Exclusive Cover Reveal: Layla Reyne’s MEDLEY

The holidays are over, let us console ourselves with a cover reveal! Today we’re pumped to unveil Layla Reyne‘s Medley, the second in her Changing Lanes sports romance duology — which features Olympic swimming! We love the concept so and can’t wait for Medley, which will be out in April. The first title, Relay, is out next week.  

But before we get to the cover reveal, Layla’s going to share with us her favorite sports romances. This way we’ll have something to read at the gym — resolution style! 

Born and raised in North Carolina, sports were an everyday part of my life. Lacking coordination, I was more of a fan than an athlete, and with so many great teams and clubs nearby, there was never a shortage of sports entertainment. It’s no surprise then that I’ve long been a fan of sports romances too. I couldn’t wait to get my feet wet with my Changing Lanes duology about Olympic swimmers. In writing Relay and Medley, one of the things that was important to me, in addition to the romance, was building a strong team aspect—athletes who support each other under pressure, regardless of their differences. This team—both the swim team, and more particularly, the featured medley relay squad—thrive on diversity. If you’re interested in reading similarly inclusive sports romances, these are just a few of my favorites:

All for the Game Series by Nora Sakavic — At the heart of this imaginative, suspenseful, wild series about a fictional sport called Exy is a dysfunctional team of misfits who go from worst in their league to best. The Foxes are outcasts, drawn from different walks of life, who form a sort of rag-tag found family. While they don’t always get along, they learn how to play together and to rally behind one another, including newcomer Neil. And when it comes to the slow-burn romance between Andrew and Neil, underpinned by the abiding principle of consent at every step, the team is behind them too.

Get it: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | iTunes

Illegal Contact by Santino Hassell — Not only is this forced proximity romance between gruff football player Gavin and his personal assistant Noah swoon-worthy as hell, the team aspect, which I suspect will carry through to Down by Contact, out this January, plays a critical role in keeping Gavin sane during his time off. While trapped in his house, Gavin’s teammates offer revelry and support, and when the walls start to close in, they join together for an on-site football game that is my favorite scene in the entire book.

Get it: Amazon | BN.com | Kobo | iTunes | GooglePlay

Glasgow Lads Series by Avery Cockburn – Set against the backdrop of a volatile Scotland racked by religious, social and political tensions, Avery’s books about queer footballers is a masterfully woven, combining sports, romance and socio-political issues. At the heart of the books is an inclusive LGBTQ team and the friendships and relationships that develop among them and their fans. This series felt very contemporary, and very important, while also being romantic and exciting.

Get it: Amazon 

And now for the cover reveal …

Ready? 

Medley

We love it! If you’d like to start with book one, Relay, you can preorder your copy here, it will be out January 8: BN.com | Kobo | iBooks. And if it’s more cover reveals you desire, we’ve got you covered

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