Book Spotlight – Relay (Changing Lanes #1) by Layla Reyne

Book Spotlight – Relay (Changing Lanes #1) by Layla Reyne














Captain is not a title Alejandro “Alex” Cantu takes lightly. Elected by his teammates to helm the US Men’s Swim Team, he proudly accepts the role, despite juggling endless training, team administrative work, and helping out on the family farm. And despite his ex-lover, Dane Ellis—swimming’s biggest star—also making the Olympic Team.

Dane has been a pawn in his celebrity parents’ empire from crib to pool, flashing his camera-ready smile on demand and staying deeply in the closet. Only once did he drop the act—the summer he fell in love with Alex. Ten years later, Dane longs to cut his parents’ strings, drop his too-bright smile, and beg Alex for another chance.

Alex, though, isn’t ready to forgive and forget, and Dane is a distraction he doesn’t need on his team, until an injury forces Alex to accept Dane as his medley relay anchor. Working together, their passion reignites. When Dane’s parents threaten reprisal and Alex is accused of doping, the two must risk everything to prove Alex’s innocence, to love one another, and to win back their spots on the team, together.















“Now you want to act like a captain?” Dane’s eyes flashed, anger seeping through the cold shell. “When everyone else is gone?”

“You’re never at meals or meetings.”

Hurt crowded anger in his icy glare. “Because no one wants me there.”

Alex’s chest clenched, like it had in the med facility when he’d wanted to go to Dane and comfort him. Dane was trying to pull off an air of indifference, but between the worry Alex had glimpsed earlier, and the hurt and anger on display now, something more was going on.

“Dane,” he said, taking a step forward.

Dane lifted a hand, and Alex froze. “Say what you have to say, Alejandro.”

“I’ll speak to the team.”

“No, you won’t,” he snapped. “I don’t need you fighting my battles for me.”

Alex stepped closer, meeting him snarl for snarl, hackles rising the rest of the way. “Tomorrow’s Media Day. We have to at least appear to be on the same team.”

“So that’s what this is really about?”

“We’re representing Team USA, together.”

Dane scoffed and turned away again. “You just want to pull the strings too.”

Alex grabbed him by the arm and forced him back around. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

“Don’t worry about me tomorrow. I’ve been dealing with this my entire life.”

“Oh, poor you,” Alex spat and rolled his eyes, hard.

Dane wrenched his arm free and bellowed in his face. “You have no idea!”

“About how good you’ve had it?” Sure, the team and he had been hard on Dane this week, but life was harder on the rest of them. Anger, frustration, jealousy all unleashed, he stalked Dane back toward the stair post, arms flailing as he shouted. “The media wanting to talk to you. Sponsors making sure you get the spotlight. Riding off in Mommy and Daddy’s air-conditioned limo while the rest of us sweat it out.”

Dane grabbed his wrists, holding him back. “I didn’t ask for that.”

Gazes locked, chests heaving, Alex’s voice came out a hoarse whisper. “You still got in that fucking car.”

Both times.

Unsaid but said, thick in the space between them.

Space that grew narrower when Dane’s grip became a caress, his eyes strayed to Alex’s mouth, and his voice cracked on a strangled “Alejandro.”

For an interminable second, Alex considered giving in to the tension—stepping over that thin line from hate to what they used to be, indulging in a kiss he missed more than any since—but then the fear, the absolute certainty, Dane would get back into that car a third time drove him out of his former lover’s grasp.

“No,” Alex said, rocking back on his heels. “You made your choice, and you keep making it.”

“What about tomorrow?” Dane asked. “How are we supposed to act?”

“Keep on pretending. Nothing new for you.”













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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.

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