Desert Dreams by RJ Scott and V.L. Locey

Desert Dreams isn't a romance in the traditional sense... it's the continuation of Ryker and Jacob's story which was the basis of Owatonna book 1, aptly titled Ryker.  With the characters playing strong roles throughout the series and crossing over heavily with the Harrisburg Railers, you probably won't consider this a standalone story if you're looking for a romance... 

Here's the blurb:

When danger stalks their new home, it’s only their strength as a couple that keeps them safe.

Ryker misses Jacob every day he’s away. At the start of a new Raptors season with everything to play for, Jacob, the desert ranch, and their small menagerie of animals have become an oasis of peace in a turbulent world. He’s never ridden a horse, he’s never considered how much this place would mean to him, but suddenly he’s forming a connection with a mare called Tops and loving every moment of this new life. Balancing hockey with his love for Jacob, he feels that nothing can ever go wrong.

With his life finally on track, Jacob is pouring all of himself into the dream he shares with Ryker. Putting the final touches on Mountain Vista Ranch, a halfway home for troubled LGBTQ youth and their families, fills his heart with pride. When their first clients arrive, he finds himself drawn to the small family and their plight. Little does he or Ryker know that the darkness the newcomers have fled from is following them.

Heather's Review:

As an established couple, Ryker and Jacob are facing new issues and stresses as Ryker faces hockey uncertainty and Jacob builds their dream facility at Mountain Vista Ranch, this short story offers a sweet and heartwarming look at how their relationship has matured and also peeks into the lives of their first clients, the stresses of the project and bringing Ryker's NHL team together for Halloween that won't soon be forgotten.

If you just want to read a feel good short with two sweet guys doing an amazing thing to help LGBTQ families and youth, you will find Desert Dreams a sweet read.  If you've been following RJ Scott and VL Locey's multiple hockey series, this will be a treat without you having to do any tricks!  I do think you'll get more from this story if you start at the beginning, but the hockey world they've created is hugely amazing and awesome in its size and breadth...