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Two-Man Advantage (Players of LA #3) by Leigh Carman #BookReview #HockeyRomance

by September 21, 2017

*** This review is SPOILER-FREE! Read on with confidence! ***

Holy. HOTNESS! Victor is a ball of brawny, unruly, violent, pent-up frustration, and his gruff personality on the ice transforms into a raw, caring, unyielding dominant in the bedroom. Bowen, a man who controls every aspect of his own life and those of his clients at work, is the complete mirror of Viktor. And the perfect complement sexually.

But there’s something sad reflected in those wounded blue eyes, and I practically feel his tense, brawny body succumbing in defeat. Something damaged this man and hurt him deeply. I want to take away the hurt, put a smile on his handsome young face.

Bowen doesn’t like to submit. He doesn’t like not being in charge in any capacity. But his body loves it, and even feeds off the humiliation he feels when Viktor physically overpowers him. Especially since Vik requires verbal consent, and Bo gives it willingly.

Nobody blows me off. When I say jump, they ask how high. When I snap my fingers, they come running. When Victor fucking Novak won’t do what I tell him to, it makes me nearly insane with rage. Yet, if I’m honest with myself, the fact that Victor is the only one I can’t intimidate—that he defies me at every possible chance—really turns my crank, and that makes me even angrier.

For Viktor, being one of the top players in the NHL is a cage that he hates as much as he loves the sport he gets paid to play. Dodging a controlling father, suppressing his sexuality, and controlling his impotent rage at his complete lack of personal freedom amps up his dominant instincts with Bowen in bed, and their scenes are scorching hot.

I grimace at the man even though inwardly my body is yearning for his touch. I want him to shove me into the men’s room and tear my slacks down, taking me roughly from behind. Demeaning, demanding, dominating. What the hell is wrong with me?

This story is intense, and it carries some heavy themes: physical and psychological abuse, bullying, repressed sexuality, control. But under all that intensity blooms a loving relationship between two very unlikely partners. An unexpectedly deep and impactful read, Two-Man Advantage is a must read for lovers of gay sports romance with an edge.

Two-Man Advantage is a MUST READ for lovers of kinky, gay sports romance with an edge.

Recommended for readers who enjoy stories about…

  • Star hockey players
  • Characters triumphing over abusive home situations
  • Gay romance
  • Bondage, submission, and light humiliation

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Two-Man Advantage (Players of LA #3) by Leigh Carman #BookReview #HockeyRomanceMy star rating: five-stars
Two-Man Advantage by Leigh Carman
Series: Players of LA #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 7, 2017
Genres: Kinky Romance, BDSM romance, Alpha male sub, Erotic romance, Sports
Pages: 188
Source: Publisher
Add it to your To Read shelf: Goodreads

A Players of LA Novel
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.

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Things I loved...

This book is DIRTY HOT. And psychologically sexy.

Things I didn't...

I got nuthin'. I wanted more of these two! It was just the right length, yet I wasn't ready to say goodbye.

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Writing style & finesse
9.0
Originality
9.2
Authenticity
9.0
World-building
9.0
Character development
9.2
Likeable/relatable characters
9.2
Plot tension
9.3
Flow & pacing
9.2
Heat &/or sexual tension
9.8
Technical style
9.2
Overall enjoyment
9.5
Final Thoughts

Two-Man Advantage is a MUST READ for lovers of kinky, gay sports romance with an edge.

9.2
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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.

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Flow & pacing
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