Hello everyone! Today I am glad to post an exclusive excerpt from Medley by Layla Reyne. Medley is the second book in Changing Lanes Series (my review of Relay can be found here).
Medley will be released tomorrow, 30 of April so check it out!
Don’t forget to go to the end of the post for the link for the giveaway!
With Medley, Layla Reyne combines love, self-discovery, swimming, and the excitement of the Olympics in to one stellar event. I loved Jacob and Bas’s story. –Anna Zabo, author of Syncopation
Medley by Layla Reyne
Series: Changing Lanes #2
Will the race for gold cost them their hearts?
Release Date: April 30 (Print & Ebook)
Length (Print & Ebook): Approx 270 pages
Subgenre: MM Romance, Bisexual Romance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult Romance
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.
“How can you be your best when you’re not sure if your best will measure up? That’s the dilemma facing Bas and Jacob, as they deal with the immense pressure of swimming for Olympic gold while also trying to sort out their tangled hearts.” –Layla Reyne
“Ahoy!” Jacob plopped down on the bleacher row in front of them. “What’s up?”
“Any more rumblings from the greenhorns about us vets?” Bas asked, returning a little sailor speak.
“Matey!” Jacob said, holding out a fist for a bump.
Bumping back, Bas laughed, indulging in Jacob’s big toothy smile, until Captain Alex brought them to task. “English or Spanish, no pirate please.”
Still smiling, Jacob returned to attention, following his captain’s orders. “Mike watches you two”—he gestured at Alex and Bas—“and Kevin and Sean, like a hawk. He swam with Ryan at Florida, so I thought maybe he’d be a problem, but I caught a glimpse of his journal the other night in the lounge, and it’s full of swim notes. He’s not resentful at all, just eager to learn. Looking to you vets for expertise.” Jacob rattled off several more hyperobservant tidbits about their teammates that would have made a shrink, or detective, proud.
“You got all that, just observing?” Alex said, shaking his head. “That CompSci degree you’re getting is wasted. You should have gone into psych.”
“Cousin’s the psych major,” Jacob said with a shrug. “I pick things up.” More than a few things, Bas judged. “Honestly,” Jacob continued, “we’re all too focused on the now and terrified about what to expect next.”
“In Madrid?” Alex said.
Jacob nodded. “We’ve heard the stories. How do we keep our focus with all that craziness going on?”
“You’ve all been to meets before.”
“Yeah, but this is the Olympics.” Jacob made a huge sweeping motion with his arms, almost losing his balance, then laughing at himself with Alex and Bas. After a moment, he added more seriously, “No one wants to let the team down.” The no one was a clear substitution for I, consistent with the concerns he’d expressed to Bas in San Antonio. Those doubts and worries obviously still lingered, because what lay ahead was unknown. But what if it could be known? Or at least simulated? An idea sparked in Bas’s mind that continued to take root as Alex and Jacob chatted.
“We’re just trying to keep our heads down and swim,” Jacob said.
“You’ll let me know if anything changes?”
Jacob stood, saluting. “Aye, aye, Captain.”
About Layla Reyne:
Author Layla Reyne was raised in North Carolina and now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys weaving her bi-coastal 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. Layla is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Kiss of Death and Rainbow Romance Writers chapters. She was a 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist in Romantic Suspense.