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.
I’ve really liked this series as well as both Jacob and Bas when they were introduced in Relay, the first book in Layla Reyne’s Changing Lanes. I fell in love with this author’s writing when I picked up Single Malt, the first book in her Agents Irish and Whiskey series. From that moment on, she landed on my “must read” list and I haven’t been disappointed yet.
Oh Bas and Jacob… they were so perfect together… and such a royal mess apart. *sigh* Sebastian had his reasons for keeping his distance. There was a lot riding on their performance and Bas couldn’t risk screwing up as badly as he did the first times team had made it this far.
Jacob was hard to resist though. He was fun, quirky and even though he was the youngest and least experienced, he quickly proved himself as the “heart” of their team. He was loyal, fun and wasn’t afraid to stand behind his team mates regardless of what they faced. Sebastian didn’t really give himself enough credit and didn’t realize how much he had grown in four years. He also didn’t realize that he wasn’t the same person as he was then – and Jacob wasn’t the same person he walked away from then either.
There was still some left over drama from Relay and I loved how tight this group of men proved themselves to be. There were moments when I wanted to knock some sense into both Bas and Jacob, but they got their act together by the end. 😉
I can’t wait to see what Layla Reyne has in store for readers next 😉