Thursday, May 3, 2018

Exclusive Excerpt Post: Medley by Layla Reyne (Review + Giveaway)

With Medley, Layla Reyne combines love, self-discovery, swimming, and the excitement of the Olympics in to one stellar event. I loved Jacob and Bas’s story. --Anna Zabo, author of Syncopation

Medley by Layla Reyne

Series: Changing Lanes #2

Will the race for gold cost them their hearts?

Publisher: Self-Publish

Release Date: April 30 (Print & Ebook)

Length (Print & Ebook): Approx 270 pages

Subgenre: MM Romance, Bisexual Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult Romance

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Book synopsis:

Sebastian Stewart was never Mr. Dependable; he was more the good-time guy who only wanted to swim, party, and ink tattoos. Until he cost his team the Olympic gold four years ago. Bas is determined to do right this time around—by his medley relay team and his rookie mentee.

Jacob Burrows is in over his head. The Olympic experience—from the hazing, to the endless practices, to the unrelenting media—makes the shy nineteen-year-old’s head spin. He’s trying to be everything to everyone while trying not to fall for his gorgeous tattooed teammate who just gets him—gets his need to fix things, his dorky pirate quips, and his bisexuality.

When Jacob falters under the stress, threatening his individual races and the medley relay gold, he needs Bas’s help to escape from drowning. Bas, however, fearing a repeat of his mistakes four years ago, pushes Jacob away, sure he’ll only let Jacob down. But the only path to salvaging gold is for Jacob to finally ask for what he needs—the heart of the man he loves—and for Bas to become the dependable one.

“How can you be your best when you’re not sure if your best will measure up? That’s the dilemma facing Bas and Jacob, as they deal with the immense pressure of swimming for Olympic gold while also trying to sort out their tangled hearts.” --Layla Reyne

Teaser Excerpt:

The thunderous crowd noise echoed all the way down the athlete’s tunnel to the locker room, the cement and glass construction of the Madrid Aquatic Center amplifying everything.

The gigantic indoor natatorium had the same bright Mediterranean aesthetic as Olympic Village. While it was technically indoors, the white cement and glass walls, polished sandstone deck, and blue-bottomed pool made it feel like a tropical sandy beach.

During his morning heat yesterday, it had been like the coast in spring and fall, only lightly populated. By the roaring chants tonight, it was Fourth of July out there. Jacob supposed tonight’s race lineup—the semifinals of the two-hundred-meter freestyle and one-hundred-meter backstroke, then the final medal races of the one-hundred-meter breaststroke and four-by-one-hundred free relay—guaranteed every seat in the house would be filled. It had sucked to have a poor showing in front of the lighter crowd yesterday; it’d suck a whole lot worse to bomb in front of the full house tonight, not to mention everyone who’d watch back home in the States.

5 Stars

When I finished Changing Lanes, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this story and I wasn't disappointed, but I will say, although this is a different couple, I wouldn’t skip book one. There is an ongoing storyline, plus, book one was excellent, so you don’t want to miss out on Alex and Dane!

I absolutely loved Jacob. He was so sweet and almost innocent. I liked Bas, but I kinda wanted to strangle him throughout the story. Maybe shake him just a bit? But together they were amazing.

This is a slow-burn, and it takes time for Jacob, well, mostly for Bas to get them where they need to be, not for Jacob’s lack of trying, but once they did get together, they was explosive. The chemistry between them was electric and the sexual tension was palpable and thick enough to cut with a knife.

I loved that Alex and Dane were such a huge part of this story, as well. I enjoyed getting to watch their relationship grow and strengthen throughout the story. I also enjoyed getting to know their teammates, Kevin and Sean a bit better, as well as some of the other swimmers. Swimming is definitely my favorite Summer sport, so I absolutely loved the setting and I hope it won’t be the last we’ve seen of these guys!

The story was well-written and paced well. It drew me in and didn’t let go until the very end. I absolutely love this author's writing style, it’s easy to read and flows well, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next. Very enjoyable and highly recommende

About Layla Reyne:

Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance. When she’s not writing stories to excite her readers, she downloads too many books, watches too much television, and cooks too much food with her scientist husband, much to the delight of their smushed-face, leftover-loving dogs. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.

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Giveaway: win 1 of 3 ecopies of any back catalog ebook by Layla Reyne and a paperback of Relay and Medley (open internationally)
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