Captain is not a title Alejandro “Alex” Cantu takes lightly. Elected by his teammates to helm the US Men’s Swim Team, he proudly accepts the role, despite juggling endless training, team administrative work, and helping out on the family farm. And despite his ex-lover, Dane Ellis—swimming’s biggest star—also making the Olympic Team.
Dane has been a pawn in his celebrity parents’ empire from crib to pool, flashing his camera-ready smile on demand and staying deeply in the closet. Only once did he drop the act—the summer he fell in love with Alex. Ten years later, Dane longs to cut his parents’ strings, drop his too-bright smile, and beg Alex for another chance.
Alex, though, isn’t ready to forgive and forget, and Dane is a distraction he doesn’t need on his team, until an injury forces Alex to accept Dane as his medley relay anchor. Working together, their passion reignites. When Dane’s parents threaten reprisal and Alex is accused of doping, the two must risk everything to prove Alex’s innocence, to love one another, and to win back their spots on the team, together.
I love finding new authors. When that author’s grabs you from the very first book, it’s even better. That’s exactly the category that Layla Reyne has fallen into for me. From the very first book (Single Malt) in her Agents Irish and Whiskey series I was hooked and couldn’t wait until the next book was released. The fact that this was her very first book continues to amaze me. Yep, the series was just that good. Now she’s got another series that I can’t wait to continue. 🙂
Relay is one of those books that I was grateful for POVs from both characters. Otherwise, I may not have liked Dane nearly as much as I did. For as together and privileged as he seemed on the outside, he was more than a little broken on the inside. Alex didn’t have that luxury though. All he saw was the man who had hurt him years ago. He had no idea the internal battle that Dane was going through or how much he regretted his past actions. He didn’t have the time or patience to deal with Dane while he was going through personal battles of his own.
There was so much to love about this book. I loved the turning point where Alex saw just enough to make him want to reach out to Dane. I loved the supporting characters, especially Alex’s larger than life family. I loved the connection and attraction between Dane and Alex that became too much for either of them to ignore. I also loved the lengths Dane was willing to go to protect and clear Alex. There were also more than enough characters to loath in Relay and a couple to strongly dislike – if only for a little while.
So yeah, this series is off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what Layla Reyne has in store for the team in Medley, the next book in Changing Lanes.