Length: 51,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Arizona Raptors Series
When love is on the line, the worst decisions
can end up having the best endings.
Tate Collins, an all-American hockey phenomenon, was the highly marketable face of Dallas hockey. Loaded down with endorsements and playing his best game, he was a superstar and a household name. No one ever expected him to fail, but overnight, after the worst decision of his life, everything spirals out of his control. Abruptly, his reputation is in tatters, and he’s traded to the Arizona Raptors in a shocking move. Brushing off the wild and unfounded accusations that he faces on social media, and stuck on the second line, he keeps his head down and works hard to earn his spot. Tate knows he can make a difference if only his teammates would let him. Something has to change for him to earn their respect, but falling for the captain might not be his best move.
Vladislav Novikov has been called many things over his long and illustrious career, but the new nickname of Iceberg seems to fit best. Perhaps it’s due to his icy blue eyes, or the way he rams into opposing players as he defends his goalie. Or maybe it’s because of his cool demeanor when not playing the game he loves. Whatever the reason, it’s why he’s the perfect team captain for this wild bunch of puck-pushers. His perfectly controlled life is smooth as ice until Tate Collins rides into Tucson with his apple pie ways and those damn dimples. The young superstar immediately catches his eye. Despite knowing better than to start something with a teammate, the big, bad Iceberg is about to have that chilly veneer around his heart melted away by Tate one sweet kiss at a time.
Sometimes all that glitters is not gold and here in book 4 of V.L. Locey and RJ Scott’s Raptor’s series we see what happens when Tate Collins the sweet golden boy from Dallas falls from grace and gets traded to the Raptors, and goes toe to toe with Vladislav Novikov (Vlad), the captain of the Raptors.
Tate’s trying to rebuild his reputation after his personal life has imploded leaving his golden reputation lying in a heap of tarnished rubble.
Vlad’s got his hands full with playing shepherd to a flock of precocious children all while trying to keep his own life under control because being out and proud when you have family living in Russia is not a realistic possibility if you want them to stay safe.
While Vlad’s teammates may call him ‘Iceburg’ those same men have decided that Tate’s nickname should be sweet because of his reputation with the media.
Unlike some of the previous stories Tate and Vlad’s story isn’t about coming out because for their own reasons neither men is anxious to have this happen. Tate’s had his fill of drama and Vlad’s fear for his family’s safety has both men wanting to keep them between them only confiding in their closest circle of friends.
Tate and Vlad are characters who have both hovered in the background for a few of the Railer and Raptor stories, so it only seemed natural that they’d get a story that was just for them.
While I can’t say that Tate and Vlad were characters who sat at the front of my mind as being characters whom I wanted a story for, I can say that I very much enjoyed their story and I really like these two as a pairing…they just seem to fit, like a pair of well worn gloves and while I wasn’t tremendously curious for a story about them before this, I’m definitely hoping that we’ll be seeing more of them in the future. Not to mention more of Obi and Frank…now there’s an interesting combo, one Maine Coon Cat and one foul-mouthed McCaw parrot…seriously what more could a pet owner want.
Once again, we were also treated to a glimpse of previous characters from their fellow teammates such as Ryker, Henry and Alex along with Coach Carmichael to Stan Lyamin and Tennant Rowe. I love it whenever we get a glimpse of MCs from previous stories it all helps to create a more realistic feeling world when characters who have been so central to things in the past don’t just disappear but continue to play a role in events in the future.
I’ve followed this series from the beginning and before that back to the Harrisburg Railers where it all began and then there was a side trip to Owatonna U Hockey where we met Ryker and some of his friends and now we’re back in the pros with Ryker and his teammates on the Arizona Raptors and without fail I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each and every story and continue to look forward to finding out what comes next.
An ARC of “Sugar and Ice” was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.
About the authors:
RJ Scott is the author of over one hundred romance books, writing emotional stories of complicated characters, cowboys, millionaire, princes, and the men who get mixed up in their lives. RJ is known for writing books that always end with a happy ever after. She lives just outside London and spends every waking minute she isn’t with family either reading or writing.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit, and she has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, Torchwood and Dr. Who, 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 pair of geese, far too many chickens, and two steers.
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 one hand and a steamy romance novel in the other.
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