RELAY is Book 1 of the Changing Lanes sports romance series featuring Olympic swimmers. It is an enemies-to-lovers, second chance romance between Alex, the team captain, and his closeted ex, Dane, swimming’s biggest star. Read on to learn more about RELAY, Changing Lanes, and Layla Reyne!
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I felt such sadness at the beginning of this book because of a love that suffered due to fear and having to hide; away from family and friends and the world at large. To see something as pure as this, spoiled and taken away really did break my heart.
Alex Cantu cares for everybody. He cares for his family, he cares for the team he’s captain of but leaves little time for himself, what with the gruelling training schedule of the US mens swim team, his job at USOC and then his family farm where he needs to help out. Not to mention that his Mum is having treatment for cancer and he needs to stay close for her and the rest of the family. Dane Ellis, golden boy of swimming, seems like he has it all; affluent parents, sponsorships galore, a poster boy for the sport, but that’s all a front and a lie. What started as a beautiful and innocent love many years ago at training camp, which turned sour when Dane has to turn his back on Alex and follow his parents’ edict of fame, money and sponsorship are really the only thing that matters. Now, Alex and Dane are both chosen for the Olympic team, and this is where the real heartache kicks in.
I really felt for both these men, Alex; such a beautiful and caring soul , having the weight of the world on his shoulders and Dane, having to put on a front and hide his sexuality, just playing a part and a pawn in the game for his greedy and selfish parents, stuck in the web of their control. How can they overcome this?
After a stolen night together, could there be a chance for them? Sadly, this night is the catalyst for more heartache which blows them apart in the worst way imaginable. But truths are told and souls are bared and good friends step in and they begin the fight of their lives and all this happening right before the Olympic Games – not much pressure then?
I really enjoyed this story, it tells of a love that had to be fought for, and that you can’t do everything alone. You have to depend on other people and sometimes just trust that everything will work out okay. I loved the camaraderie and the love and help they got from their friends and teammates, namely Bas and Jacob (I fell alot in love with the pup here, no lie, and I can’t wait to hear his story!).
I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you read this book, a heartbreaking and ultimately beautiful tale and a cracking start to the Changing Lanes series.
Review Copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMG Reads.
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About Changing Lanes
A chance at gold or a chance at love? Members of the US Men’s Swim Team fight for both in this sports romance duology following two couples on one medley relay team as they train and compete in the world’s biggest sporting event: the Olympics. To reach the top of the podium, they’ll need to depend on one another and be willing to change lanes—in their lives and hearts, and in the biggest race of their athletic careers.
About Layla Reyne
2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bicoastal 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.
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