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The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other. Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other. Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of Arizona isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly with the doubts and worries he takes with him. He’s turned even the worst of companies around, but faced with the challenge of improving the reputation of a hockey team that everyone seems to hate, he knows his work is cut out for him.Focus is key, but that is easier said than done when Seb is sent into a tailspin by the intriguing Alejandro. Seb’s entire marketing plan hinges on making Alex a poster boy for equality and fair play. But with Alex’s utter dedication to the game, and his dark secretive eyes, the gorgeous Alex is stubborn, opinionated, doesn’t want any part of being the team focus, and worst of all, doesn't appear to like Seb at all. It takes everything that Seb has to keep his hands off of Alex, but things get out of hand and Seb’s life might never be the same again.Alejandro Garcia has had to work hard to get where he’s at. Born to Mexican immigrants, his siblings and himself have never had it easy in this new country their parents dreamed of calling home. A native son of Arizona, Alex has always been the odd man out on the ice but he’s not going to let a stupid thing like his heritage get in the way of his dreams. He’s now a Raptor and he plans to put all that training and collegiate hockey experience to good use. Working hard comes naturally to him. It’s something his parents have instilled in him from the time he was a toddler. Being one of a handful of Latino hockey players makes him strive for success with even more determination. His first pro season has had some ups but a lot more downs, but Alex is one stubborn young man and failure is not an option.As the Raptors struggle to rebuild not only their team but their core values, Alex finds himself drawn to one of the owner’s friends, a tall, lanky Brit with the face of an angel and an accent and attitude that bewitches and befuddles him. Sebastian is everything he thought he would never be attracted to but he can’t push the sexy, older, fun-loving man out of his thoughts. If ever there were a man he would not be able to take home to his parents - not that he can bring a man home since he is deeply closeted - it’s Sebastian, but desire knows no socioeconomic, age, or international borders. The heart wants what the heart wants and Alejandro’s wants Sebastian.


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The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other. Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of The greatest journey isn’t from England to the States, it’s the one that two men take on the way to find each other. Sebastian Brown is on a mission to rescue the Arizona Raptors and a vow he made to a friend in college. Either that or he’s on vacation. He’s not entirely sure that he’s made up his mind yet. Either way, traveling from England, to the arid desert of Arizona isn’t exactly a picnic, particularly with the doubts and worries he takes with him. He’s turned even the worst of companies around, but faced with the challenge of improving the reputation of a hockey team that everyone seems to hate, he knows his work is cut out for him.Focus is key, but that is easier said than done when Seb is sent into a tailspin by the intriguing Alejandro. Seb’s entire marketing plan hinges on making Alex a poster boy for equality and fair play. But with Alex’s utter dedication to the game, and his dark secretive eyes, the gorgeous Alex is stubborn, opinionated, doesn’t want any part of being the team focus, and worst of all, doesn't appear to like Seb at all. It takes everything that Seb has to keep his hands off of Alex, but things get out of hand and Seb’s life might never be the same again.Alejandro Garcia has had to work hard to get where he’s at. Born to Mexican immigrants, his siblings and himself have never had it easy in this new country their parents dreamed of calling home. A native son of Arizona, Alex has always been the odd man out on the ice but he’s not going to let a stupid thing like his heritage get in the way of his dreams. He’s now a Raptor and he plans to put all that training and collegiate hockey experience to good use. Working hard comes naturally to him. It’s something his parents have instilled in him from the time he was a toddler. Being one of a handful of Latino hockey players makes him strive for success with even more determination. His first pro season has had some ups but a lot more downs, but Alex is one stubborn young man and failure is not an option.As the Raptors struggle to rebuild not only their team but their core values, Alex finds himself drawn to one of the owner’s friends, a tall, lanky Brit with the face of an angel and an accent and attitude that bewitches and befuddles him. Sebastian is everything he thought he would never be attracted to but he can’t push the sexy, older, fun-loving man out of his thoughts. If ever there were a man he would not be able to take home to his parents - not that he can bring a man home since he is deeply closeted - it’s Sebastian, but desire knows no socioeconomic, age, or international borders. The heart wants what the heart wants and Alejandro’s wants Sebastian.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    This didn't go at all like I was expecting it to but it was still an enjoyable read. It was a lot more quietly angsty than I thought it would be and, surprisingly for this author pair, most of the relationship intimacy was developed off page. There is a mutual blowjob/handjob on page at the start of their relationship, but the next time we get the full visceral experience of them in bed together, it's almost at the end of the book. That really surprised me to be honest, as RJ and Vicki have such a This didn't go at all like I was expecting it to but it was still an enjoyable read. It was a lot more quietly angsty than I thought it would be and, surprisingly for this author pair, most of the relationship intimacy was developed off page. There is a mutual blowjob/handjob on page at the start of their relationship, but the next time we get the full visceral experience of them in bed together, it's almost at the end of the book. That really surprised me to be honest, as RJ and Vicki have such a talent for getting the emotional balance between the heat of a sexual encounter and the growing level of trust it needs in a relationship. It doubly surprised me because Alex coming to terms with being gay and how that affected him because of both his Mexican-American heritage and his Roman Catholic upbringing and his own beliefs is a massive part of the plot and he's an inexperienced virgin, worrying about it. So to skip over the first time he and Sebastian commit to extending their trust into a more deeply emotional sexual intimacy just felt odd. Still, that's pretty much my main niggle with this otherwise lovely romance between two people who are as different as night and day. I really loved how Seb's Englishness was played to the hilt, it made me laugh a lot each time a typically British saying or word was dropped into the dialogue. Alex blew hot and cold for me for a while, I liked him and I sympathised with his inner turmoil, but I also felt frustrated a lot of the time at what was going on with him and Seb. There were a couple of times it felt like I'd missed something happening, as they went from attraction to boyfriends without much discussion and time jumped along with them. The fallout from Henry's accident is still being felt throughout this book, and we see both Alex and Ryker trying to deal with what's happening with their friend. A lot happens in this book, I'm not sure if everything perfectly hits the mark, but I think some of those plot elements will carry through into Henry's story which is up next. All in all, I preferred book one a smidgen but I'm really looking forward to seeing Henry recover and move on. #ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Christelle

    2nd book of the “Arizona Raptors” series following the fate of a Hockey Team and the MM romances of some of the members of the team. Just like with their previous series, “The Harrisburg Railers”, these authors play with the team spirit and friendship, it’s low on angst and with the right amount of sweet for me. Going into these books is like spending a nice evening catching up with good friends. The team is still internally struggling to be on top again, despite the efforts of the management, of 2nd book of the “Arizona Raptors” series following the fate of a Hockey Team and the MM romances of some of the members of the team. Just like with their previous series, “The Harrisburg Railers”, these authors play with the team spirit and friendship, it’s low on angst and with the right amount of sweet for me. Going into these books is like spending a nice evening catching up with good friends. The team is still internally struggling to be on top again, despite the efforts of the management, of the new coaches and some good promising recruits, one of them being the young Alejandro, very well liked, bitter with the racist comments against his heritage, and deeply into the closet. Here enters Sebastian, flying from England, a good friend of one of the team owners and taking the task of improving the reputation of the Raptors. The part that kept me the most interested ? : the slow rebuild of the team and following Henry’s struggle after his accident from book1. I was less invested on the romance between Alejandro and Sebastian, maybe because it felt a bit like a YA romance, like a lot happened out of page and felt unfinished. Tepid enthusiasm for this specific romance, but a nice tease for the next gathering featuring Henry. I will be ready. ARC of “Across the Pound” was generously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Truuss / Loveislovereview

    Sebastian/Seb and Alejandro/Alex Seb is traveling all the way from England to Texas to help the hockey team The Raptors get a better image. He is a nice guy. Taking care of his mom, who was left alone by his dad, the moment she told she was pregnant. For the time being, he will stay in the pool house from Jason, the co-owner of The Raptors. He wants to use Alejandro/Alex for his marketing plan. Alex, twenty-two, has a secret as a good catholic Latin American boy, he just can’t show his true colors. Sebastian/Seb and Alejandro/Alex Seb is traveling all the way from England to Texas to help the hockey team The Raptors get a better image. He is a nice guy. Taking care of his mom, who was left alone by his dad, the moment she told she was pregnant. For the time being, he will stay in the pool house from Jason, the co-owner of The Raptors. He wants to use Alejandro/Alex for his marketing plan. Alex, twenty-two, has a secret as a good catholic Latin American boy, he just can’t show his true colors. With this, he doesn’t want to get involved with the big plan. He can’t even stand Seb now does he? Alex was very vulnerable and Seb very reasonable. Very cautiously Seb tries to get closer. It seems Alex is the one who wants to get closer, only he has to face all of his religious family. A lovely story, a lot about working out how to upgrade the imago of the team and a lot about the lives of other team members. I preferred the moments where it was more exclusively about Seb and Alex. The struggle was hard. Alex had a somewhat stiff family. Sebastian was way too mellow. I would have loved to see him give some more thrill and emotions, some resistance, fight or even a break. I’m bad I know, I can’t have it all. Maybe that’s why I couldn’t wholeheartedly commit to both men, that’s on me. The moments both men were together were nicely put down so it was easy to visualize them. Overall a good, well developed, smoothly written story, a nice addition to the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CrabbyPatty

    "Across the Pond" is the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, a tie-in to the Harrisburg Railers and Owatonna U series. As part of the continuing efforts of the owners and coaching staff to turn the Raptors around, Sebastian Brown is brought over from England to raise the team's media profile and is immediately bowled over by gorgeous 22-year-old player Alejandro Garcia, thinking he would be the perfect poster boy to repair the team's tarnished image. Alex loves his close-kind Catholic "Across the Pond" is the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, a tie-in to the Harrisburg Railers and Owatonna U series. As part of the continuing efforts of the owners and coaching staff to turn the Raptors around, Sebastian Brown is brought over from England to raise the team's media profile and is immediately bowled over by gorgeous 22-year-old player Alejandro Garcia, thinking he would be the perfect poster boy to repair the team's tarnished image. Alex loves his close-kind Catholic family, but struggles with the "toxic machismo so many Latino males grow up with" and is absoulutely terrified about coming out to his family. Alex copes by acting cocky, macho, and above all straight:Fuck. I so hated this. Hating it didn't keep me from doing it, though. I wiggled into the skin of a straight Latino man, pasted on the smile the ladies liked, and sauntered into party central. But no matter what he does, "sexy and foreign and whiskery" Sebastian intrigues him and once Alex admits to himself that he is gay, his relationship with Sebastian very slowly evolves as he tentatively explores his sexuality. There are kisses, frottage and a sexy shower scene, but Alejandro still has a firm grasp on his v-card. The plot also keeps us up-to-date on Ryker, their goalie Colorado Penn, Henry (recovering from a horrific car accident) and Sebastian's efforts to rehabiliate their image. I like the character development of the secondary characters (who I imagine will soon star in their own books in the "Arizona Raptors" series) and the glimpses into Alejandro's strong family, but around 75% through the book ... (view spoiler)[ the plot takes a turn - in my opinion - that feels way too abrupt and harsh. Alex's announcement of his sexuality is way too sudden and ill-conceived. Finally the epilogue starts with a very passionate scene showing that Sebastian and Alex have definitely progressed beyond blow jobs and frottage, but given the way the authors carefully unfold Alex's acceptance of his sexuality, it all feels too rushed and without the emotional background that gets the characters to this stage. (hide spoiler)] As the second book in the series, "Across the Pond" nicely moves along the series by giving us more insight into members of the team and their dynamic, and showing us how the team is slowly pulling together. While aspects of this particular book didn't work for me personally, I'm enjoying the series and looking forward to more books! 3.5 stars for "Across the Pond." I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review at Gay Book Reviews. Stop by my new blog, Sinfully Good Gay Book Reviews

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I am so on a roll with this writing duo...so far for me...they can do no wrong. Full review to follow soonish! When “Coast to Coast” ended... we were left with a hockey team that seemed to be on the brink of destruction…there was a new coach that no one seemed to know what to do with…lucky for them he knew what he was doing because as the story moved along some things got better but other things…well not so much and now here we are back in Arizona and the Raptors are still picking up the pieces I am so on a roll with this writing duo...so far for me...they can do no wrong. Full review to follow soonish! When “Coast to Coast” ended... we were left with a hockey team that seemed to be on the brink of destruction…there was a new coach that no one seemed to know what to do with…lucky for them he knew what he was doing because as the story moved along some things got better but other things…well not so much and now here we are back in Arizona and the Raptors are still picking up the pieces and as part of that effort Jason Westman-Reid has called on Sebastian Brown a close friend from his uni days. Seb’s a fixer, he takes companies that are hot messes and turns them around making them profitable and if anybody needs fixing…it’s the Raptors. Seb’s giving his friend’s team 3 months and he’s going to get them sorted out during that time or at least he will if he can keep his focus on the team and not just one player in particular…Alejandro (Alex) Garcia…beautiful, dedicated, mouth-wateringly gorgeous Alex…Seb is so screwed and Alex isn’t doing any better where Seb’s concerned. But Alex comes with his own challenges…you see Alex is not only in the closet, he’s nailed the door shut. Growing up the son of Mexican immigrants and raised in a Catholic household the one thing that Alex knows for sure is ‘being gay, out and proud’ is a guaranteed way to lose your family. Along with playing hockey, Alex has put a considerable amount of his free time and energy into showing the world that he’s just another straight dude, but as he and Seb become closer he begins to resent the charade that he’s been leading and dreams of being able to be himself even with his family start to eat away at him until he’s no longer comfortable with the pretense of being something that he’s not until he’s ultimately faced with a choice. I really liked Seb’s character right from the start. He’s mature (there’s a 10-year age gap between him and Alex), Seb’s kind and confident and most importantly has a wealth of patience…not just money although he seems to have a fair bit of that too. In spite of the fact that Seb and Alex have very different backgrounds there’s much about what Alex is facing that Seb understands and has dealt with in his own way. Alex for me was a little more of a challenge to warm up to. There were times that he seemed to be blowing hot and cold in rapid succession, but all things considered it made sense. This is a young man all of 22 years old and while in many ways he’s very mature for his age, he’s also dealing with a lot of pressures both externally and internally. He’s one of a handful of Latino hockey players in the NHL and this my friends is very much based on fact. I spent a few minutes on google and as near as I could ascertain there are maybe 6 players who are Latino in the NHL out of a total of 713 players (31 teams each allowed 23 players on their active roster) if I was a Latino playing in the NHL I’d find that to be more than a little bit intimidating add in his family and team dynamics and running hot and cold would be the least of my issues…hell, I’d just be running. So at the end of the day when I sat back and tried to imagine the pressures of being Alex…well all I can say is he’s one brave young man and he really deserves to have a Seb in his life. And that was when I fell a little bit in love with this story when I sat back and looked at it objectively or at least as objectively as any of us can. Sure there were some quirks and quarks that maybe would have worked better if they were a little different…but at the end of the day maybe not. I don’t know. I do know that as it stands this story was sweet and these two characters worked. Initially the attraction felt very ‘lust at first sight’ but truthfully, I’m ok with that. I’ve even ok with the fact that the connection between Seb and Alex came from the little things…the kisses, the touches, the quiet talks, the small gestures that showed their support of each other and the big gestures. I also really liked getting to see Henry and I’m so freakin’ happy that he’s getting his own story and we’ll get to hopefully share in some happiness for him because damn, if he doesn’t deserve some happy I’m not sure who does…now with any luck after Henry we’ll get Colorado’s story because ain’t no one going to convince me there’s not one hella’ good story waiting to be told about that boy. ************************* An ARC of “Across the Pond” was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I don't know just what Sebastian Brown's official occupation title is(perhaps I just missed it), social media expert extraordinaire, PR, image consultant, whatever the official wordage is, the Raptors are in desperate need of his services. Personally, I'm still in complete awe of Scott & Locey being able to showcase a team that came from such horrible history in their Harrisburg Railers series and make them the "heroes" of their own series, for me that is just another example of not only I don't know just what Sebastian Brown's official occupation title is(perhaps I just missed it😉), social media expert extraordinaire, PR, image consultant, whatever the official wordage is, the Raptors are in desperate need of his services. Personally, I'm still in complete awe of Scott & Locey being able to showcase a team that came from such horrible history in their Harrisburg Railers series and make them the "heroes" of their own series, for me that is just another example of not only their individual talents but also their storytelling chemistry. Alejandro Garcia, Alex, is a man twisted inside over who he lets his family see, who he lets his teammates see, who he lets the Raptors fans see, and who he really is. The fight to keep them separate and all in their place is beginning to take its toll on him and his playing. Meeting Seb only stirs the inner pot but maybe he's actually the right ingredient that's been missing to make it all come together? For that you have to read for yourself and trust me you won't be disappointed. One thing I loved and it is a minor point, only a few scenes really but they stood out for me and that is the connection between Seb and Jason, co-owner of the team who brought Seb in to work his magic. We learn that Jason went to school for a time in England and that is how they met and it is the scenes that show Jason using British English and slang from his time there. Now I have never been to the UK but it is near the top of my bucket list but I have been watching British television shows and movies pretty much my whole life, first on the local PBS stations when I was little and then with the explosion of digital and streaming services, it's safe to say that 75% of what I watch is from across the pond(see what I did there😉😉). Even though I have never been there I often use British terminology so those Jason/Seb moments were an added bonus for me. As for Alex's family, well a couple of them are complete and total gems that I just want to give them a huge Mama Bear hug and then there a few who I really just want to whack sense into them(and by "whack" I mean that quite literally) and then never speak to again. I really don't know how Seb can be so civil to them but that is probably more down to his occupation than anything else. I wish I could be more like Seb but my Irish/German/Dutch temper is more on the line of Alex so I have very little patience for people like those in his family I wanted to whack sense into. On paper, Seb and Alex shouldn't work but once you get to know them there is no doubts whatsoever that they are a perfect fit. By "perfect" I don't mean all unicorns and roses. When I think of perfect fit in relationships I think of fighting and making up, arguing and hugging, or what I have recently come to label: snark and cuddle. Not to throw around cliche's but they really do complete each other. This isn't spoiling anything because Across the Pond isn't a question of HEA, the joys and sorrows, the ups and downs, the meat and potatoes of the story is in the journey getting from page one to the last. One last note: if you are wondering about reading order I highly suggest reading Coast to Coast first. For the main purpose as to see how the friendships between Alex, Ryker, and Henri formed but also to see just what happened to Henri. For me, the Arizona Raptors(all of Scott & Locey's hockey series: Harrisburg Railers & Owatonna U) are all part of an ongoing saga where each entry is just that much better having known the previous ones. This is just my opinion because you won't be lost if you don't read in order of publication, the authors "recap" just enough to keep the reader "up to date".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ruthie Taylor

    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, but closely linked to the other two joint hockey series by this talented duo of authors. I would recommend them all to you - and would certainly suggest that you read the first Raptors book, so that you understand the environment and team that you are reading about here. Alex is an NHL anomaly as a tall, talented Latino hockey player. As we discover, he is subject to considerable ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~ This is the second book in the series, but closely linked to the other two joint hockey series by this talented duo of authors. I would recommend them all to you - and would certainly suggest that you read the first Raptors book, so that you understand the environment and team that you are reading about here. Alex is an NHL anomaly as a tall, talented Latino hockey player. As we discover, he is subject to considerable racial abuse from fans and opponents whilst in player mode, but even in his daily life he deals with unwarranted racial slurs. He has learned to behave calmly and allows it to pass over him as best he can. It is a reminder of how the world remains an unequal place for many. The fact that he is fairly certain he is attracted to men not women is something that he can never imagine revealing to anyone, so his whole life is based on a falsehood. I found the passages where he thinks about his different selves engaging as he travels from one environment to another hugely compelling. The good news is that he does get some peace in his life, but he definitely has to fight for it, even against himself! Seb comes to the Raptor team as a favour to part owner Jason, to see if he can turn it around. He plans on hanging around for a few months to try and revitalise the business and give the team a chance to continue playing into the future. Whilst reviewing the details of the squad he is blown away by his attraction to Alex, and irrespective of boundaries, cannot help but hope to get to know him better. And so starts a journey for both men that is led by the confident, out and proud Seb, and the very uncertain Alex. It is full of all the very best elements of a team; the caring for each other, the cheekiness, but the loyalty, and the desire to win. I thought this was a lovely romance surrounded by some serious issues, and doing both of them justice. I am looking forward to seeing what happens next; clearly Henry is due some good fortune soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JustJen "Miss Conduct"

    This is another solid installment to this series, although this one doesn't see very much ice time. Seb has come from England to lend his skills to college friend and co-owner of the Raptors in an attempt to better their public image as they continue with their rebuild. He brings with him his British flair and hits the ground running with the idea of using the rising star rookies as the new face of the Raptors. Between the three (Ryker, Alejandro and Colorado), it is Alejandro who catches Seb's This is another solid installment to this series, although this one doesn't see very much ice time. Seb has come from England to lend his skills to college friend and co-owner of the Raptors in an attempt to better their public image as they continue with their rebuild. He brings with him his British flair and hits the ground running with the idea of using the rising star rookies as the new face of the Raptors. Between the three (Ryker, Alejandro and Colorado), it is Alejandro who catches Seb's eye. On the outside, he seems like the perfect man for the job. Unfortunately, Alex is not the confident outgoing man he appears to be. He is hiding the big secret which, in and of itself, would be a big thing. However, for Alex, it is much bigger due to the fact that he comes from a very large, close knit, religious Mexican family. His biggest fear is that he will lose the family he relies so heavily on if they find out. Little by little though, it is eating away at him and starting to affect his entire life, including his hockey. Needless to say, he has no interest in becoming the face of the Raptors. The turning point for Alex is the appearance of Seb. As much as he doesn't want to like him, he is drawn right away, the attraction undeniable. Seb doesn't push, allowing Alex to go at his own pace but supportive nonetheless. It is clear that he only ever wants what is best for Alex. There is also the issue of Seb only being in the US for a few months while he is helping the team. But, things don't drag out too long and while things don't go as well as one would hope, Alex had the support of his siblings and Abuela who were total rock stars in my book. As with the previous books, this was a thoroughly enjoyable installment with appearances by the teammates, etc. to make it even more entertaining. As always, I'm left looking forward to the next one. Review written for Love Bytes Reviews.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is the story of the relationship that develops between Sebastian, the Raptors’ new business consultant and Alex, a closeted hockey player. The chemistry between these two is instant but their complicated lives make an actual relationship feel impossible. When we first meet Alex, he is trapped between worlds. He’s a Latino hockey player in a very white sport. He’s a gay man in a conservative Catholic family. Alex doesn’t I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is the story of the relationship that develops between Sebastian, the Raptors’ new business consultant and Alex, a closeted hockey player. The chemistry between these two is instant but their complicated lives make an actual relationship feel impossible. When we first meet Alex, he is trapped between worlds. He’s a Latino hockey player in a very white sport. He’s a gay man in a conservative Catholic family. Alex doesn’t quite fit anywhere and he’s exhausted by all the pretending. I think Alex’s personal journey is the best part of this story. When we first meet Seb, he’s confident and comfortable in his skin. We don’t see the same growth in Seb as we do in Alex. Seb is a solid, supportive presence in the story - but this is mostly the story of Alex growing into himself. I really enjoyed the characters and I like the focus on Alex’s experiences with his Mexican American family but I felt like the pacing was a bit wonky in this book. I feel like some of Alex’s decisions were completely unexpected and didn’t quite fit his character. We get snapshots of moments in his life but not always the ones which would have made readers understand him fully. The end comes too soon and too easily - the tidy HEA tacked on at the end doesn’t sit well with the complicated romance that comes before it. So far the Raptors books haven’t captured my imagination or my heart quite the same way the Railers books did. I like the slow team rebuilding happening in the background of these books but I feel like the books are missing a bit of the magic that made the previous two series really special.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Manfred

    Reading the blurb, I was enthusiastic about this book: Hockey guys: check Age gap: check Culture clash: check Saving a failing business: check There are so many points and things I love in a story, it should have been fabulous. However, maybe I read too many great Hockey stories lately, I must say, that this was a disappointment. It is not a terrible book to make it clear, for me it was an okay average read, but I had high expectations and the book really didn't deliver... So many of the above mentioned Reading the blurb, I was enthusiastic about this book: Hockey guys: check Age gap: check Culture clash: check Saving a failing business: check There are so many points and things I love in a story, it should have been fabulous. However, maybe I read too many great Hockey stories lately, I must say, that this was a disappointment. It is not a terrible book to make it clear, for me it was an okay average read, but I had high expectations and the book really didn't deliver... So many of the above mentioned tropes were just given at the beginning but then completely ignored, only the culture clash between the Brit and the Latino played a role, and that on the other hand was completely exaggerated, a little banter concerning the different languages would have been nice, but here it was definitely too much. I also had a hard time connecting to those guys and honestly I didn't believe their falling in love, I am completely clueless why they liked each other apart from being hot, as we were repeatedly told... Sebastian looks for a poster boy to advertise the Hockey team he has been hired to promote and he immediately dismisses Ryker, the obvious choice, because as he tells everyone, a Bi player does not appeal to the mainstream hockey fan, but he realizes Alex is gay, the minute he meets him and still thinks he would be the perfect choice for this job, did I miss something here? A lot of little things like this just didn't make sense, so overall I had an okay time reading it, but I would not necessarily Regionen it. 3 stars for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Sebastian travels from England to Arizona to help get the Raptors image back on track. But Sebastian has his eyes on Alex before he even arrives in America. It isn’t long before Alex notices the hot Englishman around the rink. The problem is Alex is very firmly in the closest. A lot of this story revolves around Alex and coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to decide if he should come out. He is terrified of the I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. Sebastian travels from England to Arizona to help get the Raptors image back on track. But Sebastian has his eyes on Alex before he even arrives in America. It isn’t long before Alex notices the hot Englishman around the rink. The problem is Alex is very firmly in the closest. A lot of this story revolves around Alex and coming to terms with his sexuality and trying to decide if he should come out. He is terrified of the reaction from his traditional catholic Mexican/American family if they find out he is gay. I really felt Alex’s stress and terror about people learning about his sexuality. I loved the way that Sebastian support Alex all the way and never pushed him to do more than he was ready or be anything but who he is. The is really good chemistry between the couple but I would have liked to have seen a bit more of the romance between the two of them and experience more of them falling in love. I guess I just wanted more. I really liked the way the story ended and I felt like Alex had really grown up and I was left with warm, happy feelings. This gets a solid 3 stars from me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.5 stars Across the Pond is the second in the Arizona Raptors series and while you don’t have to read these books in order, things will be more enjoyable if you do. Alex is generally a strong character and one whose struggles read as believable. He’s a Latin man in a culture that values masculinity and from a devoutly religious family. Acknowledging one’s sexuality under those circumstances has to be unbelievably hard and embracing it is something altogether more A Joyfully Jay review. 3.5 stars Across the Pond is the second in the Arizona Raptors series and while you don’t have to read these books in order, things will be more enjoyable if you do. Alex is generally a strong character and one whose struggles read as believable. He’s a Latin man in a culture that values masculinity and from a devoutly religious family. Acknowledging one’s sexuality under those circumstances has to be unbelievably hard and embracing it is something altogether more challenging. So the pressures that Alex is under have weight and validity here. Unfortunately, Sebastian feels like a blank slate, just a stand in character to serve as the supportive and loving boyfriend, but one without much personality of his own. His backstory is minimal and I never felt like I really understood who he was as a character. Read Sue’s review in its entirety here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

    If you want to read a winner of a story about hockey, look no further than the writing team of V.L. Locey and R.J. Scott. As the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, both MC's are new to the team. Alex was brought in to fill Henry's place after his accident and Seb was brought in to help with the management side. The MC's were night and day different, which worked for the most part. Alex struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality, being raised with the 'machismo' attitude. This book If you want to read a winner of a story about hockey, look no further than the writing team of V.L. Locey and R.J. Scott. As the second book in the Arizona Raptors series, both MC's are new to the team. Alex was brought in to fill Henry's place after his accident and Seb was brought in to help with the management side. The MC's were night and day different, which worked for the most part. Alex struggled with coming to terms with his sexuality, being raised with the 'machismo' attitude. This book read a bit differently than previous books I've read by this team of authors. It was a little less dirty than I've seen before, which was fine, but it was a bit angst heavy as well. Overall, I enjoyed the read and can't wait to read Henry's story next! *Galley copy generously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Cross posted.*

  14. 5 out of 5

    Daphne

    I didn’t enjoy this story mainly because I didn’t feel the connection between Sebastian and Alejandro/Alex. There was also no satisfying resolution to a few main storylines which left me feeling frustrated for having invested the time to read this. Alex was such a sweet, complex character and he deserved far more than the half assed resolutions he got.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    4 stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    DTM

    3.5 stars... This one wasn’t one of my favs…this was 1/2 a story for me..there needs to be part 2..If the sex hadn’t been made an issue, then I wouldn’t have cared, but Alex was a virgin and it was an issue and it happened and I wasn’t there and I felt like it was glossed over and I was cheated …They fall in love but I didn’t experience them falling in love, they have sex for the first time but I didn’t experiencing them having sex for the first time…these are the things I want to 3.5 stars... This one wasn’t one of my favs…this was 1/2 a story for me..there needs to be part 2..If the sex hadn’t been made an issue, then I wouldn’t have cared, but Alex was a virgin and it was an issue and it happened and I wasn’t there and I felt like it was glossed over and I was cheated …They fall in love but I didn’t experience them falling in love, they have sex for the first time but I didn’t experiencing them having sex for the first time…these are the things I want to experience..not told after the fact…I am a big fan of these 2 writers so I’m just going to look forward to the next one..

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joe McGowan

    Missed the Net I found the 2nd book of the Raptors series to be somewhat off the mark. I liked the characters of Alex and Seb. But overall the story was lacking on a few fronts. ———Spoilers ahead——— The discrimination/Prejudice by 2 different security guards; one at the rink and one at the rehab facility never had a satisfactory Resolution. The confrontations with Alex’s family were never really explored, considering he had such angst about coming out. The fact that Alex’s mother manages a large Missed the Net I found the 2nd book of the Raptors series to be somewhat off the mark. I liked the characters of Alex and Seb. But overall the story was lacking on a few fronts. ———Spoilers ahead——— The discrimination/Prejudice by 2 different security guards; one at the rink and one at the rehab facility never had a satisfactory Resolution. The confrontations with Alex’s family were never really explored, considering he had such angst about coming out. The fact that Alex’s mother manages a large dental practice and had a freak out about HIV, seems very out of character for what should be an informed professional. Alex’s coming out process was handled poorly and the fact the story never spread is unbelievable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ButtonsMom2003

    Another great story in this series. I really love this series; RJ Scott and V.L. Locey haven't really converted me into a hockey fan but they sure have converted me into a hockey romance reader. I never realized how popular a theme this was in MM romance until I began reading their Harrisburg Railers series. The Arizona Raptors series is kind of a spin off of that one but it can totally be read as a standalone, as can this book. Your enjoyment of the story would be enriched, however, if you've Another great story in this series. I really love this series; RJ Scott and V.L. Locey haven't really converted me into a hockey fan but they sure have converted me into a hockey romance reader. I never realized how popular a theme this was in MM romance until I began reading their Harrisburg Railers series. The Arizona Raptors series is kind of a spin off of that one but it can totally be read as a standalone, as can this book. Your enjoyment of the story would be enriched, however, if you've read at least the first Raptors book, Coast to Coast. There are so many things to like about Across the Pond. I loved the fact that one of the MCs is British. I've become quite a fan of British MM romance stories and the addition of Sebastian Brown to this series was great. We get to read about Digestives and Twiglets, both things I had to look up. 😊 I loved the reference to Star Trek (my all-time favorite TV series in all its flavors) in Chapter Five: "The inside of my head suddenly became the bridge of the Enterprise on a red alert. Crimson lights flashing, grating siren blasting out of all the com stations, a captain shouting, “Shields up! All hands to battle stations! Load the photon torpedoes and ready to fire on my command!” And I LOL'd at this exchange between Alex and Sebastian about Twiglets in Chapter Ten: “What is this again?” Mark asked and held up the tiny knobbly stick. He touched his tongue to the end of it and reared back with horror on his face. “A Twiglet,” I explained for the fifth time. “And it’s covered in?” He waved the tiny snack around, and the distaste on his face was hilarious. “Yeast extract,” I deadpanned, “like Marmite.” He raised a single eyebrow. “And Marmite is?” This was going round in circles. “Mark, I dare you to eat that Twiglet.” He rotated his shoulders and cracked his neck. “If I die…” Then he pushed the snacky goodness into his mouth, crunched twice, swallowed, and sat there with a horrified expression. We stared at each other for a moment, and then he downed half a can of beer, followed by an entire handful of Cheetos. “Dude,” he sprayed orange cheesy flakes everywhere, “that is rank.” The blurb for the book is pretty comprehensive so take a look at it. What I loved about the story is how real the characters seemed to me. I really felt how hard it was for Alex to accept his sexuality and finally decide to be with Sebastian. I loved how caring Sebastian was and how understanding he was of Alex's situation. I think most of the books co-authored by RJ and V.L. are pretty character driven but this one felt especially so for me. The books they write together just keep getting better and better. I can't wait to read Henry's book, Shadows and Light. A copy of this book was provided to me but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the authors. ***Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions dot com***

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    First of all, can I just say how much I enjoyed Sebastian. I suspectwhoever wrote him is a huge fan of the Twitter site, Very British Problems. Being a Brit myself, I found myself laughing gleefully at some if the 'Britishisms' used by Seb. This was an interesting read, delivering even more than I expected from it. On the surface, I was expecting a straightforward May/December romance with lots of steam. Instead, while we do eventually get some nice steamy scenes, this is a real slow burn First of all, can I just say how much I enjoyed  Sebastian. I suspect whoever wrote him is a huge fan of the Twitter site, Very British  Problems. Being a Brit myself, I found myself laughing gleefully  at some if the 'Britishisms' used by Seb.  This was an interesting read, delivering even more than I expected from it. On the surface, I was expecting a straightforward May/December romance with lots of steam. Instead, while we do eventually get some nice steamy scenes, this is a real slow burn romance as each partner learns, grows and discovers an unexpected relationship. It's a really good love story, about Seb and Alex falling in love, and the difficulties that come with one partner being in the closet. I adored Seb, he's so incredibly patient with the hot headed Alex. He's  such a love.   The story was well written and easy to read, while the characters had real depth to them complete with hopes and fears, which they had to overcome to be happy. Alex is totally lost. He sees the only way  of proving his sense of worth is by acting in an overly aggressive and brash way, terrified in any way of being perceived as femme. It is so difficult  for him to balance his life. His heart and mind are all over the place, sending totally confusing messages. All of this builds up to quite an emotional read, but certainly not lacking humour, well worth the time. Seb and Alex are made for one another. Loved how the story ended. Hoping to see more of both MCs in future books. Highly recommended.  Can't wait for the next one. Merged review: Great read. First of all, can I just say how much I enjoyed  Sebastian. I suspect  whoever wrote him is a huge fan of the Twitter site, Very British  Problems. Being a Brit myself, I found myself laughing gleefully  at some if the 'Britishisms' used by Seb.  This was an interesting read, delivering even more than I expected from it. On the surface, I was expecting a straightforward May/December romance with lots of steam. Instead, while we do get some nice steamy scenes, this is a real romance as each partner learns, grows and discovers an unexpected relationship. It's a really good love story, about Seb and Alex falling in love, and the difficulties that come with one partner being in the closet. I adored Seb, he's so incredibly patient with the hot headed Alex. He's  such a love.   The story was well written and easy to read, while the characters had real depth to them complete with hopes and fears, which they had to overcome to be happy. Alex is totally lost. He sees the only way  of proving his sense of worth is by acting in an overly aggressive and brash way, terrified in any way of being perceived as femme. It is so difficult  for him to balance his life. His heart and mind are all over the place, sending totally confusing messages. All of this builds up to quite an emotional read, but certainly not lacking humour, well worth the time. Seb and Alex are made for one another. Loved how the story ended. Hoping to see more of both MCs in future books. Highly recommended.  Can't wait for the next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne Barwell

    I’m enjoying this series, and loved the latest story. I really felt for Alex who is torn between who he is and family expectations of who he should be. I thought the authors did a great job in showing how religion can be an influence in not a good way and how it can colour decisions made especially in a culture that is staunchly Catholic. I also thought the scenes where Alex is dealing with racial slurs and preconceptions were well written too, especially the scenes where he’s visiting Henry and I’m enjoying this series, and loved the latest story. I really felt for Alex who is torn between who he is and family expectations of who he should be. I thought the authors did a great job in showing how religion can be an influence in not a good way and how it can colour decisions made especially in a culture that is staunchly Catholic. I also thought the scenes where Alex is dealing with racial slurs and preconceptions were well written too, especially the scenes where he’s visiting Henry and has to deal with the racist security guard. I liked that there was a flip side with Seb getting flack because of his being British, instead of American. I thought Seb’s concerns about having Ryker the poster boy for the Raptors felt very realistic, rather than bigoted, and is sadly a reflection about how the world is. I loved Alex and Seb’s relationship. It’s very sweet, and I liked how they complemented each other with their different personalities. Seb is very patient with Alex, his situation, and his inexperience and I could already see loud and clear that they loved each other before they admitted it. I liked how they grow a strong friendship as well as a relationship, which is about romance as well as physical attraction. I was rooting for them from the beginning and sitting up late reading because I wanted to make sure they got their happy ending. I enjoyed the friendships in this story too, especially between Ryker and Alex, them and Henry, and Jason and Seb. Although the Raptors still have a way to go before they have the team is family vibe, they’re definitely progressing on that journey, and I liked seeing the interactions between team members now Aarni is out of the picture. Although the Raptors are not all about their team being family yet, this story was still very much about family with both Alex and Seb’s families playing a crucial role. I totally related to Seb getting involved in watching a game because Alex was playing. I enjoy the hockey games in these stories despite knowing nothing about the game, and never having seen one. I thought Alex’s family’s reaction to him and Seb was well written, and realistic. I love his grandmother and sister. They totally rock. I enjoyed seeing glimpses of Mark and Rowen’s relationship, and Mark’s brothers through Seb’s eyes. The differing perspectives, and revisiting old friends, is one of the things I love about reading series. I’m very happy that we’re getting Henry’s story next. I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy reading about opposites attract, age difference, realistic diverse characters and situations, and with a strong sense of friendship and family.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    I loved this book. In all honesty, I am a die-hard fan of the Railers series and its baby, the Owatonna U series so not really a surprise that the Arizona Raptors have me hook, line and sinker. But this book had its own je ne sais quoi that made it extra special. What’s funny is I’m not usually a fan of insta-love books. But this one had so much more going for it, the characters had such depth and their struggles were engaging. I adore how very British Seb is and suspect RJ had a blast writing I loved this book. In all honesty, I am a die-hard fan of the Railers series and its baby, the Owatonna U series so not really a surprise that the Arizona Raptors have me hook, line and sinker. But this book had its own je ne sais quoi that made it extra special. What’s funny is I’m not usually a fan of insta-love books. But this one had so much more going for it, the characters had such depth and their struggles were engaging. I adore how very British Seb is and suspect RJ had a blast writing him (though who knows, maybe Vicki wrote him and RJ took Alex?!). I’ve never used the translate feature so much on my kindle (Please translate English to . . . English?!) (OK the Wikipedia feature mainly helped me with the Brit references and the translate feature for Alex’s Spanish). Even more so, I felt Alex’s desperation as he tried to navigate familial, cultural and religious expectations. As usual, there was lots of funny lines in the dialogue (“My abuela always said that . . or my husband was a shithead”), pop culture references (including a great Star Trek reference) and some great turns of phrase (“wound tighter than a monkey in a pinata”, for example). For us die-hard fans, there were off-page appearances by a beloved Railer (which seems to be conveniently setting the scene for Arizona Raptors #3, which I can’t wait for). For us hockey fans, there was a bit of hockey action and some great coach-player interactions. And for the romance fans . . . well, have you ever read a Locey/Scott book that didn’t have moments of sweet romance and hot moments? This novel could be enjoyed as a stand-alone, but then you’d be missing out on the beauty of book #1 - Coast to Coast. So I’d recommend reading both ASAP so you’ll be ready for book 3 in the spring!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dufera

    Hot Damn, I just love this Arizona Raptors series. RJ Scott and VL Locey continue this amazing hockey world with book two, Across the Pond. The Raptors and their determination to improve both the team and it's reputation remains the driving catalyst throughout the story. Seb is sent to Arizona for a short term assignment of helping the Raptors with their image. His plan is to use the young Alex in his marketing strategy. Of course, he doesn't know anything about the real Alex. Alex is a complex Hot Damn, I just love this Arizona Raptors series. RJ Scott and VL Locey continue this amazing hockey world with book two, Across the Pond. The Raptors and their determination to improve both the team and it's reputation remains the driving catalyst throughout the story. Seb is sent to Arizona for a short term assignment of helping the Raptors with their image. His plan is to use the young Alex in his marketing strategy. Of course, he doesn't know anything about the real Alex. Alex is a complex character, firmly in the closet, and deeply affected by the racism thrown his way. His family is extremely homophobic and he doesn't ever want them to discover his sexuality. He struggles with his image and accepting himself. What follows is a fantastic closeted athlete romance, as the two slowly get to know one another. It's the tale of a man who's torn between the life he's living and the life he wants to live. The authors excel in illustrating all the stress involved with hiding one's true self. Alex's relationship with Seb is full of hiding, trust issues, and heartache. Together they steam up the pages, but everything is in secret and Seb is only in the country for a short while. These are two men from different parts of the world, fighting to make things work. And best of all, despite their chemistry, they fall for each other slowly and naturally. I love Across the Pond. This book has the same tone, complex characters, and writing style I've come to expect from this experienced writing duo. I was kept intrigued throughout and I can't wait for the next one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carra

    This author duo continues to deliver solid stories of M/M hockey romance with their latest book, Across the Pond. This time the pairing features a well-off Brit, Sebastian, who has come to the US to help the Raptors turn their image around and young player Alex, whose Mexican heritage and Catholic upbringing pose a lot of hurdles that keep him well in the closet. Much of the story is focused on Alex’s issues—his internal conflict about being gay, his worry about his family’s reaction if they find This author duo continues to deliver solid stories of M/M hockey romance with their latest book, Across the Pond. This time the pairing features a well-off Brit, Sebastian, who has come to the US to help the Raptors turn their image around and young player Alex, whose Mexican heritage and Catholic upbringing pose a lot of hurdles that keep him well in the closet. Much of the story is focused on Alex’s issues—his internal conflict about being gay, his worry about his family’s reaction if they find out, and how all of it will affect his fledgling professional hockey career if his secret gets out. Sebastian is great with Alex. He’s incredibly patient and supportive, and never tries to rush things with him. Alex has a lot to work through, and when he finally decides to open up with his family, that’s when the majority of the angst starts to kick in. Up until that point, he and Sebastian are pretty comfortable together, not rocking the boat in other areas of Alex’s life. There are a few areas of the story that don’t see any resolution, one regarding a side character who really gives Alex a lot of grief (not because he’s gay, but because of his ethnicity) and the other just his overall family situation which is still on shaky ground at the end of the book. I’m hoping the authors will come back around to these points either in another book in the series, or maybe in a follow up story for Alex and Sebastian for some closure. Across the Pond is hovering somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars for my rating, and is still a good entry in the series. This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and some sexual content.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review Rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-in3 From that review: The second novel in the Arizona Raptors series, Across the Pond is a sweet, contemporary romance that will leave you wanting the next installment and asking questions about the new story threads the authors introduce here. I really liked the new characters. That would be Sebastian "Seb" Brown. called in by his friend and part owner of the team to help them pull A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review Rating: 4 stars out of 5 For the full review visit https://wp.me/p220KL-in3 From that review: The second novel in the Arizona Raptors series, Across the Pond is a sweet, contemporary romance that will leave you wanting the next installment and asking questions about the new story threads the authors introduce here.  I really liked the new characters.  That would be Sebastian "Seb" Brown. called in by his friend and part owner of the team to help them pull the Raptors together out of the detritus team they were.  Seb is great as the Brit walking into an unknown situation with a sport he knows little about.  I liked him instantly.  Of perhaps deeper import, here and later on, for the team and series, is Alejandro Garcia.  I say that for several reasons.  He seems to represent a building tension here within the series and team.  Or should I say regional area and the team.  One that is both racist and homophobic in nature.  References are made repeatedly to how slurs are hurled against him, not even knowing his sexuality, but because of his heritage.  It's a theme or thread that the authors seem to be building upon and not one that is resolved here. For all our reviews, visit http://scatteredthoughtsandroguewords...

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mari Cardenas

    3.75 Stars While I liked Alex and Seb, I felt Seb was a bit underdeveloped, as most of the story was about Alex's journey out of the closet and finding a way to be gay in a Latin family with a heavy Catholic background. Being Latin American myself, I could empathize with some of Alex's concerns, as it's something we see daily in some of the more conservative towns here and his concerns and beliefs were very valid. The problem was that all his issues made him run hot and cold and it was too much 3.75 Stars While I liked Alex and Seb, I felt Seb was a bit underdeveloped, as most of the story was about Alex's journey out of the closet and finding a way to be gay in a Latin family with a heavy Catholic background. Being Latin American myself, I could empathize with some of Alex's concerns, as it's something we see daily in some of the more conservative towns here and his concerns and beliefs were very valid. The problem was that all his issues made him run hot and cold and it was too much for me. Add to that, the fact that Seb was a tad blah, and well, I found it very difficult to connect with either MC or become invested in their relationship. Still, Across the Pond was a good read and it recaptured the team spirit and camaraderie that RJ Scott and V.L. Locey are so good at writing. There wasn't as much hockey as with other books by these authors, which is something I missed, but it was still entertaining. *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kk

    3 stars...& that's a kindness.. I loved Ryker & Scott. Benoit got on my nerves a little but I was really excited to see that there would be a spinoff where there was more Ryker and Jacob... But I don't know where this series is going. Ryker has been in the background (not that I expected him to be an MC again) but he's all mopey. He's like Eeyore lurking in the background & apparently outplaying his stepdad. Seriously? ??? At the beginning, I got all excited because Seb gave off this 3 stars...& that's a kindness.. I loved Ryker & Scott. Benoit got on my nerves a little but I was really excited to see that there would be a spinoff where there was more Ryker and Jacob... But I don't know where this series is going. Ryker has been in the background (not that I expected him to be an MC again) but he's all mopey. He's like Eeyore lurking in the background & apparently outplaying his stepdad. Seriously? ??? At the beginning, I got all excited because Seb gave off this pushy vibe, real take charge alpha type. Then he met In-The-Closet Alex & turned into a limp noodle. Alex was a wishy washy basket case. He was all over the place with what he wanted. So glad I waited for KU...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Loved this second installment of the Raptors. My heart broke for Alex over and over, I just wanted to hug him so many times. Seb is a good fit for the Raptors to help change their image, but they still have a lot of work to do to get where they want to be. And as for Seb and Alex, I thought they were so sweet together once they finally were in sync, and I love how being free to be himself gives Alex the strength and courage to live his truth even though he was terrified at the same time. With an Loved this second installment of the Raptors. My heart broke for Alex over and over, I just wanted to hug him so many times. Seb is a good fit for the Raptors to help change their image, but they still have a lot of work to do to get where they want to be. And as for Seb and Alex, I thought they were so sweet together once they finally were in sync, and I love how being free to be himself gives Alex the strength and courage to live his truth even though he was terrified at the same time. With an engaging plot that will get you in the feels, flawed yet lovable characters, a good dose of hockey (you know I love me some hockey), and a team finally starting to change and rise from the ashes, this is an all-around worthy read. Bring on my poor Henry! Oh, and Tennant v. Ryker on the ice? Love!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I Love RJ Scott and VL Locey and I've waited (im)patiently for each new realease going all the way back to the Harrisburg Railers series. While I thought Across the Pond was a good book I was kinda left wanting. I love Alex and Sebastian together they are great. I think the thing that got me was that it all went so fast almost like the story could only be so many pages so they had to rush. They missed out on some great story line opportunities, specifically going into more depth about Alex I Love RJ Scott and VL Locey and I've waited (im)patiently  for each new realease going all the way back to the Harrisburg Railers series. While I thought Across the Pond was a good book I was kinda left wanting. I love Alex and Sebastian together they are great. I think the thing that got me was that it all went so fast almost like the story could only be so many pages so they had to rush. They missed out on some great story line opportunities, specifically going into more depth about Alex exploring his sexual side after being closeted for so long. I also think that they glossed over the family's reaction to his coming out which is surprising because that was the source of so much of Alex's turmoil. Despite this I would definitely still recommend the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Hockey and romance one of my favorite combinations!! Alex NHL player, Mexican-American, of strong catholic faith and strong family connections could never come out as gay, it would destroy his family. Then he meets Sebastian, this sexy Brit, 10 years older, who has come to help the Raptors with their social media, PR advertising of the team. Their attraction is strong but Alex is too afraid to act on it, scared someone will find out or tell others. He has hidden himself for so long, it seems Hockey and romance one of my favorite combinations!! Alex NHL player, Mexican-American, of strong catholic faith and strong family connections could never come out as gay, it would destroy his family. Then he meets Sebastian, this sexy Brit, 10 years older, who has come to help the Raptors with their social media, PR advertising of the team. Their attraction is strong but Alex is too afraid to act on it, scared someone will find out or tell others. He has hidden himself for so long, it seems impossible for him to find love. But Seb wants this to happen, the two of them, together forever, could it be possible? Coming out to Alex’s family might not go as planned, he may lose them forever. What a fantastic story of trust, heartache, anger, family and love. Oh how I love these guys. My heart breaks for Alex going after what he wants and worry about losing everything he has. The Raptors have them an amazing player when he opens his heart and decides to be himself!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elayne

    I’m still not a sports romance fan. What I am is a fan of the way Rj Scott and VL Locey tell the story of two men who happen to be involved in Hockey. I enjoy the sport descriptions and the team interactions. Each linked series is full of charismatic characters. Alex and Sebastian join the cast in this book. I loved the relationship between these two, Sebastian being the older steadying influence. Alex has a lot of pressure both internal and external to live up to other people’s expectations. I’m still not a sports romance fan. What I am is a fan of the way Rj Scott and VL Locey tell the story of two men who happen to be involved in Hockey. I enjoy the sport descriptions and the team interactions. Each linked series is full of charismatic characters. Alex and Sebastian join the cast in this book. I loved the relationship between these two, Sebastian being the older steadying influence. Alex has a lot of pressure both internal and external to live up to other people’s expectations. The way they traverse their way through kept me engrossed in the pages. It’s a wonderful, linked series and very much recommended.

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