Relay (Changing Lanes 1) by Layla Reyne #Audiobook #Review #LGBTQ #MM

Erryn reviews ‘Relay (Changing Lanes Book 1’ by Layla Reyne.  The book was published March 28, 2018 and is 279 pages.  The audiobook was narrated by Nick J. Russo.  It was released July 21, 2020 and is 7hrs and 13mins.   This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read: I’m always game for something new.

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.

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My Review:

This is my first Layla Reyne book and I have to say I enjoyed it.  Enemies to lovers – when done well – is one of my favorite tropes.  I love watching the evolution of a relationship from adversaries to men who really care about each other.

Alex is the captain of the Men’s Olympic swim team for the United States.  He was voted on by his teammates and he knows the awesome responsibility he holds.  Dane is resentful, to say the least, and when he’s not put on a relay team that anger boils over.  The men fight and someone gets hurt.  That propels the men together even more, leading to more dissention.  But Alex and Dane have a secret – they were roommates and in love when they were sixteen.  But they parted on bad terms and that resentment – at least on Alex’s part – has grown.  Now they are facing the biggest challenge of their lives and they need to work together.

This was a good story with solid characterization and I very much like how it set up the second book in the series.  On the narration side, Nick J. Russo always does a competent job and he did so again with this book.  I’m hoping the next book comes to audio shortly.

My Rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

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Layla Reyne is the author of the Fog City, Agents Irish and Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, and Changing Lanes series. A Carolina Tar Heel who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, Layla enjoys weaving her bi-coastal experiences into her stories, along with adrenaline-fueled suspense and heart pounding romance.

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