Monday, March 23, 2020

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Shadow and Light (Arizona Raptors #3) by RJ Scott & VL Locey

Length: 54,500 words approx.

Cover Design: Meredith Russell

Arizona Raptors Series

Book #1 - Coast to Coast - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link

Book #2 - Across The Pond - Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link


Is it easier to fall into the shadows than hold onto the light?

Injured in a horrific car accident by a man who made him feel like nothing, Henry was left with life threatening injuries, crippling self doubt, and his career as a hockey player destroyed. He’s struggling to see, and as much as people tell him to have hope because he’s young and fit, his vision is compromised and he’s spiraling into despair. Estranged from his family, and his money all gone, there seems to be no hope. Hockey gave him freedom, and now it’s all been taken away.

Adler insists on letting Henry stay in a vast Lockhart-owned mansion in Tuscon, but it's a big and lonely place. When Apollo arrives at the house with his sunny smile and infectious optimism, along with his no-nonsense rules, he slowly becomes an integral part of Henry’s life. But one day, when Henry is better, Apollo will leave, and what happens then? Has Henry really fallen for the dark eyed man, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

If there is one thing that Apollo Vasquez knows all about it’s helping others and living with quirky athletes. After all, he’s spent most of his adult life tending to one of the richest hockey playing heirs in America. His days have been filled with friendship, laughter, and the knowledge that he’s needed. Or he used to be. Over the past year Apollo’s best friend, Adler Lockhart, has been slipping away, his time spent with his boyfriend, on the ice, or traveling the world with the man he loves. This leaves Apollo feeling like a clunky third wheel or all alone in a luxurious apartment with no one to fuss over.

Knowing that his life is at a crossroads, his loving nature leads him far away from his childhood friend to the dry desert town of Tucson where he signs on to care for Henry Greenaway as the young Raptor recovers both mentally and physically from a near fatal car crash. Henry is also facing a new life, one that might lead him from the sport he has loved for so long. Cooking, cleaning, and providing moral support is just what the doctor ordered for Apollo, and he soon finds himself not only rediscovering himself and a new life he adores, but falling for the sweet, lost, injured man who’s slowly capturing his heart one timid smile at a time.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

Awww...Shadow and Light, the third book in the Arizona Raptors series, is a fabulous sports romance.

This one starts in Harrisburgh, as Apollo works for the Adler from First Season. And from the start, the banter and snark is hilarious.  

Apollo, who suffers from SAD is sent to help Henry with his rehab. This will help Apollo's SAD and will help Henry from being alone. And, oh how it works! Apollo is like a burst of fresh air when he enters a room. I love him, absolutely love him. And wow, he is perfect for helping Henry get out of his funk. 

Henry's rehab however is painful to read. His injury is heartbreaking and worrisome, and his fear jumps off the page at times.

These two men are such opposites, making for a fun read. Apollo's a nonstop bundle of fun while Henry's a grumpy, depressed man when we met him. Both men are broken, with major trust issues. The way these two start to fall for one another is wonderful, full of sweet and tender moments. 

A great combo of forced proximity, comfort/hurt, and plenty of humor. It has family issues, horrible ex boyfriends, and an emu. Yes, an emu. Oh, and don't forget Apollo's Magic Box. 😂😂

The trust issue is well explored, as both men have been burnt by their exes. To risk trusting in someone again certainly isn't easy, and will require some serious time. The authors handle this well.

Theirs is a story that includes guilt and regret, support and hope, and ultimately forgiveness and love.

Written in alternating first person pov, the authors draw the reader fully into these men's minds. And of course, the reader is treated to appearances and mentions of past characters. The beauty of this series is the large group of men who are loving, supportive, and ultimately family. They are the heart of this series and the reason the readers can't wait for each new book.

Shadow and Light is a wonderful story of coming out of the shadows and living again. If you've been reading this RJ Scott and VL Locey series, you will love this book. The comfort/healing aspect is front and center and wonderfully done. If you haven't, do yourself a favor and start reading them. You will not regret it. 

USA Today bestselling author RJ Scott writes stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, a happily ever after.

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.

She’s always thrilled to hear from readers, bloggers and other writers. Please contact via the links below:

USA Today Bestselling Author V.L. Locey – Penning LGBT hockey romance that skates into sinful pleasures.

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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