Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Release-Review: TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE by Toni Aleo


Two-Man Advantage by Toni Aleo is NOW AVAILABLE!

"Sexy. Emotional. Funny. Aleo's first MM is a spectacular debut into a new genre for her." -NYT Bestselling Author, Melissa Collins


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Wells Lemiere knew the moment he saw Matty Haverbrooke, he had to have him. Matty was quiet, he was talented, he was beautiful, and Wells couldn’t stay away.

As the youngest and most talented son of the NHL Commissioner, Matty had found the burden of family expectations almost too heavy to carry on even his broad shoulders. He had no intention of getting involved in a relationship with Wells. But the heart he’d given up for dead had other ideas.

Their affair was intense and overwhelming, but when Matty couldn’t bring himself to come out and admit he wanted a public future with the man he loved, Wells had no choice but to honor his vow to live openly…and leave Matty behind.

But then he learns Wells is marrying another, and Matty knows he can't let that happen. Can he throw down his gloves and embrace his future with both hands? Or will he pull the door to his closet shut once more?

Carra's Review

This is the second story I’ve read by this author, the first being a shorter work from an anthology.  With this being her first foray into M/M, my curiosity was piqued to see how it would turn out.  While there are some areas of the story that felt a bit rough to me, overall I think the author did a good job in doing justice to Wells and Matty’s tale…even if half the time I wanted to smack some sense into Matty.

You know, if I was Wells I’d be just as frustrated and disappointed in Matty as well.  It’s a common thing I see in M/M books where there’s an age gap that the older man, while understanding the reasons why the younger one doesn’t want to come out, doesn’t want to hide a relationship since it’s quite often a been there, done that thing for them.  So I really do understand Wells’ point of view in moving on from Matty, and when they come together again his reluctance to believe things will be different.

From the blurb, I thought the story would have focused more on Wells and Matty’s relationship development the first time around, their split, and then how they came back together.  In actuality, the first part of their relationship doesn’t get much page time, and the story really focuses on what happens the second time around and how Matty deals with coming out to his family and then everyone else.  For me personally, I really would have preferred to see more emphasis on Wells and Matty’s relationship…but that’s just my personal preference.

There’s plenty of drama and angst to be found, primarily thanks to Matty’s family.  Speaking of his family, I adored his mother :-)  There’s also a solid cast of secondary characters, with Wells’ family and friends being an amazing support for them both.  As for the chemistry between Wells and Matty?  You’ll find it’s pretty high up on the heat scale!

I think fans of Toni Aleo will enjoy her first venture into the M/M arena, as will most M/M romance fans.  The hockey aspect doesn’t play a huge role in the story in terms of Wells and Matty’s relationship—it comes into play more concerning Matty’s father.  For me, overall this was a 3.5 star read; I’m interested to see if the author continues with more M/M stories, and I’ll be glad to check them out if she does.  This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.

I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.

I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.

… and did I mention I love hockey?

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