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Two Man Advantage

(Point Shot #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  385 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey. Before long his aggressive attitude gets him shipped off to play in the minor leagues.

Furious, he takes to the ice with equal amounts of skill and scathing sarcasm, which doesn’t win him any friends—except for good-natured alternate captain Daniel Arou. He won’t
ebook, 76 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Ellora`s Cave
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Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-hockey
Oh, no, no, no! I really enjoyed this book and was even considering giving it 5 stars if the HEA was fun, but the book ended before many of the problems/issues in the story were resolved! We didn't get a HEA, rather a HFN. Hate that!

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Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sorry, this serial did not work for me. Vic wasn't redeemable in my opinion and I DNF the second installment. Bisexual Vic cheated on his gay boyfriend Dan with a puck bunny who got pregnant. But Vic didn't consider it cheating because it was a woman, not a man. Since he didn't tell Dan, Vic believed that he didn't actually lie. He didn't tell Dan because it was a woman and, in his mind, too insignificant. The fact that Vic had unprotected sex outside a committed relationship was glossed over. V ...more
Kaje Harper
I was caught by surprise with how much I enjoyed this novella - this is the first of 3 that make up a novel arc, but if you're okay with tentative HFN, then this one has a solid enough end to read as a stand-alone. (The second doesn't - read one or all 3; I highly recommend all 3)

The blurb says "Victor Kalinski, all-star forward for the Boston Barracudas, is one of the biggest jerks in professional hockey." and that is totally true. Vic's uncensored mouth comes out with all kinds of crap, not j
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars-

I'm glad I read some reviews before picking this up. I was able to brace myself for the utter and complete ASSHOLE that is Vic Kalinski. I 've had my fair share of book assholes but holy shit, he made the top 5 I think. He managed to be offensive to multiple groups of people simultaneously with all the shit he sprouted.

So...what does it say about me that I actually liked this? Hmm....Not sure. I loved Dan and the whole story had so much heart. I like that Locey's characters are so s
4.5 stars from me. The only things I didn't like about this story were the length and the price....very expensive [from a UK perspective for a novella] 🙁.

Victor Kalinski is a complete prat... full of himself, snarky to boot and just cannot/will not keep his utterly toxic mouth shut, but when he's sent down from the NHL for fighting and other misdemeanours, he more than meets his match in Cayuga Cougars alternate captain Daniel Arou. There were snorts a plenty in this one, you just had to laugh a
Vic is a professional hockey player that is a sarcastic asshole with absolutely NO filter. If he thinks it, he will say it, using it as a blunt weapon over anyone head - player, coach, or reporter. When he starts an altercation in the locker room, management hits their limits, and he is sent back down to the minor leagues. He is expecting this time to be a "slap on the wrist" period of a week or so.

While there, Vic meets Dan, who is the alternate captain. Dan is an upbeat and positive guy, and
Apr 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-them
This was going to be a 4 star read until I got to the very unsatisfying ending, a HFN with loose ends. This is going to need a sequel.
Annie ~ Queer Books Unbound
Reviewed for From Top to Bottom Reviews.
*an ARC of this was provided by the author in return of an honest review

You know that when sometimes you read a book that has been out for ages and you ask yourself why the hell you waited so long to read it? Of course that means the reverse is possible too, but I’ve never had it happen until now. Two Man Advantage is the first book I was looking forward to reading for ages I now I wish I had never read. To say this book was disappointing is too mild a wor
Apr 19, 2016 rated it did not like it
Without even getting into the romance, I have so many issues with this book.

There are a ton of romance sub-genres where you can have an asshole, douche-bag, loner main character and shrug, it's not my thing, but it's fine. TEAM sports is not one of them. I read sports romances at least in part for the team! and friends! Professional athletes have spent their entire lives bouncing around from team to team learning how to get along in these sort of hyper-masculine groups of immediate, situational
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
4.5 Stars

*copy provided by author/publisher via Pride Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

After being suspended Vic heads from Boston to Upstate New York, and his new temporary team. He moves from the major to the minor league. He is an angry man, and he takes his anger out on not only on the opposing team members, but on his own team members at times. Being suspended from his Hockey team just makes him even angrier.

When he arrives he is immediately attracted to Dan one of his new teamm
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
There is nothing sexier than humor mixed with hot times & this book has them in spades.This is part of a series about 2 closeted men playing in the hockey league. ...more
It's hockey written by V.L. Locey and read by Sean Crisden...for the win...

at least it was a win for me...for the Cougars, the minor league team that Victor Kalinski, all-star forward ore more accurately...former all-star forward of the Boston Barracudas finds himself shipped back to...maybe, not so much.

Before I say much about the story I'm going to chatter a bit about Victor Kalinski because man when it comes to how I felt about him...well, it's complicate. I want to say I couldn't stand h
Joyfully Jay
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: veronica
A Joyfully Jay review.


This is a short and sweet connection story that had a deeper storyline than I had been expecting. Vic makes peace with the demons of his childhood, and he celebrates Dan’s career movement—once he acknowledges that Dan is a good and deserving man—way too good for Vic to get to keep, anyway. Dan’s never going to let Vic get away, though, and their happy ending is guaranteed.

The audio here was as quick and snappy as Vic’s acidic comebacks. Dan has a quieter, comforting
Don Bradshaw
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Victor is an insufferable asshole but I could not help liking him. This story is a romance but hardly a sweet one. Both Vic and Dan have tough shells and play roughly though they have a tender side that Ms Locey shows us on occasion. It's a well told, engaging story.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm shocked at how much I liked Vic considering what a jerk he was.
Diane Lynch
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hockey-romance
Two Man Advantage by V.L. Locey NHL forward for the Boston Barracudas, Victor Kalinski, insolent behavior gets him sent down to the minors for an attitude adjustment. The persistent AHL alternative captain of the Cayuga Cougars, Daniel Arou, will not tolerate his disrespect.
If I met Vik in real life, I would probably hate him, but reading the story from his point of view, I love the guy. His commentaries, while mean, are hysterical. He is right up my sarcastic alley. Having had a neglected chil
Danni Maxwell
Mar 01, 2018 marked it as didn-t-finish
Dnf on page 2. I don’t care if the main character is meant to be portrayed as an asshole, two pages in and I wanted to throw my phone. I will find something else worth reading
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Vic is the worst MC I've ever read. I don't want to know him and I don't want to read about him. Damn shame I got the trilogy as a set...
Barb ~rede-2-read~
Audiobook provided through Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words in exchange for an impartial review.

**3.5 stars** (3 for the story and an extra .5 for the narration)

Short and sweet, this audiobook explores the explosive—negatively—meeting between Victor Kalinski, former all-star forward for the Boston NHL team and Daniel Arou, captain of the minor league team, when Victor is ejected from the NHL team for being a troublemaker one too many times and finds himself stuck in the boonies.

The Canadian
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Inked Reads
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, m-m
I have to say there were a lot of times I didn't particularly care for Victor even though it was his story. He had a terrible upbringing and has an ego much bigger than he should, but I still didn't like what a jerk he could be.

Meanwhile I absolutely 100% loved Arou. He was strong, stubborn and sexy as hell.

There was a glaring error when we learn a bit about Arou's past from his parents. It says he was drafted to the team that Vic had been kicked off and I kept waiting for more explan
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I have to start out by saying – I love VL Locey’s writing style. Humor is infused within without being over the top and her characters are fleshed out so I am able to form a connection with them. In this story we are faced with a pretty unlikeable guy, hockey forward and all-around arrogant jerk, Victor Kalinski. When his attitude finally gets him demoted to the minors, he continues his idiocy, never owning the fact that his talent is not enough to make up for it. As the story is told in first p ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
I don't even know how to rate this?? One page in, I hated the main character so much I was about to request a refund, but I was bored so I kept reading...and kept reading. It was fast-paced and actually very funny when it wasn't offending me in every way possible. It's the 'asshole with a heart of gold' trope, with the emphasis on asshole. Literally every other line was some offensive quip, usually something outrageously misogynistic. On one hand, I appreciate that the author didn't sugarcoat th ...more
Niki Driscoll
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I love sports stories but my absolute favorite are the ones that deal with hockey. I don't know if it is the danger,violence or the fact they don't fall on their butts with the way they skate but it always gets me excited. I really loved Victor, he is so much of a dick you just can't help but like him. Dan was the perfect match, he had quite strength but instead of leading with a vicious attitude like Vic, he used quiet laughter to make his point. They say opposites attract and that was definite ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I may be in the minority, but I fell in love with Victor. His inner thoughts had me laughing out loud so many times. I freakin love his humor and whit. He is crass, he is harsh, he is no-holds-barred with absolutely no filter, he is an ass, but all of this comes from the deep seeded pain of his childhood and his drunk, abusive, unloving mother. Daniel, somehow, sees through Victor’s gruff exterior immediately and refuses to put up with his crap. Daniel’s family and upbringing are the complete op ...more
Cathy Brockman
I love Victor and Dan. I was happy to listen to it on audio and Sean Crisden did an amazing job of bringing the men to life. I can't wait for the rest of this series on audio.

Hockey players have to be rough and tumble, but star Victor Kalinski takes that overboard. He is very snarky and makes waves wherever he goes. He is no holds barred and his coach finally puts him back down to the minor leagues to show they are not putting up with his bull-crap. But instead, when he gets there he unleashes h
Julianne Redmon
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and surprisingly heartfelt.

I wasn't sure that I would EVER start to like Vic at the beginning. He truly set himself up as the biggest d-bag in the NHL, not that there weren't reasons for his tough exterior. But he was such a jerk that no one wanted to bother to get close to him...until Dan. Just the description of Dan's sunny smile had me smiling; not that he isn't a tough, skilled player. Just his optimism is infectious, even for the reader. They are polar opposites so the a
Vanessa Sims
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Vic is just that guy you hate. Not love to hate but you just want to check him one good time with your hockey stick or fist, but with that said it’s also a defense mechanism and truly understandable. His mouth gets him in trouble and sends him to the minor league where he meets Dan and Dan won’t take his shit.

Dan is the alternative captain of the minor league team Vic goes to and sparks fly. From the start he saw through Vic’s bs to the man he was inside and he brought him to life.

But what happe
Sassy Beta Reading & Review
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, sports
OMG this book was fan freakin tastic!!! I laughed so hard through out this book. It was so funny. Vic and Dan were so yummy. The storyline was awesome...the characters dialogue flowed so well and was freakin hilarious, and the descriptions to details were done so nicely it was as if I was actually there to witness all the fun, humorous and outrageous things happening throughout the story.

I can not wait to read more! I hope and pray the others have these two in it as well. I would love to see the
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two Man Advantage is a quick but enticing read. There was so much action, and I'm not talking about on the ice! I did enjoy the hockey backdrop to the story, and the teammate angle added some drama and secrecy to the plot.

I absolutely did not like Vic for probably 93% of the story. He's everything I try to avoid in the people I interact with. He's arrogant, pushy, mean spirited, among many other negative things. Yet for some reason he is still a draw for Dan.

Dan on the other hand was so easy t
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V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, Dr. Who, Torchwood, belly laughs, yoga, reading and writing lusty tales, walking, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.)

She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie

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