Ryker

Ryker

This New Adult book is the first in the Owatonna U Series, a spin-off from the best selling Harrisburg Railers Hockey Series. Ryker is hockey royalty, Jacob is a poor country boy. Can two vastly different people find common ground and become the men they want to be? Ryker comes from a long line of championship-winning hockey players. Playing college hockey to develop his g...

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Title:Ryker
Author:R.J. Scott
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Ryker Reviews

  • Elle

    Absolutely loved this. So worth the wait.

    Jacob is a farm boy and sorting things out in his life, trying to choose what's right for him. Ryker is, as the blurb says, ice hockey royalty, but he's also niave and pretty clueless about just how real life works. Jacob is intent on staying away, but that's not how things work out.

    I have to say that I loved these two together, how their relationship progressed through friends to lovers, and then seeing them work through things that were going on made fo

    Absolutely loved this. So worth the wait.

    Jacob is a farm boy and sorting things out in his life, trying to choose what's right for him. Ryker is, as the blurb says, ice hockey royalty, but he's also niave and pretty clueless about just how real life works. Jacob is intent on staying away, but that's not how things work out.

    I have to say that I loved these two together, how their relationship progressed through friends to lovers, and then seeing them work through things that were going on made for a lovely read. The book is, at its heart, really a simple love story. Jacob judges, Ryker wants to be liked, there's misunderstandings, and then wham! Turns out, nothing was better for the privileged Ryker than being dragged out of his tower by his moody farm boy.

    Another thing I loved about this book was the secondary characters and how they were written, they all had a part to play and I look forward to their stories.

    Ms Scott and Ms Locey have yet again delivered another sweet and heart warming story. Plenty to love in this book, including the bittersweet appearance of Jared and Ten. I highly recommend this story, and the Harrisburg Railers series that comes before it, all a must read.

  • Cadiva

    It's not often I read a Young Adult romance because invariably I find myself rolling my eyes at the antics or - understandable given their ages - lack of maturity often used in the narrative to create plot tension.

    However, as this is a spin off from the Harrisburg Railers series and it comes from the pens of two of the finest writers of sports romance in the genre, I knew I'd get little of the above.

    There is a wee bit of what could be described as irrational dislike when Ryker and Jacob meet, bu

    It's not often I read a Young Adult romance because invariably I find myself rolling my eyes at the antics or - understandable given their ages - lack of maturity often used in the narrative to create plot tension.

    However, as this is a spin off from the Harrisburg Railers series and it comes from the pens of two of the finest writers of sports romance in the genre, I knew I'd get little of the above.

    There is a wee bit of what could be described as irrational dislike when Ryker and Jacob meet, but the in character explanations more than adequately provide reasons for Jacob's feelings.

    He's also fairly quick to acknowledge it was his own unreasonable prejudices and a sense of misplaced inadequacy over their different backgrounds which led to his behaviour.

    When they do finally move beyond friendship, the reader is given a truly beautiful tale of first love. They come to rely on each other for everything and, when the book brings us up to date with what's been happening on the ice for the Railers, we see just how much Jacob has become Ryker's solid foundation.

    I loved everything about this book, apart from

    and I'm seriously looking forward to seeing where these authors take us next.

    Scott's story looks like it will be way more angsty and I'm now "bring it on"!

    #ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  • Kirk

    If the testament of a great story is you laid in bed at 4am, eyes as wide as saucers, with a satisfied smile on your face, then yes, this was a really damn good one.

    Ryker, what a beautiful soul, so guileless and carefree, and Jacob, the big, stoic cuddle monster who bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. Misconceptions abound when Jacob first meets Ryker and I can’t blame him for that one little bit, but the more he gets to know Ry and is virtually battered by his relentlessness and the

    If the testament of a great story is you laid in bed at 4am, eyes as wide as saucers, with a satisfied smile on your face, then yes, this was a really damn good one.

    Ryker, what a beautiful soul, so guileless and carefree, and Jacob, the big, stoic cuddle monster who bears the weight of the world on his shoulders. Misconceptions abound when Jacob first meets Ryker and I can’t blame him for that one little bit, but the more he gets to know Ry and is virtually battered by his relentlessness and the innate goodness of the man, it’s brings home the fact that first impressions can be wildly off the mark.

    This shouldn't work. Both seemingly on different paths with Jacob having huge responsibilities at home, and Ryker; destined to follow the path of Ten and dad Jared to the heights of the NHL. Their lives are so very different, and they’re just beginning to try and carve out their own futures, there can’t be any room for the blinding attraction and friendship they’ve just found in each other, can there? Ryker is utterly adorable and Jacob, oh my… he’s just big and strong and quiet and solid, and I just willed them on all the way through the book as they seemed so perfect for each other and exactly what the other needed and deserved.

    There’s so much I love about this book; we’re thrown right back into the hockey world where there’s always so much happening, there’s drama on and off the ice, a ton of camaraderie (one of my favourite parts of the authors’ writing is the way they make you feel the friendship and solidarity between the guys), and we’re introduced to new cast of characters who all play a big part here and I’m really, really looking forward to hearing more from in this new series.

    Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.

  • Emily Seelye

    This was so good, I practically read it it one setting!

    This is the first book in a spin-off series of the Harrisburg Railers. Ryker is Jared’s son and he’s just been drafted. As much as he’d love to drop out of college and start in the AHL (or even ECHL), his new team wants him to stay in school.

    He ends up going to a hockey camp in which he meets Jacob and the rest of the Owatanna U team. He realizes he fits in with them better than his current team, so he manages to pull off a transfer.

    Jacob

    This was so good, I practically read it it one setting!

    This is the first book in a spin-off series of the Harrisburg Railers. Ryker is Jared’s son and he’s just been drafted. As much as he’d love to drop out of college and start in the AHL (or even ECHL), his new team wants him to stay in school.

    He ends up going to a hockey camp in which he meets Jacob and the rest of the Owatanna U team. He realizes he fits in with them better than his current team, so he manages to pull off a transfer.

    Jacob, a farmer’s son, is first put off by the rich, “spoiled” boy. He’s not happy that his camp fling is now on his team, but quickly realizes that Ryker belongs there.

    Once he decides to give him a second chance,they quickly become best friends and fall back into bed together. They are also each other’s rocks. When tragedy strikes in Ryker’s life, Jacob doesn’t hesitate to make the long drive to Harrisburg to be at his side.

    This was a beautiful story of friendship and love (and even coming out with positive results). I loved it and highly recommend.

    I received an ARC.

  • Amanda Viecelli

    I have been so excited for Ryker's story since before I even knew he was getting one, and I freaking loved it. Mostly. But I will get back to that "mostly" in a minute...

    Ryker and Jacob have an obvious connection from the start. Seemingly two complete opposites when they meet at a hockey camp, Jacob wants nothing to do with who he thinks Ryker is.. but Ryker's true self wears him down after a while, and their chemistry explodes. Saying goodbye is not easy for either of them, but what will happen

    I have been so excited for Ryker's story since before I even knew he was getting one, and I freaking loved it. Mostly. But I will get back to that "mostly" in a minute...

    Ryker and Jacob have an obvious connection from the start. Seemingly two complete opposites when they meet at a hockey camp, Jacob wants nothing to do with who he thinks Ryker is.. but Ryker's true self wears him down after a while, and their chemistry explodes. Saying goodbye is not easy for either of them, but what will happen when they suddenly find themselves attending the same college and playing on the same team?

    I'll tell you what doesn't happen: an easy ANYTHING. Jacob, Jacob, Jacob.. oh man. He made me a little crazy for a while there with his reaction and attitude, even if at times I understood (somewhat) his resistance. There is a lot of chemistry between them but neither are all that experienced yet, and I *love* how the authors portray their sexual exploration together. It rings true with a good dose of awkwardness and fumbling, and exactly what most people experience when everything is new to them. My one complaint about their story? I just wish it was longer because I want more!

    As this is a spinoff of the Harrisburg Railers series, we also get more of Ryker's dad, Jared, Ten, and the rest of the Railers. But this is where my "mostly" from earlier comes in.. and no, I am not going to tell you what happens, but I can tell you it completely shocked and devastated me. You may want to have some tissues handy, just saying. But that is life, right? And sometimes life throws a wrench in the works, and it certainly has here for this family. I need the novella that this event is leading to. Need it. Bad.

    I am so happy RJ Scott and VL Locey have given us this spinoff series and these new characters, and I am really looking forward to Scott's story and getting to know the rest of Ryker's new teammates more. This author duo writes so seamlessly and cohesively together and has quickly become one of my autobuys. You don't need to read the Railers series to enjoy this book, but believe me - you want to!

  • Amanda

    Like any other reader who followed the Harrisburg Railer series, we are so eager to start on this spin off series. My main reason is definitely follow up on what happened to Ten and Jared. They both are an integral part of Ryker's life, but I'm glad to see what this story isn't all about Ryker's dads. In fact, almost the entire book actually took place before the event at the end of Harrisburg Railer.

    I have soft spot for Ryker even since I knew him as Jared's son. Unlike other rich and famous t

    Like any other reader who followed the Harrisburg Railer series, we are so eager to start on this spin off series. My main reason is definitely follow up on what happened to Ten and Jared. They both are an integral part of Ryker's life, but I'm glad to see what this story isn't all about Ryker's dads. In fact, almost the entire book actually took place before the event at the end of Harrisburg Railer.

    I have soft spot for Ryker even since I knew him as Jared's son. Unlike other rich and famous teenagers who prefer partying and being a general nuisance, Ryker is driven and ambitious. He might not know about being poor, but he know hard work and dedication. He easily befriend everyone until he met Jacob, his summer camp roommate who despised him.

    Jacob is a poor farm boy who came from an entirely different world than Ryker. He is stubborn as a mule and came across as a judgemental asshole for hating Ryker just for being who he is. But I do understand where Jacob is coming from. I used to be the poor schmuck in high school who look at everyone with envy.

    Ryker and Jacob gives us a little bit of enemies to lovers vibe and I love their interaction. Jacob is being an anti-social and Ryker is persistence in trying to befriend him. I'm sure everyone will fall for Ryker's charm and sweetness. He is just plain adorable and I didn't expect to like him so much.

    I like the strong family bonding we have in this book. Of course we know all about Ryker's family, Jacob's family dynamic also caught me off guard with how much I actually ended up rooting for him and his farm. I didn't know I care about cows that much.

    Overall, this spin off series is off to a great start. Looking forward to more of these hockey players even though this time around they are much younger.

  • Karen

    This one's a spin-off from the authors series 'The Harrisburg Railers' and damn did they get things off to a good start. Full review to follow soonish!

    than you know who Ryker is and at the very least can probably skip the rest of this paragraph. If you’re not you can probably still read this book and not feel lost but honestly, I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you’ve read the series or at least the first book which has Ryke

    This one's a spin-off from the authors series 'The Harrisburg Railers' and damn did they get things off to a good start. Full review to follow soonish!

    than you know who Ryker is and at the very least can probably skip the rest of this paragraph. If you’re not you can probably still read this book and not feel lost but honestly, I think you’ll enjoy it even more if you’ve read the series or at least the first book which has Ryker’s father, Jared Madsen as one of the MC’s along with Jared’s partner Tennant Rowe. We’ve gotten glimpses of Ryker here and there throughout the series but nowhere more than ‘Changing Lines’, book 1 of the Harrisburg Railers and now here in his own book.

    Not only is Ryker the son of a well-known hockey player turned coach who’s living openly with his partner and hockey’s golden boy Tennant Rowe, the youngest of hockey’s Rowe brothers. He’s also the grandson of a well-known old timer and all he’s ever wanted is to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and make them proud, so relationships are not something that factor into his life there’s no time not when you want to be one of the best.

    Jacob Benson’s had a very different life growing up in a small rural farming community where he’s struggled alongside of his family to keep their dairy farm going. For Jacob hockey has become a means to an end…college hockey means scholarships and a chance at an agricultural science degree…a chance to learn things that could help him save his family’s farm. It’s not that he doesn’t like or want to play hockey…it’s just that for Jacob, hockey’s not the end game, but a means to an end and between his studies, hockey and working 2 jobs to pay for the things that his scholarship doesn’t. Jacob has even less time than Ryker for a relationship but try as they might neither one of these young men can bring themselves to truly walk away and really it’s just a summer fling right?

    I loved Jacob and Ryker together, sure there were moment of immaturity and at times I found Jacob to be a bit judgey but he’s young…they’re both young and I don’t know about anyone else but some of my finer moments happened at this age, when I was young and silly enough to think I knew everything unlike now when I’m happy to realize that with any luck I know something…any little thing!!!

    There are events from Goal Line book #6 of the Harrisburg Railers that get revisited in this story but it’s relevant and if you haven’t read that series it’s very helpful background information to have.

    When Jacob and Ryker first meet there’s a bit of animosity between them, but as they get to know each other both men realize that if they’re ever going to get to know each other they’ll need to set aside their preconceived notions.

    Ryker may be dedicated to being the best hockey player he can, but it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t understand that sometimes a person just needs to relax and unwind a bit something that Jacob doesn’t see as a priority or seem to have the time for. While Jacob helps Ryker look at things from a different and more personal perspective and not just as abstract concepts.

    Ultimately when all is said and done together Jacob and Ryker help each other to grow and mature as they discover that even though they both have full and busy lives when it comes to love there’s always room for more.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next in this series we’ve been introduced to some of the Owatonna Eagles and I definitely want more about Ben and Scott and I won’t deny it I’m also on the lookout for more about the Harrisburg Railers should the occasion arise.

    After all I am Canadian and R.J. Scott and V.L. Locey have become two of my favorite ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ announcers.

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    An ARC of ‘Ryker’ was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

  • Natalie

    R.J Scott and V.L. Locey continue their successful collaboration with a new series about college hockey with a more NA feel. If you’ve read the Harrisburg Railers series, you’ve met Jared’s son Ryker and you’ll know what happened at the end of the last book. Most of Ryker’s story runs concurrent with Goal Line but can be read as a stand alone. (Go read the first series; you know you want to!) Meeting at a hockey conditioning camp, Jacob is initially unfriendly, dismissive of Ryker and a bit jeal

    R.J Scott and V.L. Locey continue their successful collaboration with a new series about college hockey with a more NA feel. If you’ve read the Harrisburg Railers series, you’ve met Jared’s son Ryker and you’ll know what happened at the end of the last book. Most of Ryker’s story runs concurrent with Goal Line but can be read as a stand alone. (Go read the first series; you know you want to!) Meeting at a hockey conditioning camp, Jacob is initially unfriendly, dismissive of Ryker and a bit jealous, calling him out over his privileged life and relatively easy ride to the NHL. Enforced proximity as roommates and their obvious attraction leads Ryker and Jacob into having a fling before parting ways after camp. Back at college, Jacob has a tough time trying to play well enough to keep his scholarship, pay his way with two jobs and placate a father who appears to see Jacob as a disappointment for being gay. Jacob is not happy when he finds out Ryker has transferred to Owatonna. He needs to concentrate on his future and Ryker is a distraction he doesn’t need.

    This narrative utilizes the authors’ familiar style of alternating viewpoints , making it easy to see the characters personalities develop. Ryker has to make an effort to develop his maturity, connect with Jacob and really understand how much he has taken for granted, including his own hockey skills. I liked Jacob’s character a lot, even when he was being defensive and harsh with Ryker, mostly because he was trying to protect himself and his heart. The relationship progress is really paced well as he and Ryker communicate more, exchange their thoughts and ideas and Ryker even aids Jacob in coming to a better understanding of his parents. Seeing the major characters in action on the ice adds to the veracity of the setting and shows how the culture of the sport is influential to the plot.

    The heat level for the couple is pretty moderate since both guys are kind of inexperienced but also at odds more than once. The “I love you’s” still felt a little bit rushed and I wanted to see more follow up on a couple of minor details, but it’s no biggie. I was also glad that the crisis for Ten wasn’t tied to any issues between Ryker and Jacob. They build a strong relationship by the end of the story and I’ll hope to see more of them in the future, since Ryker is already drafted once he finishes school. I’d recommend this book to both NA fans, hockey lovers and those of us who are only hockey fans between the pages of a book.

    *An ARC was provided by the author, publisher or a promotional service and I have chosen to publish a fair and honest review for Jessie G Books Reviews blog*

  • CrabbyPatty

    When Ryker Madsen and Jacob Benson meet at a Canadian hockey camp, sparks fly ... eventually. For Jacob, hockey is the means to an end and his dream is not playing in the NHL but rather getting his agricultural science degree at Owatonna U so he

    When Ryker Madsen and Jacob Benson meet at a Canadian hockey camp, sparks fly ... eventually. For Jacob, hockey is the means to an end and his dream is not playing in the NHL but rather getting his agricultural science degree at Owatonna U so he can return to the family farm in Minnesota. His hockey scholarship pays for college and he needs to improve his skills at the hockey camp to ensure his spot on the Owatonna Eagles team.

    Ryker is third-generation hockey, with his grandfather and father having played in the NHL. He's already drafted by an NHL team and the camp is merely to polish his skills. Ryker is immediately impressed by the big strong Minnesota farm boy, while Jacob hates that Ryker has been given everything on a silver platter and doesn't understand the struggles other deal with. But when the roommates finally get past all their preconceptions, their slow-burn romance is all kinds of wonderful. This plot just grabs you from page one and carries you off in a great blend of young love and hockey.

    I love that the book is primarily set in Minnesota and the authors lovingly describe the beauty of a Minnesota dairy farm, while showing us Jacob's character and determination in making the farm more successful. And Ryker is so beautifully drawn as well - his obvious hockey brilliance contrasting with the lessons he needs to learn in teamwork and friendship. The love story here is more YA than the Harrisburg Railers series, but just feels right as these two almost-virgins explore their relationship and each other in numerous, very very sexy ways.

    The authors also do a good job of introducing other characters who will be featured in upcoming books in the series, and while "Ryker" ends in a HFN, I imagine we'll learn more about their life together as the "Owatonnna U Hockey" series progresses. 4 strong stars for "Ryker."

    Review also also posted at Gay Book Reviews - check it out!

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