Genre: MM Romance, explicit
Title: Two Man Advantage
Author: Samantha Wayland
Release Date: 19 December 2013
Previous Book in Series: Fair Play
Rhian Savage is working his way up the ranks of professional hockey, with the dream of making it to the NHL getting closer every day. He’s doing it alone—no family, no friends—and that’s the way he likes it. Then he arrives in New Brunswick, and meets the Moncton Ice Cats. Suddenly, he’s got friends—and even something that might be an honest-to-god crush.
Garrick LeBlanc is lonely and counting the days until his last season with the Ice Cats is over and he can move to Boston. When his girlfriend suggests he take a lover—as long as that lover is a man and he tells her all about it—Garrick laughs it off. But damned if his friend Rhian doesn’t suddenly take on the starring role in his fantasies. Good thing Rhian is way too young—and straight—for what Garrick has in mind.
Rhian takes a chance when Garrick’s increasingly confusing signals start making sense, and soon discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew. Sex with strangers is simple. Sex with his best friend? Complicated.
What I Liked:
While book one of this series was about Garrick and Savannah, this book focuses on Garrick and Rhian. That being said, the author does a great job of keeping Savannah in the story. Even though she is now in Boston, she still feels very present in the way the characters talk to and about her, which is great, considering that in the next book, The two separate couples are going to merged into one menage.
I continue to love Garrick so much. He is so strong and confident in himself and his sexuality. It’s great to see a bisexual character just own his bisexuality with such comfort and ease. He does have some struggle in this book, though, with his upcoming retirement from hockey and his new position as part-owner of the club. I think that Savannah was right to suggest that he needed to find someone to be with, because he would have worked himself to death otherwise!
Rhian was in book one, but we didn’t really get to know that much about him. Now, we are introduced to his character’s past, and oh my goodness. The poor thing! He is a mess of issues, but Garrick (and eventually Savannah) will take care of him. Garrick is so good at reading what his lovers need, even when they don’t know themselves. His was of grounding Rhian when he was freaking out was perfect. Both sweet and hot at the same time.
What I Didn’t:
I didn’t enjoy the story line about Rhian’s foster brother. It wasn’t super interesting and felt pretty weak. I liked learning about Rhian’s past, but I felt that the brother’s presence in the present felt a little forced and overly-dramatic. I also thinks it’s kind of unrealistic that a kid who had such a tough time in the foster system living in crappy homes would be able to play hockey. Speaking as someone who has just started playing, hockey is really expensive. And in order to get to such a high level, there’s a lot of practice and travel involved. So, it’s a nice though, but I highly doubt that it could actually happen.
Apparently, Garrick and Rhian are best friends, but I didn’t really feel that in the first book or in the beginning of this one. Once the romantic tension started really building, I bought into the relationship, but I didn’t really buy into the “best friends” bit.
This was a good continuation of Fair Play, and I am looking forward to reading the third book, End Game. Though the story line continues, I do feel that the first two books could be read as standalone, if a person is only interested in an MF or MM romance. I really enjoyed getting to know Rhian better and learning his backstory. Garrick was just as great as in the first book, and I liked that Savannah had a noticeable presence, even though she spends the whole book in a different city (and country). While I didn’t feel like the dramatic plot revolving around Rhian quite worked, I did like Garrick’s very realistic struggles with his job situation. The romance is sweet, and the sex scenes are extremely hot. I can’t wait to read the scenes with all three of these characters together!
My Rating: 3/5