by RJ Scott, V.L. Locey

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This New Adult book is the first in the Owatonna U Series, a spin-off from the best selling Harrisburg Railers Hockey Series.

Ryker is hockey royalty, Jacob is a poor country boy. Can two vastly different people find common ground and become the men they want to be?

Ryker comes from a long line of championship-winning hockey players. Playing college hockey to develop his game is his only focus, and nothing will stand in the way of him working to become the best player. He has no room for relationships, people who point out his flaws, or anyone who calls him on his dreams. He certainly has no place for love, and meeting Jacob is nothing but a useful distraction on the side. After all trying to get his Owatonna Eagles teammate into bed is less work and more play. When tragedy rocks his family, his charmed life crumbles, and the only person he can turn to is the same one who claims to hate him.

Jacob Benson has only known hard work and stifling conservative values his whole life. Born and raised in the small rural community of Eden Crossing, Minnesota, he’s the only son of a hard-working but struggling dairy farming family. Jacob is using his skills in hockey to finance his way to an agricultural science degree. These four years at Owatonna U. will probably be the only time he has to enjoy life, gain acceptance about his sexuality, and live openly before his inevitable return to the farm. Running into a pretty rich boy like Ryker Madsen is putting a damper on his enjoyment of life away from home. Ryker’s flip, conceited, carefree attitude grates on Jacob’s every nerve. So why, if Ryker is everything he dislikes, does he want nothing more than to explore the sinful dreams that his annoying teammate stars in every night?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155825753
Publisher: RJ Scott
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Series: Owatonna U Hockey Romance
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 12,658
File size: 364 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Ryker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
debbiereadsbook 11 months ago
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. **This review will be short, I really dislike writing the three star reviews!** Ryker is hockey royalty, coming up as 4th generation championship winning players. Jacob works his family farm with his mum and dad. Both end up at hockey camp for the summer, and are polar opposites in most things. Sharing a room brings them closer, then camp is over and they are on opposite sides of the country. When Ryker switches college to be closer to Jacob, will Jacob let him? I can't put my finger on why this one didn't work for me, and ya'll know how much that does my head in! So, here's what I DID like. Both Jacob and Ryker have their say, so we get both sides of the coin. Both voices are clear and very different, and their voice is in the first person. Each change is clearly headed, and comes as the chapter changes. I saw no spelling or editing errors to spoil my reading. I tagged it as a short read, because it does NOT seem as long as the billed 196 pages! One sitting read, too. There are some characters from the series this one spins off, and that makes me want to go back and read THEIR series, or at least, Jared and Ten (Ryker's dad and step dad) stories. I just . . . .DON'T know what didn't work! Or at least, that was what I thought when writing this review. Now I'm typing it up, I *think* it might be Ryker himself. I dunno, maybe. Possibly. So, gonna leave it at that. 3 good solid but maybe not for me, stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
StovetheBookWorm More than 1 year ago
Great spin-off from the Railers series which I love. Character development is deep and I can't wait to hear more about Rykers journey.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
Ryker Madsen comes from hockey legends, not exactly a silver spoon but not a hard upbringing either. Jacob Benson is from a small farming community in Minnesota, a land where hockey is steeped in tradition. When the two meet at a month long hockey camp for the summer, lives are changed. Ryker begins to look at himself through Jacob's eyes and the two find a connection beyond hockey. When they meet again on the ice at Owatonna University after Ryker transfers in, will they be able to reconnect or just make nice for the sake of the team? WOW! I could really end my review with that one word, Ryker is just WOW! In this first entry in the new and sure-to-be-a-hit spin-off of the Harrisburg Railers, we are reacquainted with Ryker Madsen, the son of Coach Jared Madsen who we originally were introduced to in Changing Lines(Harrisburg #1). We never really saw a lot of Ryker throughout the original series but it was enough to realize he was a strong independent player who, perhaps didn't take for granted where he came from but wasn't really looking at all the pluses from outside eyes. When he meets Jacob at hockey camp he gets a chance to see himself from the other side. It was a nice change of pace to see a young character who was open to seeing someone else's angle without getting super defensive causing undo drama. No one likes to have their faults pointed out to them but most people can step aside(eventually) and accept some level of criticism for what it is: a chance to change. In my opinion it can be an overused plot point to have unnecessary drama created in that situation so I really liked how the author's dealt with this element realistically. As for Jacob, well I'm from a small farming community in Wisconsin, western Wisconsin to be more specific and only minutes away from the Minnesota border so we have always been kind of held hostage by the Minnesota media so I am very familiar with the state's love of hockey. I remember well the uproar when the North Stars were sold and moved to Texas as well as the excitement and celebrations over getting an expansion team in the Wild. So even though I am not a hockey fan I can say with very little doubt that the authors' portrayal of Jacob's love of the sport and it being his opportunity to further his education and help the family farm is pretty spot on. I will say I had my doubts about whether I would like Jacob's parents but they turned out to be decent folks(that's as close to a spoiler in that area that you are going to get from me). I really won't speak too much on other little factors seeing as this story partially coincides with Goal Line(Harrisburg #6) and I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read that one yet. I'll just add that Ryker is a tale with engaging characters, lovely settings, and the right blend of drama and romance. If asked whether you need to read Harrisburg Railers first my answer would be probably not. However, if you are asking what I would personally recommend then I say read that series first. As I said, this story partially coincides with Goal Line but plot wise you don't have to know the Railers individual stories to enjoy this spin-off but there are mentions of team members and I just think the atmosphere as a whole flows better knowing all their journeys but you won't be lost if you start with Ryker. Blogger Note: There is not as much hockey details in this one as in the Harrisburg Railers series but there is enough that I
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
A fantastic start to a new series! I'm a huge RJ Scott fan and fell in love with her books a little over 2 years ago. When she began writing the Harrisburg Railers series with V.L. Locey I soon became a fan of her books as well. Ryker is the first story in the Owatonna U series of New Adult stories and kind of a spin off of the Harrisburg Railers series. Don't worry if you haven't read any of those books because the authors give you all of the information you need from that series to read this one. You really should read the Harrisburg Railers books though because they are really great stories and contain all kinds of interesting characters. When Ryker and Jacob first meet – at a summer training camp – they don't hit it off too well. Ryker can't understand why Jacob seems to instantly dislike him. Jacob doesn't see how a rich, spoiled kid can even like him let alone want to be more than friends. I don't know why but I love New Adult stories, both M/F and M/M. I passed 60 years old a few years ago and don't have any children and never went to college. Why would I even enjoy reading this kind of book? Well, I may not be able to explain why but I sure do enjoy them. Once Ryker and Jacob finally put aside their differences they become joined at the hip but on and off the ice. It was kind of nice to have these two guys attending a university where being an out gay couple doesn't cause too much of a sensation. And somewhat to Ryker's surprise, the Owatonna hockey team doesn't have a problem with their relationship. The timeline for this story is pretty much parallel to Goal Line from the Harrisburg Railers series. We have Tennent and Jared (Ryker's dad) making an appearance both prior to and after Tennent's injury. The connection between Ryker and Jacob was strong and felt very real. I loved reading about their journey to becoming boyfriends and I loved meeting the others members of the Owatonna U hockey team. Not all was somber in this story, there were several lighter moments and I loved the epilogue. I can't wait to read the next book 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 dot com***