Two Man Advantage by VL Locey ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

TwoManAdvantageTitle: Two Man Advantage

Author: VL Locey

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

Cover Artist: Allyse Leodra

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 04/15/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Blurb:

Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.

Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured team captain Daniel Arou. He won’’t take any of Vic’s crap, and he won’t take no for an answer.

But Vic’s troublemaking is pulling his career one way while Dan’s talent is pushing his in the other. However much they scorch the sheets, they might soon be separated by more than Vic’s fear of being hurt.

Reader Advisory: This story has graphic sexual language and scenes—no closed bedroom doors (or other rooms) here!

Inside Scoop: This book contains scorching gay sex and a heaping helping of no-holds-barred snark between hot hockey heroes who don’t pull their punches.

A Romantica® gay erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave

My View:

This blurb for Two-Man Advantage by VL Locey intrigued me. I am on a bit of a hockey book kick recently. While I await the next in one of my favorite series, I am sating my desire with other Hockey books. Some have been hits. Some have been misses. Some are somewhere in between. Two-Man Advantage falls in that in-between range.

First of all, it is difficult to read an entire novella from the first person point of view of someone that angry and that much of an asshole. Secondly, I found his personality so abrasive that in the end I never was able to warm up to him, and I didn’t want Dan anywhere near his ornery ass. I never really felt his change of heart. I could see Dan’s feelings more than Victor’s, and I wasn’t inside Dan’s head… ever.

There were a couple of other points that never really fit into the story for me. One such scene involved a race across the country. The other plot point that never made sense in my head involved the entire premise of Dan falling for Victor. I just never could see it. The raw and carnal fucking? Sure, I could see that. Love? Yeah, never saw that at all.

There are some plot points that I appreciated. I appreciated that, while both parties are working for their HEA, they didn’t both miraculously get everything they wanted. They didn’t make stupid decisions to be together. They are taking the hand they are dealt and working their relationship around that. I also appreciate that while Victor does have to grow some from the beginning of the story to the end, he doesn’t do a sudden 180 and become a nice guy. He is still the same ornery SOB at the end as he was at the beginning, just with a few softened edges… mostly around Dan.

Links

Two Man Advantage on Goodreads
Ellora’s Cave
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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