Friday, July 7, 2017

Two-Man Advantage by Leigh Carman

A hockey star skating on the edge of a catastrophe.

A PR specialist so adept, he’s called “the fixer.”

Working together will be the biggest challenge of both their careers.

The LA Vikings hockey team is fed up with the violent outbursts of its huge right wing, Viktor Novak, who is not an enforcer but persists in acting like one. Hounded by a homophobic and domineering father, Viktor takes out his frustrations by spilling blood—on and off the ice. Now he has one last chance to clean up his image, or his career is over.

That’s where Bowen Miller comes in.

Bo has taken on the hardest cases and succeeded—by micromanaging every aspect of a client’s life—at the expense of his own happiness. But in the stubborn, hot mess that is Viktor, Bo might have met his match—both in and out of the bedroom. One man is out of control, and one controls everything. But when sex and attraction come into play, those roles are open to negotiation.

*The Players of LA Series are standalones, but characters from each book to appear in subsequent novels. It is recommended to read in order to maximize the reading experience.*

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a raw, gritty read. The chemistry between Victor, a self-destructive NHL star, and Bo, the suit sent to sort out his attitude problem, is smokin’ hot, but this story quickly becomes deeper and darker than most sports romances.

I really enjoyed the character development in this book. Initially, Victor comes across as an arrogant goon with an anger management problem. However, as Bo unravels Victor’s life story, he discovers a man who is both a victim and a survivor. Similarly, Bo starts the story as an ambitious suit trying to make a name for himself. Slowly, readers come to understand his vulnerabilities. I couldn’t help but fall hard for both of these men.

There is some disconcerting violence in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the rough, consensual D/s sex, but I struggled with the violence between these two outside of the bedroom. Readers understand why the violence happens, but I felt like it was brushed off and forgiven too quickly. I feel like similar incidents between an m/f couple would be treated much more seriously.

I liked the balance between the darker sides of this book and the hockey excitement. Victor’s life experiences are very difficult but the hockey action stays light. Victor’s car crash interviews add levity and a sense of fun to an otherwise gritty story.

I enjoyed this story even if it wasn’t always a comfortable or easy read. Victor and Bo make a great couple. I liked the happy for now (HFN) ending and the lack of any ‘coming out’ drama.

I don't normally read a lot of hockey books but this one got a hold of my attention with the blurb. I loved Vik and Bo. The chemistry between the two is instant and never wanes. Vik is the bad boy of hockey and Bo is the fixer. The only complaint I have about this book was I didn't really get to know a lot about Bo. We got to see why Vik was the way he was, but I wanted a little more back story to Bo. I loved Vik's sister, she helped us understand Vik. The sex scenes were hot as hell between Bo and Vik and the story was good, I just wanted to more backstory. Fast-paced, steamy hot hockey romance.

This is a really hot, sexy, and totally enjoyable story. I read Ms. Carman's Fair Catch, also a Players in LA series book, in March this year, and really liked it, but I think this is even better! Her writing style works for me, flowing and immersive. Just don't expect to be able to put it down once you start.

Viktor Novak is a fascinating man, with so many facets – and he reveals it all in his eyes, if you look closely. Bowman Miller is looking, and not just because it is his job to rehabilitate Viktor's image, but because he finds the man totally irresistible. The unfolding romance between these two men is absolutely exquisite – it is not conventional and it is not always soft and sweet, but the passion is electric and the friendship is truly valuable. There are some elements of great sadness, but a wonderfully redemptive ending.

I read this straight through, right into the night, because I was absolutely invested in these guys and had to know that they got the happily ever after that they deserved. Ms. Carman did not let me down!

Also Available in the Players of LA Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our Match Point post.

Book 2
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B&N  ~  Google Play  ~  iTunes  ~  Kobo
Dreamspinner Press

For reviews & more info, check out our Fair Catch post.

Leigh Carman was born and raised in New England with all of its fall foliage and winter snow. She escaped to the South, where she currently lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby.

She loves the Red Sox, the Patriots, and anything chocolate (but not white chocolate—everyone knows it’s not real chocolate so it doesn’t count), and has left explicit instructions in her will to have her ashes snuck into Fenway Park and sprinkled all over while her family enjoys beer, hot dogs, and a wicked good time.

Leigh also writes M/F dark romance under the name Heather C. Leigh. She also loves exploring the underbelly of fame and the crushing weight of those under the microscope 24/7.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Two-Man Advantage (Players of LA #3) by Leigh Carman to read and review.

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