan adjust to his new home and the freedom that comes with his new team? Once again I am blown away by the incredible storytelling of RJ Scott and VL Locey in this Harrisburg Railers universe they've created. I have to say that I found Goal Line to be the darker of the series, not so much that I would even tag them as "dark elements" but I just found it to be more angsty in a dark-ish kind of way. Having said that, don't think there isn't the usual light-heartedness that the authors have sprinkled throughout the series between the players because there is plenty. I really don't want to touch on the plot too much as there are a few spoilers for the future and for those who haven't read all the entries in the Harrisburg Railers we get to see some of the previous pairings and where their home life is now so I don't want to shine a light on them either. I will say that you will be mesmerized from beginning to end. Let's talk about our two guys in Goal Line, Bryan and Gatlin. I'll start by saying if you aren't a fan of May/December romances then you might give their pairing a bit questionable although the age gap is not as big as your typical May/December I do think its enough that the tag fits. For me, I believe in the old adage "age is but a number" so I never even really gave their ages a second thought and frankly I loved how the authors didn't really either, sure there are a few mentions but its not an ongoing drumming-into-the-reader's-head kind of mentions. I know I say it a lot and if I really did it my attic(if I had one) would be full of safely packed away characters, if there has ever been a character that really needed bubblewrapping than it is definitely Bryan Delaney. Talk about a man who has been dealt a rough hand but at the same time he's had some pretty wonderful moments too but when the bad is the kind he has seen then the good doesn't have a chance to shine. Some might say, "well he's just ungrateful" because of the luck he seen at times but when you've had to deal with the kind of bad he's seen, the "lucky" moments are overshadowed with self-doubt and thoughts of "when is the ice going to break out from under me". Scott and Locey handled the balance beautifully. As for Gatlin, well what's not to love? He hasn't had it exactly all unicorn and rainbows but he's dealt with everything the best he could so when these two meet, it's at exactly the right time for both, even if it takes a little coaxing. There is really not much more I can say that won't give anything away so I'm going to leave off with saying this: Goal Line is absolutely brilliant! If you haven't read Harrisburg Railers yet than I say "stop reading this review of #6 and go out, grab about 6 boxes of kleenex, 6 bottles of your favorite drink of choice, your favorite comfort blanket, and tell your family and friends n
A great addition to the series; you'll need tissues. I know next to nothing about hockey but I love this series so much. You don't need to know anything about hockey to appreciate the wonderful love stories written by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey. New backup goalie for the Harrisburg Railers, Bryan Delaney, had a sad home life until he went to live with a billet family at age 15. He's been dating a man who is a jerk and has trampled on his self-confidence. After being traded to the Railers he misses the jerk who has taught him to mistrust everyone but soon realizes that he could be happy with his new team. Gatlin Pearce, the tattoo artist who inks most of the Railers, is intrigued by Bryan when they first meet. He wonders how such a seemingly timid person can play an aggressive sport like hockey. He wants to help pull Bryan out of his shell and more even though there is a pretty big age gap between them. This story is really full of feels. There's the part about Bryan's birth family and how they treated him. Gatlin also has family issues that are so sad. And there is something huge that I can't talk about here but, trust me, I think you will want to keep the tissues handy. Another great thing about this story is how much we get to see our favorite Russian, Stan, who takes Bryan under his wing and entertains us with his unique style of witty sayings. I just can't say enough good things about this book and the entire series. I think this might be the final book for the Railers but Ryker's book, Owatonna U. Hockey #1 is coming in late September and I'm dying to read it. Note: I feel obligated to mention that this story has somewhat of a cliffhanger but don't let that stop you from reading it. The main story for Bryan and Gatlin is concluded but you will be left dying to read Ryker's book. 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 dot com***