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Viktor Novak is hostile, combative, angry, and has a bad attitude and image. And now it is reflecting poorly on his team and is putting his career at risk. He knows he has problems. He is full of self loathing and has been conditioned to feel like a failure and loser. He can never please his father, the team management, or himself. He is gay, but deep in the closet. He feels like he has no control over his life and that no one really cares about him or has faith in him. He is not really living his own life or being true to himself. He keeps it all bottled up until he just explodes on or off the ice.
Bo has been solely focused on work, control, and does not allow emotions or ties with people to cloud his judgment. He is gay and out, but does not do relationships. For awhile they both think the other is straight. They have a pretty instant attraction that brings along a lot of confusion, antagonism, and misunderstandings. They push each other's buttons from the beginning. Bo is intimidating, controlling, bossy, and micromanages everything. Viktor does not really want another person telling him what he has to do. They end up in a battle of wills that eventually leads to an explosion of their sexual tension. But Bo is shocked to realize that sex with Viktor is not like anything he has ever experienced before. There is a dance of dominance between these two between professional life and the bedroom. And Viktor's house seems to be the one place Viktor can completely take control of a situation while allowing Bo to free his mind and let someone else make decisions for a change.
They give each other what the other needs. They complement and balance each other in ways they never expected. But it will take some time to come to terms with it all and deal with the fears, anxiety, emotions, and hurt feelings as they push and pull at each other.
Viktor has a lot to really work through. He is so full of self hate since he has been conditioned to believe he is worthless. He hides his sexuality. He reacts strongly and cannot control anything in his life due to swinging emotions. He needs understanding, acceptance, trust, and stabilizing influences. He needs to find hope that his life can change and improve, and have the support to have a chance at getting there. Bo needs to be taken care of as much as he takes care of others. But he can be intimidating and appear cold. And are both stubborn, emotional, and quick tempered while not always effective at communicating. Both of their pasts have shaped who they are, and pushed them in different directions.
The sex scenes fit with this couple and their needs. Sometimes I wanted to see more intimacy, vulnerability, and reciprocity. But I understand why they were written the way they were. But a couple of them were not exactly my thing, but they were raw, heated, and tested each of them.
At first this book was more about fun verbal sparring and sexual tension, but then meandered into more emotional, intense situations, and battles for control. It was told in alternating points of view. There were a few things here and there that I questioned or made me roll my eyes. But I honestly had a hard time putting it down, and I did care about these two and wanted to see them really open up and find a way to make it all work.
I liked Bo's friend and team media consultant, Dom, as he was good for comic relief and honest truths. And Vik's friend, JT was a good anchor for him. Vik's family also was a big part of his issues, but I liked his sister, Nat and brother, Sergey.
This was an antagonistic, intense, M/M hockey romance with strong characters, deep seated issues, and light BDSM components. It does have some humor and banter too. These men challenged each other in various ways and I was engaged in their story. It can be read as a complete stand alone although characters from the other books are mentioned briefly.
Enter Bo, PR guru extraordinaire - the man brought in to clean up his reputation - off the ice and help him improve his anger on the ice. But from moment one there's much more between the two - some unknown connection - a bond that reaches through the tough guy act of Viktor and breaks the bonds of Bo's control.
As these two work together - they get to know one another and see something in the other nobody else has noticed. Pair that with their major attraction and the combustible chemistry and things go from professional to personal rather quickly. But both of these guys have their own struggles to cope with before admitting to what's between them.
Two-Man Advantage was a quick read that kept me rapt, had me loving both characters, and rooting for a HEA for both of them. There was some drama that kept things interesting and added a bit of strain to the blossoming connection between these two guys. From Viktor's alternating moods and Bo's trials at maintaining control of everything - it was fun to see them both knocked sideways by their intense connection.
The book is about Viktor Novak that plays with the Los Angeles Vikings hockey team. He is a bit of a hot head. Who am I kidding he is a downright brute on the ice and he isn’t even an enforcer and Bowen Miller. Viktor’s head office is upset with his actions and they hire Bowen “The Fixer” Miller to help get on the right path. No, that isn’t right either. He is hired to try and fix the anger and that Viktor has.
Bowen is a controlled man. Everything has a way to be done. He is in complete control of his life and work. His work means everything to him. Then we have Viktor that is playing hockey and following in his dad's footsteps. His father is making him live the dream that died for him.
Bowen is asked by his best friend to fix Viktor and make him likable in public. When they meet for the first time the tension is palpable. Both of them have demons, although Viktor’s is a bit more on the dark side. Two Man Advantage has a touch of BDSM. I liked it and it was different for me. Bowen is in control in every aspect of his life and Viktor tosses him a major curveball. Wrong sport I know but still true. Viktor is just trying to get by and is so angry all the time, has so much self-loathing. These men are exactly what each other need. I can’t tell you anything else because it would give it away. You just need to read and judge for yourself. Oh, and the sex between them is hot as all get the hell out. Loved it. The romance between the was fun to read.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author.
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