Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Stan Lyamin has seen many of his dreams come true. He’s found his soulmate, loves Noah like his own, hoisted the Cup, and has his Mama living with him in his new country. But his fantasies of a loud, loving, madcap home overflowing with childish laughter linger. When a distant family member passes, Stan and Erik immediately agree to take in the two orphaned children, but that means a trip back to Russia for Stan, an idea that both exhilarates and terrifies him.
Erik’s world tilts on its axis when a phone call wakes him and Stan in the middle of the night. Abruptly, Stan is returning to Russia, making deals, working with people who know people, and fully intending to bring two orphaned children home. The red tape is overwhelming, and Erik is alone in Harrisburg with the nearly impossible task of finding a nanny who can speak fluent Russian. Being on his own is one thing, but add in fears about Stan’s safety and team issues, and Erik is finding everything hard to balance; not least of which is spending quality time with Noah.
When their family expands from three to five, the journey won’t be easy, but love can always find a way.
Sometimes, especially now, you just need a story, that makes you laugh, feel absolutely wonderful down to your toes, and makes your heart feel all shmoopy. That would be the latest in the Harrisburg Railers series, Hat Trick (Harrisburg Railers #8) by R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey.
This story has every element that’s guaranteed to make your face ache because it’s smiling so hard with the love and warmth that is overflowing from the characters and plot here. Yes, it feels that good. Children, dogs, a grandmother, Elvis, well, not him exactly, but glitter, red tuxedos and so much more. Plus you get Stan!!! Who I have to admit is my favorite Railer, he just is, fractured English and all.
Goalies, real and fictional, are just that special breed of human. They take quirkiness to a whole new level and these two authors have always been able to bring that to the goalies they have created for their different hockey romances, Harrisburg Railers included. But meeting him, heart to heart, is his soul mate Erik, another Railer. Their relationship and deep love as well as family is here, and it’s beautiful.
I love how the authors treat the expansion of Stan and Erik’s family, the careful consideration of the child already there, the patience and care with the new children coming into the fold. It’s loving and endearing. Plus we get the madcap too.
In the end, as usual, I’m left wanting so much more. I can never get enough of Stan and Erik. I’m clearly obsessed here. They make me feel great and just when I needed it the most. I’ll probably be rereading it again instead of the news.
I love this series. Such a variety in couples and plots. Drama, suspense, hilarity, and romance. And love of course, so much love. I highly recommend them all.
Cover art: Meredith Russell. I just love this cover. It’s pertinent to the story and so clean and adorable. Perfect!
Published February 10th 2019 by Love Lane Books Limited (first published 2019)
Edition Language English
Series Harrisburg Railers #8