Sebastian Stewart was never Mr. Dependable; he was more the good-time guy who only wanted to swim, party, and ink tattoos. Until he cost his team the Olympic gold four years ago. Bas is determined to do right this time around—by his medley relay team and his rookie mentee.
Jacob Burrows is in over his head. The Olympic experience—from the hazing, to the endless practices, to the unrelenting media—makes the shy nineteen-year-old’s head spin. He’s trying to be everything to everyone while trying not to fall for his gorgeous tattooed teammate who just gets him—gets his need to fix things, his dorky pirate quips, and his bisexuality.
When Jacob falters under the stress, threatening his individual races and the medley relay gold, he needs Bas’s help to escape from drowning. Bas, however, fearing a repeat of his mistakes four years ago, pushes Jacob away, sure he’ll only let Jacob down. But the only path to salvaging gold is for Jacob to finally ask for what he needs—the heart of the man he loves—and for Bas to become the dependable one.
About the Author
Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked Relay a good deal, but Medley was even better. When I finished Relay, I lamented the missing spark and easy connection I’ve come to associate with this author’s couples. I cannot begin to explain how excited I was when that chemistry popped and sizzled immediately between Bas and Jacob. The banter was quick, fun, and telling, making for an easy, enjoyable read that was hard to step away from. Medley slightly overlaps Relay’s timeline, providing some additional perspectives on the reinstatement of Alex as captain. Although it features a different couple and details some of the main plot points and resolutions from Relay, I think this is one that while it can read as a standalone, it’s better in order. I enjoyed the continued story as these characters completed their Olympic training and traveled to Madrid to compete in the Games. I also liked how many little peeks we got into Alex and Dane’s relationship, making this series feel a little more complete. When we first met Jacob in Relay, it was clear there was more to him than an eager, happy rookie. Medley flushed out those details and it made for a really interesting story that highlighted just how strong Jacob is. Bas showed a little less development in some ways, but he had a good amount of depth as well. I really liked these two together and was pleased their chemistry continued throughout the book. Where Medley lost some traction for me was the “I’m not good enough for him, so I’ll push him away” plot point. I see it so much, and it always frustrates me, particularly when I like a character and/or couple as much as I enjoyed Bas and Jacob. That said, I was happy to see Bas address his weaknesses by the end of the book, and I loved the ending. If you are looking for an Olympic or swimming series, or just a good sports romance, I’d definitely recommend the Changing Lanes series. *eARC received via Netgalley. The author had no influence over this review*