‘Cracks in the Ice’ by Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood #LGBT #Spotlight #Interview #RaffelcopterGiveaway #ContemporaryRomance #Sports #Hockey

Rainbow Gold Reviews is happy to feature ‘Cracks in the Ice’ by Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood as this week’s spotlight. Congratulations Ryan and Josh on your latest release!

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by Ryan Taylor & Joshua Harwood

Release Date: September 14, 2022

Cover Design: Cate Ashwood Designs

Genre: M/M Sports Romance
Trope: Age-gap, opposites attract, instant connection, second chance at love, first time, hurt/comfort


How can they trust love not to hurt them again?


I’ll never fall in love again.

I had my chance, and I was the happiest man you can imagine. One day, it all came to an end. The only thing left was playing hockey, but it wasn’t enough, and I became my own worst enemy.

When my old school offered me a lifeline, I took it. As a coach, I could at least be miserable in a different place.

But when I arrived, there he was—bright and warm, like sunshine. I’d lived in the dark for so long my soul was frozen, but he thawed me out. I started feeling things again, wanting things. For the first time since the dark times began, I wondered if there was a chance. I’d never thought about being with another man, but so what? Could I be lucky enough to find love twice?


I was done. No. More. Men.

I’d always made the worst possible dating choices, and one guy after another took advantage of me. Invariably, I thought I was falling in love. Once I told them, they’d show their true colors and run.

Worn out and unable to stand another heartbreak, I swore off love. I almost had my master’s degree, and playing the piano was a much safer route to happiness.

No sooner had I made up my mind than there he was—hot as a forest fire, yet very sad. When I found out why, I understood. Someday, he’d love again, but there was no reason I shouldn’t be a friend.

Then he kissed me, and everything turned on a dime. I needed to protect myself from getting pulled in again, but the harder I tried, the more I believed in him. Was I making another horrible mistake? Would this time be different, or was I setting myself up for the biggest letdown of all?

Cracks in the Ice is a gay sports romance featuring hurt/comfort, sensitive men, unexpected connections, first times, an age gap, faculty/student romance, explosive chemistry, hard-earned happiness, and a very satisfying HEA.

Content warnings for partner deaths, traumatic accidents, and alcohol abuse. While these issues happened in the past, they may still be difficult for some.

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  1. Benny Caldwell has been a side character in three of the five Bethesda Barracudas Hockey books. At what point did you realize he had a story in him?


Ryan:  Benny had a story from the time he appeared in Fire in the Ice, going to the penalty box for cross-checking an opposing player. Later in the book, he tries to set Tyler Jensen up with his (Benny’s) brother-in-law, and we see him as a stubborn but good-natured guy who cares about his teammates.

Josh:   Benny didn’t know Tyler was having a secret relationship with Kevin Moore.

Ryan:  If he had, he’d probably have been encouraging them to go public, reassuring them that nobody on the team would care.

Josh:   By the time Ice Angels rolled around, we put Benny on our list for a potential main character. We knew we’d have to come up with something special because Benny was married to a woman, but since when has a romance writer let something like that stand in their way?

Ryan:  We didn’t want to treat his marriage lightly or with disrespect. When we started the new series, Mohegan U Hockey, we knew it was Benny’s turn. He got his own story.

Josh:   I think we treated his former marriage and wife with a great deal of respect. She’s already dead at the beginning of Cracks in the Ice, and she was a huge part of making Benny the man he is. Although she was gone, she played a pivotal role in his developing relationship with Cole. She was a hero.

Ryan:  Hence Benny’s story. We hope you’ll agree it’s a great one.



  1. Was Cole Dawson’s character inspired by anyone?


Josh:   Cole has some traits belonging to two of our friends. One of them has a long history of relationships gone bad, and he gave us some interesting perspectives on shaping Cole’s character.

Ryan:  I also have to say, with Josh’s permission, that there’s some of his personality in Cole.

Josh:   Just as there’s some of Ryan in Benny.

Ryan:  It’s impossible to write character-driven stories like ours and not channel a little of yourself into some characters.

Josh:   The trick is not to model a character after any one person. A character written like that doesn’t ring true. If you’re smart, you listen to the guy as you write and let him go his own way. We tried hard to do that with Cole and Benny.



  1. Mohegan University—real or made up for the series?


Ryan: Obviously, there is no Mohegan University. A friend who knew we were trying to come up with a fictional college name suggested Mohegan. We liked the sound of it, so it stuck.

Josh:   The Mohegan we write about is a composite of three real universities plus a lot of imagination. We need some reality to give Mohegan a believable identity, but Mohegan is its own completely imaginary place.

Ryan:  There’s no real university like Mohegan anywhere near Buffalo, New York, and the town of Winscombe doesn’t exist.



  1. Speaking of Winscombe, how did it come about?

Josh:   We wanted Mohegan to be in a college town, not a big city. There are major universities in charming little towns that would hardly exist if the school wasn’t there.

Ryan:  We also wanted a change. Since our other books have been set in larger cities, we wanted to write about a town we could mold to our stories instead of the other way around.



  1. Without giving too much away, is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming books in this new series?

Ryan:  There will still be hockey and hockey players, but this series is going a different way from the previous one.

Josh:   For one thing, the stories will involve college hockey, whereas the previous series was about professional players and teams.

Ryan:  The stories are fundamentally different. Bethesda Barracudas Hockey focused on pro hockey players coming out and how everyone dealt with it. As we write this, there is still no out-and-proud active player in the NHL, so those were timely stories.

Josh:   Mohegan U Hockey will focus more on other kinds of problems. Coming out will always be part of the queer way of life, but we want to write about overcoming past hurts and shadows.

Ryan:  Safe to say, there’ll be more angst.                                           

Josh:   And a lot of happiness to follow it!


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About the Authors

Ryan Taylor and Joshua Harwood met in law school and were married in 2017. Currently, they split their time between Washington, DC and a home in the country, where they live with their family and a big, cuddly German shepherd. Ryan and Josh love to travel, and hockey is practically a religion in their house. Ryan also enjoys swimming and photography. Formerly a professional musician, Josh likes to putter in the garden whenever he can. They began writing to celebrate the romance they were so lucky to find with each other, which developed into a passion for telling stories about other gay men finding their own “happily ever afters.”

Connect with Ryan & Joshua

Website: https://www.ryanandjoshth.com/

Facebook Author Page: https://bit.ly/3vSo7Xe

Facebook Reader Group: https://bit.ly/3dkRpr5

Ryan’s Goodreads Author Page: https://bit.ly/3bGFAuV

Joshua’s Goodreads Author Page: https://bit.ly/3BQtHNH

Twitter: https://bit.ly/3dd55nT

Instagram: https://bit.ly/3AaHZHA

Tiktok: https://bit.ly/3zK1TYz

Ryan’s Author Page: https://amzn.to/3BTIoiL

Joshua’s Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/3p4XBWM

Ryan’s Bookbub Page: https://bit.ly/3bIPVGE

Joshua’s Bookbub Page: https://bit.ly/3dl2f03

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