Author: Ariel Bishop
Cover Artist: Ariel Bishop
Genre/s: MMM Hockey Romance
Release Date: June 2, 2018
He can’t choose...
Leadership and setting an upstanding example are everything to Wisconsin Wendigos captain David Dickson. On ice, he’s got it all together. Off ice? Not so much. For years he’s been pining for not one, but both of the loyal alternate captains who’ve stood by him through thick and thin.
They’ve always had his back…
Sasha Ivanov and Bo McAllister have always seemed more into each other then into their captain. But when the stress of the season starts affecting David, they’re more than willing to step up and help him deal with it--by whatever means necessary.
He can’t resist...
When Sasha and Bo offer him everything he’s been wanting, David can’t say no, even though he knows it comes with an expiration date. But the more he finds himself fitting into their life, the more he wants what he knows he can’t have.
Can Sasha and Bo find room in their hearts for one more person? Will David let them bring him into their life? Or are these captains doomed to remain just teammates?
Find out in this steamy sports romance novel, featuring a team captain who’s too stubborn for his own good, a defenceman with a heart of gold, and a goalie who never has a problem using his words.
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Halfway through his salmon and broccoli at dinner, Bo drops his fork with a clatter. When Sasha doesn’t look up from his own plate, he follows it up with an ostentatious throat clearing.
“Bone stuck in throat?” Sasha asks, cutting off a piece of his chicken breast.
“No. I just had the best idea.”
That gets him a look, Sasha’s eyes narrowed as he chews and swallows. “Okay,” he finally says, his voice far more resigned than it should be for someone who claims to love Bo.
“Okay, hear me out. David needs somebody, but who has time to f*cking date at this point in the season?”
Sasha shrugs. “Could f*ck teammate. Is what I do.”
“I’m ignoring that, because we both know you love me,” Bo says cheerfully. “Getting back to my point, you know David’s not going to start hitting on some random guy from the team. He takes that captain sh*t seriously. So we’re going to help him out.”
“Like matchmaker?” Sasha asks, his expression, if possible, becoming even more skeptical.
It’s Bo’s turn to shrug. “Maybe. But in the meantime, we’ll be his temporary boyfriends. Have him over for dinner more often, cuddles, that kind of thing. Keep him from getting so lonely and wound so tight.”
Sasha purses his lips, his face scrunching into his adorable thinking expression. “Does temporary boyfriend mean sex?”
“Can you imagine David going for that?” Bo laughs, picking up his fork.
“Yeah,” Sasha says, his voice gone low and rough in a way that makes Bo freeze, a forkful of salmon halfway to his mouth.
He forces his hand to start moving again. “Goddamnit, Sash. No. The last time this happened the food was cold and disgusting after. Finish your dinner before you start talking dirty to me.”
Sasha grins back at him. “I have good imagination.”
“F*ck you, I know. Eat your damn dinner.”
You can pretty much guarantee that if a book is hockey romance, and is M/M or M/M/M, that I’ll be checking it out…so it’s easy to see why Three-Man Advantage fell onto my radar. While this book is the second in the Tripping series, it can absolutely be read on its own without impacting your enjoyment of the story. And if you’re a fan of a lot of hot and steamy scenes in your books, you will definitely be satisfied with what you’ll find in these pages.
Bo is very outgoing, positive and energetic. His brain is always working to figure things out, and that includes how to lessen the stress in David’s life. Sasha and Bo work well together, with Sasha’s more laid-back personality being a good complement to Bo. Sasha agrees that David needs to lighten up and relax, and he’s all for Bo’s idea on how to help that happen. David? Well he’s already attracted to both Bo and Sasha, but always at the forefront of his mind is “what happens when this is over?”, even as he falls further and further down the rabbit hole.
The three of them work very well together, there’s no doubt about not just their physical chemistry but also their emotional as well. The intimate scenes are passionate and sometimes downright dirty, and written well enough to feel like all three are equal.
The story is written in third person, present tense which for me was a bit distracting—I’m much more comfortable reading past tense, and my brain kept wanting to rewrite sentences in my head that way. It’s told from all three men’s points of view which I was very happy about since it gave more depth to the story. But since the story is in third person present tense, that meant that I sometimes confused whose point of view was being told and would have to go back a page or two to double check. This might just be a “me” thing, but is part of the distraction I experienced while reading.
Overall I thought this was somewhere between a 3.5- and 4-star read, primarily due to the third person/present tense thing, but also because until the very end of the story the reality of not just Bo and Sasha being together, but the three of them as well, was not brought up in any kind of public context, even among their teammates. And once it is brought up—in a highly public way at the absolute end of the story—we’re not given any chance to get the reactions of anyone to them being together, so their relationship in this story is very insulated.
If you’re a hockey romance fan, M/M romance fan, or M/M/M fan, especially if you like a lot of hot sex scenes in your books, you’ll want to put this one on your list to read. This book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
About the Author
Ariel Bishop is an American romance and erotica author who feels strongly that all love triangles are best resolved through healthy polyamory. She has been a reader of romantic and erotic fiction for the entirety of her adult life and draws on that experience as well as her own imagination to create original erotic stories. She lives in the Ozarks with her partners and their children, plus two bunnies that rejoice in the names Reginald von Pancakes and Snickers.
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