Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Two-Man Advantage
Author: Leigh Carman
Series: Players of LA #3
Heroes: Viktor Novak/Bowen Miller
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: This was an amazingly sexy book. I loved the dialogue, I loved the love-hate relationship between Viktor and Bo, and I thoroughly enjoyed the rough, off the chain, almost non-con sex between the two. The story line between the out-of-control, larger than life, pissed off at the world professional hockey player and the control freak who was hired to “fix” said hockey player’s image was written in such a way you could almost feel the emotions leaping off the pages. Leigh Carman has a way with characterization and world building that you feel as if you are actually a part of the story.
Viktor Novak is a professional hockey player, one of the best, but his life is out of control. He fights, he gets ejected from games, he spends time in the penalty box at nearly every game, and he terrorizes journalists tasked with interviewing him. In short, his image is toast and the team will pay whatever costs to fix their pain in the ass, but best player. Enter Bowen Miller. Bo is a control freak but a known “fixer”. Mixing Viktor and Bo is like pouring water on an oil fire…the two are near combustible. Viktor is pissed at the world for having no control (his dad is the cause and what a monster that man is) over his life and the NHL forcing him to be controlled by Bo just doesn’t work for him.
Bo could care less how big, strong, or volatile Viktor is. He fears no man and Viktor will do what he says or the team will bench him. Bo is also fighting his own demons with control, which comes to light later in the book. In the meantime, these two must find a way to fix Viktor while being wildly attracted to each other. Their sex is near combative and hard core. The fight for control is just as strong in the bedroom, but the advantage goes to Viktor….who has about 6 inches and 80 pounds on Bo…but it doesn’t stop Bo from trying.
I loved Viktor and Bo and all their little (HUGE) issues, but a small part of me wanted it to be settled just a tad sooner. A big part of me was getting mildly concerned when I was running out of pages and they were still at odds. But, it ends on a great note and the demons haunting both men are finally laid to rest. I loved the family dynamics with Vik’s family and their eventual inclusion of Bo. These two had one of the most explosive beginnings in a romantic relationship but that just made their victory that much sweeter.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*