A MelanieM Review: Benoit (Owatonna U #3) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey

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Rating: 5 stars out of 5

When the lines between career and love blur, will Ethan and Ben find a way to create a future that will work for both of them?

Senior year is here, and everything is on the line. Benoit’s time to shine in the crease is now, and he’s going to do everything he can to make sure those professional scouts take notice. He’s earned a great reputation for his skills in the net, and his laid-back demeanor is his key to maintaining his cool when things get heated in the goal crease.

As the Eagles roar into a new season, Ben’s laser-sharp focus is shattered by his attraction to Ethan Girard, the team’s new defensive consultant. Trying his best to ignore the budding friendship that’s taking a hard, fast turn into something far more passionate, Ben is determined to keep his mind on the sport he loves and not let his feelings for the handsome older man creep into his performance. But love, like hockey, is wildly unpredictable, and soon Ben finds that he’s unable to distance himself from Ethan who is slowly and surely working himself into his heart.

Famed Boston defenseman, Ethan Girard, isn’t stupid. Celebrating his thirty-second birthday in the emergency room after breaking his leg, and with a warning that healing will be a long process, he knows he has to think about his future. He was drafted at eighteen, and he’s never known anything but hockey, but with no contract in place yet for the new season he considers that maybe it’s time for him to hang up his skates for good.

Volunteering to help out with the Owatonna Eagles fills his time, but from the moment he lays eyes on goalie Ben, he knows his world will never be the same again. Falling in lust is as easy as stealing his first kiss, but Ben refuses to engage. Has Ethan finally met his match?

Benoit (Owatonna U #3) by RJ Scott & V.L. Locey marks the end of this small “mini series” about college men graduating and heading off to play hockey.  It’s connected to RJ Scott and VL Locey’s other terrific hockey series, Harrisburg Railers through Ryker, the son and step son of the first and main couple in that series.

Of course, the hockey knowledge here is off the charts!  Reading these books is like immersing yourself in the world of hockey from tots on tiny skates wobbling slowly across the ice to the fierce play, loud arenas and fanatical cries of fans on game day.  When each player takes to the ice, both small to the  hulk in their team gear, the readers are emotionally with them, there in the cold, where their hearts are telling them they belong.  The writing is so so vivid and there in the moment and amazing!

Nor do the authors carry blinders about the worst  elements of hockey.  Those that want the violence, the fights to continue, the homophobes and the racists..  They have brought all those ugly aspects of the game out under the spotlight in various stories and do so here under with Benoit, who is both black and gay yet only wants to be known as a great goalie.  Ok, maybe Canadian goalie, but goalie nevertheless.

Combine that with a love story you can invest 100 percent of yourselves in and Benoit (Ben way) becomes a story you can’t put down.

I love Ethan Girard and his passion for Benoit, hockey, and finally, the new direction his life is taking.  It’s so easy  to be enthusiastic about this character because he feels to believable and so real, especially if you follow hockey.  You see those players at that age, rocking on the edge of that certain age.  Do they retire, do they start the slide down?  Hockey, like most professional sports is incredibly hard on the body and soul.  Another aspect of the game that always comes through Scott and Locey’s characters and relationships.

Benoit and Ethan as a couple are magic!  They are sexy, warm, loving and oh, so hot.  And by the end I wasn’t even close to wanting to let them go.  No even a smidge.

Thankfully, I have Coast to Coast, the first book in the new Raptors series about the Arizona Raptors hockey team to take my mind off of that.  Plus I just know I will be seeing Benoit and Ethan again.  That’s the way things go here in the hockey universes of RJ Scott and VL Locey.  We get to see all our favorite couples again and again…eventually.

If you are a hockey fan and lover of contemporary LGBT romance, then run, don’t walk and pickup Benoit!  And every other book in the Owatonna U series.  And the Harrisburg Railers which is coming to an end with Save the Date.  Just roll around in the love, romance,angst, and great hockey!  Then get ready for more with the Arizona Raptors who are bad to the bone.  I can hardly wait.

Yep, I highly recommend them all!

Cover art : Meredith Russell.  I just love the covers for this series.  Each and everyone perfect for the character and sexy as hell to boot.

Book Details:

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Expected publication: May 29th 2019 by Love Lane Books Limited (first published May 17th 2019)
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Series Owatonna U Hockey:

 
Owatonna U Hockey Series
 
Book #1 – Ryker – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
Book #2 – Scott – Amazon US | Amazon UK | Universal Link
 

The Sleepless City Series Finale Arrives with Shifting Chaos (The Sleepless City #4) by Elizabeth Noble (author interview, excerpt and giveaway)

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Shifting Chaos (The Sleepless City #4) by Elizabeth Noble
Release Date: Sept 7 2015

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Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: TL Bland

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Sales Links:  Dreamspinner ebook  |  Dreamspinner paperback

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Elizabeth Noble, author of Shifting Chaos. Hi Elizabeth, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello, and thank you for having me today. I’m a veterinary nurse, and my education is a broad science background including biology and earth sciences. I was very lucky to become an author for Dreamspinner Press and its imprint DSP Publications.

Shifting Chaos is my most recent release and it’s the fourth and final book of The Sleepless City series.

Our Author Interview with Elizabeth Noble

• Why do you write?

Writing is something I’d never consider not doing. I write because if I didn’t my head would probably explode! Where the stories come from I couldn’t tell you, but I can tell you they must be set free. Writing is a way I deal with stress. It’s much cheaper than a therapist.

Which of your books was the most difficult to write?

I think this book was. The series was set up to highlight one of three couples in each of the first three books. Their romance was the story the plot revolved around. In Shifting Chaos I didn’t have a romance to use as the focus of the book. There is romance, of course, but it’s the continuing of an already existing romance of primarily one couple, Jonas Forge and Blair Turner. During the course of Shifting Chaos I had three romances to deal with and that was a challenge. The balancing of several romances with the plot in general.

Give us an insight into your main character. What does he do that is so special?

One of the main characters is Declan, of this group he’s the oldest of the vampires. He’s lived several hundred years and has acquired many skills during that time. He’s been a pirate, fur trapper, art thief and he also is a talented artist. What really makes him special is he’s a man who was born in France in the 1700s who has not only survived but flourished.

How much research do you do for your books?

It depends on the book, but I do quite a bit of research. There are a lot of little details that go into a book and those are what bring the location and character to life. Since Shifting Chaos is an urban fantasy in this case a large percentage of my research revolved around various myths and legends to use in the story.

Who designs your covers?

Most of my covers are created by the talented TL Bland. More of her work can be seen here: http://www.thruterryseyes.com . She designs covers for Dreamspinner Press as well as in a freelance capacity for self-published authors.. TL also has designed the logos I use on my websites. She’s a wonderful person and a good friend. Check out the great art on her site and drop her a line if you’re looking for art for a project or website. The Sentries series book covers are created by Paul Richmond for Dreampsinner Press.

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Blurb

Chaos reigns in The Sleepless City, and it’s really beginning to piss Detective Jonas Forge off. He’s got inner demons to battle and a life to build with his new soul mate, Blair Turner. Nothing is going right, and he already feels the universe is conspiring against him when a turn of events he never saw coming flips his world upside down.

Hallucinations grip the town and everyone in it, threatening to tear their precariously built family apart, and the only way forward is to bare all to each other. This means Declan and Blair need to learn to accept one another. Lucas Coate has to move forward without ties to his werewolf pack and live a monogamous life with Declan.

But while Forge and Declan confront horrors from their shared past, Simon learns a terrible truth about vampires—one he couldn’t have imagined in his worst nightmares.

Pages or Words: 73,000 words
Categories: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Excerpt

“What happened?” Blair asked. He turned his head toward the back door. A second later Moose was running to the back of the house.
Jonas strode in, jerked his jacket off, and tossed it down beside Ben’s helmet, muttering as he went. He stopped and faced them. “Those fools have decided I must be head detective.”
Lucas came to a stop behind Jonas, grinning.
“Wait, you’ve been pissed off all day because you got a promotion?” Blair asked.
Ben lunged forward and threw his arms around Jonas’s neck. “Sweet as! We have to celebrate. It’s about time they recognized you like this. I think it’s crappy you haven’t been promoted until now.”
Jonas pulled in a breath and stepped back from Ben. “I thank you, but it’s a fucking disaster.”
“Another of the Council’s tricks,” Declan added.
“They can’t do this, can they?” Simon said and sat down abruptly on the couch. “That’s against the Council rules.”
“What’s wrong with all of you?” Ben turned in a circle, glaring at each of them in turn.
“I can’t be the head detective.” Jonas took a DVD from the shelf under the television and put it in the player. He grabbed the remote control, aimed, and pointed. “This”—he waved at the scene appearing on the TV—”is why I can’t have this job.”
An image of Stewie in relation to some incident that, by the looks of it, had happened a few years ago appeared on the screen. Underneath were the words “Flint, Ohio, Head Detective Stewart Belle,” and Stewie was speaking to a reporter.
“Oh crap,” Blair said. He and Ben stood side by side.
“Yes. Oh crap covers it nicely. The head detective must be a human, has always been a human. You know, someone who can be seen by a camera and is available during the full moon,” Jonas said. “Before Stewie there was some dick by the name of Felton, and before that we had the oh-so-delightful Smyth.”
Ben nudged Blair and waved one hand between Declan and Jonas. “Have you noticed that between the thief and the cop, the cop is the one with the problems with authority?”

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About the Author

Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.

Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess named Rosie, and two cats, Murphy and Yeti. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.

Two of Elizabeth’s books have received Honorable Mentions in the Rainbow Awards.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.noble.77
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Twitter: @elizabethnoble1
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/elizabethnoble1/
Other: Google + https://plus.google.com/110207268360224371489/posts
Other: website http://www.elizabeth-noble.com
Other: Dreamspinner author page

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