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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.

©2018 Layla Reyne (P)2020 Layla Reyne

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  • Samantha Cato
  • 01-12-2020

Excellent

Loved this one from Leyla Rayne! The plot was interesting and slightly angsty which I love. I thought it was well written and Nick Russo did a bang up job narrating!

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  • Love222
  • 30-11-2020

Loved it all

I really enjoyed reading this series and the audio made me love it even more. With this one Russo did a great job bringing this story to life. I love how it focused on the MCs but we still got that family feeling from the previous book. Overall a fairly quick and highly enjoyable listen.

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  • Belle9995
  • 30-11-2020

Jacob and Bas are back!

This book is Bas and Jacob’s story ....but I want more. I enjoyed their story and happy ending. Nick J. russo’s narration in combination with Reyne’s words are an enjoyable match. Highly recommend!

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  • Magnus
  • 29-11-2020

Golden

Layla Reyne should get a golden medal for the series, loved the books. Bas and Jacob were interesting and engaging characters to meet. Nick J Russo did a fantastic job with the narration as always.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 28-11-2020

Great listen.

I really like this entertaining read. This is the conclusion of this two part series that follows Bas and Jacob. I really like listening to their story. Nick J Russo does another amazing job with this narration. He brings so much life to this one and I love listening to it.

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 27-11-2020

And the finish line has my heart


It’s rare to read a book with awimmers as MCs and I’m loving this! It’s difficult to write sports novel right and good but Layla Reyne did everything right by this book.

Bas and Jacob are doing their best to win the gold medal for their team, their country and themselves. But winning an Olympic medal is never easy and Bas is already suffering from the trauma of losing his dreams four years ago. Will they win their medal and their love?

Bas is a senior member while Jacob is the youngest in the team. It was interesting to see their interactions with each other and how they have to struggle their way to achieving glory. I like Bas, he’s an interesting character. Their journey to the path of glory and love definitely isn’t smooth but I feel like it was worth fighting for. NJR did a fine job narrating the story too. I really enjoyed this one.

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  • MLKito
  • 22-11-2020

Conclusion of a two part story... still want more



I loved Jacob even though the incessant “pup” calling was a bit excessive for me. Poor Nick Russo having to say it a million times must have said it in his sleep after narrating this book! It made me ugh a bit.
But if you can get past that, the story was excellent.

Learning both Bas and Jacob’s back stories was great. The push and pull of their story was angst gold.

All the storylines get wrapped up and I’m sad to see these characters go. I’d love a check in sometime to see how their post Olympic lives are treating them all.
Nick did a great job with this narration. He captures Bas how I imagined him. Jacob was spot on too. Highly recommend.

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  • casrock
  • 20-11-2020

Swimmingly good sports romance with heart

Provided ARC by GRR for an honest review.

This book started off kinda slow, but it makes sense as one MC was 19 and the other was still recovering from a bad breakup and the fallout from his father leaving his mother. Bas, an Olympic swimmer thinks he can never be in a full time relationship with anything other than swimming. He believes he will always leave his partner behind. In reality he is afraid of his partner leaving him behind. Jacob is a 19 year old trying to find his way in his first Olympics. His mentor, and love interest lies with Bas, but Jacob does not want to ask for too much. So, he tries to settle and ends up hurt. Then finally Bas realizes with the help of Alex what his fears really are and goes to get Jacob back. So, they get their HFN, that appears to be the HEA that they both have been waiting for. Narrated by Nick Russo who did an amazing job.

This is a book about finding yourself and overcoming your fears. It is full of angst, family, friends and a lot of loving parents and parental figures and has some steamy scenes to top it off.

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  • A.K.
  • 20-11-2020

Didn't connect with Bass

Loved the narration, of course. Nick J. Russo always does a fantastic narration with perfect voices.

I really loved Jacob. He was young, but mature, having had to grow up too fast and take on the responsibility of caring for his father. In the end, I wanted more for him. Bass just didn't seem reliable and proved it over and over and over again. There was nothing in the story that led me to believe he deserved all of the chances he was given.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 30-11-2020

Very enjoyable!

Medley is book 2 in the Changing Lanes duet and you really need to read/listen to them in order or you'll be very confused. I read Relay, book 1, a long time ago, but unfortunately, RL got in the way of me reading Medley, until now.

I really liked Jacob, he was young and a bit naive, but very mature for his age, always putting everyone first. I liked Bas, but I wanted to slap him silly more than a few times. I don't particularly care about characters who think they know better. Plus the whole thing with his ex was a bit underwhelming. I was nearly at the point of giving up on Bas when he finally got his head out of his shapely behind and did right for Jacob. Good thing too, because they were amazing together.

I really liked that we got to catch up with Alex and Dane and see how the Olympics went. The competitions were everything I'd hope they would be, fast-paced and filled with emotion.

Nick J. Russo did a fantastic job, as always. All the characters had different and easily recognizable voices and he brought a lot of emotion into his performance.

While I think book 1 is still my favorite, the second half of Medley was everything. I just loved seeing how things worked out for the guys. Definitely recommendable!

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  • ButtonsMom2003
  • 28-11-2020

A great sequel to Relay.

Medley is the sequel to Relay and it might be OK as a standalone, but I think you'd enjoy it more if you read Relay first. I loved Relay when I listened to it back in August and I really enjoyed Medley.

Nick J. Russo did a great job with his performance of Medley, nothing unusual about that. 😊 The various voices he uses makes it easy to distinguish the different characters.

Medley didn't seem to grab me emotionally as much as Relay did but I still thought it was a great story. Seb wasn't too nice to Jacob at times but he eventually got his head pointing the right direction (I cleaned this up-lol). Jacob is such a sweet character. He worries so much about his father, a veteran with PTSD.

It took some time and a bit of drama for these two to find their HEA but when they finally did it was worth the wait.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me by Gay Romance Reviews but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.

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  • AL
  • 24-11-2020

So good and thrilling!

Story: Two competitive swimmers and a romance blooming during the Olympics is a sure stage for a roller coaster of emotions. Add in some brilliant secondary characters into the mix and the plot thickens. There is no way to tear yourself away from this one!
The plot ties in perfectly into the characteristics of the MCs and their emotions are on such vivid and genuine display here! Great writing and an amazing story!

Narration: I loved the performance and voices differentiation. Clear and easy narration with just the right feels!

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  • zoe pappa
  • 16-11-2020

Brilliant!!!

I loved the first book and was really really anticipating this one! Not only I was curious about the team's performance at the Olympics but I was so excited to read Jacob's story. I loved him in the first book. I was not disappointed, the book was everything I hoped for and I enjoyed every minute. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing it to life! I highly recommend it. It's a great slow burn friends to lovers sports romance. It put a smile on my face

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 30-11-2020

Great story w/awesome narration

This story picks up right where Relay left off, only focusing on Bas and Jacob. That said, we do get to more of Alex and Dane’s storyline. There were some loose ends that needed finalizing, and karma to be had. It was satisfying. //

Bas continues to take Jacob, the ‘Pup’, under his wings. It’s apparent (to everyone, it seems) that there’s more between them than just teammates. The UST is strong between these two, and so is the amount of care they feel. Jacob feels he’s too awkward, and Bas feels like he’s not good enough. Ugh! I wanna shake these beautiful boys and make them see the truth! The push and pull— the ‘I want to, but I shouldn’t’—plays out through the entire book. Don’t worry, though, as it’s not really a slow burn...or is it? (Wink, wink) //

I loved the pace of the book, and the interactions between teammates. Layla Reyna is very good about setting the scene in her stories. I appreciate it, a lot. It felt like I was actually there, in the story, and not just reading it. It was very well written, and I loved the characters. //

Nick J. Russo’s voice is as comforting as it is entertaining. It’s like coming home. He narrates a lot of my favorite books, so it’s hard not to automatically love a book he narrates. He’s very talented, and has a great range of voices for the characters he breathes life into. This was definitely another one of his books I’d happily listen to a thousand times. The story being enjoyable is an added bonus!

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 30-11-2020

Awesome

The really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was such an entertaining story.
I can’t wait to listen to more audiobooks from Layla.

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  • April Reads & Listens
  • 29-11-2020

Worth the wait!

This listen is worth the wait. I read this book way back and was thinking it’d be great on audio & I wasn’t wrong.

Medley is the sequel to Relay. Relay was so good too, there we met Seb and Jacob. They were great characters in that book and now we get to know them deeper in Medley.

Hot, sexy, driven Olympians. Seb and Jacob are great for each other, but it took time to get there because both are getting in their own way. The swimming event parts are always a thrill reading, but it’s more when listening.

Nick Russo brought this book to life and did a spectacular job!

** thank you to GRR for the opportunity to listen and review unbiasedly. hopefully this attempt of reviewing goes through**

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 29-11-2020

Olympic Glory and a love story

Sebastian is a senior member of the USA men’s Olympic swimming team. He was there four years ago when the medley relay team earned a silver medal. Respectable to just about everyone except he and his teammates. He blames himself for the ‘loss’ and has sworn he’ll do everything to make sure this time they get the gold. He takes Jacob under his wings, planning simply to shepherd the young man through to victory.

Jacob is under a lot of stress. He’s the youngest member of the team, and desperately wants to prove he won’t buckle under the pressure. But he has personal issues including his father’s health to fill his mind. He’s known as the quirky one on the team with his pirate quips. He’s also unabashedly bisexual – something that has been more of a burden than a blessing. There is a lot of stigma around people who are bisexual and this was portrayed with honesty and deftness.

Bas is also a tattoo artist when he’s not in the pool, and he inks Jacob – a welcome to the team. For Jacob, this act of intimacy solidifies his romantic feelings for Bas. Bas reciprocates the sexual attraction, but he’s been burned before and isn’t willing to risk the gold on another love affair that might go bad. But a night of sex before they head to Spain for the Olympics? Yeah, it’ll get it out of their systems, right? Life is rarely that simple, and the two men discover they have real feelings for each other. But Bas pushes Jacob away. Then Bas’ past comes barrelling into his life and Jacob faces a crisis of his own. The question is whether they can get their stuff together to win the gold or will things fall apart yet again?

I enjoy watching the Olympics and have perceived the pressure on the athletes, but the media spotlight is intense and carrying the expectations of a nation is tiring. I held out hope for the team, to be sure. Alex and Dane, the couple from the last book, have come out as a couple and although that pulls some of the spotlight, Jacob and Bas are still caught up in the mayhem of the games.

This duology was enjoyable, and I’m so glad the two books came out on audio with Nick J. Russo narrating them. Nick is an enjoyable and dependable narrator who always delivers a solid performance. Great books.

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  • Samantha T
  • 17-11-2020

Great sequel

I read this book last year and I loved it! It was really great going back to this story in audio. Nick Russo does a wonderful job with the characters. I was so invested in the story that I listened to it every chance I got. It's a lovely followup to Relay, also narrated by Nick Russo. This series will be a relisten for me because I liked them so much. I mean who doesn't like Olympic swimmers? 😉

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