Relay by Layla Reyne
Series: Changing Lanes, Book 1
Published by: Riptide Publishing on January 8, 2018
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Dane Ellis is a swimming star, just longing to break through the water and find what he’s looking for in life. But that’s challenging when he lives in the shadow of his father, a famous conservative televangelist, and a mother who is all about appearances. And that’s why there’s a part of him that he’s kept secret–and is glad he’s managed to do so. Until Dane makes the Olympic team alongside Alex Cantu, who is much more than a rival. For one brief moment, Alex was the object of Dane’s affection, and Alex, well, he thought they might be able to have something lasting. But appearances are important in the Ellis household, and there are some lanes Dane just won’t cross. When the two are back in the same space together, with Alex as captain and needing to keep the team–and Dane–in line, will the forces of attraction prove too much? And to what lengths will Dane, Alex, and Dane’s parents go to hold onto the world that each is trying to preserve?
Life is not easy. Even for those who have it all. And while it is easy for us to look on and judge, it may well be the case that we can never truly put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. This is a lesson for both Dane and Alex throughout this book, as they both learn more about themselves and about each other. While we ultimately cannot change parts of who we are, listening to the right voices–within and without–can be more challenging than I think we often give ourselves and others enough credit for. A thought-provoking and at times inspiring read.[Disclaimer: This review is based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.]