Friday, July 7, 2017

Release Day Review: Two-Man Advantage by Leigh Carman #Review #Giveaway

Author: Leigh Carman
Book: Two-Man Advantage
Series: Players of LA #3
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Catt Ford
Publication Date: July 7, 2017
Length: 200 Pages

Reviewed by Erin


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 the violent outbursts of its huge, intimidating enforcer, Viktor Novak. 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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Hockey books are my jam, my absolute favorite, and I'm not even kidding. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to finding a hockey book to read. So needless to say, I was super stoked to read Two Man Advantage by Leigh Carman. I was a tad worried because it's the third book in the series, AND this is a new to me author--two things that always give me pause. I was able to follow along with the characters and story just fine, though so no worries there. However, I would have liked more actual hockey in a book set around a hockey star who needs to repair his image and the man in charge of getting that done. 

Two Man Advantage is about Viktor Novak, a hockey star with an image problem. And it's not a little one that can easily fixed with a visit to a children's hospital to pose for pictures or being seen at a charity event. Viktor is mean and vicious and is extremely unlikable. The fans don't like him, most of his team doesn't either, and the fact that he comes from a family of hockey stars isn't enough to appease the owners and coach of his team, the LA Vikings. Viktor is given an ultimatum, clean up his act or get lost. He's on his very last chance and he knows it. The team has brought in none other than Bowen Miller, fixer extraordinaire to handle the problem. 

To say these two get off on the wrong foot is like saying ice cream isn't delicious. They butt heads immediately and it sure doesn't help that Viktor is wildly attracted to Bo and vice versa. I have to say, I wasn't a huge fan of either of these guys. Viktor is just incredibly brash and rude and Bo is stubborn and provoking. Sure it makes for some relatively hot sex scenes ... but that's about it. There was A LOT of over the top melodrama surrounding Viktor. And lots of rather unnecessary violence as well. Viktor's father was so evil he was a caricature. To be honest, the antagonism between the two men for most of the book, even after they were supposedly madly in love with one another, was pretty off-putting, but that could very well be just my personal preferences. Give this one a chance and see if you feel differently, you just might surprise yourself.


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