Today's teaser comes from Rental (Rebels 6)
Coming March 2023 – https://rjscott.co.uk/read-rental
I caught one or two posters being waved with my name, but they were dwarfed by the amount of Austin Rowe signs, the poor kid had a shit ton of fans, and he spent a few moments tossing pucks to a few of them. I skated to a halt next to him and tapped my stick on his calf.
“It’s kind of intense?” I’d seen this kind of thing before with the bright stars of the NHL, the pressure to act in a certain way because of the focus that was on a man as young as Austin. He was due to come off his rookie contract at the end of this season, and pundits were already throwing around figures of six or seven million a year to keep him. He was the Rebels’ shiny future, and so damn nice with it that he’d be the perfect ambassador for the sport. There must be something in the Rowe genes.
“I love the fans,” Austin said, and waved at a couple more as we skated together for a moment.
The zebras were out in force—the refs who would be watching us play and making us pay—and I skated close enough to check them out, near enough that they would see me, and know I was playing. It was a thing I did—smiling at them, acknowledging them, getting on their good sides.
But then …
The bottom fell out of my world.
A steamy romance between a player and a referee breaks all the rules but will it destroy their careers?
Five different cities in eight years — Logan’s never had the chance to settle in one place. He’s the guy who fills in gaps on teams as a temporary fix and is traded at year’s end because no one wants to keep a thirty-year-old rental after he’s outlived his usefulness. When he’s called up to the Rebels, he knows it’s his last run in the NHL. Now, he must decide if it’s worth carrying on with the weight of his secrets around his neck for one more year. He’s never had a love that mattered, his career is nearly done, his ex-wife is remarrying, his sex life is drier than a desert, and abruptly, Logan’s had enough. He craves one night to ease the frustration, and hooks up with someone tall, dark, and dangerous in the bathroom of a club. The sex is off the charts, but it’s one and done, until Logan realizes exactly who he slept with and understands how dangerous it is to play games with secrets.
Being a referee is in Webber’s blood, and it’s a job he loves. Sure, sometimes he’s called dirty names—by fans, coaches, and players—or must insert himself between two massive men trying to pummel each other. Some nights, he’s knocked on his ass. Other times, he might take a puck to a tender spot. But despite all the hazards and name calling, there is no place he wants to be than on the ice. If only his love life was as settled. It’s hard to find someone willing to put up with his travel schedule, and even if he found Mr. Right, how would he juggle a romance when he’s never home? A chance hookup while officiating a game in Boston should be a simple matter of scratching that itch, but he couldn’t be more wrong. Unfortunately, that one-night stand—while memorable—turns his sedate life upside down in ways he could’ve never foreseen. When the penalty for love is losing everything he’s worked hard for, is it a price he’s willing to pay?More info →